Book Review: Let Me Lie (Clare Mackintosh)

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 7.58.28 PMClare Mackintosh is one of those “blow my mind” authors. One of the queens of the psychological thriller genre, I found myself completely gripped with her previous novels from the fast-paced plots to the “real world” situations, I loved her full of suspense writing style and dynamically developed characters.

Unfortunately, for me, Let Me Lie, the newest publication by Clare Mackintosh left much to be desired.

For starters, this one was a sloooooooooow burn. I found myself unable to read more than a few chapters at a time without feeling the need to put this one down. It just didn’t have the same “grip” as some of the previous work I have read by Mackintosh.   I like to think I have a pretty solid attention span but this one tested me!

I did appreciate the final twist in the end and was intrigued by the last 15% or so of the novel, but, truthfully, I was expecting more!

I know that I shouldn’t compare one work to another but I cannot help it! I feel like fans of Mackintosh will be a little disappointed by this one but, if you are a new reader to her work, you may be more entertained!

I, of course, will continue to read more from this author but this particular book was a miss for me.

 Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Want to see if this book worked better for Jessica and Chandra?  They read this one too!  Keep reading to find out…

What Chandra Thought:

I’ve only read I See You from Mackintosh, with Let You Go high on my TBR list.  I’ve noticed that both of these reads have received mixed reviews.  While I absolutely LOVED I See You, some did not.  Unfortunately, this one just didn’t QUITE get there for me.  Let me explain why.
First, the story has an extremely slow start.  Sometimes I don’t mind this but I was already 33% through the book and it still didn’t seem to be getting anywhere and what was being built up was strikingly obvious so I was not surprised in any way shape or form once I got to Part Two.  Honestly, at this point, I would normally DNF a book.  However, this is Mackintosh, and while I may have only read one of her other books at this juncture of my reading ‘career’, I know she’s capable of pulling you right in and making you second guess yourself.
Secondly, I didn’t quite get that psychological thriller FEEL that I did with I See You.  I can absolutely appreciate that instead of regurgitating the same thing with each book that she went in a different direction.  Oh how I DO appreciate THAT very much.  I think I was just expecting something … more.  Maybe my expectations are what let me down.  Maybe I’ve read such an abundance of these kind of books that it takes a LOT to grasp my interest these days.
Finally, let me just say that this isn’t a bad book by any means.  If you’re looking for more of that family drama/secrets type of book rather than that OOMPH your typical psychological thriller gives you, then I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.  The last 25% of the book helped to spur this along for me and became more of what I expected from Mackintosh and this read in particular.
Will I read more of Mackintosh?  YOU BET YOUR SWEET ASS I WILL.  She’s a fantastic writer and really, you can’t expect EVERY book by the same author to work for you.  It’s just not probable.

What Jessica Thought:

Who else is a Clare Mackintosh fan? I loved I SEE YOU when it released last year and I couldn’t wait to see what she came up with next. LET ME LIE is on the lighter side when it comes to a suspense novel with a slower build to it. So if you’re going into it expecting a crazy thriller, then you may come out disappointed.


Tom and Caroline Johnson committed suicide just two years ago. They couldn’t live without the other, so they went together. Anna, their daughter, is trying to come to terms with their deaths, but she has so many questions. Why did they take their lives? She begins to investigate into their suicides more, but there’s someone that wants the past to remain buried.

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong.”  


There’s absolutely no denying that Clare Mackintosh knows how to write a story. The way she develops the characters and weaves the events always amazes me. So for the writing alone this was a great read. If you’re in the market for a slower burn read then this will be perfect for you! I can see this being one that Mackintosh fans will be divided on, but that’s what keeps this community so fun!


That last portion of the book will sink it’s teeth into you and you won’t want to stop reading!



3 thoughts on “Book Review: Let Me Lie (Clare Mackintosh)

  1. I’m in the middle of this one right now and finding myself agreeing with a lot of your thoughts. Fingers crossed for that last 25%! Great reviews 🤗


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