Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Liza Cole is working on a thriller that she hopes will revive her career. At the same time, she's struggling with fertility treatments and a husband who seems to be devoting every hour to his work and not her. When her husband's business partner, Nick, vanishes, he becomes even more distracted.

With nothing to do but keep seeing her doctor and working on her novel, Liza focuses on Beth, her new character. Beth finally has the daughter she longed for, but her husband's cheating on her. Beth wants a happy family unit, she doesn't want anyone getting in the way, even if that means killing the competition and tossing her body in the river.

When Nick's body is found in East River and her husband is investigated for his murder, Liza must start to unravel the truth about those closest to her.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Lies She Told is told from two perspectives. First, there's Beth, the fictional character. Second, there's Liza. The distinctions between the two are kept very clear thanks to Beth never having time away from her child. Otherwise, some of the details around their lives could become very blurred given how alike they are, especially as the action picks up.

I found myself hooked from the start. I liked Beth and understood her frustration. I got Liza's frustration, too, though not as much from the new-mom-feeling-isolated angle. I liked as Beth started coming out more and more.

RTR's Bottom Line

I can't say the ending shocked me. That's really the only beef I had with this book. I found it a little predictable. Despite this, Lies She Told did keep you hooked. Told from both the author and her character's point of view, you got great insight into the fictional author's mindset.


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