Jumping right in, I’ve had this book on my shelf since October 2018 (sorry for always putting you on the back-burner Book of the Month 🙁 ), and honestly completely forgot about it until my buddy read partners and I decided to use this as our next selection. As is the case with 90% of my BOTM reads… I highly regret waiting so long to pick this up!
The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…
When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.
Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.
This book y’all…. oh my Lanta. As previously mentioned, we chose this book as our buddy read, which means we choose a certain page that we must have read by a certain point. Being who I am as a person – as well as my backlog being as long as it is – I started binge reading to get to our goal of page 103 about 2 hours before we were scheduled to chat…. and I never stopped. How could I? This was literally the first two sentences:
At first I mistook the severed head for something else. It wasn’t until I was very close that I realized it was Lucy’s.The Lies We Told, Camilla Way
In case it wasn’t evident from this anecdote, this was such a compulsive page-turner that constantly had me guessing. It was so much fun to read with Cassandra and Arrington because we were sharing our guesses – some outlandish but some scarily accurate. There were so many red herrings thrown in to prevent you from getting it right immediately, and the twists continue up until the final pages.
Overall this was an addictive psychological thriller with twists and turns as the stories converge. I wish I could share more, but I’m afraid I will spoil some key aspects. If you want to know more about my thoughts, you’re going to have to read it yourself and message me for a more in depth discussion!