The Lie – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Lie

Author:- Kathryn Croft

Date published:- will be published on 20th April 2023

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 358 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

My son said he walked his girlfriend home. But now she is missing…

Our new home was meant to be a chance for us to start again, to make new friends and forget the past. And as I look around the barbeque we’ve thrown for our neighbours, I dare to dream that things will be all right. I watch my husband joking as he flips burgers and my daughter turning cartwheels on our sun-bleached lawn. And then my gaze falls on my son Jacob, and his new girlfriend Rose, in her light blue jeans and her green crop top. There is a worried expression clouding her beautiful eyes…

The next day I get a call from Rose’s mother that chills me to the bone. Rose never returned after our party.

I wake my still-sleeping son, who walked Rose home the night before, and beg him for answers. Jacob promises he saw Rose to her front door, and I know he would never lie.

But when the police find Rose’s house keys hidden in our garden and a witness claims to have seen them arguing in the street, everyone insists I can’t believe what Jacob is telling me.

I will do anything to protect my boy. But I need to find a way to make the questions stop. Because there’s something about our family that nobody can ever know. And as the search for Rose closes in, how can I keep him safe and keep our secrets hidden?

I actually enjoy reading Kathryn Croft’s books and this book is also an unputdownable thriller that will nearly give you chills.

The story begins with a barbecue party with Lucy inviting her friends in the new town they had moved in. But the next day, Rose, who is Lucy’s son’s girlfriend had gone missing and Jacob is the main suspect as there are witnesses claiming to see them arguing hours before Rose disappeared. But within a few days Rose’s body was found which implied that she was murdered. Did Jacob really kill Rose or is he really innocent as he claims? Meanwhile Rose’s mother Carrie is determined to prove that Jacob killed her daughter. The story is fast paced and told in three POVs–Lucy, Carrie and Rose. The story is fast paced and page turner and there were some twists and turns–all characters in the story are unreliable and all are lying to each other so who is actually telling the truth? The ending was a surprising twist.Overall if you are looking for a page turning unputdownable thriller, I recommend this book–worth four stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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