Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

Lies She Told

I have a serious issue with book descriptions that feel like they give away too much of the plot and it was definitely the case with this book. I had a feeling I knew how the book would go from reading the synopsis alone and I was fairly sure of my prediction not even halfway through the book. The story is extremely predictable, even with the author’s attempts to throw the reader off the trail, and that sort of ruins half the fun of reading a mystery novel. Even without reading the synopsis the story is still fairly easy to guess, but it might not be the case for everyone so it’s one of those books that I honestly have to recommend going in knowing as little as possible.

With that out of the way, I have to say that this was actually a pretty fun read. I liked the dual narratives switching back and forth between Liza’s real world and Beth’s fictional one. It’s easy to see where the author drew inspiration from her personal life and applied them to the book and things really do become muddled as the mirrored stories start to intersect. I really enjoyed the format that this book was written, it kept me on my toes flying through the pages to find out what happened next.

“I don’t protest. He’s right. Blurring fact and fantasy is my trade. I am a con artist. A prevaricator. I make up stories. So why does he think this one is real?”

I could sympathize with both protagonists and found myself rooting for them, even when they were doing things that were questionable. You know that awful sort of satisfaction you get when bad things happen to characters you hate? Yeah, it was that kind of book and I loved it.

I wanted to really love Lies She Told, it has an incredible premise that I found so intriguing and has characters that I became invested in. I think if the synopsis hadn’t spoiled so much of the story for me and things were a little less predictable I would have rated this book higher. As it stands though, it was a middle of the road read for me because while I enjoyed it, I just didn’t find myself surprised by any of the developments in the story and that can be a serious downer.

Title: Lies She Told
Author: Cate Holahan
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

The truth can be darker than fiction.

Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.

Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, she aims to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River.

Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the East River, and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including her own. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

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