“How can you tell the truth… if all you’ve ever known is a lie?
Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother who abandoned her.
Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera?
The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?
To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…
A dark, compulsive psychological thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Louise Jensen.”
I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the Lie to Me blog tour which I share with the lovely Rae over at Rae Reads. Lie to Me is written by Jess Ryder and was published by the fabulous Bookouture on 19th April 2017.
The blurb of this book grabbed my attention straight away and that tagline, how can you tell the truth if all you’ve ever known is a lie…I just love it! I was excited to make a start on this intriguing psychological thriller. And the verdict? I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Meredith, the main character in the book is instantly likeable. You join her as she sorts through the contents of her father’s attic where she makes an unexpected discovery. A videotape with her name written on it in her mother’s handwriting. Against her father’s advice she enthusiastically watches the tape hoping for answers about her estranged mother, Becca. But what she gets is a whole lot more twisted and life will never be the same again for Meredith.
I flew through the pages of this book. It grabbed my attention and kept pulling me back, time and time again. So much so that I finished it in two short days (that’s quick for me). The author’s writing style was very much to my taste and I wouldn’t hesitate to read another book by Jess Ryder.
Each chapter is told from one of three points of view; you have Meredith the lead character, Cara before her death in the mid-1980s and Jay, the man accused but found innocent of Cara’s murder. Cara is also a very likeable character and I felt a little sad knowing that all the future held for her was a terrifying death. The chapters told from Jay’s point of view make it very clear that he is man living on the edge and doing everything he can to escape his past.
You discover that the only reason Jay was found innocent of Cara’s murder was because of Becca’s testimony which confused the court and led to Jay being released. The impact had by Becca’s testimony on the case instantly drags Meredith into a cold case investigation, alongside her detective ex-boyfriend Eliot. Eliot’s only focus is his career and he refuses to share certain findings with Meredith. Which only frustrates Meri and makes her even more determined to work out who killed Cara all those years ago. Surely it wasn’t her own mother, only to be driven mad by the guilt?
For me, the story of Meredith’s quest, her desire to find out what happened to her mother and the slightly odd bunch of characters she meets along the way made this book for me. All of the characters add something to the story, and the character of Isobel will stay with me for a long time to come. There are shocks and surprises along the way, none of which I saw coming so full marks to the author.
A tale of family secrets, lies and betrayal which I found hard to put down. In all honestly I preferred the main body of the book to the ending but it’s still a great read which I would recommend to fans of the genre without hesitation. I’m looking forward to reading more from Jess Ryder.
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Lie to Me. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Jess Ryder is the pseudonym of Jan Page, author, screenwriter, playwright and award-winning television producer. After many years working in children’s media, she has recently embarked on a life of crime. Writing, that is. So she’s very excited about the publication of her debut thriller Lie to Me. Her other big love is making pots.