The Lies I Told

- Mary Burton

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Twin sisters Marisa and Clare Stockton were sixteen when Clare’s body was found in Virginia’s James River. No arrests were made. Fourteen years later, Marisa’s friends and dedicated career as a photographer help her to cope with the open wound of the past. But Marisa still feels the hurt—and the unsolved murder isn’t the only thing haunting her.

A recent car crash has erased ten days of Marisa’s memories—a black hole leading up to the accident that’s left her disoriented. Every text and phone call from that crucial missing time has vanished, along with her phone. A photograph she took of the river has disappeared. A new neighbor Marisa believes she knows introduces himself as if he were a stranger. And there’s the growing fear that her near-fatal accident was no accident at all. As dreams of Clare and nightmares of the crash begin to converge, so do two disturbing puzzles fourteen years apart.

Putting the pieces together could be fatal. As she struggles to remember everything, Marisa closes in on a killer—without realizing that he’s already closed in on her.


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

I think I’m an outlier on this one. I found The Lies I Told to be pretty average, but the reviews look sky-high across the board. So I may not be the person you want to listen to here.

The Lies I Told is definitely twisty and complicated with red herrings galore. It just feels a little misplaced – fourteen years is a long time for a mystery to remain unresolved, all for it to reveal itself suddenly. Unfortunately, most of the red herrings are that way because the characters are unlikeable, so you suspect them all. It makes you question why any of these people stick around – they can’t honestly like or trust each other.

It felt like it took a long time for Burton to find her groove here, but eventually, the narrative started to flow a little smoother, and the pace picked up. As I said, I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t find anything to be particularly unique or captivating here. I’m starting to feel like I’ve hit a bit of a slump, but it’s hard to tell if The Lies I Told is a victim or a contributor to that feeling…

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