How Deceitful Books Can Be Deceiving
Deceitful books have become a popular genre of books, and this article explores how authors can deceive readers. Lindsey Gibson’s story of the infamous “decency of books” will leave you with a sour taste. It is not easy to tell if a book is real or not. She also reveals what librarians can do to keep you safe. Read on to learn more.
In “True to Its Title,” Jenn McKinlay spins a gripping tale of deceit, murder, and redemption. Beth’s ex-boyfriend steals her children’s book idea and sells it to an editor. But things are not as they seem. The award-winning children’s author is found dead on a private island off the coast of Connecticut. Lindsey Gibson, the murdered woman’s assistant, says the killer placed the knife in her chest “in a symbolic way,” then wrote the word liar across her victim’s forehead.
When Lindsey is promoted to library director at Briar Creek, she is encouraged to show her work to a children’s editor in New York. When Lindsey gets her first rejection letter, she is furious, but tries to remain positive by making her work more appealing. Ultimately, she is forced to return to New York to show the editor her work, which she finds deceiving.
But Lindsey’s experience with books was not unique. During the 1980s, millions of white Rapture Christians blindly trusted in the book’s biblical prophecy. But when Lindsey was a teenager, a book called The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon was widely circulated and spent nearly half of the year on The New York Times’ best seller list. The book’s author, Lindsey, has been a prolific writer of non-fiction since.
Lindsey Ross is the new director of the Briar Creek public library, her first posting in the position. Before, she worked as an archivist at Yale University’s library. Budget cuts forced her to look for other jobs, and she found a great one in Briar Creek because of her friend from graduate school. Despite her new position, Ms. Cole is not without her detractors.