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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REVIEW: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan @crookedlanebks @cateholahan

Lies She Told
by Cate Holahan
Crooked Lane Books

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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. 

My Review:

Liza is under a lot of pressure.  She is on deadlines for her next thriller that needs to do well since the last few books haven't been receiving the greatest of reviews.  Her and her husband are trying for a baby and the hormones the doctor has her on is giving her all kinds of side effects.  Beth, the main character in her novel, finds out her husband is cheating on her.  In an act to confront them, she ends up killing the mistress instead.  As Beth's story line starts to mimic Liza's life, what is actually true and what is actually fiction?

I love the way the book within the book in this was told.  We actually get to read Liza's book as she creates it, while also living her life through her eyes.  Both women clearly have some issues and we wonder if Beth's character is living out what Liza wants to do or if this novel is almost a diary of sorts.    A page turner of a book, I couldn't figure out which story line I liked better.  Granted they're parallel but it was still almost like reading two different books at once.  The way Beth integrates herself into Liza's mind reminds me of authors I've spoken to and how they say the characters sometimes just speak for themselves and they just write out what they're told to.  This book gives a prime example of this.

The way the author brings everything together is well done.  I think it's fairly obvious where the main story line is going from the first quarter of the book.  However, there are a couple surprises of "why" that shed some much needed light.  A perfect lighter suspense/domestic thriller novel within a novel that should make any lover of these types of stories extremely happy.


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