The truth can be darker than fiction.
Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.
Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, she aims to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River.
Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the East River, and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including her own. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.
Told as a story within a story, Lies She Told by Cate Holahan, is an enticing read from the first page to the last. Liza can be classified as a one hit wonder. Her first novel hit the bestsellers list and was purchased for a movie. Her next books did not fare as well. She is now up against a deadline and struggling to hit her word count. Factor in she is on some heavy duty prenatal drugs and her husband is basically neglecting her because his law partner has gone missing. Liza’s life is in a tailspin, her only way out possibly through her written words.
Beth is the main character in Liza’s new book. She is a new mother and is feeling neglected by her husband. She sees him in a restaurant with another woman and after watching them exchange a quick kiss understands why he is not available to her. Liza and Beth have a lot in common and as the story unfolds, it is easy to confuse Liza’s real life with her fictional storytelling.
This book is fast paced and definitely kept me on my toes. It can be a little confusing at first due to the parallel story line. I enjoyed the writing style of intermingling the main characters real life with her fictional characters, but it did add some confusion at first. I had to do some rereading, but I think that strengthened the storyline for me.
This book is a definite recommendation!