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.
The cover and title for Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge made this an easy reading choice for me. It gave me a feeling of danger and kept me reading to the end.
The cover and title for Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge made this an easy reading choice for me. It gave me a feeling of danger and kept me reading to the end. It’s his debut novel…and it’s a good one.
Adult Reading. S&M, bondage.
Hitchhiking, I think not. It will be very hazardous to someone’s health.
Sam and Amy had been taken and Amy wondered if she was capable of doing what was necessary to survive.
The psychological horror for Amy starts on the very first page. Will it destroy her?
Helen was born to be a cop. She is a badass with a flawed, yet soft heart, dedicated to her job.
With a sadist serial killer, Eeny Meeny reads like a Criminal Minds episode.
Some characters are flawed, but for me, that makes them more interesting. What is normal?
Others are innocent, yet doomed. Who and why? Have I met the killer?
Mystery and betrayal. Confrontation and choice? Love and sacrifice.
Someone was playing a devious and cruel game.
It took me a while to figure out the connection.
Be careful. The author is not afraid to kill off anyone if it suits his purpose. I love dark and evil, with mystery and suspense to die for, and we have plenty of it here.
I will be on the lookout for the next story in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge.
Haven is a coming of age story, set in a small town in Massachusetts. Narrated beautifully by Matt Godfrey, and set in a such a perfect place, how could the story itself not be fabulous? Truth is though, it's just okay.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and as I said the narration was excellent. However, I didn't find that this book added anything original to the genre. 80's horror nostalgia is a big thing now and that may have soured my opinion a little. I recently saw the movie of Stephen King's "It" and I just don't think it's possible to compare the two without having Haven come up short. I'm also not sure that it's possible to NOT compare the two- which may be my whole problem.
There are some differences, but at its heart, this is a very similar story. We have our plucky kids going up against a mysterious monster, while they're getting bullied at every turn, and Denny's mom is in just about the same state as were Bill Denbrough's parents from IT. There's even a chance that the monster will return in the future. Sound familiar? The only thing that's really different is the origin of this creature and I won't spoil that here.
This is an engaging "coming of age"/"evil in a small town story", it's just that I didn't find the writing or the story itself to be outstanding. Good? Yes, definitely! And who knows? You may enjoy it a lot more than I did. So, if this sounds interesting to you, I say give it a shot.
*I received this audiobook free from the narrator, in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*
Carter & Lovecraft is an imaginative novel based on characters that are the descendants of H.P. Lovecraft, (real author), and Randolph Carter, (a fictional character created by Lovecraft.) I liked it!
I read this as a buddy read and this story makes for a lot of fun discussion. There were some intriguing character deaths that kept the reader engaged and there were also quite a few mysteries to puzzle out.
My one complaint is the cliffhanger ending-I hate that! Plus, not only did it leave the plot of this story unresolved, it also opened up all kinds of new questions and now, of course, I need to read the next book!
Overall, this novel was fun and you don't have to be a walking encyclopedia of Lovecraft knowledge to understand or enjoy the story. However, I think a rudimentary knowledge of the man himself might not hurt. Recommended to fans of horror and of Lovecraft!