Let Me Lie

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 13 Apr 2018

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I recommend this to Melody Warnick on episode 39 of What Should I Read Next. I love her work, can't wait to see what she does next!
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While I loved Clare Mackintosh's first two psychological suspense novels, Let Me Lie didn't have the same impact on me. 

Clearly drawn from the story of the Darwins, this book is about a daughter struggling to come to terms with the apparent suicides of both of her parents, one after the other. Although the police are firm with her, she's not convinced her mother and father took their own lives. With a baby of her own to care for, Anna is dead-set on finding out the truth.

If only the truth had been more riveting? I'm not sure why this one didn't land with me, other than that it felt very soapy and melodramatic. I still think Mackintosh is more talented than most of the suspense writers out there today, and she puts together very intricate, tightly woven stories, but something was missing in this one.

By the end, I couldn't have cared less who did what, I just wanted it to be over. It was soooo slow, and it felt like there was tons of repetition. I much, much preferred her first two novels, and will still eagerly await her fourth!
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Whenever I venture into any Clare Mackintosh novel, I know exactly what I am going to get and this one is no exception. A solid story, a little twisty, and just what you want out of a thriller. This novel didn't send me spinning or keep me up all night, but it was a solid thriller which I enjoyed.
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Like Clare Mackintosh's other books, this one keeps you guessing until the end.  Even once you figure out what's going on, the ending still leaves you guessing.  Hoping for a sequel to explain.
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LOTS of twists and turns in this one and by the time I finished I felt like I had ridden a roller coaster. And that last sentence--Hooboy!

Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital reading copy.
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I am a big fan of Clare Mackintosh and she did not disappoint with this book. In this day and age of the "big twist" and the "unreliable narrator", Mackintosh stands out for me.

The author kept me with her on this ride and I went through several possible scenarios without ever being right.  I know some readers don’t care for endings such as the one in this story, but I have never shied away from them (deliberately vague)
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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh is one of those books that is so hard to describe without giving away too much. Anna is struggling with the first anniversary of her mother's suicide, one that came only a few months after that of her father. She can't understand why they would choose to leave her in this way, especially now that she is a mother herself. When she receives a card in the mail implying that her mother's death was not actually suicide, Anna latches on to the possibility that her mother didn't voluntarily leave her and is determined to solve her murder.

I keep typing and deleting my comments on this book because I really don't want to give away anything. It is so fun to read and so full of twists and turns and dark alleyways. Every character is suspect, every event seems true and false at the same time, every page turn a new clue.
Argh! I want to tell you so much more, but I just can't!

This book was fantastic and one of the best suspense novels I've ever read and I think you'll really love it, too.
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I wanted to love Let Me Lie. I’ve read Clare Mackintosh’s other two books and loved them so I was excited when I heard about this book. The story is a slow burn, which isn’t a bad thing, but I didn’t find myself quickly turning the pages. I was expecting more from the plot and felt like it was a little too predictable for me. I will say that the twist at the end totally shocked me though! I actually went back and re-read some of the pages and then discussed what happened with other bookstagrammers. Clare has this amazing ability to shock readers with crazy twists and I always look forward to this aspect of her writing. She is an incredible writer and I will always read what she writes. Unfortunately this was my least favorite of her books, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a well-written story. 

Thank you Berkley Pub for the advanced copy and to NetGalley for the digital copy. It was my pleasure to write an honest review.
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Cleverly created, superbly written mystery. Lots going on, baby, lover, dead parents, and somebody to "stir the pot".
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Great psychological thriller! Is Anna losing it or is she really seeing her mother who committed suicide and is Laura really the friend she says she is?
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Great psychological thriller, even though I saw all of the twists coming from a mile away. Book still kept me very interested and it was a fast paced read.
I thought that Anna was a bit melodramatic and had lots of sympathy for Murray and his gentle handling of her hysteria. Some of the drama just seemed a little far fetched, but overall the resolution to the deaths was very satisfying.
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I really did enjoy this read. It gives you lots of twists and turns I didn't see coming which to me is a good sign of a book since most novels these days you can tell where things are headed.
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☆☆☆.5 - I liked this one. Some aspects of the story I really enjoyed and others were just okay for me. There were moments, toward the beginning in particular, that I was a little confused as to what type of story this was trying to be. Thinking back on those early chapters, I am still a little confused by them. A literary sleight of hand perhaps; they got your brain going in one direction which, at least for me, ended up being flipped completely on its head. The book follows multiple perspectives but the two main perspectives ones being, Anna and Murray. Anna is a young woman who recently lost both parents to suicide. Murray, is a semi-retired criminal investigator, who ends up looking into Anna's parents suicides when she begins to suspect that foul play may have been involved.

