Lies She Told

AUTHOR: Cate Holahan

TYPE: Mystery/Thriller

ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley

RELEASE DATE: September 12, 2017

Available at Amazon


RATING: 3 Stars

Book description……….

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.

Review by 2shay……….

This one was difficult to review. I had a love hate relationship with this story. I loved the writing and the concept. This could have been one of those stories that light up a reader’s brain and resonate forever. Unfortunately, it turned dark and depressing.

Liza is an author…Beth is a character she’s writing into a book. We read both Liza’s story and the story she’s writing about Beth. It was a little confusing here and there due to lack of definition between the two stories, something that should be fixed in the final edit before publication. Reading the little details of Liza’s life that turned up in Beth’s story was fun! I loved that part. And Beth “talked” to Liza, something I have heard is fairly common for authors. I was enchanted through the first half of this book. When Liza’s very dark and painful past is revealed, it all fell apart for me and I was left with just one more story with an unreliable narrator…a trope that is wearing very thin.

The possibilities for this book were so good. If Liza had been trying to solve a mystery in her life while writing about a mystery Beth, her fictional character was solving, this could have been entertaining from beginning to end. What we get, though, is way more information about an overwhelming desire to become pregnant from Liza, who then writes Beth as a new mom. Then we get the back story. Sigh. Depressing. I read for entertainment. To me, this is not entertainment. If this wasn’t so well written, I would have given it 2 stars.




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