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Let Me Lie

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I really liked this one! I've been in a bit of a reading slump, but Clare Mackintosh's latest thriller kept me on the edge of my seat! Anna receives an anonymous note that leads her to question her parents' deaths just over a year ago. What really happened to them--were they murdered? Retired police detective Murray believes that there's more to the story and decides to investigate. I don't want to spoil any of the many plot points, so I will leave it at that. You will definitely want to read this one to find out what really happened. A very enjoyable and well-written mystery!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the preview copy!
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I was sent this book to review and I was unsure if I wanted to read it, the premise sounded good, so I decided to to try it.  I had to reschedule my day because I could not stop reading it!

I am going to look for her previous two books, because I have to read them!
I will be posting a review on them as soon as I do!

In this book, the suspense begins IMMEDIATELY!   ...Suicide or Murder?!

It has a nice focus on motherhood, and how motherhood changes us.  
I enjoyed the multiple viewpoints.  I like getting the entire picture of the story.
I highly recommend this book!!
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This is another great psychological thriller by Clare Mackintosh.  There are a number of surprising twists and a carefully thought out plot.  I've enjoyed reading all her books and this one is no exception. A quick read, page-turner.
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Anna has a new baby and a new husband, but the last year of her life was hell. Her father killed himself by jumping off a cliff, and a few months later, her mother followed suit. The cops are convinced it was just a sad tragedy, but Anna thinks it was murder. There's no way she can see either of her parents committing suicide. When she gets a note on the one year anniversary of her mother's death, hinting that there's more to it than she knows, she goes to the police. What follows is a narrative that twists and turns in so many directions it will make  your head spin. I liked this one--the writing and characterization is skillful. This author clearly knows what she's doing. But while I appreciate a good twist, this was just a little too much to believe. Lots of fun, but also lots of eye rolling moments at the end.
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While I enjoy most Mackintosh's other work- Let it Lie just didn't work for me. 

I didn't connect with Anna and the supernatural aspect just didn't seem to fit in. The writing was solid as always but the story just did not capture me and made reading it a chore.
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Another fantastic book by this fabulous author. I very much liked "I Let You Go," loved "I See You," and thought this book was equally amazing. The beginning is a bit slow, though not at all unpleasantly so, but then thanks to her masterful twists, which are a hallmark of her work, the last half is can't-put-it-down exciting. I don't remember the last time I stayed up for hours after I intended to go to bed, but I couldn't stop reading and would have been too tense to sleep anyway. Her writing is beautiful, her plots superb--I can hardly wait for her next book!
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Very disappointing. Mackintosh tries to be too clever and play too many games with her narration and the result is a book that goes in circles with underdeveloped, illogical characterization.
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I have fallen in love with the author’s thrilling twists and turns! This one did not disappoint. More! More!
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Great Book!! Anna has just lived through a couple of really hard years.  Both her parents have committed suicide within a year of each other, but was it really suicide?  Or is there something more going on?  This book is filled with twists and turns.
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Another tantalizing read from Clare Mackintosh. On the anniversary of her mother's death, our protagonist receives a card that threatens everything she holds as truth. I could not put this thriller down. Let Me Lie spins a tale of love, money, and how far people will go to taste the sweet reality of freedom.
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Big disappoint for me, especially after my first experience with this author-[book:I Let You Go|23125266]- was an easy 5 stars.

I found the protagonist annoying, the plot unrealistic, and the pace so slow I found myself skimming through chapters trying to find the high points. Even the ending couldn't save this one for me.

Others had responded more positively than I, so don let this review scare you off. I still have faith that my next venture with this author will have me singing her praises again. 

ARC provided by NetGalley
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When I read Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go I was blown away by the middle of the book. Before I got there I found the story excruciatingly dull, but after the true intention of the book was revealed I was hooked, and read far into the night. So when I got an unexpected digital ARC of her new book Let Me Lie from the publisher I thought I would give it a go. . .

. . . but it was as mind-numbingly boring as the beginning of I Let You Go. Nonetheless, I read on, forcing myself to read a chapter at a time, assuming that Mackintosh had perfected the trick of putting your mind to sleep so that she could pack a wallop you weren't expecting. At some point I thought to myself, "I think this is going down a certain track that makes no sense and stretches even the imagination of a long-time fiction reader. Surely I'm mistaken."

