“I’d been waiting tonight. But the evening was so warm and the sunset, poisoned with air pollution, such pretty shade of salmon. Why not go for a walk? And then, as my child continued to sleep against my chest, why not head uptown twelve more blocks to Jake’s office? Why not pass the restaurant where we went last Thursday with the delicious grilled octopus and see about grabbing a table in the backyard garden? Ignorance is bliss. If only I’d stayed home.”
–Lies She Told, Cate Holahan
I love a good mystery, and I am always intrigued by stories that have multiple perspectives. Lies She Told has a bit of everything and is intriguing, but ends up being utterly predictable and highly unbelievable.
When I saw the title, I thought that I would give it a try. Titles with lie in them are all the rage right now, so I figured that it wouldn’t hurt. The story focuses on Liza, a suspense writer who is a bit of a one-hit wonder. She is struggling to complete her latest work about Beth, a new mom who finds that her husband is having an affair. Half the chapters are from Liza’s perspective, we learn that her husband is struggling after the disappearance of his law partner and the couple’s struggle to conceive a child. The other half of the chapters are the manuscript of Liza’s book. This mystery within a mystery starts off with lots of suspense and engaging characters, but there are some twists and turns that are wholly unbelievable.
While I wanted to like this book, I found that it was a bit too much – the characters were a bit over the top in their actions and situations were always a bit too convenient. I really appreciated the concept, but if you are one who can guess the ending only a few chapters in, be warned that this might not be the book for you.