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Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh

Book Description:

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 ask questions about her parents’ deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie . . .

My Review:  It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Clare Mackintosh’s debut book I Let You Go and even now, years after reading it – still think OMG what a twist, so you can imagine my delight to receive an early copy of her 3rd standalone psychological thriller Let Me Lie from her publishers.

Let Me Lie is a very twisty, twisted and dark thriller which had me gripped from the first page to the last.  The main character Anna Johnson is struggling to cope with the double suicide of her parents a year ago, a new born baby and a new relationship with her partner, when she receives a card on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide which hints that all is not as it seems.

With several narrators, the story is split into 3 parts and each part does have the trademark Mackintosh OMG moment.  All of the characters are well developed and plausible, but certainly not likeable.  I particularly loved Murray, the retired policeman/civilian desk officer who decides to investigate in his own time and had the most emotional and heartbreaking back story.

If you enjoy your psychological thrillers full of twists, OMG moments, unlikeable characters, unreliable narrators, secrets and lies then you will enjoy this book.

About the Author: Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant now writes full time. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club, and was the winning title of the readers’ vote for the summer 2015 selection, and ITV’s Loose Women’s Loose Books. Her second novel, I See You, is a number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Clare’s books are translated into more than 30 languages.

Let Me Lie is published by Sphere on 8th March 2018

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1 Comment

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    katyjohnson1
    December 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Sounds right up my street (I only wish the main character didn’t have the same name as my daughter!)

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