The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.
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…
The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.
Published 8th March 2018 by Sphere (UK)
I feel a bit sorry for Clare Mackintosh. As the queen of the knock-you-of-your-seat killer twist, she has a LOT of expectation on her shoulders from readers. I was both excited and nervous going into Let Me lie – one of my most anticipated books this year, I really hoped I’d love it as much as I did her previous two.
Let Me Lie tells the story of Anna, a new mum who’s still recovering from the traumatic deaths of her parents- both of whom appeared to commit suicide seven months apart. But when an anonymous card comes through the post, Anna becomes obsessed with the idea that there was more to her parents deaths – the trouble is she’s having a hard time convincing anyone else. And while she’s desperately trying to work out what happened, someone else seems intent on making sure she doesn’t.
I can only begin to imagine how traumatic it must be to loose a parent to suicide, but Anna’s double trauma really got to me. Her grief and incomprehension was tangible and I was emotionally invested in this book, and Anna as a character right from the start. When events start happening to cause Anna to question the verdict on her parent’s deaths, a tense atmosphere of doubt is created, causing me to suspect several characters may not be all they seem – including Anna herself.
While the writing is suspenseful and emotionally involving, I did find it a bit slow going for a while. Then, about half way through, the pace quickens and I found myself gripped and ended up reading the book in one sitting. I came up with several theories and suspicions while reading this book, and was pretty much convinced I had sussed this one out. Yet true to form, Clare Mackintosh still had some majorly shocking twists up her sleeve, saving them to the very end and leaving me reeling as I read the final page!
Let Me Lie isn’t my favourite book by this author, but it’s a worthy follow up to her previous books and a very good domestic thriller at that. I thought I was going to be disappointed, that the twists were obvious and that the shocking reveal I’d hoped for wasn’t going to come, but yet again the author didn’t disappoint. I also think Mackintosh’s ability to create vulnerability in her protagonists and draw empathy from the reader is second to none. I wasn’t disappointed and Clare Mackintosh remains among the top of my must read authors from my favourite genre.
(I read an advance ebook courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley)