Lies She Told: A Novel

Lies She Told: A Novel

by Cate Holahan


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ISBN-13: 9781683312956
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 536,629
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Cate Holahan, author of the acclaimed psychological suspense novel The Widower's Wife, is an award-winning journalist and a former television producer. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

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Lies She Told 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MemphisTigerGal More than 1 year ago
Liza is dealing with a deadline to write a suspense novel, fertility treatments, and a husband who is too preoccupied with his missing business partner to pay attention to her. She dives into writing a book about a new mother, Beth, who is dealing with the fact her husband is having an affair and then murders the mistress. The farther Liza gets into this book, the more she starts relating to Beth as her alter-ego. Soon, the lines start to blur between fact and fiction. If you like the novels with an unreliable narrator (Think Girl on a Train), THIS one is for you. The story bounces back and forth between real life and the novel Liza is writing. At first, that threw me off, but I got used to that fairly quickly. As the book goes on, the reader gets a sense of the mental instability of both female protagonists. I thought I had the ending figured out until I got to the ending. I don't want to spoil this one, so I won't give details. The writing was excellent and the plot development was superb. Looking back, there were so many little details weaved into the story that became major parts of the story. Very well done and highly recommend. I will be looking for other books from this author. Four stars for me. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really predictable. But enjoyable as an audiobook while commuting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little disappointed with the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am one of those awful people who likes to read the end midway through. Then I like to go back to see how the book gets to that end. In this case, reading the end didn't answer enough questions, so I remained in suspense straight through. Afterwards, I thought about how all the pieces came together. For me, good mystery leaves bread crumbs along the way that, on reflection, lead to the conclusion, and this one did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, could easily pick out things like the fathers abuse etc. That would be my only negative. Id rather not know something than figure it out early on. I like the aha moments. Otherwise very good read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liza Cole is an author married to David who is an attorney. David’s partner, Nick, has been missing for some time now. David is beside himself. He refuses to believe that someone could have killed his good friend. Liza and David have been trying to have a baby with no success. She is in an experimental trial program via her doctor to see if she can finally become pregnant. The hormones are so powerful that she is constantly sick and headachy. The stress that each of them is under is hurting their marriage. Liza had had a very successful book earlier in her career, but now she is struggling to come up with a good plot. Her editor has let her know that she has one month to give him something positive. So, her new book is about Beth, who after much difficulty, has just given birth to Vicky. Sleep-deprived and tired tending to her little baby, she is upset when she sees her husband with another woman having dinner. She is afraid to confront him thinking that their marriage will end and she will be solely responsible for raising Vicky. The story of Liza and David switches back and forth to Liza’s characters, Beth and her husband. Soon, we see how the two storylines become intertwined making readers wonder what is real and what isn’t. Oh, this is a magnificently written story that I did not want to put down. The characters are well-created and so real. The story will keep you turning those pages right up to the end. A great book. Don’t miss it. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Wanda_M More than 1 year ago
A hooked-into-it lead! Not only physical abuse, but mental too! Will he be able to break her spirit? LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan led me down a path of intrigue that led deeper into deception, betrayal, along with never-ending lies. Could murder be involved? Lisa Cole, an author who writes thrillers. And with a seemingly happy family, has been asked to help find out why her husband's brother Nick is missing. Will this lead to more intrigue? Will her stories help or hinder her from finding out the truth? Why was she advised to see a psychiatrist? Could she wind up in deeper trouble because of it? Is something being planned through her husband? Will he believe her? Will anyone else believe her? Interesting read!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was certainly a different kind of story. There are two main characters, Liza, who is writing a book and Beth, who is the character in Liza's book. The suspense was certainly there and I pretty much sped right through. Although, I did have trouble at times recognizing whether it was Liza or Beth speaking. I think that putting the name at the start of the chapter would help a lot to end the confusion. I found myself going along and then bogged down a few times trying to figure it out. Suspenseful and jaw dropping! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
