Behind the Lies

Will Franklin—former academic geek, now recognized as a rare talent in the “fake it ’til you make it” biotech industry—is in the wings for his dream job as next CEO of a global powerhouse. Or so he thinks, until his boss, Chet, calls him into his office and angrily tells him he is going to be fired. Chet hints at impropriety, but won’t say more—and before Will can press him he falls so ill that he’s put on ventilator care.

Now, instead of losing his job, Will finds himself in the position of supporting Chet’s family through the hell of a dire illness. Just as suddenly, he finds his leadership ability tested by a crippling cyberattack that threatens the entire industry and leaves him with little time to untangle the mystery of whatever it is that Chet uncovered before he got sick.

Can Will clear his name before the ax falls—or his marriage collapses—due to his lapse in judgment? And does Bella, a young and beautiful rising star making waves with her own start-up company, have anything to do with this mess?

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Praise for Behind the Lies

Maren Cooper combines a smooth blend of mystery and intrigue with a healthy dose of family drama in this absorbing thriller that may remind readers of hit corporate TV shows like Mad Men or Suits. . . . I found myself thoroughly invested in Will and Charlotte’s relationship, especially after a couple of reveals. Behind the Lies is an enthralling corporate drama novel.

Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

In Behind the Lies, Maren Cooper has woven an intriguing biotech industry thriller involving corporate espionage, marital indiscretions, SEC investigations, and the power of family redemption. If you want a mystery that delivers plenty of surprises, read this book.

Cary J. Griffith, author of the Sam Rivers Mystery series

Corporate intrigue meets domestic drama in Maren Cooper’s debut thriller. Secrets, lies, and fraud make this a fast-paced and suspenseful read. A great debut!

Mindy Mejia, best-selling author of Everything You Want Me To Be and To Catch a Storm

Maren Cooper keeps the reader’s attention with a well-written, fast-moving story about the intersection of personal lives with corporate politics and intrigue.

Chris Norbury, author of the Matt Lanier mystery-thriller series

Maren Cooper gets Behind the Lies off to a fast start and she never lets up on the gas pedal, constantly raising the stakes. A tightly-woven psychological thriller with unexpected twists that will keep you turning the pages!

Jody Hadlock, author of The Lives of Diamond Bessie

Deftly built on intrigue and anticipation, the reader anxiously waits on tenterhooks for the other shoe to drop as unflagging tension mounts in this high-caliber, captivating page-turner—a must-read for mystery fans.

Laurie Buchanan, author of the Sean McPherson novels

From the first line to the last, Behind the Lies delivers an exciting story of corporate intrigue and personal and professional betrayal that threatens to upend everyone’s lives in Maren Cooper’s new novel. An engrossing narrative that will keep you reading until the end.

Susan Speranza, author of Ice Out and The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years