PUBLISHER: William Morrow, Harper Collins
PUBLICATION DATE: September 22nd, 2020
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Everybody lies . . .
Bestselling mystery writer Lucy Harper’s talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring readers. It has also saddled her with dependents, namely her fawning husband Dan.
When Dan suddenly goes missing, his disappearance evokes dark memories that take Lucy back more than thirty years—to the day her brother vanished without a trace. That’s when Lucy began conjuring stories. The police investigation revealed few confirmed details, so she created tales to fill in the gaps, to explain what happened that day her brother disappeared—and young Lucy was the only witness.
Now decades later, with the whole watching, Lucy’s past and present are colliding, and this bestselling author skilled in telling stories is losing control her own narrative.
Where is Dan? What happened to Lucy’s brother? And is the brilliant mystery writer—an expert in devising red herrings and hidden clues—revealing all she knows about both disappearances?
With twists and turns that lead all the way back to World War II, Gilly Macmillan reveals the answers in this clever and compulsively readable mystery sure to thrill fans of Liv Constantine and Shari LaPena.
Addictive, full of twists and turns, and immersive. This novel will have you guessing and second guessing everything that is going on and making you try to figure out what is going on and who is responsible for everything. I love a good book that keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing and doubting everything you think you know until the end and this novel does just that.
The novel centers around Lucy and her husband. When Lucy was younger, she had an imaginary friend named Eliza, and they did a lot of things together, things that are secrets and Eliza told her not to tell anyone -ever! On the night all those years ago where Lucy’s younger brother disappears, while he was with Lucy, Lucy swears she has no idea what happened to him. Fast forward many years later, and Lucy is now an adult and married, but still has conversations with Eliza and sees her from time to time. What better than an unreliable character such as Lucy to be the main POV and character in this book. Is Lucy telling the truth all the time, half of the time, or does she ever tell the truth at all? It makes for an interesting read as you find yourself questioning everything she says and does.
I enjoyed reading along and trying to figure out my own theories of what happened in the past as well as what is going on in the present. I enjoyed reading the alternating timelines, from present to past, as it builds to the suspense of the present and gives you little pieces at a time of what happened all those years ago.
A definite must read for the year!
MY RATING: 4/5 stars