Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Published: 4 Feb 2020 by Gallery Books (according to Goodreads and Amazon); 1 Apr 2020 (according to NetGalley)
Page count: 336
My Format: eARC via NetGalley
Would I recommend it: Probably not
Commission Link: Buy Behind Every Lie
My rating: ★★☆☆☆
Synopsis from Goodreads
If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?
Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.
Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.
This is my first Christina McDonald book. The premise sounded promising and I have been on the lookout for a great thriller! Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get what I was hoping for. Here are my pros and cons for Behind Every Lie:
- This book started out very well. I was drawn into a murder mystery story that was built on a foundation of secrets between a mother and a daughter. I was intrigued.
- I liked the dual POV story, which also went back and forth between the past and present. I thought this provided a well-rounded narrative and I really like how the past narrative from the mom’s POV comes into the present with Eva’s POV at the very end of the book.
- I thought the relationship between Eva and her mother was decently depicted. I particularly enjoyed the mom’s POV regarding their relationship because she seemed the most honest about her feelings – unfortunately she was only honest with herself and not Eva. Personally, I would have liked a little more depth here; however, I don’t think the relationship was underdeveloped.
- My biggest problem with this book is that there were simply too many coincidences required to make the story work. For example, Eva was struck by lightning right after her mother was murdered so she lost her memory? Seriously? Come on… That is just one of many coincidences. Some were more palatable than others, but there were simply too many to make this story realistic.
- I’m not buying that the murderer would have done what he/she did for the reason he/she did it and when he/she did it.
- I also felt the story was quite repetitive. I felt like I spent a lot of time reading about Eva debating about when or whether she should talk to the police! Like over and over and over.
- Poor Jacob! He was essentially an unnecessary character except to provide a way for Eva to drop a pointless bombshell at the end of the story that really didn’t go anywhere.
- Eva has to be the most unlucky protagonist in the history of thriller novels. Goodness sakes! Everything went wrong for her… like nonstop! It was a tad over the top in my opinion.
- The reveal didn’t impress me. I saw it coming a mile away. Even the little twist regarding the murder didn’t impress me.
I could go into way more detail about some of the coincidences that messed up the book for me, but then this wouldn’t be a spoiler free review. So, I will simply say that this book had a good premise that only worked because of the many unrealistic coincidences and the requirement for almost total suspension of belief. There were things I enjoyed about the story, but overall this book was just okay for me.
Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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