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Review: The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Title: The Lies I Tell
Author: Julie Clark
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA (CA)

SummaryMeg Williams. Maggie Littleton. Melody Wilde. Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She's a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be―a college student. A life coach. A real estate agent. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she's done, you've likely lost everything.

Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years for the woman who upended her life to return. And now that she has, Kat is determined to be the one to expose her. But as the two women grow closer, Kat's long-held assumptions begin to crumble, leaving Kat to wonder who Meg's true target is.

The Lies I Tell is a twisted domestic thriller that dives deep into the psyches and motivations of two women and their unwavering quest to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future.

Review: I really liked Julie Clark's previous book The Last Flight (link to my review) so was excited when this book was one of the choices for my June Book of the Month. Normally I wait a number of months before getting to my BOTM books, but I couldn't wait to read this one. And, I know it isn't supposed to matter, but I really find the cover appealing; the colors make me happy.

And, thanks to the Popsugar Challenge, I checked out Book Tok for the first time and found videos about this book. Cool resource!

Clark has a way of putting twists in a thriller that are easy, smooth, and make sense. There is no rush to wrap up the story at the end and I loved every minute of this novel. Meg and Kat are both strong, intelligent women who are dancing around the truth throughout the story and their interactions. They want to take down those who take advantage of the weak, have meaningful friendships along the way, and have an impact. I think they both succeed.

If you want to read a thriller that has no blood, gore, murder, sex, etc then pick this book up and read it! It's a well-written thriller that relies on great characters and story rather than sensationalism.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Popsugar--Book Tok recommendation

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