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An Honest Lie

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Tarryn Fisher has written a gripping psychological thriller that makes me want to try more of her books!
"An Honest Lie" follows the current and past life of Rainy. In her current life, Rainy is a New York woman trying to fit into her boyfriend's life in the mountains. In her past, Summer is a young girl trying to survive a cult. The story jumps back and forth between the past and the present, allowing the two to meet near the end of the book.
I found the story of Summer to be very riveting and intriguing, always leaving me wanting to know more when each chapter ended. The character of Summer is very relatable and draws you in with the loss of her father and lack of other family members outside of her mother. It makes the appeal of the cult more believable.
The story of Rainy, follows her on a girls trip to Vegas, where her past and present intertwine.
The only downfall of the novel was that Rainy's story progresses at a much slower pace than Summer's.
I would highly recommend to anyone interested in cults or psychological thrillers.
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.
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2.5 stars

I have read and reviewed a number of Tarryn Fisher's books in the past this one didn't really sit in my brain the way some of her others have, I feel like there was so much of this book that could have been left out you don't really get into any of the major plot points until like the last quarter of the book. overall I just didn't find it to be that enjoyable. I didn't like any of the characters, and the story I found kind of boring. I also didn't like the flip-flop between timelines.


thank you to Netgalley and Graydon House for an eARC in exchange for an honest review
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A sure fire hit for the thriller reading crowd and a perfect choice for a staycation or vacation read, “An Honest Lie” by Tarryn Fisher is a dark and electrifying novel.

I thoroughly devoured this novel, finding myself sneaking time amongst even the busiest of work days to sit down and read a few pages as I couldn’t bear to tear myself away from the. The first two thirds of this novel has a wickedly fast pace and succeeds in pulling the reader into Rainy’s world - both past and present.  I found myself instantly crafting theories about the novel’s many mysteries and was pleasantly surprised at the reveals. Although the conclusion was satisfying, I did feel it more drawn out than necessary with a noticeable downshift in speed. That’s not to say is a slow ending as this book is propulsive from start to finish.  Rather, I found myself lacking interest in the final chapters and instead wishing to revisit more of Rainy’s past.

My one other critique is I find the cover art a bit deceiving in terms of the plot and partial setting of the story.  I’d like to elaborate but fear my opinion on this might spoil some of the story. So please, if and when you read this book, please let me know if you agree.

Sincere thanks to Harper Collins Canada for an advanced readers copy via NetGalley.
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This is a slow burn suspense where we get a current day story and also a look back in the past to a girl living within a cult. The past chapters were absolutely fascinating to me but I thought the current day chapters were so unrealistic. I struggle with grown women being mean and petty.
Overall though, I was sucked into this story and was holding my breath by the end.
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After surviving life in a cult as a youngster, Rainy feels very lucky in her relationship with Grant.  He is a wonderful man and when he invites her to come live with him, she jumps at the chance.  As an artist, she can work anywhere as long as there is enough light.  
There is one problem, Grant has some really close friends and he likes to get together as couples.  Rainy feels like she is on the outside looking in.  Most of them are kind to her but one of them, Tara, acts like she can’t stand Rainy and Rainy has no clue what the problem is.  At one of these dinners, the girls all announce they are going to Las Vegas for some fun.  Rainy gets roped into joining although she has many reservations about these women and about returning to a place within an hour of the cult.
Her unease grows once in Vegas.  Braithe and Tara are acting odd.  Rainy is jittery being so close to the cult.  After being coerced into a sitting with a physic, Rainy takes off before the others to return to their hotel.  A few days later, the others go home and only Rainy and Braithe are left in Vegas.  Without a word to Rainy, Braithe disappears.   Rainy gets a phone call and what the stranger tells her chills her to the bone.  
A co-worker recommended this author to me.  I really enjoyed this book.  The story was so chilling and foreign to me that I found myself turning the pages faster and faster to find out what happens.  The ending was superb and I didn’t see how it would play out.  Good job to Tarryn Fisher!  I look forward to her next book.  Readers of Janelle Brown and B.A. Paris will devour this book.

