From the ARC-ives is a feature I created in an attempt to tackle those old ARCs on my TBR. Only time will tell if I fail or succeed, but with my deadline looming (OCTOBER…yeesh) [SPOILER ALERT – This was for 2019; I failed and haven’t done a challenge update yet!] I had better get my reading butt in gear! I have really buckled down on this, but I’m going to be honest. I don’t think 24 by the end of October is doable…even with the books I’ve read and haven’t reviewed yet that qualify for the challenge!
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
ARC from Netgalley
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Clare Mackintosh is an author I’ve been sitting on pretty much since her debut novel – and you guys. Shame on me! The hype for this author is real, and it’s well-deserved! I enjoyed Let Me Lie so much; you better believe I’ll be making my way through her back list ASAP!
Anna is a new mom dealing with a lot of emotions as the anniversary of her mother’s death approaches. But when she receives a note hinting at the fact that her parents deaths may not have been suicides – a ‘fact’ she never believed – she can’t decide if her mental health is spiraling, or if she really received the letter. I thought Anna’s emotions were very well written and her doubts, then her certainties, then her doubts again, were depicted perfectly. The doubts she was having as a new mother were creeping into other areas of her life, which I thought was so realistic.I really liked her as a character, and I feel like this book was both character driven and plot driven. There was just enough of both so that I was invested in Anna and what she was going through, and I was dying to know what was going to happen next. The family dynamics were always interesting and a bit surprising, and I loved the addition of Anna’s uncle and particularly Monty, the gentleman who dives into this closed case and is facing a lot of problems of his own.
There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and I thought this book was very atmospheric. The author also did a good job building up to the end and keeping me on the edge of my seat while everything played out. When I wasn’t reading this book, it was all I could think about, and I couldn’t wait to pick it up again! I would say my only gripe is that the way things ended up with Anna felt more obligatory than anything; there was no build up or nothing to suggest things would go this way, and that was a bit of a letdown.
Let Me Lie was a book that I picked up while I was in the midst of a Mystery/Thriller binge, just like the books before it, I was not disappointed. It just solidified my love for the genre and made sure my TBR pile is bulked right up with them!
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