An Honest Lie – Book Review

Title:- An Honest Lie

Author:- Tarryn Fisher

Date published:- April 26th 2022

No. of pages:- 335 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 3.5/5 stars

Writing:- 3/5 stars

Overall rating:- 3/5 stars

They’ve taken your friend, but only to get to you. What do you do?
Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.
If she’s allowed to.
When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.
And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.
What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past.

Trigger warning:- Cult, Abuse

This is the third book I have read of Tarryn Fisher. After reading The Wives, I never missed a single book of hers. But her two latest novels, The Wrong Family and this lates one An Honest Lie, did not live up to the expectations of The Wives. Though An Honest Lie is better than The Wrong Family, still I thought this novel was OK and not as great as The Wives.

This book is a cocktail mixture of girls’ night out in Vegas with a cult which gives you…well a weird cocktail. And of course, her plots are very unique and weird. The story starts with Lorraine, known as Rainy settling into Tiger Mountains with her boyfriend Grant. Reluctantly, she agrees to go on a girls’ night out in Vegas. Then one of the women, Braithe goes missing and Rainie receives a message from Braithe’s phone…which makes Rainie confront with her past.

The story divides between past and present–Past is told by Summer who is actually Rainie during her teenage years when Summer’s father died and Summer and her mother moved into a cult organization in a remote area. To be honest, Summer’s part was what really drew me into the story and made it interesting, which actually increased my rating. The present is told in Rainie’s perspective, who is also Summer. To be fair, the present is a bit boring. The ending was predictable and kind of feel like watching some mundane action movie that is far too predictable and unrealistic.

Overall, if you like cult based thriller, then this book is one for you. Worth three stars in my opinion.

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