Lies She Told by Cate Holohan


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Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.


It’s difficult to find an original storyline in thrillers these days, and this one is definitely unique.

The chapters alternate between author Liza’s reality and the chapters she is writing in her latest book. It was a very interesting premise, however the execution didn’t quite work for me. I found it to be quite confusing and had a difficult time keeping track of what was happening in each storyline. I do well with dual timeline stories so I thought this would be an easy read, but the character was pulling ideas from her own life to write her story and I think this was where the confusion lies for me. Admittedly, I did put it down about 30% way through and picked it back up at a later date so this could be a contributing factor to my opinion.

This is a fast paced read with several twists and turns. There are very high marks for this one from fellow reviewers, so please check those out as well!

Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars


  1. abbywd · September 17, 2017

    Great review! I gave it 3 stars also.


  2. Holly B / Dressedtoread · October 9, 2017

    Well….I just purchased this one online yesterday!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. readingbetweenwines · October 10, 2017

    Dang, it had so many good reviews that I actually bought it! Hopefully I won’t regret that… Great review! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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