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Book Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

September 30, 2017


Mystery Thriller/Suspense

Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson 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 herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

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3/5 ⭐s

So okay, this is what I have to say: I could've liked it more. But it's a flat 3 stars for me. Again, couldn't tell you so much as I do not want it to be ruined for you. Lies She Told tells the story of a romance-suspense author Liza who became a one hit wonder after the success of her debut novel, but is struggling now to come back to the limelight. She needs her next book to be the saving grace of her dying career - but what if this newest suspense book she's writing is mirroring her own real life?

Let's go over the points shall we?


One thing -  it's unique. I don't think i've ever read a mystery thriller with the same style in the past. It's a book within a book concept and more so it mirrors the "real" life of the narrator. That premise alone got me sold to read this book immediately. BUT, it has it's risks. First off, it's hella confusing. Yes I understand that the author is showing parallel words between the fiction (inside the fiction) and the narrator's life but it is also damning to distinctively identify them in this story. I began thinking about "what world am I in again?" many times while reading. It does get a little easier as you progress, but still there could've been an added something  to reduce the conflicting similarities.


Speaking of similarities, the real and the made up one are just so alike. No matter how the author makes it appear as if there's an alter ego somewhere in between eventful circumstances - it still feels exactly the same person to me. Which is probably a good thing for others but not so much to me. This is a suspense thriller anyway, I want at least something that will put me on the edge of my seat and not be able to guess what this one will do just because it was given away by the other character moments before.

Thriller Mystery Elements

What does it take to be a good mystery/thriller/suspense book? Don't kid me - it's always going to be the shocking PLOT TWIST. Sadly I didn't feel any shock in this book, probably at all. It's a bummer really. I just wanted to like it and just go with it but every time an inkling of a good plot twist will happen - it's a let down. Well for me at least.

Another element that we should be looking out for is, is it fast paced? Is it a fast read? Well YES definitely it is! I read this in a day. It's good to point out that no matter how unreliable the characters are in this book they still excite me, they still make me want to find out more (even if almost all my hunches are true), and I still feel the need to root for them - and I am not easy to please in that department so this piece right here is really worth mentioning.

One last thing I have to mention is - I totally didn't like the ending (and i'll leave it at that).


I guess that's it to what I have to say. It's a book that I surely did enjoy reading but had hoped that there was something more to it. It probably also didn't help that it was a bit hyped and everyone was raving about it so I had high expectations. But I still encourage you to go ahead and give it a try - this might not have been my cup of tea but will probably be yours, so. This is my first one from this author (I have no idea if she has others) but I will gladly give her other books a try, I did love her writing style after all.

P.s. Thank you BookOfTheMonth for my copy of this book!

Until next book!

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