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Review: To Tell You the Truth by Gilly MacMillan

Title: To Tell You the Truth

Author: Gilly MacMillan

Year Published: 2020

Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 295
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)United Kingdom 

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): To tell you the truth . . . everybody lies.

Lucy Harper’s talent for writing bestselling novels has given her fame, fortune and millions of fans.  It’s also given her Dan, her needy, jealous husband whose own writing career has gone precisely nowhere.

Now Dan has vanished. But this isn’t the first time that someone has disappeared from Lucy’s life. Three decades ago, her little brother Teddy also went missing and was never found. Lucy, the only witness, helplessly spun fantasy after fantasy about Teddy’s disappearance, to the detectives’ fury and her parents’ despair. That was the start of her ability to tell a story—a talent she has profited from greatly. 

But now Lucy’s a grown woman who can’t hide behind fiction any longer. The world is watching, and her whole life is under intense scrutiny. A life full of stories, some more believable than others. Could she have hurt Teddy?  Did she kill Dan?  Finally, now, Lucy Harper’s going to tell the truth.

Cross her heart.

And hope to die.
Review: I have got to start keeping track of who recommends books to me so that I can give them credit in my reviews. Sigh. Suffice it to say I cannot remember who recommended this book to me, but thank you. I have read and enjoyed Odd Child Out by Gilly MacMillan and this one did not disappoint.

As with Odd Child Out, MacMillan presents the reader full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end as well as a novel that is more than just a thriller. I don't think it spoils the novel if I say that mental health is at issue in this book. What's interesting is that it is present without being spelled out. The issue is just there and that made my mind go in all sorts of directions while I was reading.

Lucy isn't necessarily a likable character, but she isn't not likable. She's... odd. And you're never sure what her deal is, who is lying, who is hiding something (no surprise, they are all at some level), and how much Lucy knows or doesn't know. See? Even in my review, there's some thriller aspects going on.

I read this book quickly and enjoyed it. If you're in the mood for a thriller, this is a good one.

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