Let Me Lie

Let Me Lie

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...

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Title:Let Me Lie
Author:Clare Mackintosh
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Let Me Lie Reviews

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MARCH 14, 2018.

    "LET ME LIE has GREAT twists and is another Clare Mackintosh book you won't want to miss. You won't see it coming and ask yourself how you missed it.

    The tension at the end makes this one her best yet. 5/5

    This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review."

  • Dorie

    I read Ms. Mackintosh’s book “I Let You Go” and enjoyed it. I was looking forward to another great read in “Let Me Lie”. Although some reviewers seem to be disappointed in this book I liked it. Here’s why:

    The story is told from multiple points of view which is always interesting and since one of the narrators is not identified I found it that much more enticing.

    The writing is very good. It flowed well and kept me reading. It had plenty of twists and lots of lies, lots and lots of lies! The main

    I read Ms. Mackintosh’s book “I Let You Go” and enjoyed it. I was looking forward to another great read in “Let Me Lie”. Although some reviewers seem to be disappointed in this book I liked it. Here’s why:

    The story is told from multiple points of view which is always interesting and since one of the narrators is not identified I found it that much more enticing.

    The writing is very good. It flowed well and kept me reading. It had plenty of twists and lots of lies, lots and lots of lies! The main character, Anna Johnson, is well described. She is a young woman dealing with the deaths of both of her parents, a new baby and a still developing relationship with the baby’s father. I may have wanted her to handle some of the situations differently but, hey, this is a story. She is just beginning to heal when she receives an anonymous note which suggests that perhaps her parents deaths were not by suicide, as they had been ruled by the police investigation but something else.

    When Anna calls the police it is an answered by a retired police detective, Murray, who still works at the station at the desk for incoming calls, etc. Though he is no longer licensed to take on a case he has a suspicion about this one and decides that he can at least get some information to pass along to the detectives. He gets more and more involved and we learn a lot about his character and his own family life. His wife has been battling mental illness all of her life and has been in and out of hospital and psych wards throughout their marriage, he never gives up on her. I couldn’t help but love this character who, in spite of his own pressing problems, continues to try to help Anna.

    There are other characters as well who could possibly be involved in a cover up, or a part of a crime committed. There is her partner, Mark, a psychologist, who appears loving and cares about Anna and baby Ella and wants to marry her but how much does she really know about him? There is her uncle Billy who, along with Anna, inherited the auto business that her parents started. She has a very good friend named Laura who also lost her mother a few years back. Dr. Drake is a next door neighbor who always seems to be a bit too interested in what is going on at the Johnson house.

    I liked the book and the notes from the author afterward. She wanted not only to write a thriller but to also convey a message about suicides. She states “According to the charity MIND, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems this year and more than 25% of us admit to having had suicidal thoughts at some point in our lives”. I don’t know how much more research backs up these numbers but I know that there are lots of suicides committed every year and perhaps some may have been prevented if someone noticed the signs of depression or mental illness in their loved ones, friends or family and reached out a helping hand. I applaud her in trying to bring awareness to this subject.

    I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley, thank you.

  • Dennis

    Clare Mackintosh and I have a very interesting relationship; I have strong opinions about her novels....and she has no idea who I am. When I started reviewing thrillers, one of the first big stories I reviewed was

    , and it just wasn't my favorite story. I do know that the author spent over a decade on the police force and it has become some sort of a muse for her widely popular thriller novels. When I received my advanced copy of

    from Berkley (thank you!), I wanted to give

    Clare Mackintosh and I have a very interesting relationship; I have strong opinions about her novels....and she has no idea who I am. When I started reviewing thrillers, one of the first big stories I reviewed was

    , and it just wasn't my favorite story. I do know that the author spent over a decade on the police force and it has become some sort of a muse for her widely popular thriller novels. When I received my advanced copy of

    from Berkley (thank you!), I wanted to give Ms. Mackintosh a second chance. Let me tell you, I am so happy that I did!

    is a deep, emotionally-driven thriller that successfully juggles many real-life dramas that can happen to anyone. What makes this story so enthralling for me was that while I was reading, I felt that this could happen to anyone. These realistic themes not only make the story immersive, but also very enchanting. In

    wdeal with suicide, family conflict, mental illness, and betrayal. Anna Johnson is coping after a year of chaos and depression from the suicides of her mother and father. Both parents chose to end their lives in the same way within a short span apart from each other. Anna is now a mother, raising her newborn Ella with her partner Mark, and she is still struggling with the aftermath of their deaths. She misses her parents immensely, but on the anniversary of her mother's death she receives information that could change the magnitude of everything.

