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Let Me Lie

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This is the second book I've read by Claire Mackintosh, the first being I See You.  I enjoyed I See You but I feel Let Me Lie is an even better read.  I was drawn into the story the minute Anna received a card making her question whether her parents committed suicide or were murdered.  I had a hard time putting the book down, and the ending popped into my brain repeatedly over the next several days (always the mark of a good book).  The mystery, the character development, and the twists will keep readers hooked until the end.
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This is the third book I've read by Clare Mackintosh.  For me she keeps getting better and better. I enjoyed the twists and turns and there were a lot of them.  Kept me interested and I loved the story line and characters.  Good writing, can't wait for her next adventure.
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As expected the author includes surprising twists and turns at the midway point. Love it!
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Twists and turns. Bluffs, double-bluffs, & triple-bluffs. Another stunner from Clare Mackintosh. Just as you think you know where it is going, she pulls the carpet out from under you - several times.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  From the publisher - 
In the newest psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You, Clare Mackintosh brings us a gripping story about how those who love us never really leave us...
Two years ago, Tom and Caroline Johnson committed suicide, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their adult daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unable to comprehend why they chose to end their lives. Now with a young baby herself, she feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as Anna digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her. She soon learns that nothing is as it seemed.

I do love Clare Mackintosh’s work so it was a pleasure and a treat to read her novel months before its release. I absolutely devoured this book from cover to cover. The book was absolutely gripping and if you have not pre-ordered it yet you should RIGHT NOW as this book is an absolute, wonderfully-written gem! It was twisty and surprising and it is a book club pick for us as soon as it comes out!
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Thank you NetGalley. Loved this book. The pacing was good and the story compelling. I was pretty sure I had it figured out and yet the author was still able to stick a few twists and turns in there that I didn't see coming, including a heartbreaking ending for one of the characters. Overall a great thriller.
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I loved Clare's debut novel and she hasn't disappointed me yet.   Just finished this ARE and, once again, didn't see the ending coming.  Good character development and a well-paced plot.
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Anna Johnson is a new mother and desperately wishes her infant daughter could meet her own mother, Caroline.  Both of Anna's parents, Caroline and Tom,  committed suicide within months of each other, leaving behind a tragic loss and unanswered questions.  As she struggles to understand why her seemingly happy, well-adjusted parents would end their lives, she begins to question whether it really happened at all.  Most distressingly, someone else seems to think there's more to her parent's deaths and begins sending Anna cryptic clues that could lead to the truth, but is the truth even more horrible?

One of the best psychological thrillers I've read this year!  Highly recommended!
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Let Me Lie, Clare Mackintosh, March 2018

The anniversary of Anna Johnson’s mother’s death has arrived. Anna’s Mom killed herself a year after Anna’s father’s suicide on the same day. Yet, Anna doesn’t quite believe that they committed suicide. She believes they were murdered. Now, with a new baby of her own, Anna begins to investigate her parents’ deaths anew, and finds that she has endangered her own life and those dearest to her.

