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Monday, April 11, 2022

Review: An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher #ATBR2022

An Honest Lie
by Tarryn Fisher

Thanks so much to Graydon House for this gifted book.

Publisher: Graydon House
Publish Date: April 26, 2022
336 Pages
Genre: Thriller

“I’m going to kill her. You’d better come if you want to save her.”
Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.
If she’s allowed to.
When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.
And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.
What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past.

My Review:

🙄 More Summer and less Rainy please.  A sentence I thought I'd never say since IRL I prefer the exact opposite. Uff, y'all.  Uff.  I've read quite a few of Fisher's books but unfortunately the last couple just did not work for me.

Fisher is compulsive in her writing and I can never NOT read her. I just can't stop!  And this is a fun story to an extent.  Anything cult-like is almost always a win for me. I could read and watch things about cults all the time.  Which is why I wanted more of the past, before Summer became Rainy.  I definitely preferred this timeline to the "current" one.   The way the past and the current end up meeting up... just... let's just say it wasn't seamless. And the last few chapters... what the hell just happened? I can suspend reality with the best of them but too many coinky dinks do not a good thriller make.  I said what I said.

I dunno.  This just seemed a bit disjointed in my opinion.  Certain plot lines were unnecessary to get to a point that didn't quite make sense anyways.  However, I was rooting for her... kind of. I wish I could write a better review for this one but alas....  I'll certainly still be looking for her next release. I firmly believe it'll be a winner for me. 🤞


Jessica's Review:

I'll keep it short and sweet. I wanted to love this more than I did. I absolutely loved The Wives and still recommend it to everyone needing a great thriller but this just felt a little lackluster in comparison. It was a little disjointed and the end wasn't quite worth the build up. This one didn't work for me but I'm definitely still reading more from Fisher because her writing is so addictive. I still couldn't put this down and it moved quickly. Despite it not being my favorite, I'll still be anxiously waiting for her next release. I've seen some really great reviews for this book and I seem to be in the minority, so if the synopsis intrigues you then don't let my review deter you!

2.5 stars

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