This Is How I Lied

Park Row: Harlequin. May 2020. 336p. bibliog. ISBN 9780778309703. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488056291. M
Eve Knox’s body was found in caves in Iowa when she was only 16, discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and Eve’s sister, Nola. Twenty-five years later, both women are still haunted by that unsolved murder. Now seven months pregnant, Maggie is a police detective on the local police force where her father once tried to solve that case. When Eve’s boot is discovered by a local boy, the new police chief hopes DNA results will help them uncover the truth. Maggie begs to work on the case, one that uncovers lies told 25 years earlier and involves a predator, abuse, a cover-up, blackmail, and false evidence. Someone was watching, and the tentacles of small-town secrets reach out now to touch neighbors, Maggie’s husband and father, and Maggie herself. Nola, Maggie, and even Eve recall the earlier events in this troubling suspense novel.
VERDICT Eve’s own account foreshadows the disturbing revelations in the latest by the author of Before She Was Found. Fans of Lori Rader-Day’s suspense novels featuring secretive women will appreciate this small-town nightmare. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]
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