No one likes being scammed. But what if she isn’t who she says she is because she’s trying to get revenge?
I can only speak for myself here. But for years, I’ve judged the quality of a book based on how long it stays in the forefront of my mind after I’ve finished the last page. This system has never failed me. One of my favorite books of all time, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, still enters my mind for a brief moment at least weekly. And it’s been years since I last visited the story.
The Lies I Tell came to me because of a book roundup I wrote for my day job. This is my first Julie Clark novel, but I included The Last Flight in one of my book lists and happily agreed to review this one too.
I didn’t expect to still be thinking about it now. But here we are.
One tragic night links Meg and Kat’s lives together in a twisted, dangerous knot. For 10 years, Kat has tried everything to find out what happened to Meg. Who she really is. Whether or not she really meant to destroy a stranger’s life.
On the surface, Meg might seem like the kind of person who will take advantage of anyone and everyone to get what she wants. But her motives aren’t what they seem. Kat will have to risk getting close to her to find out the truth for herself.
What makes this story brilliant is that it uses our collective obsession with con artists and scams as the foundation, not a crutch, for a surprisingly unique story about two women who severely misinterpret and misunderstand each other. But because it’s the classic “here’s what she did and why” story, it hooks you. You want to put the book down to take it all in, to take a breath, but you can’t.
I read the whole thing in a day. That wasn’t my intention. But it’s just that good, that captivating, that fun.
I think you’re going to love it.
The Lies I Tell is available now wherever books are sold.
Meg Dowell is the creator of Brain Rush, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words, and Not a Book Hoarder, celebrating books of all kinds. She is an editor, writer, book reviewer, podcaster, and photographer. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about nonsense and Star Wars.