August, Reviews, Thriller
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#BookReview | Lies She Told

“To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day, I rob myself blind.”

Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson 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 herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

This was a very readable book, one you will want to breeze through.

Lines are blurred between reality and fiction when romantic suspense writer, Liza Jones, while trying to write a new thriller, is distracted by the disappearance of her husbands’ best friend, Nick.

However, I did have a few issues with it. One of them being the ending. It was a bit of a let down, with nothing feeling fully settled. Her obsession with getting pregnant also irritated me slightly, but only in the sense that here her husband is falling apart at the seams after his best friend and law partner disappears and she keeps pressuring him about fertility treatments, and going away on a romantic weekend to fertilize those eggs. It just seemed a bit insensitive to me. Also the fact that sentences like this

” . . . unfertilized eggs seems to have grown limbs and is throwing a tantrum, kicking and clawing at my muscles and vital organs.”

appeared. You could just say she was nauseous, instead of writing that sentence.

All these were minor issues, though. I ended up breezing through this, unable to put it down. I did end up guessing a bit early on who the killer might be, but the reasons behind it will leave you surprised.

My Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

*I received an arc copy via Netgalley from the publisher, Crooked Lane Books. Thank you!


  1. Sometimes you just need a read to breeze through and not stress about… A shame about the ending, but good to hear you still enjoyed it! Great review. 🙂

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  2. Sorry to hear about the ending and the writing. The sentence that you shared is awful lol. I didn’t know what it meant until you mentioned nauseous . Glad that you liked the book though despite the issues. Great review.


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