Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh Book Review @LittleBrownUK @claremackint0sh

Source: Netgalley


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 ask questions about her parents’ deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting 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.


If anyone ever asks me for a book recommendation, I always recommend I Let You Go, Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel. Nearly three years after I’ve read it, I still can’t rave about it enough. So I was very excited to hear that Clare had a third book coming out and it went straight to the top of my TBR pile. Clare Mackintosh knows how to tell a good story. In her latest novel, Let Me Lie, she weaves an intriguing tale centering on the suicide of a young woman’s parents and her quest to find out what really happened to them, she is determined to prove that there is more to her parent’s death than what meets the eye.

Anna Johnson has never believed that her parents committed suicide. She has spent the last year racking her brains, trying to think of the reasons why they would do this, but when someone drops a card through her mailbox, telling her to think again about her parent’s deaths, her whole world is turned upside down. Was it possible that her parents were murdered? She enlists the help of retired police officer, Murray Mackenzie and in his spare time he begins to look into her parents deaths again. And even Murray soon has to admit that there is something odd about the case, and that certain elements don’t ring true. What really happened to Anna’s parents?

Although Let Me Lie isn’t as fast paced as her previous book, I See You, I did enjoy the slow reveals and I wanted to get to the truth about what had happened to Anna’s parents, this was the burning question that I kept asking myself as I was reading, what was Anna going to discover? What really happened to her parents?

This book is very much a character driven novel, although the plot is intriguing and keeps the suspense going, I felt that I engaged much more with the characters as the story progressed. The tension really builds as we race towards the climax and as I have come to expect from Clare Mackintosh, she does pull some shocking twists out of the bag.

Let Me Lie is an enjoyable read. Clare is a fantastic writer who knows how to hook you into a story, I’m sure I will be reading what she writes next. Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for providing me with an advance review copy.

Publisher: Sphere

Publication date: 8th March 2018

Print length: 416 pages


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