    is a story that if you know any more than the blurb I provided, it could potentially spoil it for you. Go in blind, I'm warning you now. Anyone who tells you more about this story is a bad friend and should be excommunicated immediately. While I was reading

    , I did note many similarities to

    that I wanted to comment on. With this story, we do receive multiple POVs that alternate

    between the main character and the police officer investigating the crime. I believe what makes

    a more robust story than her predecessors is that we have an interesting back story for

    narrators without deviating too much from the main plot. The story this time around is concentrated on a centralized theme and we really don't get any irrelevant potholes. My only concern with this novel is that in the first 1/3 of the story, it stays pretty stagnant in terms of plot development. We hear accounts from Anna and the people in her life and how they dealt with the suicides of Caroline and Tom Johnson. I grew a tad impatient when starting this story because I knew that it was going to deliver more action. Before any real action took place, we kept hearing about the emotional status of everyone around her. It just felt a little repetitive to me and I caught myself itching to skip around. However, I stuck with it and I am glad I did because as I read on, everything made sense to me. If you find yourself feeling like this is a slow-burn without any golden nuggets, keep going—I promise it'll all make sense. Ms. Mackintosh set the stage expertly and you'll catch yourself going

    at the perfect moment.

    Clare Mackintosh, I'm back on board the super-fan train. I'm excited for what you have next in store.

    will be released on March 8, 2018 everywhere. Thank you again Berkley Publishing for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melisa

    Clare Mackintosh is a

    writer. If she writes it, I will read it.

    I hate to compare author’s novels to each other and not take them as original works, but I struggled with that in this case.

    was an amazing book - it ripped out my heart and brought me to tears. (Bit dramatic? Yes. But true.) This one unfortunately didn’t pan out how I was hoping.

    This will be an exciting, twisty thriller to some, but for someone who reads a lot of this genre, I found it to be a bit predictabl

    Clare Mackintosh is a

    writer. If she writes it, I will read it.

    I hate to compare author’s novels to each other and not take them as original works, but I struggled with that in this case.

    was an amazing book - it ripped out my heart and brought me to tears. (Bit dramatic? Yes. But true.) This one unfortunately didn’t pan out how I was hoping.

    This will be an exciting, twisty thriller to some, but for someone who reads a lot of this genre, I found it to be a bit predictable. There are many twists to be had, and unfortunately, they didn’t work for me. This is a downfall for a reader who loves thrillers and mysteries - I seem to always have my detective hat on and can’t take it off and just enjoy!

    I did love the characters of Murray and Sarah and would love to hear more about their story.

    This was a Traveling Sisters group read and I always love hearing the perspectives from my buddies, they always add a fresh take to my perspective.

    Copy provided by Edelweiss for an honest review- thank you.

  • Marialyce

    3 somewhat tremulous stars

    Imagine losing your father to suicide and then months later, your mother follows with her own suicide in the same place your father chose to end his life?

    For Anna Johnson, this was her reality. Trying to cope with this plus the demands of being a new mother having had a baby with her boyfriend is difficult. However, after receiving cryptic notes in the mail. Anna begins to question if perhaps these suicide were more, that more being murder.

    The story continues throwing

    3 somewhat tremulous stars

    Imagine losing your father to suicide and then months later, your mother follows with her own suicide in the same place your father chose to end his life?

    For Anna Johnson, this was her reality. Trying to cope with this plus the demands of being a new mother having had a baby with her boyfriend is difficult. However, after receiving cryptic notes in the mail. Anna begins to question if perhaps these suicide were more, that more being murder.

    The story continues throwing in many twists and turns as Anna seeks out the help of a former police detective, Murray, who himself is dealing with a wife he loves desperately, but who suffers from a personality disorder.

    Are Anna's suspicions correct? Is she and her daughter in danger? Can they find the truth surrounding this tragedy and ultimately can she stop the ghosts and memories that keep chasing her?

    The downside to this book was that there were many instances where this reader would just roll her eyes. There was a lot going on and at times it seemed as if the author threw caution to the wind and overloaded the novel with too many occurrences that stretched one's imagination.

    Thanks to the author, the publisher, and edelweiss for a copy of this novel.

    Thanks also to my traveling sisters who read and discussed this book with me. As always their insights offered a wonderful view of this book.

  • Jan

    Big disappoint for me, especially after my first experience with this author-

    - was an easy 5 stars.

    I found the protagonist annoying, the plot unrealistic, and the pace so slow I found myself skimming through chapters trying to find the high points. Even the ending couldn't save this one for me.

    Others have responded more positively than I, so don let this review scare you off. I still have faith that my next venture with this author will have me singing her praises again.

