Lies She Told

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Lies She Told

By: Cate Holahan

Pages: 288

Price (Amazon): Hardcover $17.10 Kindle $9.99

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: 

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.

Review:

I received Lies She Told in my Book of the Month subscription box this month and devoured it in a day. Psychological thrillers usually aren’t appealing to me. I often feel like the story is too far fetched or things do not come together smoothly. Lies She Told changed my opinion completely. 

We meet our main character, Liza, who is currently trying to write another best selling novel. Her editor suggests that she give the readers what they want. Put in the crazy psychiatrist, let him manipulate your main character, instant best seller. While Liza listens to her editor, she was other plans for her next novel. Enter Beth. We soon find out Beth is a mother of an infant daughter who discovers her husband is cheating on her, making her realize she doesn’t want to give up on her family that easy. 

When these two stories start to intertwine, that is when I started to get more and more hooked. I didn’t read the whole synopsis before I read the book for some reason. I usually always do but I took the dust jacket off of the book and never bothered to read what was on the flap. After I read the entire book and went back to read the synopsis, I was disappointed by how much information was revealed. By going in blind I had very little expectations and had really no idea where the story was headed. I think that’s a huge reason why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I wasn’t being led on by facts that were already stated for me. 

When it came to the characters, I thought I connected with at least Liza and Beth enough to care what happened to them and their families. I wasn’t emotionally affected by what eventually happened to any characters but I was zoned into them enough to care where the story was going next. Speaking of where the story was going, I thought the two different stories in the book flowed very nicely. There was never a time where I was only interested in one of the stories, as that often happens when a book has various POVs, flashback chapters, etc…

One complaint/disappointment I had in regards to the book were the endings. I thought they were good and they summed up all the details and plot twists, but I wasn’t blown away. I felt like the hype was so great and I wanted more than what I got. 

Recommendation:

Although the ending left me a little disappointed and wanting more, not in a good way, I still thought that this psychological thriller was one of the best I have read this year. I would definitely recommend this book. 

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Too Late

Too Late

By: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 395

Price (Amazon): Paperback $13.99 Kindle $3.99

Publisher: Hoover Ink

Publication Date: November 13, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: 

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.
Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.
Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.
Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.
Nothing will get in his way.
Nothing except Carter.

Review:

Too Late was the sixth book that I have read from Colleen Hoover. I have always enjoyed her writing style, as well as her character development and plot twists. With that being said, this book definitely left me more than disappointed.

Sloan is a college student who is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Asa. She feels as if she is stuck in this relationship with no way out and having to look after her mentally disabled brother, she doesn’t want to put him at risk by leaving Asa. Carter comes into the picture on the first day of classes when he has a Spanish class with Sloan and they immediately find that they have chemistry together. However as time goes on, Sloan and Carter realize how dangerous this love triangle could turn out to be and the consequences could be life threatening.

One of the positive things about Too Late was that the story is told in three POVs. Sloan, Asa as well as Carter all told their side of the story which made the plot all that much more intense. What really put me off about this though was how vulgar Asa’s side was. It took away from the story and made it distracting by how vulgar this character was. It didn’t add depth to his character and it certainly didn’t make me think he was anymore disgusting than I already did. By swearing CONSTANTLY I really felt like it took away from the story and by the time I was thirty percent of the way through I already wanted to be done with the book.

Another positive thing I took away from this book was the lesson on abuse in any relationship. What I have always liked about Colleen Hoover is that she often shows that while some parts of the story may be unrealistic, more serious themes such as abuse are addressed and dealt with. Abuse is a serious thing and people feel like they are often trapped, unable to leave the abuser. I thought this story depicted that in a great way and I loved that a more serious topic was discussed.

What really fell short for me were the characters. I didn’t connect with them at all and I found myself caring less about what was going to happen next. I felt like when it came time to make us feel sorry for each of the characters and see their hardships, it was either addressed too late or not in depth enough and I never felt like I was committed to these characters. It was especially disappointing because I wanted to connect to Sloan more and feel her pain but I was never able to get to that point.

After finishing the book I had to do some research as to how the book was written because it has two endings, two epilogues, a prologue at the end and if that sounds confusing that’s because it is…VERY. From what I understand, Colleen Hoover published a few chapters to Wattpad a few years ago and then kept adding more and more to her story. Once the story was over, she added a few more chapters and basically kept the story continuing until the final product was published. So after the story “ends” you still have roughly one hundred pages more to find out what happens next and to be honest I thought that it was done in such a sloppy manner. You could tell she just kept on adding because the flow was simply not there. There was at no point where I felt like I needed more to the story and at no point when I was done did I feel like these extra chapters added anything special.

Recommendation:

Overall I was very disappointed in Too Late. I think for people who have never read a Colleen Hoover book, definitely don’t start with this one. I don’t think that this shows what great work she does and if I would’ve read this one sooner I don’t know if I would’ve tried another one of her books again. I will definitely continue to work my way through Colleen Hoovers books but I will definitely be taking a break for a while.

August 2017 Wrap-Up

Books Read in August

  • And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
    • Pages: 288
    • Rating: 5/5
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
    • Pages: 528
    • Rating:5/5
  • Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
    • Pages: 320
    • Rating: 2/5
  • One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel
    • Pages: 168
    • Rating: 4/5
  • Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
    • Pages: 400
    • Rating: 4/5
  • Too Late by Colleen Hoover
    • Pages: 395
    • Rating: 2/5

Total Books Read: 6

Total Pages Read: 2,099