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Wow, I love this book! It started out a little bit slow and at first I thought this was going to turn out to be chic lit and that doesn't thrill me. But I persevered! And I am so glad I did, this book turned out to be anything but.
There is an author who writes crime novels married to an attorney. She is writing a novel about a crime reporter who is married to a prosecutor. The reporter just had a baby and finds out her husband is having an affair. The novelist is on fertility medication and finds out her husband is having an affair. Both husbands are charged with murder when their illicit partners are murdered. The lines between fact and fiction are crossed when the fictional character begins to communicate with her author. The last three hours are pulse pounding as you wait to find out and there's really no clue about the author or her husband's guilt, or her sanity.
The story plays out with two narrators (Amy McFadden and Lisa Larsen), each character having their own voice even though one is "fictional"... Both narrators are excellent.
This book reminds me of a matryoshka doll (a Russian nesting doll) where you have the main doll on the outside and dolls of decreasing sizes nested one within the next.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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This dramatic thriller deals deftly in the real and the surreal, and the inscrutability of the interchange between an author's life versus her imaginings as a writer.
Under editorial pressure to produce a long-overdue second bestseller, Liza takes to her laptop to write what she hopes will be an explosive romantic suspense hit. We hear alternating POVs between Liza in real life, and Liza's character, Beth, as she develops on the page in 'real-time.' Beth has an infant; Liza has been trying to get pregnant for years. Both have lawyer husbands. Beth's husband is cheating; Liza's husband is devastated since his friend and law partner Nick disappeared, and Liza becomes suspicious about the circumstances. Lines between truth and fiction, memory or dream, become blurred, leading to a climactic ending that did not disappoint.
This novel was well-written and the plot was unique and interesting. Once I got into it, I was hooked- about 1/4 of the way in- so give it a while to sink your teeth in. The characters were thoughtfully conceived and portrayed realistically in their roles.
Also, the relationship between Liza and her long-time best friend, Chris, is one of the best portrayals of an honest, bulletproof, one hundred percent, got-your-back (instead of 'stab you in the back') female friendship that I have seen in a book, ever. I called my best friend as soon as I finished it!
The narration was great for Liza, so-so for Beth-her tone was kind of flat at times making it lack feeling.
Suspenseful, dramatic, murder mystery with a twist- I highly recommend 'Lies She Told.'
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