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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

REVIEW: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh @berkleypub #prhpartner

Let Me Lie
by Clare Mackintosh

Thanks so much to Berkley for this copy in return for my honest opinion.

Publisher:  Berkley Books
Published:  March 13, 2018
400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the newest psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You, Clare Mackintosh brings us a gripping story about how those who love us never really leave us...

Two years ago, Tom and Caroline Johnson committed suicide, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their adult daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unable to comprehend why they chose to end their lives. Now with a young baby herself, she feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as Anna digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her. She soon learns that nothing is as it seemed.

My Review:

I've only read I See You from Mackintosh, with I Let You Go high on my TBR list.  I've noticed that both of these reads have received mixed reviews.  While I absolutely LOVED I See You, some did not.  Unfortunately, this one just didn't QUITE get there for me.  Let me explain why.

First, the story has an extremely slow start.  Sometimes I don't mind this but I was already 33% through the book and it still didn't seem to be getting anywhere and what was being built up was strikingly obvious so I was not surprised in any way shape or form once I got to Part Two.  Honestly, at this point, I would normally DNF a book.  However, this is Mackintosh, and while I may have only read one of her other books at this juncture of my reading 'career', I know she's capable of pulling you right in and making you second guess yourself. 

Secondly, I didn't quite get that psychological thriller FEEL that I did with I See You.  I can absolutely appreciate that instead of regurgitating the same thing with each book that she went in a different direction.  Oh how I DO appreciate THAT very much.  I think I was just expecting something ... more.  Maybe my expectations are what let me down.  Maybe I've read such an abundance of these kind of books that it takes a LOT to grasp my interest these days.  🤷

Finally, let me just say that this isn't a bad book by any means.  If you're looking for more of that family drama/secrets type of book rather than that OOMPH your typical psychological thriller gives you, then I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.  The last 25% of the book helped to spur this along for me and became more of what I expected from Mackintosh and this read in particular.

Will I read more of Mackintosh?  YOU BET YOUR SWEET ASS I WILL.  She's a fantastic writer and really, you can't expect EVERY book by the same author to work for you.  It's just not probable.  


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