    ARC provided

    Big disappoint for me, especially after my first experience with this author-

    - was an easy 5 stars.

    I found the protagonist annoying, the plot unrealistic, and the pace so slow I found myself skimming through chapters trying to find the high points. Even the ending couldn't save this one for me.

    Others have responded more positively than I, so don let this review scare you off. I still have faith that my next venture with this author will have me singing her praises again.

    ARC provided by NetGalley

  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

    Truth be told,

    didn't do much for me.  As psychological thrillers go, this was tepid to the point of going cold.  Doubly disappointing as I thoroughly enjoyed the author's first novel,

    .  

    Mistakes are made, accidents happen, lies are told.  So many lies, it becomes exhausting.  A new mom is still mourning the suicide of her father.  A few months later, her mother follows suit.  Questions remain.  

    The writing was fine,

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

    Truth be told,

    didn't do much for me.  As psychological thrillers go, this was tepid to the point of going cold.  Doubly disappointing as I thoroughly enjoyed the author's first novel,

    .  

    Mistakes are made, accidents happen, lies are told.  So many lies, it becomes exhausting.  A new mom is still mourning the suicide of her father.  A few months later, her mother follows suit.  Questions remain.  

    The writing was fine, the best thing in the book to me was the time spent with retired cop Murray and his wife.  For seasoned readers of thrillers, this probably won't bring anything new to the table.

  • JanB

    This was my first book by this author although I own I Let You Go, a book I've heard wonderful things about and plan to read soon. I really enjoyed the beginning of this one and was very invested in the characters and the writing. I had enormous sympathy for Anna who lost both her parents to suicide within a year. When there are clues that perhaps her parent's deaths were not suicide, Detective Murray is brought in and re-opens the investigation. He was a welcome addition to the story, and ended

    This was my first book by this author although I own I Let You Go, a book I've heard wonderful things about and plan to read soon. I really enjoyed the beginning of this one and was very invested in the characters and the writing. I had enormous sympathy for Anna who lost both her parents to suicide within a year. When there are clues that perhaps her parent's deaths were not suicide, Detective Murray is brought in and re-opens the investigation. He was a welcome addition to the story, and ended up being my favorite character. I just loved him. I found the side story of his wife's struggles with mental illness to be sensitive and heartfelt. I applaud the author for wring a character that sheds light and understanding on mental health issues.

    Unfortunately, back to the main characters, when the twists started coming, the story fell apart for me. There were too many and the story became a convoluted mess that didn't hold up to scrutiny. Sometimes, less is more. Truthfully, the resolution and the events that happened towards the end ruined the entire book for me.

    Some readers have enjoyed this book, so don't take my word alone for it - read those reviews too.

    * Thank you to Edelweiss, the publisher and the author for an e-galley of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    Thanks to my traveling sisters group - you make reading books together always enjoyable.

    The Traveling Sister's blog can be found at:

  • Norma

    2.5 stars rounded down

    First off I want to mention that I absolutely loved I LET YOU GO and was absolutely WOWED by that book and subsequently will read anything that CLARE MACKINTOSH writes! Even though this one didn't quite work out for me I will still read future books by this author.

    If I am rating this solely on my review rating system this book gets no more than 2.5 stars from me which I have decided to round down.  It was just okay and for the most part it wasn’t an enjoyable read for me.

    2.5 stars rounded down

    First off I want to mention that I absolutely loved I LET YOU GO and was absolutely WOWED by that book and subsequently will read anything that CLARE MACKINTOSH writes! Even though this one didn't quite work out for me I will still read future books by this author.

    If I am rating this solely on my review rating system this book gets no more than 2.5 stars from me which I have decided to round down.  It was just okay and for the most part it wasn’t an enjoyable read for me. For all of you who follow my reviews I think you all are pretty much aware that I pretty much love and enjoy most of the books that I read and I hand out a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. Endings in books are a huge deciding factor for me in what I will rate said book. With that being said I was really disappointed with the way that this one played out.

    LET ME LIE by CLARE MACKINTOSH was an interesting enough psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns to be had here and there was definitely something about this book that did hold my interest enough to keep me wanting to read to the end.  There were just a few too many things included in this storyline near the end of the book that just didn’t work for me and just left me feeling disappointed with the outcome.

    CLARE MACKINTOSH does know how to write though and I really do enjoy her writing style so I definitely had no issues there. I must also say that I absolutely love that cover and the best part of this book for me were the chapters told in the perspective from retired cop Murray. I really loved the characters of Murray and his wife Sarah!

    Thank you so much to all my fellow Traveling Sisters for another wonderful discussion!

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

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