Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Author: Clare Mackintosh
Original title: Let Me Lie
Edition Language: English
Series: no
Genres: Mystery
Format: Audio book
Read by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh 
Duration: 12h07m

   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 question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

My thoughts:
   Both of Anna’s parents committed suicide within a few months of each other — or so she thinks. Retired officer Murray decides to try to help her figure out what happened. This will be an exciting, twisty thriller to some, but for someone who reads a lot of this genre, I found it to be a bit predictable. The story is told from multiple points of view which is always interesting, but still it is only 3 stars from me.
  It was a surprise that I found the mental health representation my favorite aspect of the novel. I loved Detective Murray Mackenzie's story. His relationship with his wife, Sarah, was incredibly heartwarming. How he helped Sarah with her struggle; dealing with suicide, anxiety, and depression. I did not think I'd like this book at all without this set of characters.
    Another positive point was Anna's journey as a new mother and all the bittersweet parts that go along with it (breastfeeding, exhaustion, postpartum emotions, etc).
       As for the story: it dragged a bit, but otherwise the plot was solid, thought there were too many twists: none of them particularly hard to predict. Moreover, I found the protagonist somehow annoying and I felt no real connection to any of the characters beyond the two I mentioned above. And, finally, the resolution and the events that happened towards the end left me more disappointed.



  1. Great review, yes an annoying protag can be a bit of a nuisance! :)

  2. I've only read I See You by this author, but I had a similar reaction to that book. There are good things about it, but some of the twists, especially at the end, left me a little cold. I ended up liking the idea of it better than the actual book.

    1. I have heard good things about I See You and still want to check it out.

  3. Sorry to hear this wasn't the greatest read for you. I struggle with thrillers where the pacing is slow and where things are somewhat predictable so I'll probably skip this book. Great review though!