I was not mistaken.

Meaning the story is extremely far fetched. According to the author's note it was based on a true story, but when I googled said true story, I found that the family dynamics portrayed there were very different from the one Mackintosh wrote, meaning the true story made sense in a sick sort of way, but the fictional story fell on its face with the ludicrousness of it all. I still can't comprehend how stupid it was.

Clare Mackintosh may just be a one-hit wonder for me. Nonetheless, I am still thinking about this book, trying to make it match together in my head, so I guess it has that going for it.
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This is my first book by this author. I like books with twists and turns, but the red herrings in this book were too obvious. I like the writing style, but I still am distracted by the fact that even good writers and their editors do not understand pronoun agreement. It was misused throughout the book. Maybe I misread, because by the end of the book I was skimming through, but some things did not make sense. How did the police so quickly know to dig up septic tank? Anna noted the kind of car following them, Did she not know who did and did not own that make of car? The ending completely ruined the story. The author was trying to be way too clever!!
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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh tells the story of Anna Johnson whose parents have both supposedly committed suicide. Anna now has a baby and she has been trying to get her life back together. Her partner, Mark, is very supportive as well as her Uncle Billy and a family friend, Laura. The story opens close to the year anniversary of her mother’s death when Anna receives an anonymous card indicating that her mother did not commit suicide. 

Anna is uncomfortable enough about receiving the card that she goes to the police and enlists the help of retired police detective, Murray. More terrorizing events unfold causing Anna to ask further questions about her parents’ deaths. She becomes more suspicious and more fearful with each passing day as Murray carries on his investigation. The answers they find might have been better left in the past. 

Interspersed through the book is the story of Murray and his wife, Sarah who suffers from depression. It is a welcome and well placed interlude from Anna’s story. And as a side story it sheds more light onto mental illness and suicides. 

The plot is full of twist and turns taking the reader on a ride throughout the entire book. Mackintosh is successful as she leads the reader astray until the final plot reveal. However, one note I would make is I feel the statements made by the “dead” narrator in the first part of the book are a little bit confusing. The story is loaded with suspense and secrets. The main characters are well developed. And the themes of suicide and mental illness are well handled. 

I would recommend this book as a psychological thriller with a fairly well-developed plot. But I still believe her first book I Let You Go is her best.

This review is written after reading the ARC courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.
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You can't help but continually guess and second guess (and third guess) when reading a Clare Mackintosh novel.  I have learned now, that I will never have it figured out, and just to sit back and enjoy the roller coaster ride.  while different in feeling from her earlier books, this one was just as unguessable, and just as enjoyable.
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Fabulous book.  Thoroughly loved.  Highly recommend!
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n some books, the reader has to make certain assumptions for the ultimate thriller experience. Mackintosh expertly leads the reader to these assumptions in her story of a young woman and the suicide of her parents. What if you couldn't believe that your parents committed suicide? Who would listen? Mental illness and domestic violence are  two serious issues addressed with an unnamed narrator. There are plenty of twists and turns right up to the very last sentence.

Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
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Anna is a young mother who has lived through the suicide of both her parents. Until one day when she begins to wonder if it was really suicide after all.  This is a mysterious book with many twist and turns. We have POV changes that move the story forward and as it progresses it is even harder to put the book down. A bit of a glum ending disappoints, but overall perhaps the author's best book so far.
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3.5 stars.

A year after her mother and father have both committed suicide, first her father, then her mother, both jumping off the same spot into high tide, Anne is still reeling over how much she misses them and how her life has changed.  On the anniversary of her mother's death, she receives an anonymous note making her think perhaps her parents were murdered, and then mysterious warnings that maybe she herself is in danger.  She solicits help from the local police, a retiree taking special interest in her case.

If ever a book was built on lies, and there are so many such books these days, this one has lies from beginning to end.  So many lies... and twists!  I do love twists.  Some I saw coming, others not at all.  Some were a bit out of left field.  And the rotating points of view make the suspense build to the point where it took everything I had to refrain from reading ahead.   Overall it's  a read you can immerse yourself in and forget your own troubles for a bit.  Believe me, Anne's are worse than yours.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Sphere for an advanced copy.
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Mackintosh makes the reader think they've got the story puzzled out, and throws in a twist!  This book is a great thriller and will appeal to those who like to be surprised.
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