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review 2017-11-13 01:19
Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She Told is a suspense-thriller about a bestselling author who’s trying to pen her next hit. It’s told in two separate points-of-view, Liza (the novelist), and her newest heroine, Beth. They represent “reality” and “fiction” and by the time you get to the end of the book, the line between the two has been blurred.

 

In “reality,” you have Liza who, as I said, is a bestselling author trying to pen her next greatest hit. She’s also trying to get pregnant, and is desperately willing to try anything that will give her the opportunity to finally have the baby that she’s always dreamed. She’s on an experimental fertility drug that comes with a microchip implanted into her arm, and it affects not just her hormone levels, but her memory as well. Her husband David is a lawyer who’s distraught over the disappearance of his best friend and partner, Nick.

 

In “fiction,” Beth is a wife who just caught her husband, Jake, cheating on her with another woman, when she’s out walking her newborn baby one night. Soon, she finds herself slowly building up to the moment when she snaps and commits murder. Then it’s all about the lies she tells herself knowing full well what her husband is doing when he says that he’s “working late,” and when she confronts him about his affair, he denies it and blames her postpartum depression and sleep deprivation for why she’s being “delusional.”

 

I ended up rounding Lies She Told up to 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, because I really did enjoy this story, even if the first half of the book was boring and I just did not care one iota about Liza and her pregnancy issues. The mystery surrounding Nick’s murder I was able to guess fairly early, but I can appreciate the work that the author went to try to thwart the obvious theory, and there were a couple of times when I wasn’t exactly sure who’d committed the crime. The twists and turns were well paced and the explanations believable.

 

In the second half of the book, near the end, we get more depth on Liza as a character, and everything started making sense, and, because of a past trauma, potentially developed dissociative identity disorder. It’s not blatantly stated that she had this mental illness, but the signs appeared to be there, and as far as I know, it was handled a lot better than a certain Young Adult novel that explicitly said a character had D.I.D.

 

I don’t read many books with unreliable narrators (I think this was my second, after The Girl on the Train), but I enjoyed this one. I will say, though, should you choose to read this one, be sure that you pay close attention to both halves of the story, because the line between reality and fiction get blurred as you start putting the pieces together.

 

I’ve read a few other reviews for this book and have seen others say that it’s kind of confusing in the beginning, but I didn’t have that experience; I was able to follow along right away, so maybe it’ll be just as easy for you, or maybe it won’t, who knows. It’s a fun ride, and a lot of the twists definitely took me by surprise, and by the end of it, my heart was broken for probably the wrong character(s) … but, you know, it can’t be helped sometimes.

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review 2017-11-12 16:17
Legacy of Lies
Legacy of Lies (Hell's Valley) - Jillian David

I received this book to give an honest review.

 

So I was told this book was a western romance and for some reason I had it set it in my head that I probably wouldn't like it because I am not a fan of western books. That being said I finally was able to get to this book and I was really amazed at how much I was into. It didn't feel a western. Just a really hot dad who has a lot on his shoulders and works a ranch. 

We are introduced to Sara who has come back to Copper River to work as a teacher then she plans to move on. She knows being a small town everyone likes to talk and they are probably talking about her. 

We are also introduced to Garrison who is dealing with his ex-wife leaving, trying to work on the ranch and most importantly take care of his son. I honestly think if Garrison didn't have his family there to help him out a bit he would probably have broke. 

Slowly but surely a romance comes about between the two characters yet it isn't easy for them both. Hank Sara's ex will be play a big role and he doesn't seem to have all his gears working right because he will stop at nothing to have what Garrison has. 

I did like the psychic element that was within the book that was actually pretty cool though I would have liked more background to the family's ability, also I liked how much it was about family for Taggart clan. 

I think the author did a neat job of building up the action and the danger that was becoming present.

I did notice that there was a book two and I will be reading it. 

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review 2017-11-04 16:15
Lies She Told
Lies She Told - Cate Holahan

Liza has thirty days to write a thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. Her real life isn't going so well - she desperately wants a baby and her and her husband are struggling with that and he's distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. Liza focuses on her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother. She suspects her husband has been cheating on her while she's been taking care of their newborn. She sets out one night to catch them together and the next thing she knows she's throwing the body of his lover into the river. When Nick's body has been found in the Hudson River and Liza's husband is arrested for his murder, she realizes that the lines between reality and fiction are blurred.