Robyn Heil, Buyer for Brodart Co.
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I've read the last three books by Tarryn Fisher and I think this one was the wildest ride yet!  Rainy Ives has escaped a past she'd love to forget.  She has found love, moved on, and even has a new group of friends who she reluctantly agrees to accompany on a girls trip to Vegas.  Vegas is the last place Rainy wants to go since it is a stone's throw from the scene of her horrendous childhood-a place where an enigmatic man appears to offer relief to a Rainy and her desperate mother, but instead traps them in their worst nightmare. While in Vegas, Rainy's worst fear is realized as her friend Braithe goes missing and she is sucked back into a past she'd do anything to forget.  So, this book has a bit of everything-cults, murder, childhood trauma, toxic female friendships. and more.  Our main character does make some head-scratchingly bad decisions and the women in this book embody your classic smile in your face while knifing you in the back clique you see in pretty much every high school dramedy ever. It started a little slow for me but I was completely sucked into this book by the half way point and sped right through it to the end.  If you liked The Wives or The Wrong Family you're probably going to like this one too.
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I'm always excited when I get the opportunity to review a new Tarryn Fisher book. I first discovered her when reading The Wives and was immediately hooked. 

It seems as though Tarryn has a knack for the dark side and I'm not complaining, I just unfortunately found this book to read a little slow. I wasn't able to get into it as fast and as deep as her prior books. Like many, if not almost all, of her prior books this is a psychological thriller. This book centers around a character named Rainy. Rainy is different (aren't they always?) and moves with her new husband to start their lives together. Another main character that we have is Summer. A girl who makes the unfortunate decision to join a cult. Put these two together and BAM! 

Both Summer and Rainy's lives cross paths and Rainey must now be the one to save young Summer. 

While it was an enjoyable read, I must say that I favor Tarryn's prior books a bit more.
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Here's probably a not-so-popular review.

I was immediately drawn to this book because of the synopsis. I love a book involving a cult, and this one was definitely intriguing because it also talked about the aftermath of being in a cult and Rainy/Summer's overall trauma and how it changed her life. For the better? Eh..

I've never read a book involving a cult of this magnitude, and it was really interesting to read the ins and outs and how overall fucked up it really was. I hated Taured with a firey passion, but I think that's something that Tarryn Fisher does really well, writing unlikeable characters. Because I didn't particularly enjoy any of them in this book. I RESPECTED Rainy/Summer, but I didn't like her. I thought she made stupid decisions, but I also had to keep in mind her past trauma and how that comes into play with the way she is. I just couldn't relate, obviously, so I think that made it harder to root for her bone-headed decisions.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this one was the dual timeline, and how quick of a read it was. I love a good fast paced thriller, and this one definitely fit that bill. The dual timeline broke things up very nicely and was seamlessly written. However. There were multiple times where it felt like I was reading two entirely separate books. The storyline with the girls in Vegas and then getting revenge on Taured, it just seemed like there was such a disconnect there. It didn't.... fit. Overall, the entire story line just felt super unbelievable and I had a really hard time connecting with it.

Thank you so much for my gifted ARC in exchange for my honest review, HTP Books!
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I love a good mystery thriller, they keep me on my toes, the edge of my seat. However this one didn’t, it kept me slumped awaiting the good stuff which didn’t happen until 3/4s of the way through, then finally I was on the edge of my seat and really liking the mystery, this book just missed the mark for me a bit. I wouldn’t recommend it to my mystery lovers because there just was not enough and it was too late. If you would like to follow cult-y books then this is for you! 🥴

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for access to this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Overall, this is a pretty decent psychological thriller. I normally breeze through Tarryn Fisher's novels, however, this was one was very difficult to get into. I struggled to relate to many of the characters who seemed shallow, spiteful, and cliquish. Once I did get into the plot (more than half-way through), the story became an edgy cult-themed thriller. Would recommend for fans of Tarryn Fisher and those who enjoy a slower-paced psychological thriller. 

Thanks to NetGalley, Tarryn Fisher, and Harlequin Trade Publishing, Graydon House for an advanced eBook in exchange for my honest review.
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This certainly wasn't my favorite Fisher book but it held my attention and was still very well-written. However, there was not a huge plot twist like in some of her other books and the majority of the story was a bit too predictable. However, this had a unique topic that isn't covered much in books and the characters in the story were very intriguing. It was a quick and easy read with a decent story line. I would recommend this to anyone that likes a little mystery and enjoys fascinating characters.
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✨Book Review✨
An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher 
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This book was nothing like the vague description I read before requesting it, but not in a bad way. It was a cult thriller, and that happens to be pretty up my alley. 
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I really liked the way the story alternated between the past and the present, and I liked how we got to learn more and more about Rainy's experience growing up in a religious cult. I also loved hearing about the progression of Rainy's relationship with her mother. This story was a little predictable, but I would recommend it to anyone wanting a quick thriller.
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Bug Tarryn Fisher fan!  She's done it again...another twisty story with great character development!
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"Little girls grew into women and women grew into hunters.

