By: Cate Holahan
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: 9/12/2017
My Rating: 4 Stars
LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan is a dark and twisty mind-bending thriller with more than one unreliable narrator.
On almost every page, this imaginative psychological thriller forces the reader to reconsider what is real. A book within a book when the lines of fact and fiction are blurred.
“The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Notebook H
Manhattan author Liza, (of romantic suspense) is under extreme pressure with her upcoming novel.
Trevor, a forty-two-year-old (editor) is telling a thirty-five-year-old woman in the middle of her target audience demographic, what her peers want in the sack. He thinks he knows trends.
Alternating between Liza’s POV in the real world, and Beth (the protagonist) in Liza’s novel. Needless to say, both these ladies lives are complex.
"Blurring fact and fantasy is my trade. I am a con artist. A prevaricator. I make up stories." So why does he think this one is real?
David Jacobson, husband of twelve years. Nick Landau, David’s law partner is missing. Nick never liked Liza.
Liza and David have been unable to conceive. Both the anxiety of this plus her writing deadlines push her to get lost in her characters. Their marriage is strained.
. . . She does not invent her characters. She steals them from her surroundings. To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day she robs herself blind.
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." —Henry Louis Mencken, A Little Book in C Major
As the pressure of the deadlines mounts, Liza becomes immersed in her heroine. Unfaithful? Murder?
Is she writing about her own life?
Beth has a new baby and her husband, Jake is a prosecutor. He is cheating, while she is home taking care of the baby. The sexy officer, Colleen. The psychiatrist, Tyler, and an old friend.
Will both stories lead to murder? The lines are blurred.
Who is telling the truth? Who is not? Two stories intertwined.
The author cleverly draws readers into a world where truth blends with delusion, plus more. . .
Dark, twisty, and sinister grip-lit. The author keeps the reader on its toes while switching from fact and fiction while questioning every move.
Chilling, unique, intriguing, and disturbing, LIES SHE TOLD, will keep readers turning the pages. With all the books about LIES these days, this one definitely takes a distinctive spin.
A special thank you to Crooked Lane and NetGalley for an early reading digital copy.
I also purchased the audiobook narrated by Amy McFadden and Lisa Larsen, for a captivating performance.