I love a good domestic noir novel, and Lies She Told is the perfect read for writers! Liza is a “romantic suspense” writer, which basically means she writes domestic noir, and she is under pressure from her editor to write a new book, and a successful one at that, in 30 days to make up for her previous duds. At the same time, she and her husband David are trying to have a baby of their own and struggling with the disappearance of David’s law partner, Nick.
With all of this in mind, Liza begins writing the story of Beth, a new mom who finds out her husband is cheating on her and goes on a path of revenge that takes her to a place she never thought she would go. There’s sex, there’s murder, there’s a buried weapon.
Soon though, the lies between Beth and Liza begin to blur and fiction and reality become more intertwined than anyone can explain. What actually happened to David’s law partner? Who is the unfaithful spouse? Why can’t Liza remember what she has done?
Ultimately, the entire mystery is solved by a nice little monologue from Liza’s best friend, Chris, but as a writer myself, I was a little upset about this information dump that seemingly wrapped things up too quickly. If she had written even a couple more scenes and peppered this information throughout I would have been so much happier!
Lies She Told is a unique take on domestic noir and perfect for the writer in each of us. It’s a quick read, less than 300 pages, and you’ll love flipping back and forth between Liza’s real life and the fictional life of Beth.