PUBLISHER: Park Row Books
PUBLICATION DATE: May 12th, 2020
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Thank you to the publisher, Park Row Books, for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour for Heather Gudenkauf’s latest novel This Is How I Lied and for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many books, including The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages. She lives in Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running.
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Tough as nails and seven months pregnant, Detective Maggie Kennedy-O’Keefe of Grotto PD, is dreading going on desk duty before having the baby her and her husband so badly want. But when new evidence is found in the 25-year-old cold case of her best friend’s murder that requires the work of a desk jockey, Maggie jumps at the opportunity to be the one who finally puts Eve Knox’s case to rest.
Maggie has her work cut out for her. Everyone close to Eve is a suspect. There’s Nola, Eve’s little sister who’s always been a little… off; Nick, Eve’s ex-boyfriend with a vicious temper; a Schwinn riding drifter who blew in and out of Grotto; even Maggie’s husband Sean, who may have known more about Eve’s last day than he’s letting on. As Maggie continues to investigate, the case comes closer and closer to home, forcing her to confront her own demons before she can find justice for Eve.
Heather has done it again with another addictive, edge of your seat thriller. You’ll find yourself deeply immersed in this story as you flip through the pages, leaving you wanting more. Imagine finding yourself at the forefront of a police investigation into the death of a young girl 25 years ago, and that girl was your best friend. This is what happens to Detective Maggie Kennedy-O’Keefe. Her best friend Eve Knox was murdered and the case has remained unsolved all of these years.
This book is full of interesting characters, many of whom will be a suspect at one point or another. I loved the character development in this novel and the multiple POV’s, some from the past and some from the present. Eve’s sister Nola certainly was (and is!) quite strange and most definitely off. Eve’s ex-boyfriend also had his own issues, and could be violent and quite scary. Then there is one of the neighbourhood men who, although he is married with children, seems to be quite creepy at times. I enjoyed reading about these various characters and getting to know them and how they all relate to one another in the story.
I enjoyed reading about Maggie’s character and reading about her friendship with Eve when they were younger. They were the best of friends and had their fair share of ups and downs, like any friendship. I also enjoyed reading about creepy Nola and all of her activities. She was quite an interesting character and a little different from everyone else, which made her that more interesting and creepy. She has many odd interests, even as a young child.
A great novel that had me hooked as I read through the pages and kept me guessing until the very shocking ending that I did not see coming! A book that you will love so be sure to grab your copy today!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars