Lies She Told
By: Cate Holahan
Price (Amazon): Hardcover $17.10 Kindle $9.99
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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.
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.
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.