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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Beachy Hill. A beautiful, yet haunting locale, that would be the centre of a murder investigation. It's the place where copycat suicides occurred, almost a year apart. A husband, and a wife. But were they really suicides? Or murders? 

That is what Detective Murray is investigating. The couple's daughter, Anna Johnson, has pleaded with him to reopen the case. It's a tall order, especially since it seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide. Other detectives would scoff at this, but Murray has always subscribed to a different set of rules. His motivation was people, not crimes. Victims, witnesses, and even offenders fascinated him. He was compelled to investigate the mysteries of their lives. 

Anna Johnson, is feeling extremely vulnerable. In a year, she has lost both her parents and had a baby. Anonymous notes and threats force her into a state of confusion. She's had a hard time accepting that her parents committed suicide. Her dad who had no previous history of mental illness, or indication that he was unhappy in any way, took his life and left her and her mom alone to pick up the pieces. It devastated the family. And when her own mother supposedly took the same path to end her life, and left Anna alone, it just didn't add up. 

Was there foul play involved? 

Family life seemed to have been as normal as it gets. Anna loved living at home, working with a fund-raising team. They made her laugh. They seemed interested in their daughter and were in turn interesting themselves. They seemed to be no secrets between them. Or, was that only a front they put forward? 

Discoveries of empty vodka bottles scattered secretly around the house seem to tell a different story. One that Anna was not aware of. But, that still doesn't mean that either of her parents were depressed and could commit suicide. They loved her too much. 

The deeper she gets into the past, the more she realizes she wants no part of it.
But, her abruptly asking Detective Murray to drop the investigation just raises more alarm bells for him, and he becomes more determined to get to the bottom of it. 

The story is written from various points of view. Anna's, Detective Murray's and others. This adds to the story, but what's also surprising is that it also continues to keep us intrigued and guessing. Normally, you wouldn't predict that. 

The plot will grip you, hook line and sinker. You think you know what's going on, then suddenly you are left second guessing yourself. Just as it starts to all make sense, your are left grasping in the dark again. There is a constant roller coaster of events that keep you reading to the end of this 386-pager novel, that just won't let you lie (pardon the pun). 

Definitely one for those who want to get lost in a mystery. 

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Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect readers, and strives for diversity and inclusivity. 

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh is published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copy provided by Penguin Random House Canada


Review by @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)

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