FICTION

Lies She Told

Crooked Lane. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781683312956. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683312963. F
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An author struggling to finish her latest novel finds life at home invading her writing in Holahan's (The Widow's Wife) latest thriller. Liza Cole's husband, David, is spending extra hours at work, and she wants to start a family. To add to the distractions, David's law partner has vanished, and he seems obsessed with finding an answer. Liza worries that more is going on and that David is possibly having an affair. Starting her latest novel, she writes about a new mother who suspects her spouse of infidelity. The lines between Liza's life and the novel she's composing blur into a fun and compelling mystery. The reader gets to experience the new work chapter by chapter as Liza writes, adding an extra layer of complexity.
VERDICT The trend of the unreliable female narrator has become cliché, but Holahan takes those assumptions and plays with them without being manipulative. She gets better with each novel, and this should be recommended for anyone who enjoys Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn, primarily because it's better.

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