Book Review: ‘The Dead Don’t Lie’ By Anne Russo

Written on 05/01/2021
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Title: The Dead Don’t Lie
Series: Dead Generations #1
Author: Anne Russo
Published: March 13, 2021
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance; Erotic Romance; Mystery/Thriller
Length: 250 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Angst; Doctor/Physician; Family Drama; Forced Proximity; Hurt/Comfort; Opposites Attract; Slow-Burn; Stockholm Syndrome; Cliffhanger; CW: Abduction, Assault, Grief, Murder, Physical Abuse, Sexual Assault, Trauma, Torture, Violence


About The Dead Don’t Lie

While young doctor Adam Morrow resigns himself to an uninformed existence, world-weary assassin Ian Abbott struggles with a life he never asked for. When the two strangers meet by chance, the attraction is immediate. And deadly, as Adam walks in on Ian in the middle of a hit.

The situation spirals out of control once Ian discovers he and Adam share a connection far more profound than either imagined. Shocked by the discovery, Ian makes the hasty decision to kidnap him.

Overnight Adam is torn from his promising career and a family who believes him dead. Things go from bad to worse when he finds himself reunited with a mother he never knew who is now head of a covert and shadowy group of killers for hire. Forced into joining their ranks, with Ian as his reluctant trainer and handler, Adam is given a series of impossible tasks to complete.

To survive, he must fight with everything he has to keep his life, his sanity, and his very soul from being swept up in a violent and chaotic world even as he battles his unwanted and complicated feelings for Ian.

For his part, Ian, a man with dark secrets of his own, has a past he isn’t ready to share with Adam even as the other man worms into his life in more ways than one. The two grow closer and lines blur — between good and evil, friend or foe, enemy or lover. But something, or someone, plots against them, determined to do everything in their power to keep them apart. Even if it means destroying them both.


The Dead Don’t Lie, the first in Anne Russo’s Dead Generations series, is amazing, intriguing, suspenseful and brutal. The only thing that could have made it better? Not ending on a cliffhanger. I need some miniscule of resolution at the conclusion of a thrill ride such as this. With a series there is always the allure of what is yet to come that one expects, but leaving me with nothing but the knowledge of a continuation doesn’t feel right…. Gah! With that said, Adam and Ian’s journey, to this point, has been hella fascinating. 

Engrossed in his budding medical career, Adam Morrow’s only focus is being the best he can be to the detriment of his personal life, up until the fateful moment he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. From this moment on his life forever changes. For all intent, he doesn’t exist any longer and is thrust into a dark and savage world. One he was actually born into but was freed of at birth. 

‘The Dead Don’t Lie’, the first in Anne Russo’s Dead Generations series, is amazing, intriguing, suspenseful and brutal. 

Assassin Ian Abbott is extremely complex and struggles with an odd past that remains a mystery for most of this first book in the series. There is a part of him that is loving and caring, but his training and history prevent these doors from opening. That is until the spark and undeniable connection to the sexy doctor chip away at his resolve. 

Adam’s cushy, albeit stressful, world flips on its axis to one that is dark – consisting of murder, torture, and unscrupulous behavior. Even at his darkest moments Adam hangs onto his inner humanity and caring nature. He is revolted by his pure desire and intense attraction to the assassin that yanked him from his “perfect” life. I wasn’t able to determine if there was meant to be a bit of Stockholm Syndrome in play with their relationship but it definitely feels to be a contributing factor. 

Little by little Adam sneaks past Ian’s defenses and moments of the hidden side of Ian emerge. However, Ian’s conditioning combines with the forces working against them to quickly slam his walls back in place. The moments they do share are passionate and consuming and fulfill both men to a level neither has ever experienced. 

A great beginning to the dark world that Anne Russo has created.

The band of assassins and their leader, Katherine, vary greatly in degrees of humanity, with Katherine being one of the all-time greatest villains. This makes her ties to both Adam and Ian heartbreaking. Although, you can’t help admiring her as the villainess she is while at the same time wishing the wench would die. 

The Dead Don’t Lie is a great beginning to the dark world that Anne Russo has created. It will be interesting to see how this debut author and the Dead Generations series progress and to reconnect with the characters, getting answers to the plethora of unanswered questions.

A copy of The Dead Don’t Lie was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Anne Russo at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.