Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Review: Lie, Lie Again by Stacy Wise (audio)


Title: Lie, Lie Again
Author: Stacy Wise
Narrator: Emily Ellet
Published: January 2021, Brilliance Audio / Lake Union Publishing
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes / 382 pages
Source: Audio via Brilliance Publishing / Print via GetRed PR

Summary:
For three women with so much to hide, there’s no such thing as a little white lie…

All three women who live at 1054 Mockingbird Lane have secrets…and with a body at the bottom of their apartment building’s staircase, those secrets need to stay buried.

Sylvia Webb has a plan. And a potential Mr. Right. He’s sweet, simple, and dependably clueless about what she’s up to. The only thing unpredictable about him is his needy ex-girlfriend, who is this close to shattering Sylvia’s dreams. But Sylvia’s not going to let that happen.

Riki McFarlan has a good career and an amazing boyfriend who wants to settle down. If only she didn’t have feelings for her neighbor—who happens to be her close friend’s husband. With everything going so right, why is Riki flirting with something so wrong, so…dangerous?

Embry Taylor is as devoted to her children as she is to her husband, who’s a bartender by night, an aspiring actor by day. She is his biggest fan. But with his career not taking off and tensions high, even sweet Embry has something she’s desperate to keep hidden.

Lies, secrets, and revenge. For three neighbors with stakes so high, someone is headed for a downfall.

 

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Stacy Wise and it's just a fun, smart domestic drama along the lines of Desperate Housewives and Melrose Place - remember those shows??? - with a murder thrown in. It's totally binge-worthy and full of secrets and lies that you just cannot make up!

While I cannot say I loved all the characters, I can say that I found myself completely pulled into the drama that happens at 1054 Mockingbird Lane. The three women we meet all have their own drama and I did love that each so well-developed. They were all so different from each other and each had their own backstory that really gave them depth. We get to explore just a bit of each as the story progresses so that these characters felt quite dynamic.

I did appreciate that while there is a murder and that is where this story is ultimately heading towards, we do see that there is the underlying theme that the grass is not always greener on the other side. As we get to know each of the three women, that theme comes up again and again, and they each come to find out that while they might not be happy with where they are right now, what someone else has might appear to look better but that person might not be happy. It's such a vicious cycle.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun, wild ride that totally kept my attention as I wondered where it was heading. It's an addicting, binge-worthy read that is worth picking up!

 

Audio thoughts: This was really a fun audio and I ended up listening to it in one day! It's the first time I've listened to Emily Ellet narrate and I thought she did a great job with the narration of this story, really bringing the book to life. Her pacing was spot on and she infused just the right amount of emotion and tension into her voice as necessary. 


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