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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin

The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Do you ever get that book based on how it's promoted just to realize it's really not how they promoted it?  Yet, you still liked it but because it was put out there as one type of book, it just didn't quite fit into what you wanted to read?  That's what happened here too.  This is like riding right on the line of what they wanted it to be, but wasn't quite the psychological thriller, suspenseful fiction it was touted to be.  Still a good read - see below and see why.

When Erin dates Roisin's brother, Niall, and they decide to run away together, a tragedy strikes. Erin moves away from Ireland and to London after the accident to live with her sister and never looks back. All of the sudden she receives a cryptic message from Roisin the same time her father falls and ends up in the hospital. Erin heads back to Ireland to confront Roisin and her past. Secrets always come out and these that surface affect more than just her.

A very quick read, I was a little confused as to why it was branded as a psychological thriller - or thriller of any kind really. There's secrets that come into play but nothing really happens until about 70% in and even then it was more like revelations rather than in the traditional thriller sense that I am used to. The music genre of drum-and-bass was mentioned a couple of times but spelled as "drum-and-base" which was a bit irksome - I'm sure this was caught before the final proof went out. There were certain chapters where the narrator changed completely without any pause, which could become confusing at times. Overall, the book was enjoyable about family secrets and how far a mother would go to protect their child(ren). If you're looking for an entertaining fast read about family secrets, old friendships and new love, this is a good one to pick up for a weekend or beach read. 3.5 stars for me.

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