The cover definitely caught my eye. I loved the writing style of this book, and the storyline immediately drew me in. It was hard to put down! I have only read a few books by this author, but I am excited to read more and more! 

This story is about Rainey in the present, and we also get a story about Summer from the past. A young girl and a young women. Wow! This story was twisted and creepy and interesting too. 

Read if you enjoy:
• mystery and suspense
• a strong female lead
• stories about cults 
• a secret past 

I host a monthly bookclub, and this is our pick for June. I *accidentally* started it early and already finished it because it was so good! Oops!

Thank you Harlequin Trade Publishing for this e-ARC! This book is out now.
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I have loved every book of Tarryn Fisher's that I have read and this one is no exception. This novel follows Rainy, a girl who is trying to hide from her past.  She escaped a cult but is living her life trying to hide from the people who won't let her forget that she left.  On a girls trip to Vegas, one of the women she went with disappears and Rainy doesn't realize why until she receives a text.  It seems her past has finally caught up to her and to save herself and her friend she is going to have to face it head on.  Total page turner and highly recommend!
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Thank you SO MUCH @harpercollinsca for the Advance Review Copy of An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher.  This book came out April 26, 2022 - available now!

I haven't read anything by this author before, and went into this one trusting all my booksta pals who rave about their books.

I was not disappointed in this book AT ALL.

I went into this book fairly blind, I'd seen the bolded line at the top of its Goodreads page a few times, and had an idea that I would like the way the story was going, but did not take a look at anything else written about it before diving in.  I recommend this approach to anyone considering picking this book up.

Readers get to know the main character Rainy through two timelines, her past she doesn't want to relive and her present trying to connect with her boyfriends long time friends.

In the present timeline I enjoyed watching Rainy figure out how to fit into the wild assortment of women together on a girls trip.  BUT I was enthralled with the past chapters.  They quickly sucked me into the story and I found myself speeding through the present sections to get back to the past.

I flew through the story, reading 70% of it in one sitting on afternoon, and quickly finishing it later that day.

I don't want to say too much because this is one of those books that its beat to go in knowing as little as possible, but believe me, this book is 100% worth picking up.  It got me out of my mediocre thriller slump that had been going for so long.
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Definitely not my favorite from this author but I didn't hate the story. I enjoyed it, which is all you can really ask for. I will always read the books from this author and she totally deserves that.
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I adore Tarryn Fisher's books and style of writing so I knew I would get pulled into her newest book like the  others!  It went back and forth from current day where the main character Rainy is living and working in the Pacific Northwest to when she was a teenager living on a commune  in the Nevada desert.  An Honest Lie was twisty, character-driven, and creepy. Another excellent thriller from Tarryn Fisher!
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🤔 BOOK / REVIEW 🤔

Y'all - this book review has me a little stumped. I liked #anhonestlie by Tarryn Fisher, but I didn't love it. I am struggling to put my thoughts into words because this was a fun #audiobook, but it felt very "out there" and disjointed in places. If you're a fan of cults, you'll likely enjoy this. It fell a bit flat for me as a #thriller (until the end), but I don't know how to categorize it any other way.

I am not sure I can accurately give this a star rating because I am still unsure how I feel about everything. The ending redeemed this a bit, but not enough to blow me away 🙁
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An Honest Lie follows Rainy as she embarks on a girls's trip to Vegas with a group of "friends" that she's not that keen on. Nothing seems to be going well on the trip and then one of the women, Braithe, disappears. Meanwhile, Rainy is trying to come to terms with her horrific cult upbringing.

If this sounds like a lot, that's because it is. I had a really hard time getting into this book. Rainy spends so much time being distant that she actually manages to distance herself from the reader too. So much so that I didn't connect with her at all. The other characters felt equally as flat to me. This is my first Taryn Fisher book, and I hope that I enjoy her other books better.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this book. While I think others might like this, it was not for me.
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