LET ME LIE BY CLARE MACKINTOSH
RATING: 4/5 STARS
RELEASE DATE: March 13th 2018
When you think about psychological thrillers, suspense, and strong female protagonists – Clare Mackintosh is one of the authors to come to mind. And I can say with 100% certainty that she does it again with her newest novel – Let Me Lie. I first read her second book I See You, not really knowing that it was her second novel – and I absolutely loved it.. but then I read her very first book, I Let You Go, and was obsessed… it quickly became one of my favourite reads of 2017.
Her newest novel, Let me Lie, definitely did not disappoint in comparison to her first two novels. Where the first books were more serious, and thrilling, this book was lighter in suspense – focusing on family secrets, betrayal, and self discovery.
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… (Goodreads.com)
I will admit that I found it a bit slow at the beginning (it could be my horrible reading slump I’ve been in for the last month). The characters’ introductions were thought out, with a gradual build up for the plot. After a few chapters, the story began to pick up, and I became immersed in the world of Anna Johnson, and her need to solve what exactly happened to her parents. As the story began to pick up, the twists and secrets were so shocking to me. I thought I had the mystery figured out, but I was completely blindsided – and that is what I absolutely love about crime fiction. Again, this is a much lighter suspense than her previous novels, which is perfect for those that aren’t particularly interested in a full on crime mystery. It was so easy to get close to the protagonist thanks to Mackintosh’s brilliant writing that I found myself rooting for Anna by the end. Although Anna’s familial situation was incredibly interesting and shocking to read, we can’t forget about another character’s POV… Murray.
Murray is a retired police officer who eventually works for the police with a desk job. Anna approaches him and confides in him that she doesn’t believe her parents committed suicide. Of course with his history in the police force, he became interested in the case and decided to take matters into his own hands before letting the rest of the police squad know. Not only is Murray’s thirst for continuing his policing career interesting, it’s his love for his wife, Sarah, who is battling with mental illness, that is the most intriguing to the point where it is heartbreaking to read. Although I loved Anna as a character, I really loved reading Murray’s side of the story. I don’t want to go on and spoil Murray’s story, but it’s amazing the way Mackintosh has the ability to write a story about ordinary, relatable people, in an unusual situation. Anna and Murray both showcase different sides of what a person will do to protect their family… and they manage to do so while being completely ordinary, and relatable characters.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read, and Mackintosh didn’t disappoint in the slightest. I was worried at first as I found it a bit hard to get into… but once those chapters were rolling I couldn’t stop myself.
If you are looking for a lighter suspense novel, with a relatable, and reliable narrator, then this novel may be for you!
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh will be hitting stores on MARCH 13TH 2018 at Chapters/Indigo, Kobo, Amazon, Google Books, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and this does not affect my views , opinions, or thoughts on this book.