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review 2017-06-25 17:12
Lies She Told
Lies She Told - Cate Holahan

 

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

 

Publication Date: September 12 / 2017

 

Format:  Hardcover

 

Pages: 304

 

 


 

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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My review

 

 
 
 
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I got a copy of this book through NetGalley

 

This is my beginning in the world of thriller/suspense . This is the second book i read after Gone girl and i think i’m falling in love with this genre .

 

This book was a story of a murder case , in this story we follow a writer liz with her very own story about another murder case staring her heroin Beth , at first it was a bit confusing to switch between the two stories,at some points i was wondering about which person i’m reading about, but after a couple of pages i started enjoying it more and found it way easier .

 

This felt like the movie ” Cat woman” , with Liza being patience phillips the normal everyday person , and Beth being the Catwoman .

 

As the story went on i was just waiting for Beth‘s chapters to come , i loved her , she started of as a weak personality and developed to a strong fiery wicked woman , too much sass and confidence that i enjoyed and got me hooked to her story.

 

so when i read Liz‘s chapters i was very angry at times and frustrated with her , i wanted her to be like the woman she’s writing about , her obsessions with babies and having a “perfect family” no matter what annoyed me at times . Until the revelation at the end , only then did i start understanding her and be more drawn to her chapters .

after the revelations i started seeing the lines between reality and imagination blurring, the real life of Liz and the fiction of Beth started interweaving , Liz became as i wanted her to be throughout the entire story.

 

Now about the revelation , as i was reading , i was very sure that i knew the killer , i even praised myself for figuring it out at the beginning . but the thing about this writer is that she kept throwing me off !

 

whenever i pin the identity of the guilty person , she adds some detail or some kind of new evidence that makes me change my mind and suspect others . by the near end of the story i was probably done changing my suspects and was finally finished accusing almost every character in the story ( i would make a horrible detective i know )

 

This book doesn’t have a steady pace , at first it was a bit slow but not in a bad way , before the second part the pace started picking up and things became more thought-provoking . there were many twists and turns and many characters changed and developed or perhaps just showed their true selves .

 

The ending reminded me of Gone girl , not sure if it’s because it was a bit similar or because it’s the only other thriller book i have read .

 

I enjoyed this story and i would definitely pick up more thriller books , i would highly recommend this book !

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Discussion:

Do you read Thriller/suspense novels? if yes , what are your favorite ones?

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review 2017-06-19 17:54
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies kind of took me by surprise. Obviously, I was hoping I'd like it, but I worried it would end up disappointing me like many books hyped in the media. Also, I had read two other books by Liane Moriarty and they were only so-so for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. 

 

I enjoyed all the characters, even the ones I didn't like. I also liked the way Moriarty added interview notes from the characters to the start/end of most chapters. It was a unique way to not only drive the plot forward, but it also gave me additional insight into each of the characters. 

 

I have to say, most murder mysteries don't shock me. I usually figure out the who-done-it by mid-book or at least have a few options which one turns out to be correct in the end. I did not see this one coming and I literally let an "Oh crap" slip out :) 

 

Very well worth the read, with lots of characters and situations I could relate to.

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review 2017-06-16 19:10
Well, that was interesting!
Black Lies - Alessandra Torre

Black Lies - Alessandra Torre 

 

Well, that was interesting!  I put things together before the big reveal, but I didn't think it was such a big secret that needed to be protected so much.

 

I wasn't a huge fan of our heroine but I came to see where she was coming from a bit more.  Brant and Lee...well that's just a whole other rant.

 

LOL, i won't spoil anything but this one was definitely unique and interesting. 

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review 2017-06-09 16:10
The Weight of Lies
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter

Meg Ashley is the daughter of famous author Frances Ashley. Frances wrote a book called "Kitten" and everyone is gearing up for the fortieth anniversary of its publication. This bestselling horror novel became a cult favourite and the Kitty Cult has been trying to solve the murder which has been based on real people at a real location. Meg and her mother have never gotten along. Although she lives a life of privilege, Meg's childhood had been a solitary one and her mother has always been a manipulator. Now Meg wants to be free of Frances Ashley and decides a tell-all memoir is the way to do it. She travels to Bonny Island, Georgia, to dig into her mother's past. She starts investigating the murder herself and talking to the woman who was the inspiration for her mother's book. As Meg begins asking questions and sorting through all the lies, the disturbing truth is finally uncovered.

 

I loved the setting. Bonny Island was swarming with people after Kitten came out but now, forty years later, the Gothic-mansion-turned-hotel, is shut down. The owner, a cook, a housekeeper and a groundskeeper are the only ones left on this beautiful, quiet island. It's not fast-paced but the suspense made me keep turning the pages. Who killed little Kim Baker?! There's another twist in the book before we find out who the murderer is, which I didn't like at first, but without it the book wouldn't have come together as well as it did.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of this book.

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review 2017-06-08 21:44
A awesomely twisted, intensely riveting read
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter

 

 

Book Title:  The Weight of Lies

Author:  Emily Carpenter

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing

Setting:  Bonny Island, NC

Source:   I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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Lies of the Beautiful People by Sixx: A.M.  --Mysteries can be difficult to find the perfect song for, because I don't want to give away anything…so you have to work with what's on the surface, and this song fits with that really well…and with the book in general…it's funny, for over half the book, I didn't think this book was aptly named, but it turns out it really, really is.

 

♫Save yourself from all the lies of the beautiful people
It's time to run from the lies of the beautiful people♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.8/5 STARS

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My Thoughts

 

 

For the first couple chapters I felt like this would be something I wouldn't be able to get into…I soon realized that wasn't to be the case.  The sinister atmosphere, the beautiful backdrop of the island and the ultimately the lies, oh the lies…This book had me like…

 

 

 

This book has a little bit of everything…a splash of romance, mystery, lies, betrayal, poisoning, and even a bit of the fantastical.   It also has a book within a book, but that may be why I had the small deduction in stars.  --Before each new chapter there is a small excerpt from Meg's Mother's book (KITTEN), which seems like it would be a bonus…the only problem was they really confused me.  Although, as the book progresses they did become less confusing and more intriguing.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  3.5/5

Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

 

 

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