- File Size: 2146 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (April 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XH4LMF7
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/Bookouture!
“Lie to Me” is the first novel from British author, Jess Ryder. In “Lie to Me”, a young woman named Meredith watches a video from her past, one where her long-absent mother is making strange accusations and encouraging a very young Meredith to say odd things on camera under the premise that it’ll “keep Mommy safe”. But as far as Meredith knew her mother gave up on her long ago, and may even be dead, after suffering from schizophrenia for years. However, Meredith begins to question the content of the video and the secrets of her mother’s past. Her quest leads her to Darkwater Pool, the location of a murder that took place over thirty years ago. What connection does her mother have to this place and who can Meredith trust to help her find answers? Although this novel is identified as “psychological thriller” I see it as more of a crime drama. Being identified as a psychological thriller gave me the wrong impression going in and I immediately felt disappointed (psychological thrillers being my favourite genre by far). However, once I had re-connected with the novel in a different genre, I was able to enjoy this novel far more. Meredith is a great character- she is full of chutzpah but is also a little self-effacing. Her father, Graeme, is charming and delightful and I love the relationship between the two; the constant “ups-and-downs yet always there for each other” kind of father-daughter love is endearing. When Isobel introduces Meredith to the idea of “hypnosis” I pleaded with Ms. Ryder to not go down that zany and desperate road (“please don’t tell me this is going to be some past-lives novel”). I am so glad she did not follow that to the ending, and merely glazed over it to add some definition to the plot.This story is told from alternating viewpoints- that of Meredith, Cara (the murdered woman) and Jay (the boyfriend-turned-suspect). It was slightly confusing at first to follow the revolving viewpoints (considering they also covered different time periods) but as relationships with the characters grow and develop, the interlaced viewpoints add to the plot development. The ending of this novel was a bit predictable actually, but it may not be so for everyone who is not extremely familiar with crime dramas. However, the novel did end in a comforting way and I was satisfied with the way all the loose ends were wrapped up. Ryder has some developing writing chops, and I know that with experience and time she has the potential to develop into a prolific writer. “Lie to Me” is a great start and I look forward to seeing what else she produces.
This is told in two timelines, the first is Meri in the present day, and then it jumps back to 1984 and is told from Cara’s perspective. There are also some chapters told from a man named Jay’s point of view in the present day as well. At first I was a bit confused about how a cold murder case (Cara) would link to Meri but it all became clear when it’s revealed that Becca is the one who found Cara’s body and Jay was in a relationship with Cara. That may seem like a slight spoiler, but if you pick this one up I don’t want you to get discouraged as Ryder links all the plot threads together in a very interesting way.
This had a steady pace throughout that gradually intensified as it neared the conclusion and towards the last quarter of the book, there was a twist that knocked me off balance. It was a bit different than what I had anticipated as it didn’t focus so much on the murder case or any particular crimes but rather the characters and how they all had secrets hiding in the shadows and how these lies affected them personally. It still had a tricky plot and kept me gripped the whole time and the epilogue was really strong as was Ryder’s writing style. I’m looking forward to reading what she comes up with next!
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