Listen for the Lie: A Novel

Listen for the Lie: A Novel

by Amy Tintera

Narrated by January LaVoy, Will Damron

Unabridged — 9 hours, 18 minutes

Listen for the Lie: A Novel

Listen for the Lie: A Novel

by Amy Tintera

Narrated by January LaVoy, Will Damron

Unabridged — 9 hours, 18 minutes

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Told in dual, unreliable POVs, this debut is perfect for anyone obsessed with true crime podcasts and thriller reads. With twists and turns throughout, magnifying the complexities of the untrustworthy antiheroine, it’s impossible not to get lost in this sprawling web of questions and dubious answers.

"A world-class whodunit."
-Stephen King

“An extremely successful high-wire act, balancing between dark comedy and darker thrills.”
-Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Laugh-out-loud funny, thrilling and twisty...”
-Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A lot of thrillers these days use the murder podcast as a plot device. This production simulates one better than any audiobook I've listened to, to an often hilarious effect. Also, January LaVoy expertly voices one of Lucy's funniest tics: imagining how she would murder nearly every person with whom she comes in contact."-Vulture

"Narrator January LaVoy is a treat to listen to, as she gives Lucy the sardonic tone she needs as she grapples with life. LaVoy is also a genius in the way she gives life to Lucy's inner voice-a psychological shoulder demon who wants to solve every issue with ... "let's kill him."-The Berkshire Eagle

"Narrator LaVoy absolutely shines as the broken yet charmingly cheeky heroine. Her tale is organically intermixed with podcast excerpts delivered in honeyed and wry tones by Will Damron, each bookended by delightful 'podcasty' melodies."-Booklist

What if you thought you murdered your best friend? And if everyone else thought so too? And what if the truth doesn't matter?

After Lucy is found wandering the streets, covered in her best friend Savvy's blood, everyone thinks she is a murderer. Lucy and Savvy were the golden girls of their small Texas town: pretty, smart, and enviable. Lucy married a dream guy with a big ring and an even bigger new home. Savvy was the social butterfly loved by all, and if you believe the rumors, especially popular with the men in town. It's been years since that horrible night, a night Lucy can't remember anything about, and she has since moved to LA and started a new life.

But now the phenomenally huge hit true crime podcast "Listen for the Lie," and its too-good looking host Ben Owens, have decided to investigate Savvy's murder for the show's second season. Lucy is forced to return to the place she vowed never to set foot in again to solve her friend's murder, even if she is the one that did it.

The truth is out there, if we just listen.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly


YA author Tintera (The Q) makes her adult debut with the outstanding story of a young woman haunted by rumors that she killed her best friend. Five years ago, 20-something golden girl Savannah Harper was brutally murdered in her hometown of Plumpton, Tex. The same day, Savannah’s best friend, Lucy Chase, was discovered amnesia-stricken on the side of the road with her dress covered in Savannah’s blood. While Lucy was never charged with the murder, most of Plumpton has long assumed she’s guilty—and given the gap in her memory, Lucy has questions of her own. Now living in L.A., she’s fired from her investment job when the new season of hit true crime podcast Listen for the Lie renews public interest in Savannah’s case. Humiliated, Lucy accepts an invitation from her grandmother, Beverly, to return to Plumpton for a visit. When Lucy arrives in town, she finds Ben Owens, the charismatic host of Listen for the Lie, already poking around, and attempts to stay one step ahead of him as she pieces together the events of that fateful night. Tintera alternates transcripts of the podcast with chapters from Lucy’s perspective, getting a lot of mileage from her protagonist’s dry wit (“A podcaster has decided to ruin my life, so I’m buying a chicken,” goes the book’s first sentence) and some devilish plot twists. Readers will be hard-pressed not to wolf down this intelligent page-turner in a single sitting. (Mar.)

From the Publisher

Listen for the Lie is a page-turner from the first sentence to the very last. In addition to being a world-class whodunit, full of carefully doled-out twists, Lucy is a terrific character, feisty and funny and, it turns out, brave as hell. It’s great fun. Readers will rip through this one.”

Stephen King

“Original and deliciously dark with a wicked sense of humor. An addictive page-turner that will keep you guessing until the end.”

—Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author

“A singular voice that explodes off the page, Amy Tintera's writing flashes with sharp comebacks and pointed commentary as she expertly knits her web of secrets and small town lies. Hands down the most fun I've had reading about murder.”

Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of The Husbands

“Amy Tintera’s highly compelling voice grips you from the opening line and won’t let you go. A delight from start to finish.”

Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient and The Fury

“Every so often, a book comes along that takes you for a ride—now buckle up, because Amy Tintera has written it. Listen for the Lie explores the cruelest kind of world through the eyes of a woman whose grit is only outmatched by her razor-sharp wit. This bitingly funny and subversive thriller is one of the freshest and fiercest you'll read this year.”

Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

“Laugh-out-loud funny, thrilling and twisty, edgy and scary, but also surprisingly sweet. I loved it!”

—Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers, and Apples Never Fall

"Listen for the Lie is quite sexy, compulsively readable, and laugh-out-loud funny."


“Readers will be hard-pressed not to wolf down this intelligent page-turner in a single sitting.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Smart, edgy, and entertaining as heck.”


“The true-crime podcast hook will draw readers in, but it is Lucy's unique voice that will keep them turning the pages. An excellent takedown of small-town life and toxic masculinity.”


Listen for the Lie is an edgy mystery novel whose true-crime storyline draws you in like ‘Serial’.”

—The Washington Post

“This is the debut thriller by Tintera, whose previous books have been for young readers, and it's so assured that I can't wait to read more from her. Young readers’ loss may be thriller lovers’ gain.”

—The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] sleekly satirical novel.”

PEOPLE Magazine

"An entertaining and thoroughly modern mystery novel."

—Washington Post || 28 Books to Read This Summer

“One of those totally engrossing reads that will have you looking up from your beach chair every once in a while to say, ‘Oh, that’s right. I’m at the beach.’”

—Harper’s Bazaar || 24 Best Beach Reads of 2024

“When a true crime podcast about the death of her best friend brings Lucy back home, she’s forced to confront her memories — and clear her name.”

—US Weekly || Mystery Novels to Read on the Beach During Summer 2024

APRIL 2024 - AudioFile

January LaVoy and Will Damron give sterling performances in this audiobook about a woman who is suspected of committing a murder five years earlier and the popular true-crime podcaster who exposes her. LaVoy is simply outstanding as the often funny Lucy Chase; she adopts a sardonic, fatalistic tone that matches Lucy's character. LaVoy also is great in supporting roles, employing accents that reflect the small-town Texas setting of the story. Damron, as the fine-looking, deep-voiced podcaster Ben Owens, also is top-notch. The podcast episodes sound authentic, and Damron also brings a Texas twang when that is needed. This is an excellent, fun listen, filled with unusual and relatable characters. Listeners looking for a grin will enjoy it. G.S. © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine

Kirkus Reviews

Against her better judgment, Lucy Chase returns to her hometown of Plumpton, Texas, for her grandmother’s birthday, knowing full well that almost everyone in town still believes she murdered her best friend five years ago, when they were in their early 20s.

Coincidentally—or is it?—Ben Owens, a true-crime podcaster, is also in town, interviewing Lucy’s family and former friends about the murder of Savannah Harper, “just the sweetest girl you ever met,” who died from several violent blows to the head. Lucy was found hours later covered in blood, with no memory of what happened. She was—and is—a woman with secrets, which has not endeared her to the people of Plumpton; their narrative is that she was always violent, secretive, difficult. But Ben wants to tell Lucy’s story; attractive and relentless, he uncovers new evidence and coaxes new interviews, and people slowly begin to question whether Lucy is truly guilty. Lucy, meanwhile, lets down her guard, and as she and Ben draw closer together, she has to finally face the truth of her past and unmask the murderer of her complicated, gorgeous, protective friend. Most of the novel is told from Lucy’s point of view, which allows for a natural unspooling of the layers of her life and her story. She’s strong, she’s prickly, and we gradually begin to understand just how wronged she has been. The story is a striking commentary on the insular and harmful nature of small-town prejudice and how women who don’t fit a certain mold are often considered outliers, if not straight-up villains. Tintera is smart to capitalize on how the true-crime podcast boom informs and infuses the current fictional thriller scene; she’s also effective at writing action that transcends the podcast structure.

Smart, edgy, and entertaining as heck.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159889447
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 03/05/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 200,012
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