Lies She Told by Cate Holahan, 4 Stars

It’s a rainy day. Rain and 60 degrees, which just happens to be my favorite weather. I remember a couple times in life when this weather didn’t quite work out for me. Like when I took the wrong Cambus and was stranded on the opposite side of campus from where I needed to be getting soaked, and a bus drove up and splashed a whole bunch of cold dirty water all over me.

But, for the most part, I LOVE this weather. It gives me an opportunity to curl up on the couch with a book and a cuppa and not worry about all the things I should be doing, or how I should be playing with the kids outside. I can just relax!

As of today finishing The Lies She Told, I’ve read 68 out of 75 books for the year (My Goodreads Challenge). I know it’s a lot, but I also know there are a lot of people who have read many more. At least I have 2 more months to figure out what my 2018 goal will be!

From the Publisher:

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.

My Review:

I liked this book. I thought it was different from other books in the psychological suspense genre. It was like 2 books for the price of 1. Two shorter books, albeit. Liza, the author who has found herself in a sophmore (and junior) slump since the success of her first novel, and her heroine, Beth, are both relatable characters and I found myself invested in both the plot of The Lies She Told and the book within the book.

The book made me wonder how much of Liza’s life was linked to the author, Cate Holahan’s life. Because Liza, her main character, wrote a lot of parallels into her character, Beth’s life. Beth’s husband was cheating (Liza’s husband was distant) and Beth had a newborn baby (Liza had been going through fertility treatments). It was kind of interesting to think about how the writer can create a character that manifests their dreams or nightmares.

Both stories pick up pace halfway through as they start to mirror each other even more. But why?

The Lies She Told was a fast-paced novel that I really enjoyed. I was able to figure out some of the twists, but Holahan did a good job of keeping me guessing on some details up until the end.

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