Lies We Bury - Elle Marr

Reading Challenge Category: Amazon Prime First Read - Free

Official Blurb:

I was born in captivity…
Two decades ago Marissa Mo escaped a basement prison—the only home she’d ever known. At twenty-seven, Marissa’s moved beyond the trauma and is working under a new name as a freelance photographer. But when she accepts a job covering a string of macabre murders in Portland, it’s impossible for Marissa not to remember.
Everything is eerily familiar. The same underground lairs. Sad trinkets and toys left behind, identical to those Marissa had as a child. And then there is the note meant just for her that freezes Marissa’s blood: See you soon, Missy.
To determine the killer’s next move, Marissa must retrieve her long-forgotten memories and return to a past she’s hidden away. But she won’t be facing her fears alone. Someone is waiting for her in the dark.

My Thoughts:

I grabbed this at the beginning of the month as part of Amazon Prime’s First Read promotion. I didn’t really have any kind of expectations it just seemed like an interesting premise, so I grabbed it and didn’t have any plans to read it any time soon. However, I gave a list of the books I have on my Kindle to my husband to choose my next read for me and he choose this one.
I’m so glad he did and that I read it sooner rather than later, as it was utterly gripping. It was really different from anything I’ve read recently and had an exciting and somewhat disturbing subject matter. There are plenty of books about people kidnapped and kept in the basement, but I think this is the first that I have read about the survivors and what happens afterwards.
Claire was born in captivity and escaped when she was seven, along with her two sisters and her mother, Rosemary. The timeline of everything happening could get quite confusing as she talks a lot about what she did when she was 14 and other times an X amount of time after their escape. There are also the ‘then’ chapters that see the four captives planning their escape.
The book is really creepy, and I felt like I had to keep checking over my shoulder while reading it. It really did set the hairs up on your arms! I didn’t know what to expect from the ending, and I had tried to work things out. I had briefly pondered the possibility of it being what it was, but I’d dismissed it. Everything comes together nicely at the end, and with one of the twists, I feel like I need to reread the book with a different outlook on some of the events. There were a few loose ends that I would have liked a little more of an explanation on. Such as Nora’s escape, why did she never go back for the rest of them or at least tell the police?
Overall, a fantastic read and I will be looking at what else this author has done.

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Lies We Bury
by Elle Marr
Date Started
22nd March 2021
Date Finished
24th March 2021
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