Clare 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:
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!