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She Lied She Died

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She Lied She Died is an excellent thriller by Carissa Ann Lynch.

This is my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed it.

Natalie was only nine when a body was discovered in the field.
The murder victim was only a teenager. A 14 year old by the name of Christie Cornwell confesses and is sent to prison.

Thirty years later, Chrissie is released from prison but the locals are not happy..

This was a well written book with so many twists, it was hard to put this book down.

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When Natalie Breyas was nine-years old she saw the dead body of beautiful fourteen-year old Jenny Juliott out in the field of her family's farm and now thirty years later she still sees that pale and lifeless form whenever she happens to look out that same window. Chrissy Cornwall confessed and was convicted of the brutal murder when she was only a fifteen-year old at the time and now she is being released early from prison when she had received a life sentence and the majority of the people in town are angry and still unforgiving.
Natalie has always thought there were unanswered questions about the killing and why Jenny's body was deposited on their farm since the murder had clearly been stated that it had occurred elsewhere. Natalie is a writer although nothing has ever been published but now she knows what the the book is that she was meant to write. The true story of two teenage girls fighting over a boy that they were both in love with until one of them was so angry that she felt she had to eliminate her competition. Somehow, that story has never rung true to Natalie so she wants to set the story straight but also she really wants to understand what happened that night long ago because afterwards her family was never the same and she has so many questions that need answered. Now, how does Natalie get Chrissy Cornwall to talk to her when Chrissy has never given a single interview to anyone about that tragic night long ago that cost not one but two young girls their future lives.

This was a terrific story about teenage love gone wrong and how the murder of one person affects the lives of so many others and not just their immediate family members although this particular book takes a different path to an shocking and unexpected ending that the majority of readers wouldn't have forseen this climatic and tragic conclusion. The characters were well developed and Carissa Ann Lynch really brought them to life. The story was atmospheric and well-plotted which had my mind going back and forth about other possible suspects and their motives and why Chrissy confessed to a murder she didn't commit or did she? The writing was so well-done and the book was the perfect length instead of being long and drawn out with many unnecessary words and extraneous phrases that happens in so many other books. Many parents forget the power of young love and raging hormones and think of it as "puppy love" but to teens in love sometimes it becomes a life and death matter where they can't ever imagine living without their soulmate. Lying is part of being a teenager but when the wrong lie is told to the wrong person, will murder become the only solution? If anyone wants to read something clever and very different, then don't hesitate to read this book!

I want to thank the publisher "Harper 360" (One More Chapter) and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this digital copy and any thoughts or opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone!

I have given this book a rating of 4 ATMOSPHERIC AND TRAGIC 🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS!!

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The book opens with protagonist Natalie Breyas, who is nine when she sneaks into her brother’s room, disobeying her parents who told her to stay in her own room on the other side of the house. Borrowing his binoculars, she focuses on the emergency vehicles and people gathered in the family field until the circle opens, revealing a deceased young teenaged girl. Her appearance will haunt Natalie for the rest of her life. Another young teen confesses to the murder, an β€œopen and shut case.” Her mother leaves the family when Natalie is fourteen, her father, broken, dies from a heart attack, and her brother commits suicide. She returns to live at the family farm after finding her brother’s remains. The murderer, Chrissy Cornwall, is released from prison after thirty years, proclaiming her innocence. Natalie becomes determined to find who lied the night Jenny Juliette died.

Wow. I had to get up and walk around my home for a bit to digest this novel. I am stunned. β€œShe Lied She Died” is an unputdownable book that caused me to jump out of my own skin when the phone rang because I was so deeply engrossed. I feel like I was the one trying to the untangle the web of lies that swallows the reader whole. I was so embedded that it seemed like I was hearing a neighbor tell me about a horrendous bit of news that shook my small town. If you like thrilling suspense, real characters, convincing settings, and surprises, then I cannot recommend this outstandingly well-written work enough.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, One More Chapter/Harper Collins Publisher, LTD, and Carissa Ann Lynch for the ability to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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She Lied, She Died....

Now, that is my kind of title. Pulls me right in and instantly has my attention.

This is my first book by Carissa Ann Lynch, but without one doubt in my mind, I know it will not be my last.

This is a mind blowing read that I was captivated with early on. This book is not only a suspenseful thriller but also super creepy. I loved every minute of it and I devoured this book in one sitting.

I will be recommending this book for a long time coming!

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Wow! This one was good! I couldn’t put it down, it was so fast paced and kept my attention from page one until the very end. I kept thinking it had this one figured out, but I never did!

