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Summary

Listen to the end for an audiobook exclusive: Clare Mackintosh will be answering reader's questions about writing Let Me Lie.

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 - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since.

Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her. By digging up the past, she'll set in motion something that can't be stopped and will soon discover that sometimes it's safer to let things lie....

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one best seller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.

Listen to the end for an audiobook exclusive: Clare Mackintosh will be answering questions about writing Let Me Lie.

©2018 Clare Mackintosh (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"It's phenomenal, super-twisty and, incredibly, even better than I Let You Go and I See You." (Jill Mansell)
"Brilliant. Tense and surprising but heartbreaking and sensitively written.... I expect no less from Clare but she seems to get better with each novel." (Gillian McAllister)
"One word - wow! Compelling, twisty and wickedly good, I loved it!" (Alice Feeney)

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A Real Maze of a Thriller

Rarely have I read a book with quite so many twists and turns, particularly ones that I did not see coming. I will say that for the first hour or two of the book I was feeling a bit dubious about the mother's presence as the blurb describes it but it's well done in the end . . . sneaky, sneaky Clare.

The characters, particularly Murray, a retired police detective are given a warmly authentic feel and the key relationships are built with some considerable care. Told from varying points of view the story repeatedly tempts you into drawing conclusions but then frequently knocks them down. It's very clever writing and in my view her best to date.

Gemma Whelan is of course a high quality narrator and she produces a performance that seals the deal for another five star Mackintosh release.

This is a high quality thriller with strong characters, relationships and plot lines. If, like me, you feel a little dubious about the direction it's taking early on stick with it and if you do get invested in the characters be prepared for a couple of seriously heart rending moments.

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  • Deborah
  • WIDNES, United Kingdom
  • 03-04-18

Disappointing... slow and just not that good

Really looked forward to the release of this book but was genuinely disappointed. Really really slow in the beginning, so much so that I almost gave up three times. Then picked up a little but just not a good read (listen). A very forgettable book. Didn’t like the majority of characters, and found the plot quite dull too. I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s not awful... it’s just below average...

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  • Tina
  • Bourne, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-18

Suspenseful, twisty and a great story

A masterpiece of clever storytelling, surprising me to the end which came all too quickly as I just couldn't stop listening. It is my favourite so far from Clare Mackintosh - and that is no small feat. I can highly recommend it.

A nice touch is the Q&A with Clare at the end, helping to explain how she approaches her plot and how she feels about her characters.

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Suspense, Hitchcock style

The initial premise, we soon learn, concerns Anna's parents who apparently committed suicide by jumping off a cliff a Beachy Head. Anna believes it was murder. For a while it seems that this is going to be the only subject of the book. Bear with it, because after this initial scene setting in part 1, the book gets going. Just a one mystery is resolved, two more open up. The author cleverly keeps us the audience ahead of the action. We can see dangers ahead that some of the protagonists cannot. Some twists and turns we don't see coming and take us by surprise. In the second half of the book there are plenty of them. The final one sneaking in with the books final sentence.
Before the final twist, the author diligently closes off all the loose ends for us in a very satisfactory way.
This is one book that I might actually read again. There's so much in it.

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Intriguing tricksy psychological drama

Where does Let Me Lie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middling - as a book it's a little more run-of-the-mill than others I've read previously.
It is well-narrated but doesn't stand out for me as a 'top' audiobook.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed the author's previous work, her debut is one that really stands out in my mind. These 'whodunnits' are something like a modern-day Christie where you take pleasure in knowing that you don't know everything, that the clues might be there, that there are secrets just waiting to be uncovered. And they are usually good ones!

This time around, Mackintosh gives us a rather realistic portrayal of a new mother, one who is in a still-fairly-new relationship and grieving the loss of both parents, both from suicide.

Anna is made to reconsider her parents' deaths after anonymous notes appear, and begins to investigate...

I liked the inclusion of other narrators, Anna takes the majority of the story, but other people make their presence felt and add to the confusion/intrigue.

The subject itself is a rather emotional one - and well-handled. The 'new parent' scenes, as one myself, are raw and heartfelt and clearly written with some knowledge. Anna's grief and her situation - losing two parents in such close succession - is horrific.

If you've read Mackintosh before, you'll come to this with the expectation that not everything is as it seems, that you might be being fooled, and try to work out what's going on. I wasn't as impressed by the 'reveals' in this, I found the denouement a little more pedestrian than I'd hoped for, but the story leading up to it was strong and kept my attention.

I enjoyed this as an Audible audiobook, with a vulnerable sounding Anna voiced well, and very clearly, with the other voices well chosen for their roles as well, not giving anything away with their voices as to their motives or if they were not to be trusted. Definitely a good format for this sort of story.

One to recommend if you've enjoyed the author's other work, though it's not as standout as her debut.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy for review purposes.

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great book

fantastic book best so far good twist.
narrator was very good. Hope next one soon

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Sadly the worst one yet

I loved Clare’s previous books so bought this straight away. It’s not a bad book but it’s not gripping like the others and it’s not one I’ll remember or recommend to others. There are a few annoying holes in the storyline and the ending is ridiculous and completely unbelievable. This annoyed me quite a bit actually. I think the main character is just a little dull and whiney and doesn’t show anything like the range of emotions you’d expect from someone going through her experiences.

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good pageturner

I thoroughly enjoyed this book narrated brilliantly lots of good characters good storyline loved it good twists and turns highly recommend it

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Excellent

thoroughly enjoyed this book, liked main characters .
Narrator very good easy listening, thoroughly recommend.

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Another fab story from Clare

I've been looking forward to this book for a while since reading one of Clare's other books. Let Me Lie lives up to its predecessors. Fabulous book which kept me guessing until the end. I love Clare's writing style and can't wait to read more of her books. Highly recommend.

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