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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh – Book Review

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That bow tie though….all the heart eye emojis



The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.

Let Me Lie was an entertaining psychological thriller with a dash of domestic thriller. It was mostly slow burn, which at times meant that  it was slow, but once I reached the final third, I was completely incapable of putting the book down. I had to know what happened!

“I just want answers, Laura.”  

She stares into her tea for a long while before speaking.  “Sometimes they’re not the ones we want.”

My main complaint is that the synopsis/tagline of the story gives away one of the first big reveals. Going into the story, I knew that part, and then found the rest to be fairly predictable. The ending, however, did throw me for a loop, and I definitely plan on rereading the story to see what I missed that would have implied such an outcome.

Honestly, my absolute favorite part of the story as a whole was basically a sub-story between Murray (the retired police officer that is investigating the case) and his wife. Their interactions were both heartwarming and heart wrenching, and I believe it was a (mostly) accurate depiction of the highs and lows of mental illness in a relationship and life in general. It also served as a very interesting way to allow the investigator to share his discoveries rather than just having his internal monologue as well as giving him more of a reason to be so interested in whether the deaths were, in fact, suicides

If you’re a fan of thrillers with a slow burn and a super dramatic twist at the end, you should grab a copy of Let Me Lie.  I’m definitely going to check out more novels by Mackintosh ASAP!  Thank you so much to First to Read for providing me with an advanced copy.  It’s a privilege to provide my honest thoughts and opinions.



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