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She Lied She Died is the story of Natalie Bryers. When she was nine a body was discovered in her fathers field. This is the moment when everything changes in her life. The victim, Jenny Juliott, was brutally murdered. Christie Cornwell aged fourteen confesses to killing her and she is imprisoned.

Thirty years later and Chrissie has been paroled. When Natalie hears the news she wants to know the truth. She has always wanted to write a book about it, but there were so many what would be the point. Now she wonders if Chrissie would talk to her and tell her the truth about what really happened all those years ago. She decides to write her a letter to see if she will see her. After Chrissie gets the letter she comes to see Natalie. She wants to tell her side of the story and have Natalie write a book about her, she says she has evidence that will prove her innocence.

As is usually the case there was more to the truth than the police discovered. With a confession from Chrissie, she was sure to go to prison. But why would she confess? Could she have been protecting someone? At nine her memories are more of what she was told or read than what she actually remembers. Chrissie share some truths and a box of "proof" with Natalie. She also gets to read the evidence file. But still she has more questions than answers. The truth is just below the surface and she is bound and determined once and for all to find the truth.

The lies people tell to protect themselves or their loved ones keep piling up in this story. As Natalie fights for the truth she discovers more than she ever thought possible. This is a quick but fantastic read with many twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages until all is revealed.

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A convicted murderer is released after serving time, but claims she is innocent, despite her confession! With a strong connection to the case, a would be author investigates and finds the truth! Surprising ending!

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This was a really good thriller. I read the whole thing in a few hours! It sucked me right in and I devoured it. I loved Natalie and following her to find out who the true killer was and I never would have guessed the true story! Thank you netgalley, Carissa Ann Lynch and Harper 360 for giving me the chance to review this book and leave my honest feedback!

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When a woman who allegedly murdered a girl while in her teens is released from prison, a struggling true crime writer with a personal connection to the case begins to wonder if she is truly innocent--and if so, who the real killer could be.

Propelled by suspenseful secrets and clean, strong writing, SHE LIED SHE DIED is an amateur detective mystery that you won't be able to put down. The clues are numerous (as are the complicating red herrings), and the twists are satisfying. Plus the eerie small-town setting and character-driven narrative create a delightfully immersive experience that will snag thriller fans as well as mystery readers. I highly recommend this one to adult fans of the genre. It would also make a great pick for book clubs who don't mind dead bodies (in their books, of course).

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4.25 ⭐

Gripping from the beginning to the chilling end. Just when I think I am reading too many thrillers in a row and it'll be predictable ~ WHAM I get totally blindsided ~ I did not see that twist coming.

When Natalie was 9 years old, Jenny, a popular 14 year old girl, was found brutally murdered on her family's farm. Local trailer park 15 year old girl, Chrissy, confesses to her murder. Now, some 30 years or so later, Chrissy is out on parole and folks from the small town are not happy one bit.
Natalie has always wanted to be a published author, even has a degree, but she was never successful and is making ends meet by working at K-Mart. On a whim, she reaches out to Chrissy to try to figure out why she so easily confessed all those years ago in hopes of writing her story.
As the pages turn more information is slowly, but not annoyingly so, revealed of what really happened that night.

For some reason, maybe because we first meet Natalie when she is 9, she always seemed somewhat immature to me, even when she's in her 40's. Perhaps it was because she was running outside in the middle of night because she heard a noise. What single lady would do that when living on a remote farm?

Fast paced with tons of action jammed packed in this quick read. Happy to have found a new author to devour again and again.

TW ~ Suicide, brutal teenage murder, and I did not care for one part that joked about child molestation.

*Thanks to Netgalley, Harper 360 and Carissa Ann Lynch for the ARC. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review*

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I received an ARC of this book from Harper 360 via NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback. Having read a few of this author's thrillers before, I was excited to see this new one on offer. It was a solid psychological thriller - an actual psychological thriller, not a domestic drama masquerading as one! The author is excellent at atmosphere. You truly get a sense of the claustrophobic small town where no one ever forgets the past. The author also uses weather - severe rainstorms during climactic scenes - to further the sense of unease. You are definitely not sure who to believe is the killer, and I did not predict the final twists. I will say I thought it was perhaps a little slow-moving in parts, and I was not sure of the point of adding in the bits about Adrianna and her daughter.

