Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Title: Lies She Told
Author: Cate Holahan
Original Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis: The truth can be darker than fiction.

Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.

Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, she aims to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River.

Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the East River, and Liza’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 her own. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

*No spoilers below.

I recently DNF’d a book written in this same format, of a book within a book so I have to commend Cate Holahan on writing one I could get through. While it is confusing following two plots, especially ones that are so similar, Beth and Liza were both equally engrossing.

I read this on my Kindle app and the fonts changed for each narrator. This helped me easily distinguish the women from each other and I never had a problem with mixing up the stories. In the first half, I was definitely wanting more and more of Beth but, the second half, Liza’s life takes the cake.

All of the ending revelations were shocking, rushed, and came completely out of nowhere. The side characters were measly and needed more fleshing out. At the very least, I would have liked more scenes with Liza’s best friend.

I enjoyed the pacing of the story but, it was also hard to stay focused. I needed to reread sentences a LOT. The writing was beautiful though– I would totally 100% read another book by this author.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Dates Read: June 21-July 19, 2019

Laughter is the only vaccine for crying. You shed a few tears instead of a thousand.

The faithful often find themselves blindsided. They don’t suspect anything because they can’t imagine doing something so awful themselves.

We humans are a strange lot. We tend to prefer familiarity and predictability over nearly everything. We repeat what we’ve seen, even when we know it’s a mistake.

Discover yourself before you find a man. Otherwise, when he leaves, you won’t know where to go.

The past is always hiding behind the present, threatening to peek out and drag everything down.

Ignorance is never bliss. It is to walk around with a cancer in your colon, one that could be cut out safely within seven years but is instead allowed to grow, undisturbed, while you focus on other matter, unaware that it is spreading to your gut, infiltrating your bone marrow, your blood, all your vital organs until it has twisted your body into something grotesque and unsustainable. Until you’re too sick to survive.

7 thoughts on “Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

  1. Oooh, this sounds good!
    Book within a book can go wrong really easily. I read a good one not so long ago, Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. If you like Agatha Christie style mysteries, i can totes recommend it. 🙂

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  2. As I was reading the sypnosis I was so sure of what was to come lol. Not disappointed even though I kind of predicted it haha.
    I’m actually gonna add this to my TBR list it sounds fab! Although it sucks it was rushed at the end and some characters were meh, I’m willing to give it a read now that I know what to expect lol.

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