Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh


Let Me Lie is a really well constructed psychological thriller. The premise really intrigued me and kept me interested despite its slow start. The narrative is told in alternating perspectives by Anna and Murray. And we also have some shorter chapters near the start by an unknown narrator. Unfortunately I felt like we were going down a ghost route which I’m really not a fan of. Thank fully I misinterpreted! But the chapters I felt led to confusion later in the story and felt extremely unnecessary.

Anna is a really strong character but it is Detective Murray who really shines. His relationship with wife Sarah who suffers from Borderline Personality disorder was very believable. I loved the way they interacted with each other. His accounts were my favourite of the novel and I enjoyed the way Sarah helped him with the investigation.

Mackintosh makes sure we are able to sympathise with Sarah and the loss of her parents. She is a very strong and smart character who realistically questions the manner of her parent’s death’s. Especially now that some of the cloud of grief has left. I just wasn’t feeling it with Anna, not due to any flaw I just never really felt the connection with her. But I did like that Anna didn’t let her therapist boyfriend get in the way of her questions which was refreshing.

Let Me Lie keeps a slow pace throughout most of the novel. As such it took me ages to get into and is potentially the reason I didn’t connect with Anna. You are definitely forced to take your time which some may like I just worry others would get bored.

The novel deals with the aftermath of suicide and touches on other sensitive issues – grief, domestic and substance abuse, mental health. Mackintosh deals with each respectively and feels appropriate and realistic. Especially in the way she portrayed Anna. Her grief is a slow process and she is still struggling to cope with it especially with a young baby.

Let Me Lie was a really good story. I liked it enough to pick up some other’s from Clare Mackintosh. But it does lag a little too much that you don’t get much tension throughout the story. The ending is good… if a little over dramatic. Though I did like that we had all the usual suspects but the reveal was quite believable.


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 safter to let things lie…

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