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She Lied She Died is a fast-paced (and quite short) thriller. It can easily be read in one or two sittings. Fifteen-year-old Jenny was murdered on Natalie's family's farm 30 years ago. Now the supposed murderer, Chrissy, is being released on parole. Natalie, who still has questions about the night of the murder, finds herself looking back 30 years to search for what was missed. She believes that Chrissy may actually have been innocent. But if that is the case, then who was the real murderer, and is that person still out there? I found the story gripping and I definitely wanted to keep reading. I didn't particularly like or dislike any of the characters. I felt the book was almost too short to truly get to know them. I wish there had been more information and insight into the lives and actions of some of the characters 30 years ago (maybe flashbacks for Jenny or Chrissy). Overall, I'd give this book 3 - 3.5 stars.

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Unlike some of Lynch’s previous works, this book left me underwhelmed. I didn’t feel a connection with the characters and the storyline and parts were rushed. Very average read for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for review.

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I really enjoyed this book. I liked the writing style, even though the main characters inner monologues became annoying. I could not predict where this book was going or who the murderer ultimately was, which was refreshing.

When young Jenny is found brutally murdered in a field, 14 year old Chrissy Cornwall confesses that she did it. Years later, Chrissy gets out of jail and Natalie Bryers who’s childhood home was near the murder scene decides to write a piece about the whole event. Natalie is connected to the murder more than she realizes and as she interviews Chrissy, she begins to have doubts that she actually committed the murder. Did Chrissy really kill Jenny?

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

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She Lied She Died by Carissa Ann Lynch was an interesting book that was filled with all kinds of twist that I did not see coming and an end that made me say SNAP.
This book I read in one sitting because I could not wait to see what was going to happen and who the real killer was. I had all kinds of ideas dancing around in my head and I kept throwing them out and changing my theory around as the book moved on. I will admit I did flirt with who the killer was but did not have any clue who the real killer was and how this book was going to end and I loved that about this book.
I am going to give She Lied She Died four out of five stars.

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Natalie is an aspiring writer who moves back to her childhood home, where over 30 years ago, a 14 year old girl was found murdered on the family farm. Another teenager, Chrissy, was convicted of the murder, and she is now being paroled. Natalie contacts Chrissy, with the idea to write a book from Chrissy’s perspective, and when they meet, Chrissy has a story to tell that shocks Natalie. This is a fairly short read that gets bogged down by being overly descriptive, and that had a tendency to disrupt the flow of the story. The ending felt rushed, with a lot of things happening at once to try and tie up the storyline. Promising plot, but it just doesn’t deliver. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This was a pretty good twisty, revenge on revenge on revenge. The β€œwhen bad girls lie, good girls die” tagline is hanging me up tho. I can’t figure out how that works here? I mean I get the idea but if I take it literally it seems off to the actual story. BUT it was still a pretty good psychological thriller. At just under 400 pages pages this read like it was 200 pages. I was shocked how quickly I finished it I definitely thought I had a ways to go and then all the twists hit you one after the other at the end.
What I did find interesting that I haven’t seen in other books was that this was almost written as Natalie talking to herself. Every few lines was italicized as if it was Natalie’s inner voice trying to help her navigate the ideas and theories she was working through. It worked since Natalie was a bit of a loner though.
I can’t say much without giving it away since this was all based on one deeply buried lie, but I’d be interested to discuss this one in a book club as there were so many layers to it.
And I have to admire how Natalie was written as a writer who was taking on a scandal of a story for her big break but was waffling on it a lot as she seemed to have a conscience and was always thinking of how it would affect everyone else involved. I will definitely look to read more from CAL’s backlist.

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My first book by this author and it had me drawn in from page one. A real page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book if you are tired of your normal genres and want something different.

I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest opinion and review.

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A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Everything and everyone goes crazy when Jenny, a local teenager, is found brutally murdered on Natalie’s family’s farm. Chrissy Cornwall, who is only 14 at the time, is found guilty of the murder and is sentenced to a lifetime in prison. However, 30 years later, she is released… and she wants Natalie to tell her story and what really happened to Jenny many years ago.

I started reading this at the same time that I started The Overnight Guest, and there were a few similarities between the two books so I kept getting confused between the stories. I ended up pausing this one and coming back to it at a later time, which I’m really glad I did!

With a fresh mind, I was way more into the story and intrigued by the storyline. It was a pretty quick read after that. I was hooked from the beginning, and it was a pretty thrilling read.

I did feel like the ending was way too rushed, and I’m not too sure how satisfied I feel with the way everything wrapped up. I didn’t realize the book was so short because I had about 35% of the book left, so when I found out that 35% was actually a couple of chapters of a different Carissa Ann Lynch book, I was taken aback.

But overall, it was a great first book to read from Carissa Ann Lynch, and I can’t wait to pick up more of her others!

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