Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Title: Let Me Lie
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Published: March 2018, Berkley
Format: ARC E-copy, 384 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

In the newest psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You, Clare Mackintosh brings us a gripping story about how those who love us never really leave us… 

Two years ago, Tom and Caroline Johnson committed suicide, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their adult daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unable to comprehend why they chose to end their lives. Now with a young baby herself, she feels her mother’s presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as Anna digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her. She soon learns that nothing is as it seemed.

My thoughts: This is the third book I've read by Clare Mackintosh and I just love her books. She manages to write such emotional, suspenseful books with the best twists - and she gets me every time! Just when I think I have things figured out, when I think I know where she is going to go - BAM, she totally throws such a good twist in the mix that I am gob-smacked and left completely stunned! And I totally love it!!!

I will say, this book starts off a little slower than her previous books, but not in a bad way. It pulls you in, but just takes a little while to really take off. I was still intrigued and never felt like I wanted to abandon the book...I just wondered where it was going to go and never once did I think it would go where it ended up. 

Anna is grieving over the loss of her parents. A new mother herself, she is still dealing with all the emotions that come with that, and finding it very hard to believe her parents would willingly end their lives. She believed they had committed suicide until she receives a note that has her thinking maybe that wasn't quite the case. She brings her suspicions to the police, meeting retired Detective Murray Mackenzie.  While technically not an active Detective any more, he agrees to help Anna.

I loved that while the majority of this book focused on the mystery surrounding Anna's parents, we do get to know a bit about Detective Murray and his wife, Sarah. I don't think this in any way detracted from the main story, in fact by knowing about Murray's home life, you realize why he is the way he is. And this isn't a bad thing at all. He just might be my favorite character in this whole book...and I would so love to see him again in another story!

This is a hard review to write without giving too much away. It's definitely best to go into this book as blind as possible for you to enjoy it fully without any spoilers. But know this...Clare Mackintosh is certainly no one-trick pony. Each of her books are as different and unique as the titles. This one is driven by character relationships, family dynamics and the emotional state of the characters involved. I loved it and cannot wait to see what comes next from her. She is definitely an auto-read for me as I know that I will be entertained and surprised with her books!


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