Let Me Lie - Clare Mackintosh
Reading Challenge Category: A book you’ve been meaning to read
The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. Who do you believe? 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 ask questions about her parents' deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it's safer to let things lie . . .
I love Clare Mackintosh’s books, and this was no exception. I wouldn’t say it was as shocking or as outrageous as ‘I See you’, or ‘I Let You Go’, but still an enjoyable read. I, unfortunately, guessed the major plot twist (but not the one at the end!) which always leaves me a little disappointed with a book. I like to be taken by surprise and unsettled by the outcomes of a psychological thriller. If I have guessed what is happening, to me, it means too much has been made obvious. Anna is a typical protagonist, whereby everyone thinks she is crazy and she has no one to turn to with her theories and to ask for help. She, fortunately, stumbles across Murray, a retired detective. He starts investigating and uncovers truths no one wants to know. We follow Anna and her woes, but we also follow the life of Murray. His story is very heartbreaking, and I would have liked to have delved a little more into his side of things, but I know this isn’t what the book was primarily about. There were lots of little twists along the way as well, which kept the book gripping. I just felt like I wanted more, maybe I went in with too high expectations! I wanted to be blown away but instead only felt a gentle breeze.