Book Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

I received a copy of Lies She Told through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and Cate Holahan for the opportunity.

The book alternates chapters between Liza, a “romantic suspense” (her words) author, and Beth, the main character of her latest book. The alternating storylines were a nice twist and keeps the reader on their toes by trying to keep them straight. As the book progresses, the storylines seemed to come together, have many parallels and similar/familiar characters, and I was convinced that storylines would merge into one smooth plot.The ending was disappointingly farfetched and could have been better. The plot was strong and engaging for 2/3 of the book. But for the last third, when I expected a strong finish, loose ends tied and questions answered, I felt the end lacked the substance that the plot was building up to. The ending was very surprising. Liza discovers from her childhood friend Chris that her bestselling novel was based on her repressed, sad, and morbid memories and that her loving, supportive husband was cheating on her with closeted gay college best friend and law partner. These revelations are carelessly tossed at the reader at the very end with no clues sprinkled throughout to give the reader any indication that these twists are occurring.

It’s not a fast-paced thriller, but a good story with slow and steady building plot and an unexpected (and some might feel disappointing) ending.

Publish Date: 12 Sep 2017

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