Was it a Double Suicide or Murder?

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
Genre: thriller, mystery, suspense
Publisher: Berkley
Date: March 13, 2018
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A

Anna Johnson’s parents lost hope in life. First, her father committed suicide by jumping off a cliff. Then, not long after, her mother also jumped to her death in the exact same location. Everyone in the region knows exactly who they are and what happened. They all believe they know the story too. But Anna doesn’t believe her parents committed suicide. She’s sure that something else is amiss in the case. And this theory is supported when she begins receiving messages, notes and even threats from a mysterious source who is upset that she isn’t content to let the death of her parents just rest.

With the help of a mostly retired investigator, Anna begins looking at clues and pulling together seemingly random bits of information. Was it suicide? Was it murder? What if it was neither?

Clare Mackintosh is a writer that I have just come across in the past few years and so far, I have yet to be disappointed with one of her books. If you like mysteries that have thrills and twisty turns, there’s no way you’ll be disappointed by picking up one of her books. As a brief side note, my first book from Mackintosh was I Let You Go and I followed it up with I See You. Both of these were extraordinary reads for me and they cemented my status as a fan of her work. She has earned a coveted place on my “Must Read” list.  Now, whenever I see one of her releases, I am all over it!

One of the things that I love about each of her books (including this one) is that I’m usually on top of guessing where twists and turns will be in the story and her books keep me guessing. In fact, each time I’ve read one of her stories, she’s given a nice twist that is not only surprising but refreshing too. Often, I’ll go back and page back through previous chapters to see how she dropped clues that I never picked up as I was reading.  I’ll admit that I guessed the twist on this one before it was revealed, but really, it was just before the big reveal and I was not quite set on whether I was right or not.

I really enjoyed this one. If you haven’t tried Mackintosh’s previous work, this isn’t a sequel or a series, so it’s a great place to start.

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