I read Holahan's last book, The Widower's Wife, and loved it! So when I saw this on Netgalley I had to request it. I didn't even care what it was about; I knew it'd be good. This was one of those books I had to stay up late to finish even though I was extremely tired. This is a book within a book and it's so well-written and so clever. The characters, the places, everything has depth. Both stories were equally as good and the switch back and forth between the two was seamless. It felt as though it was happening in my own life and not just on the pages I was reading. Soo good! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC.

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review 2017-11-01 01:56
All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson
All the Beautiful Lies: A Novel - Peter ... All the Beautiful Lies: A Novel - Peter Swanson

A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Alternating between past and present, Swanson's newest domestic psychological thriller is a standout in the genre which seems to be increasingly popular as of late.  

 

Harry Ackerson is set to graduate from college when he receives word from his stepmother, Alice, that his father has died in what appears to be a suicide.  Devastated, Harry skips his graduation ceremony and travels to his late father's home in Maine.  

 

Harry and Alice lean on one another to pick up the pieces after such a monumental loss.  For Harry, things start to become uncomfortable and awkward with Alice—he has always considered her attractive, and she has been nothing short of kind to him.  Alice is also 15 years younger than his father was.

 

A mysterious young woman named Grace makes Harry's acquaintance shortly after he arrives.  She claims to be new to the area, but she was at Harry's father's funeral.  Things aren't adding up, and Grace seems to know more than she is letting on.  Grace is not the only woman with interest in Harry, Alice is also growing closer and ends up seducing him.  The more involved Harry gets to with these women, the more he realizes that he doesn't know them at all.  Both women are hiding secrets and the truth about who they really are.  Things are not what they appear, including his father's death which is now looking like murder.

 

Swanson excels at character development and this novel is no exception.  He has a gift for writing characters that are boarder on being psychotic, yet believable.  There is a cleverness and preciseness to Swanson's storytelling without being overly dark.  With just enough plot twists, the story is not predicable or confusing.  If you like psychological thrillers, I encourage you to pick up this, or any of Peter Swanson's other books.  

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review 2017-10-31 16:19
Not what I thought it was going to be.
City of Lies (A Counterfeit Lady Novel) - Victoria Thompson

I am a huge fan of the Gaslight mysteries but I feel a bit like City of Lies lied to me as it's not a mystery at all but a historical romance.

 

Elizabeth Miles is  a grifter who was working a con with her brother when it goes horrible wrong. They conned the wrong man as Oscar Thornton is not a nice person, he is very ruthless. He has already caught her brother and his two goons are beating up on him and since there is no hope of her helping him she runs but Thornton sees her and sends his goons after her instead and she sees her only hope of escape in a group of women who are protesting for women's right to vote.

 

While in jail she meets a young woman named Anna and a older woman named Mrs. Bates who take to her rather quickly. Anna thinks Elizabeth is so bold and different and you can quickly see she wants to be like her and likes her more than Elizabeth realizes. Mrs. Bates son is a lawyer and when he finds out from David (Anna's brother) that things are not going well for the ladies he works with the ladies lawyer to try and figure things out.

 

The women were suppose to be sent to the jail in town but they didn't have room for them and they are sent to a workhouse where things are very nasty and it's very trying for them. Probably about half of the book has to do with Gabriel and the other lawyer trying to figure out where the ladies are and the ladies going on a hunger strike and making the government look bad if they don't get the ladies eating, so lots of women's movement stuff.

After they get out though Elizabeth finds out that she is not safe and has to come up with an elaborate plan to bring down Thorton that has to do with those she just met, mainly David. Gabriel is fascinated with Elizabeth and can't see why she wants to hang around with David and this is where the romance part falls in.

 

I liked Elizabeth and Mrs. Bates but I was not a fan of Anna. Elizabeth is a strong character and though she is a lot like her father there is a part of her that would like to be a real lady. I really liked Gabriel as he might not have been a huge fan of the movement but he never stood in the way of his mother or even made Elizabeth feel bad about anything. David is kind of wimpy but I think he was suppose to be. :)

 

It was all rather interested though I could do without some things as that is my preference in reading but I can't say that I was wowed by it and a bit disappointed as my expectation was higher and I wanted a mystery.

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