Lies She Told is a gripping mystery/thriller that follows Liza and Beth as they deal with some horrible things that are going on in their lives. Liza is trying to start a family with her husband who is dealing the disappearance of his best friend. Beth just had a baby and is suspicious that her husband is cheating on her. But the catch is that Beth is a fictional character in a book that Liza is reading. Which reminded me of Inception except it was a book within a book instead of a dream within a dream within a dream. I have read books like that before and they have always fallen short of the mark for me. But with Lies She Told, I was very impressed with how the author handled both stories. I mean, Beth’s story was completely different from Liza’s but they were the same (need to read the book). Which impressed me. The scene where everything was tied together kind of blew my mind because I honestly didn’t connect the two stories until then. I did think that Liza was a bit flaky throughout the whole book. But I blamed it on the experimental hormones that she was taking. But the more I got into the book, the more I realized that there was more to her story than what the author was letting on. So when the author did her first plot twist, I wasn’t really surprised (I was expecting it) but I wasn’t expecting the other plot twists (yes, there are more than one). Beth’s storyline was really good too. Again, I kinda saw what happened coming but I was pretty shocked at how her story ended. The ending was not what I expected and I loved it. So many secrets were revealed that my head was spinning but in a good way. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
Quirky? You bet. Intense? For sure. Headed for the best-seller list? Crossing my fingers, because IMHO, it should be. The description at NetGalley piqued my interest, and learning that it's a September 2017 selection of the Book of the Month Club prompted me to follow through and request an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Happily, I got the nod, and, well, you already know my honest opinion. Now for a few details. Liza Cole enjoyed fame and fortune as the author of a best-selling book. But alas, it was fleeting; her most recent attempt was by most accounts a flop, and she's under the gun to produce something with the potential for success (or at least an outline thereof) within a month. She's also in a clinical trial of a fertility drug cocktail, a last hope that she'll finally get pregnant. Meantime, her husband David just isn't in the mood - it seems his best friend and law partner Nick has gone missing and in addition to being worried, he's buried in work as he takes on Nick's cases on top of his own. It's hard to focus on writing, but Liza finally comes up with a new heroine, a woman named Beth. Unlike Liza, Beth has given birth to a still-infant daughter; like Liza, Beth is dealing with a husband who's lost interest (and, Beth believes, is cheating on her as well). Chapters shift from Liza's story to that of the fictional Beth, and - no real surprise here - it's not long before the lines begin to cross. Then, two of the characters - one real and one fictitious - meet untimely ends. Beth has an angry confrontation with her husband's lover, who ends up in the East River. Liza's husband's partner's body is found, and to Liza's dismay, her husband is arrested for the murder. But are both Beth and David really guilty? Beth's motive is obvious - payback to the competition and her wayward husband - but why would David want his best friend dead? Hmmmm. Maybe there's more to these women's stories (and the stories of the men they love) than we see at the beginning. Nope, not gonna spill the beans. All I'll say is it sure was fun watching the plots thicken and unravel. Highly recommended!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Liza Cole is a writer of Romantic Suspense and she's looking for the one that will make her name. It's also her safe space as her husband has been sorely stressed over the disappearance of his best friend and law partner, Nick. Liza thinks he's also having an affair with a female law officer. Her husband doesn't think she knows, did not see her watching them at a restaurant.. or entering his lover's apartment. He's always 'working late'. It's all made worse by the fact that they've been trying to have a baby without much success. To deal with her real life issues, she's working twice as hard as her book. Beth is her main character and she could be forgiven that part of her new book mimics Liza's real life. Of course, there are some differences. "Beth" has a baby girl .. but a husband that also cheats. And when the mistress' body is found floating in the East River, fact and fiction meet ...... The first half of the book rotates chapters. One is Liza .... the things she is going through. The next chapter would be the story she is writing about 'Beth'. It's like trying to read two books at the same time. The first half is a little slow ... no mystery, no suspense. But then it changes..... The last half of the book is extremely good. Who killed the mistress? Was it Liza ... or her husband? And when her husband's best friend makes an appearance ... what does that mean to them both? Very well-written psychological thriller. Characters are finely drawn. None of them are perfect .. they are all damaged in one way or another. Lots of twists and turns and surprises until the explosive ending. Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this compelling story. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
NikkisNovelNiche More than 1 year ago
5/5 - check out my review here: I literally devoured this book in a day. I skipped over my quotes section in my review because I wanted to know what happened so badly that I didn’t even stop to highlight anything lol! This book may have claimed the top spot for me for best book of 2017…. This story has everything you would want in a mystery – plot twists, suspense, red herrings, and complex characters. Lies She Told is also unique as it is basically a story within a story. Cate Holahan does a fantastic job of sucking her readers into both stories while keeping the story-lines distinct so we don’t get lost along the way. I think that is what made this book so engrossing, you become involved in both Liza and Beth’s lives and want to know their outcomes. You become doubly invested in the book because there are double the characters and situations you would normally encounter in your typical mystery. Overall, I found this book to be well-written and well-paced and incredibly hard to put down. I guarantee readers will have some sleepless nights as they’ll want to devour this book in one sitting as I did! Recommended to all fans of mystery/suspense novels, this is an addictive, plot twisting, binge-worthy read that will have you at the edge of seat the whole time. Thank you to NetGalley for an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had the promise of a good book. Kept waiting for something profound to happen that never did. It was very predictable. Not worth the money.