When A Book Shakes You To The Core: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Monday, April 30, 2018


by Clare Mackintosh
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 8th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: NA
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Before I got lured into the world of romance, I used to predominantly read crime thrillers. I haven't been keeping up as much lately, but I did read Clare Mackintosh's debut after a friend recommended it and enjoyed it so much that I kept up with her sophomore novel. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read Let Me Lie. This was just the palate cleanser I needed. This review is going to be short and vague because I worry that if I chat too much about it, I'll wind up spoiling even minute details. This is very much a book that you should go in knowing only the basics.

Let Me Lie tells the story of Anna Johnson, whose parents committed suicide a year apart in the same spot. It's been a year since her mother died and Anna is struggling with the grief and confusion of the loss while handling a baby daughter of her own. All of a sudden, she receives a card that suggests that her parents may have been murdered and this shakes her entire life. Anna's sorrow and confusion were strong elements of Let Me Lie and I thought Mackintosh did at making her emotions balance out all the thriller elements. On the other side of the story, we have Detective Murray's POV, who assists Anna on the case and begins digging into the tragic past of what happened those two fateful days. I liked how we got to see a lot of Murray's life and his story with his wife as well. There were things going on in his life besides the case and Mackintosh takes her time to build up his character strongly as well.

The mystery in Let Me Lie was executed to perfection, in my opinion. I'm usually pretty decent at unraveling these sorts of mysteries, and while there were few elements I was able to figure out, there were lots more that I did not see coming. I like how Mackintosh's books are seemingly very quiet in a way, but then she'll pull a twist on you out of nowhere that shakes you to your core. Even though the pacing was slow, I found that it suited the tone of the story and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Plus, I found that it made the reveals all the more exciting. There's a calmness to Mackintosh's writing that I'm finding hard to put into words, but if you read her stories, you'll know exactly what I mean. The details she puts into the procedural aspects of her books are truly stellar. And her endings! My gosh! I love them because they always just leave me gasping with my mouth hanging.

I realize I haven't said much in my review for Let Me Lie, but I hope I've convinced you to give this book and Clare Mackintosh's other stories. If you like a good mystery, you're in for a treat.

Do you read adult mystery novels? What are some of your favorites?
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