LET ME LIE, by Clare Mackintosh, Penguin Random House


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…

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.



I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

hmmm… first person perspective for a thriller…

Okay, I know that many people will love the fact that this is written in the first person, but, I’m not one of them.  I find first-person daunting and makes me think the person talking isn’t really part of the story, if that makes sense.  When I read a thriller, I want to see all that’s going on through the author’s eyes, but when written from first person, the only perspective you see, is that of the person talking.

I think it’s very limiting.  Anyway, with all that said, Clare Mackintosh has a type of voice that flows and expands bringing you along and to new heights, one rung on the ladder at a time.  She is clear and precise, leaves just a bit to the reader’s imagination but prefers to fill in many blanks and offer the end result to the reader in such a way that there is only one way of looking at the situation.  I’ve enjoyed her work before.  This story… although full of plot twists and turns to keep you invested in the story and emotionally engaged, was somewhat predictable.

She does provide strong character development, interesting settings and a clear path that leads to a heightened climax and resolution.  She adds degrees of realism, and edgy thrill ride, and a mastery of deception to her stories.  But, there is only so many ways an author can write the same story… and I feel this has all been done before.

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