There were plenty of twists and turns in this and the end in particular was so wild in bordered on ridiculous. This being said, ridiculously far-fetched plot points aside, it was also wildly entertaining. It did keep me engaged the whole way through; I was particularly drawn to the chapters from Murray's perspective. Although his chapters were not as wrought with turmoil as Anna's, there was something very relatable and likable about his character and experiences. I also liked the way this book took classic societal gender roles and challenged them; it challenged what the reader would typically expect to happen. I really enjoyed that actually. I felt like someone had played a trick on me which made it very unique!

Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, for providing me with an opportunity to read this book and provide my feedback. I had some fun with it and really look forward to checking out other reader's reviews now that I am done!
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I'm of two minds about this book: It really did keep my attention and I was totally invested in how it turned out, but there were some significant things that I didn't really like about it.

The main character is Anna Johnson, who lost both parents to copycat suicides a year ago, and now lives with her partner and newborn daughter in her family home. On the anniversary of her mother's death, she receives a card that implies that not everything about the deaths is what they seem. With the help of a retired police detective, Anna finds that what looks like straightforward suicides, might not be so straightforward after all.

The mystery itself is super intriguing, because at first it's not entirely clear if something odd is going on or if Anna, in her grief, is losing her mind, so to speak. Then things get really intense, really quickly. I was excited to see how everything worked out. (I'm trying for no spoilers here). I wish some of the details had been adjusted somewhat.

Overall, I would say that I did enjoy this book. I was invested in it until the very end and have to say that the ending is very good. But I did have some problems with it, so read with caution. If you like things tied up nicely and paced evenly - maybe try another book.
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Let Me Lie was entertaining, however I would call it a mystery rather than a psychological thriller. There are three points of view reflected, that of the heroine who doesnt believe her parents committed suicide, the retired detective that takes an interest, and an unidentified voice.  That technique might have made it interesting if the heroine had been a more complete character. I found her to be rather two dimensional  and didnt really connect to her angst.  Clare Mackintosh used the red herring of the unidentified narrator well, and there are quite a few twists and turns to the story.  The pacing seemed choppy to me, the middle slowed down and I almost didnt finish. I'm glad I kept with it, because once the third narrator is revealed, the story heats up again. 
All in all, an entertaining beach read, but not a thriller for my taste.
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As always Clare Mackintosh does not fail to impress with her writing style. While I have preferred some of her previous novels I still enjoyed this book. It had the perfect dose of mystery and suspense. I look forward to reading more
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Clare Mackintosh does it again! We have read and reviewed three of her books and one is better than the next! Her talent for several crazy plot twists is fabulous! I finished this book in under two days.
I can’t even imagine how Anna must have felt coming to the realization that maybe her parents deaths were not suicide. Her life was turned upside down with one letter. It read “Suicide, think again”! Now she’s on a mission to get to the bottom of how her parents died and if someone else was involved.
But then she finds out some important information that makes her realize maybe it isn’t such a good idea to pry anymore! Will her life be in danger? How about her beautiful little daughter, Ella? Wha will she do to make sure her family is safe?
TRUST NO ONE!!! 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ we loved it!
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Anna’s parents unexpectedly committed suicide months apart, and though she has moved on, starting a family of her own, she has always felt there was something off about their deaths. As she begins to dig into the past, she begins to get threats, telling her to stop or else. But Anna can’t let it go, and her digging is going to change her life in unimaginable ways. 

Immediately after finishing Clare Mackintosh’s first novel I Let You Go, I knew I would be reading whatever she wrote next (and I’ve been fortunate enough to receive galleys of all of her books to date!). With Let Me Lie, I’m now three books in, and still looking forward to her next! 

I’m not going to fib: her first book is still my favorite.  But, as is the case with all of her work so far, Let Me Lie is extremely clever, twisty turny, and even a bit maddening. And yet it doesn’t feel like the other books. In fact, one of the things I love most about Ms. Mackintosh’s books is how different they feel from each other. They aren’t formulaic; you don’t get that feeling of déjà vu (haven’t I read a story just like this recently?). Admittedly, I had this one figured out about a third of the way through, at least at a very high level, but the background, the why of it all? That threw me for a loop. Naturally, I can’t explain why without *spoilers*, so…

All I can say is, read it. It is everything you’d expect from Clare Mackintosh: insanely clever, surprising, and entertaining. What more could you want?
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3.5 - I read this as an ebook, which always seems to make it harder to track back and forth on the details; a quick read but not as riveting as I Let You Go
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It was hard to get caught up in this one. I wanted to love it and not be able to put it down, but it didn't quite make it there. Good author, good read, but it fell short of amazing and it would not be the first one I recommend.
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