Title: Let me Lie
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Release Date: March 8th 2018
No of Pages: 400
The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.
One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.
Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…
The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.Synopsis – Goodreads
I am a massive fan of Mackintosh, I think her writing style and her creativity behind storylines is superb. Placing this book with the other two of hers that I have read, it’s not my favourite – I am still in awe over ‘I See You’, which I thought was amazing. However, it still maintained the twists and turns that make me love her books.
Turning first to the characters, there were a few main ones that were given chapters from their point of view; and both Anna and Murray were substantially interesting to read alongside. Having Anna, the daughter of the two parents who had supposedly committed suicide, one of the main voices was deeply impactful – we were with her every step of the way as she was threatened, and began to piece the story together. Murray was depicted as a sweet, gentle soul who was incremental to keep the story moving and provide little details over the investigation. There was a subtle development in both of their characters over the pace of the story, as by the end they had resolved the issues they began with and had worked out how they were to move forward in life.
The storyline itself was everything I had expected. By the first third of the book, I was shunned into silence – I even had to put the book down and come back to it later. I am usually someone who is good at predicting when the twists are going to arrive, but I was not prepared for that one. I thought the brief little chapters inbetween were genius, because of the subtle way she neglected to use any gender specific terms and we were kept in the dark – which then led to another massive twist towards the end. The chase at the end, and the rush to try and fit the pieces together was intense and thrilling – meaning I kept reading until I had it finished.
The book moved at a leisurely pace that encouraged readers to keep following the story, and try to work it out. The confidence with which Mackintosh leaves little clues hidden everywhere, that entertain the readers desire to figure out the mystery, is something akin to the greats like Agatha Christie. The story was interesting, it looked at human behaviour around family relationships and mental health, making it more dimensional than just another crime book.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling read, that threw out my hypothesis at every stage until it led to a cunning conclusion.