Synopsis from Penguin Publishing:
The stunning new novel from Clare Mackintosh, the international bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You.
The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.
Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide.
Now with a baby herself, Anna feels her mother’s absence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as she digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.
Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie….
About: Let Me Lie is a thriller written by Clare Mackintosh. It was published on 3/13/2018 by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 400 pages. The genres are suspense & thriller, women’s fiction, and crime mysteries. According to Berkley’s website, “Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors.” The author also wrote two other fantastic thrillers called I See You and I Let You Go. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Let Me Lie on 8/5/2018 and finished it on 8/16/2018. This book is a good read! I love Murray as soon as I read the part about him carrying a handkerchief around just so when a woman cry, he could offer that to her. Anna’s life is a bored to read mainly because she’s in a grieving process and feeling spooked at every turn due to the unexpected mail she received. I like how so many people could be the bad guys. I like uncle Billy’s love story. I’m glad the story change pace in the second half of the book because I was losing interest fast.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Anna, 26, a new mom to Ella. Her husband, Mark, 40 is a counselor she met while grieving through her parent’s deaths. Anna’s parents committed suicide by walking off the cliff, seven months apart from each other. On the anniversary of her mom’s death, Anna receives a card that indicated her mom may have been murdered instead of suicide. The second point of view is Murray, a retired police officer investigating into Anna’s parents’ deaths. This book is divided into three parts. The question is why would someone send a threatening message to Anna that her parents may have been murdered to have a brick thrown into her window to threaten her not to contact the police? There is a third point of view floating around in different chapters.
Let Me Lie is well written, though each of the characters’ life seems a bit dull, except Murray’s. I like following Murray’s point of view. He’s such a gentle soul and very thorough at investigating. I like his relationship with his wife, even though she’s going through tough times. I like the unexpected twists and turns, though I’m getting a bit irritated with many recent psychological thrillers that I read where the focus is on “you never know what goes on behind closed doors.” The working up to the end is excellent especially when police zoom in on solving the mystery while the lie is unraveling. I recommend everyone to read this book, especially for the thrill towards the end!
Pro: mystery, suspense, twists, lies
Con: a bit slow going on the first half with characters’ dull life
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Clare Mackintosh is an award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent twelve years on the police force in England and has written for the Guardian, Good Housekeeping, and other publications. A columnist for Cotswold Life, she is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and lives in North Wales with her family. She is the author of I See You and I Let You Go. (Photo and Info obtained from Penguin’s Website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Berkley for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.