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An Honest Lie

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This is my first book from author Tarryn fisher and this didn't disappoint! I was captivated by the start and really couldn't stop reading this. It follows Rainy (short for Lorraine) and goes from her past to the present. Her past explores why she is the way she is, she has trouble trusting people and making friends. She meets Grant who she moves across the country for and tries to be more involved within his friends. The girls take a trip to Vegas, a place she treads because of something that happen in her past that changed her life. After a wild night in Vegas her friend Braithe goes missing and realizes it's not Braithe they want, but Rainy. She must come to terms with her past in order to save her friend. Although it takes a while to build up it never disappoints. A book you won't want to put down. I was drawn to the chapters written of her past, it was just so interesting! So happy I picked this book and cannot wait until it's released so I can share it with others!

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Tarryn has knocked it out of the park again! Her writing is so unique and I am always completely engaged from start to finish. This story was such a ride, I love the dual timelines and literally could not put it down! Thank you so much for my copy!

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Rainy lives in Grant’s world having moved her life from New York to be with him in Washington. Her friends are Grant’s friends. Rainy doesn’t have close knit friendships. Grant wants Rainy to fit into his world. Having her attend the weekly girls night for drinks is part of fitting into his world. They’ve been together a year, yet they haven’t really spoke about the past. When the girls planned a girls trip to Vegas he insisted she attend. Grant doesn’t know that Rainy has reservations about going to Vegas. It’s too close to her past. While on her trip Braithe is taken and Rainy somehow knows it has to do with her past.

Tarryn journeys between the then and now carefully alternating chapters of a time before Grant and the present time with his friends and his life in Washington blending key moments. Slowly the reader gets a peak into Rainey’s past one moment at a time unlocking the memories that held her captive.

I’m giddy with excitement at the prospect of reading An Honest Lie. What a privilege and honor to get selected by Netgalley to read a new release by Tarryn Fisher. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a few years.

Tarryn’s writing style is fresh, original, and unique. While other writers fit into that cookie cutter formula writing style, Tarryn’s writing style sets her apart from the rest with her unique voice. She takes simple common words and turns them into masterful works of art. I’m captivated from the first word.

I can’t wait to explore the possibilities of which of these characters having something to hide and which one’s not to trust. I have no idea which angle she’s working with. I’m formulating my own thoughts but with Tarryn at the wheel who knows how this will play out.

It’s kind of challenging to put into words how I feel about this book when I’m not sure if the concept is considered a spoil. Without giving anything away I’ll say Tarryn put her own spin on a familiar type of trope. For me it’s not one of my favorite type of tropes to read, yet I love Tarryn’s writing voice. The setup of the story was intriguing especially switching between the ‘then’ and the ‘present’ offering the reader slow snippets of information constantly feeding the reader designated facts. What I find appealing about Tarryn is her ability to not be a formulaic writer. There’s a tad bit of darkness, danger, and violence which in my opinion is warranted given the nature of the storyline.
Overall, it was a good read one that will resonate with me because of the topic in the past.

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The pacing is weird and none of the present day relationships much of anything, but once the plot gets started (which takes a minute, admittedly) it DOES NOT STOP.

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I loved this one!!! I love Tarryn Fisher books so I knew I would enjoy this one. At first I didn’t know where this was going and I was anxious to keep reading but once it started to get really suspenseful I couldn’t stop reading. I highly recommend this for a thriller!

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Love anything by my girl Tarryn! This was different then her other books but super enjoyable. I loved the Then chapters so much I found myself reading longer just to get to them!

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Another amazing Tarryn Fisher book, With every book I read, I enjoy them more and more and this one was fantastic. Had me hooked from the first chapter. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.

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A big thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and Tarryn Fisher for the advanced reader copy of An Honest Lie. With every Tarryn Fisher book I’ve read, it’s been a whirlwind of an experience! Quick thriller read, emotionally unwell characters, and fast-paced endings. If you loved The Wives and The Wrong Family, this one is for you.

Rainy is a complex character for sure! Readers will go on a crazy journey with Rainy through alternating “then” and “now” chapters. As a reader, I favored the “then” chapters. Reading about Rainy’s past and the relationship with her mother was heartbreaking at best. The setting and all the diverse characters, especially Taured, was such an experience. The “now” chapters focus on Rainy’s life in Tiger Mountain and her relationship with her boyfriend but mostly on feeling like an outcast with the "Tiger Wives" – girls who I did not really love or trust whatsoever! They partake in a Las Vegas trip and secrets are revealed, and chaos ensues.

The plot summary of this book was a little off to me just because I didn’t feel like Braithe going missing was the focus of the book and I’m happy it wasn’t! Tarryn wrote an incredibly strong character and ultimately, she was the one I cared about most. As I said at the beginning of this review, Tarryn loves a good fast-paced ending where somehow everything comes together in the end and you’re left feeling a little crazed. An Honest Lie didn’t disappoint, prepare yourself for the last 25% of the book!

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I devoured this book in less than two days, which is something I haven't done in quite a while with a book.

Rainey recently moved to Tiger Mountain after living in NYC. Upon arrival, Rainey only knows Grant, her boyfriend, but he gently pushes her to make friends with his friend's wives/girlfriends, the Tiger Wives. A year later, Rainey is still a bit of an outcast in the group, but they invite her to Las Vegas for a girls' weekend... which would be great if Rainey didn't have a traumatic past in the state of Nevada that she's been trying to hide from.

"An Honest Lie" has two stories - "Then" and "Now" and both are wonderfully woven together throughout the book. The characters are well-developed and come to life easily. I'm not sure if Tarryn did research into cults, but she did a fantastic job of bringing Taured's world to life and I could easily imagine life at the compound.

The end of the book is action-packed and I could easily see this becoming a movie. As a thriller-lover and a mother of a young girl, I really enjoyed this story, especially the last sentence.

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Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin Trade Publishing, and Tarryn Fisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

Rainy moves from NYC to the top of the remote Tiger Mountain. It's quite the adjustment, but a group of local wives has welcomed her with open arms. When the group invites her on a girls' weekend in Las Vegas, Rainy *very* reluctantly agrees. After an eventful final night, her friend Braithe doesn't come back to the hotel. When Rainy receives a disturbing text message from Braithe's phone, she realizes someone has taken her.

Rainy quickly learns she's the one the kidnapper really wants. And it has everything to do with her troubled past.

First and foremost, I adore Tarryn Fisher. The Wives and The Wrong Family were both 5 star reads for me, so I was beyond BEYOND excited to get my hands on an early galley of An Honest Lie. I'm really sad that this one was not it for me.

The story is told via alternating timelines: then & now, with Rainy as our sole narrator. I found I was FAR more interested in the "then" storyline, and what was more disappointing was that I didn't really find the plot interesting until about 70% of the way through. The ending was marginally satisfying, but there was just a certain something missing.

While the synopsis does accurately describe what the book's about, the Vegas part of the story happens so quickly it's almost jarring. Something about the pacing and cohesiveness just couldn't quite get me hooked. Alas, as previously stated, I will be anxiously awaiting Tarryn's next novel.

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