"A chilling story that blurs the lines of reality and fiction."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted February 25, 2018
Liza Cole is a writer under a tight 30 day deadline that
gives her a chance to get back on that bestseller list
again. On top of this, she is trying to start a family with
her husband. There are serious problems with that because
she is undergoing fertility treatments that are throwing her
body into chaos. It is not like she is receiving any support
from her husband, either. He is too distracted over his
missing friend, who is also his business partner, to care
very much about his wife.
The book that Liza is writing is a thriller about a young,
new mother named Beth who suspects that her husband is
cheating on her. Beth is determined to confront her husband
about his infidelities. However, she ends up tossing the
body of his mistress into the East River.
When her husband's friend, Nick, is dragged from the very
same East River in Beth's story, Liza has to figure out what
is real and what is not. And she only has 30 days to do that.
LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan is one of the most mesmerizing
novels I have
ever read. It begins as a puzzle and continues to be one
until the facts are all finally separated from fiction. This
is a puzzle that will keep you up at night as you speed
along the road to solving it.
Written in both Liza's real time and Beth's fictional story,
LIES SHE TOLD is a novel like none other. I was drawn into
this maze instantly and continued eagerly through it like a
little laboratory mouse trying to blaze my way to the end
where I know my reward waits for me. While there are a few
aspects of the plot that you will probably figure out pretty
early in the beginning, it does nothing to deter from the
uniqueness and mysteriousness of this highly spine tingling
LIES SHE TOLD is one of a kind treat for readers. You will
not find a novel like this no matter how many you read.
Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.
Liza Cole has thirty days to write the thriller that
could put her back on the bestseller list. In the
meantime, sheâ€™s struggling to start a family with her
husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his
best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in
both her professional and her personal lives, Liza
escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth.
Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating
on her while sheâ€™s home alone caring for their newborn.
Angry and betrayed, she sets out to catch him in the act
and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their
perfect life. But before she realizes it, sheâ€™s tossing
the body of her husbandâ€™s mistress into the East River.
Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.
Nickâ€™s body is dragged from the same river and Lizaâ€™s
husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline
is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the
people around her, including herself. If she doesnâ€™t, the
end of her heroineâ€™s story could be the end of her own.
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