Lies She Told by Cate Holahan
My Rating: 3.5/5
Release Date: 12 September 2017
Liza, perpetually attempting to live up to the success of her first novel, has limited time to prove to her publisher that she has something good on her hands. Her home life is a distraction–she is attempting to start a family with her husband who is distant and bereft after the disappearance of his best friend. As her protagonist’s story pours out of her, the tale of a cheating spouse and revenge, the lines between the fiction she is writing and the life she is leading begin to blur.
A fabulous premise for a novel; I was thrilled with the execution until near the end. The last two dozen pages contain revelations hinted at in earlier sections but not entirely substantiated by the reveal. Both Liza and Beth are milquetoast creatures, weepy and indecisive throughout. This was a particularly troubling choice as Liza explicitly mentions she hopes to avoid that in her own novel thus I’m not entirely sure why Holahan went in that direction. It was still a pleasurable and suspenseful read and I would recommend it to come down from summer beach reads when it is released in the early fall.