Lies She Told by: Cate Holahan
Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life.
Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.
This succubus of a book hooked me on the bandwagon and I was happy to take a ride on this roller coaster of thrills and chills, I mean what more could you ask for a book about suspense of a woman that sounds like she’s losing her mind while playing not only the role of herself but also the role of her character with the lines blurring in between an affair; a murder; and two crazy women each trying to cover up their own tracks. So I was a little excited and after reading “Final Girls” I was ready for a GOOD suspense/thriller book, or at least a good book in general
Well, once again, I have been pushed off a cliff of high hopes into the sea of killed dreams as this book is no longer a book of suspense and thrills and chills unless you find going on a company trip to be just so darn thrilling, (Can you feel my sarcasm radiating off the page as you read this) because so far that all you get at the half way mark in this book. Instead of a book of suspense that makes me cling to every word, or every anything psychologically compelling, I get a book about a infertile woman going through treatments to try and have a baby with a husband who wants nothing to do with her like at all. So from this point you can see me anger and annoyance with this book.
This has a sweet but bitter taste to it, I feel like you must suffer through the first part of the book with all the bitterness you can withstand in one sitting with out trying to make a face or spit it out then once you make it to part two of the book you are taken back by this weird sweetness that has now some how fought it’s way out of that hard shell of bitterness and disgust, but the two flavors are still mixing together and your not quite sure if you like the way the bitterness tingles in your cheeks or the way the sweetness coats your tongue. So you keep the candy in your mouth trying to decipher whether or not you hate or like this candy, while the third part of this book has busted into your mouth like a water balloon popping because there was too much water inside and then all you taste is sweetness but its just way too sweet now so you spit it out.
I feel like what I just said is pretty much the whole book right there. Part one is a let down in which you have to force you eye to stay on the page while you read about fertility treatments, which they do play a part in the book but I don’t need every little detail. The second part we get a hint of the lie and mystery that takes place in this book but it is still mostly more flirting and baby chasing. Then you make it to the third part the mood that was once a boring housewife sobbing out all her problems has switched into a woman in a straight jacket arguing back and forth with herself in the constant struggle of murderer of victim and you must now put together broken pieces that don’t fit.
I really feel like this book was a waste of my time I could have spent reading a better book. The characters in here are so boring and just have no feel to them at all, Liza only cries and begs for attention from her husband but then goes quite as a mouse when he tells her no, I have only seen her show two emotions throughout this whole book sadness and anger. You get a little back ground on her at the end but the background you get is context clued that you can put two and two together and already know long before being told. Nick is just a guy who is rude to his wife then depressed, that is it for him you get nothing else on the matter except he is from Texas and is a lawyer.
I think that the women in this book are more crazy then how most women would act. I mean I can say that if my husband cheated on me I would not just go out and kill the other lover, I would confront him and either kick him out and or move out and do my best to move on, divorce is very common now a days and since she mentions the Manhattan bombing you know this book is pretty recent. I think if pushed back into a different time period then maybe this book theme might work well but I just think it was a waste of time.
The psychological suspense I was meant to experience never came to me, maybe because I suffered though the book so much that I was done by the end or maybe because I already knew what the Author was going to pull when it take take to pop the magic trick. I will never read this book again.