One twist too many. This started lagging for me at the 50% mark; it picked up again at the 75% mark. I loved Mackintosh’s debut novel, “I Let You Go”, but the end of “Let Me Lie “ was too contrived for my taste
Still, I'm sure this will please Mackintosh's many fans. (mv)
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Wow, talk about twists. At first I thought this was a book where the narrator is dead and telling the story. I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say she isn't. Caroline, who supposedly committed suicide a year earlier, comes back to warn her daughter Anna not to investigate her death. Anna has already gone to the police to start an investigation, which is picked up by a retired detective. From there it twists and turns and you're not sure who did what until all of the sudden, Wow, I didn't see that coming.
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Claire Mackintosh has hit the trifecta with the publication of Let Me Lie. While the plot does not have the "I never saw that coming" twist that is the heart of I Let You Go, or a train wreck ending like I See You, Let Me Lie delivers a series of twists and gasp-worthy moments that keep you turning pages at a feverish pace. What Let Me Lie does have in common with I Let You Go is a title that is ambiguous and cleverly contrived. On the first anniversary of her mother's suicide (and less than two years after her father's death, also by his own hand), Anna Johnson receives an unsigned card that opens a floodgate of questions about what really happened to her parents. Although the coroner and local police are convinced both committed suicide, neither of her parents bodies were recovered after they plunged to their deaths from the same rocky cliff. Despite a witness to her father's suicide, Anna is certain both of her parents were murdered. With the card as evidence, Anna finds a sympathetic ally at the police station who agrees to look into both cases. Let Me Lie does get bogged down by all the drama in Anna's life-she is a new mother with a much older man she barely knows, and is trying to save the failing car dealership her parents owned with her father's brother-but Anna's grief and her determination to uncover the truth keep the plot afloat. Anna inherited a lot of money from her parents, and there's motives a plenty-did Anna kill her parents for the inheritance, were they despondent over growing debt from the car dealership, or did they feel trapped in an unhappy marriage? Just when the answer seems obvious, another "curve ball" comes flying out of nowhere. Claire Mackintosh is a successful and critically acclaimed writer in her native England, and each of her books increases her popularity in the US. With her fourth (in production) novel, she will have the equivalent of a literary grandslam.
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So when I started out the book and we started going through different points of views I thought we were dealing with an actual ghost. Though as the story went on it became clear as to who was actually telling us what was going on in their view. Not everything in this book is what it seems, so when the truth comes to light for me I was like oh wow so that is how it truly went down.

Anna is having a hard time with both of her parents committing suicide. When weird things start to happen she gets the police involved yet what starts to unwrap is something more sinister. Can Anna really comes to terms with the truth? It is really hard for me to write this review up without giving anything away. All I will say is pick this book up and give it a try, see what you think.

As far as characters went I felt they were well developed and the plot line was steady though at times felt a little slower but nothing too major. I did like the twist in the end even though it was sad that is how it went down when the truth came to light.
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This book had so many twists and turns I had a hard time keeping thing straight. I guess that could be a turn off for some readers, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. I'm not saying that everything was realistic or made sense- it does keep you guessing though.
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Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

Truth be told, <i>Let Me Lie</i> didn't do much for me.  As psychological thrillers go, this was tepid to the point of going cold.  Doubly disappointing as I thoroughly enjoyed the author's first novel, <i>I Let You Go</i>.  

Mistakes are made, accidents happen, lies are told.  So many lies, it becomes exhausting.  A new mom is still mourning the suicide of her father.  A few months later, her mother follows suit.  Questions remain.  

The writing was fine, the best thing in the book to me was the time spent with retired cop Murray and his wife.  For a seasoned reader of thrillers, this probably won't bring anything new to the table.
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I am so impressed with Clare Mackintosh's writing.  Each book gets better, and this one kept me up way past my bedtime with its fast pace, twists and turns. I'm afraid of giving something away, so I'll just say if you like psychological thrillers, this one can't be missed!
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I loved this book!  I started looking for more by the author, and realized that I'd read or listened to 2 other books by Clare Macintosh.  The storyline kept a fast pace throughout the book, complete with twists right up to the very end!  A thriller, a murder mystery, a family relationship drama, all rolled into one book.
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This is a psychological suspense book by Clare Mackintosh.  I really enjoy Clare's writing style and the twists in her books, and Let Me Lie is no exception.
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I gave up on LET ME LIE halfway through and browsed ahead to see what happens. The willing suspension of disbelief became too hard to maintain, with all the plot convolutions and Anna's whingeing.
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Not a fan of the misleading POVs.  I can see how some people will enjoy the reveal of who the narrator of those chapters is but I felt like it was trying too hard to be the next Gone Girl.  Plot was a little convoluted.  Too many twists for me.  Thank you for the opportunity to preview this title.
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Let me lie is a gem of a book . Anna is a young Mother dealing with the aftermath of both of her parents deaths of suicide . Until she receives a card in the mail that starts her to question everything she thought was true . Anna tries to piece together the truth with the help of a retired police officer who is dealing with his own issues , his mentally wife . This is a suspenseful novel that will keep you guessing
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