Primary Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Published: 8 Mar 2018 by Sphere
Page count: 400
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Pacing: Bit slow
Would I recommend it: Maybe
Commission Link: Buy on Amazon
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Synopsis from Goodreads
The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong.
One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.
Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…
I’m continuing my quest to find awesome thrillers. I read some reviews indicating Clare Mackintosh writes great thrillers with awesome twists so I decided to read one of her books. Here are my pros and cons for Let Me Lie:
- The premise and setup definitely captured my attention. There was a reasonably good buildup of tension at the beginning and I found myself wondering where the story was going to go from the onset.
- Details within the story seemed completely realistic and plausible to me. Sometimes with thrillers there is a little bit of suspension of belief required, but this one didn’t require that in my opinion. The situation was realistic and according to the author the premise was inspired by a real-life event.
- The ending was also reasonably solid and believable (at least the twist reveal part and resolution). The overall story was decent, however the execution was lacking (see cons).
- The first 25% of the book was pretty good and the last 25% of the book was okay. The middle was LOOOONG and SLOOOOOW and repetitive and boring. Ugh. I felt like giving up at times but I was too intrigued to reach the “awesome”, “you’ll never figure it out” twist was that was promised.
- The twist wasn’t really the shocker that I expected. I did not figure it out in advance (at least the “who” part of what happened surprised me); however, once I did learn what was really going on, it quickly became ho-hum for me. I was almost too simple and kind of anti-climactic.
- I didn’t really connect emotionally to any of the characters.
- The subplot about Murray (detective/investigator) and his wife, while interesting and heartfelt, was ultimately extraneous and unnecessary to the story. I’m fine with secondary stories as long as they support the main plot in some way. Murray’s story felt like a completely different book mixed in with the main mystery and it felt really disjointed. It just didn’t work for me as written in this book. That said, I would read a story solely about Murray and his wife any day.
- I honestly didn’t think this book was ever going to end. Even after the twist is revealed and everything is resolved, there was still a big chunk of the book left to read. For me, even with the extra little surprise at the very end of the book, I thought the conclusion fizzled out.
- The book would have benefited from an edit of about 100 or so pages.
This was a relatively decent book that suffered in execution. The story was needlessly drawn out and the secondary story about the detective’s personal life was completely unnecessary to the main storyline. If the story had been edited down just a bit, I think I would have rated it a little higher.
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