Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

September 11, 2017


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.


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*** 3 Star Review ***


This is a very unique story. I was intrigued by the premise of this story. I am always searching for that next book to blow me away. This may not have blown me away, but it was definitely worth the read.


This book is told between reality and fiction. The main character is a writer. We get to see her in both her real life scenario and her current fictional book. The story is slow moving. There were points where I was gong to give up, but I kept on going.


Eventually, the lines between reality and fiction blur as the two stories seem to overlap. After a while, I forgot which part I was reading. The similarities and differences in both parts of the story made it hard to remember which was which. It was a good thing and bad thing at the same time.


I mostly figured things out. Although some of the ending to each story surprised me, I was totally expecting it. I don't like expecting or knowing the ending before I get to it. 


Overall, this story was good but not so good at the same time. Like I said before, it is very slow moving. The slowness of the story made it harder to read. The characters themselves weren't very likeable, which made it even harder to read.

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