Thursday, November 3, 2022

The Lies I Tell - Book Review

Can a wrong ever be made right with another wrong? Where is the fine line between justice and revenge? In The Lies I Tell, by Julie Clark, two brilliant, strong, previously wronged women take matters into their own hands, resulting in fascinating twists and turns you won't see coming. 

Meg Williams, aka Maggie Littleton and Melody Wilde, is supremely gifted in becoming who you need, or want her to be. She is a master of psychology and Internet research. By the time you meet her, she knows you better than you know yourself. 

Meg/Maggie/Melody, the three-in-one, shape-shifts between personas. Some know her as a college student, others as a life coach, and now a Senate candidate has hired her as his exclusive real estate agent. Ron Ashton is going to wish he had never met Meg Williams. You'll see.

Kat Roberts, a victimized journalist, has waited ten excruciating years to take Meg down. Kat is desperate to expose the grifter for who she really is, and at the same time, to right the wrong that wrecked her own life and career. Kat believes she can go head-to-head with Meg because she knows the games she plays. In this cat-and-mouse chase, could it be that the mouse has underestimated the cat?

How will it all end? Will Meg get the justice she seeks? Does Kat get the revenge she has longed for (and the publishing deal of her dreams)? 

And you: Will you be cheering at the end, or shaking your head? How will you feel about the choices that are made? What would you have done? I hope you read The Lies I Tell and return here to respond to these questions.

I love a book with a surprise ending. This read kept me highly engaged the entire way. And, I have to tell you, it makes me want to lock down my social media accounts. Repelling a couple of scammers online this week really brought home the message of how very real and present are the Meg, Maggie, and Melody's of the world. This is just barely a work of fiction. 












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14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Diana, this sounds like a great next read for me! I love twisty turny mysteries with some real surprises in there too! Putting this on my short list of next books to read! Thanks!

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    1. I wish I had written this book. It is so very clever and captivating.

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  2. It's a bit scary to realize that some people are not who you think they are. The internet and Social Media really leaves us very exposed these days and perhaps too trusting. How do you separate the lies from the truth. This book sounds like a real psychological thriller. Thanks for introducing me to it, Diana.

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    1. Yes... people can be very "elastic" these days (in terms of who they present themselves to be -- especially online). The scams are getting pretty sophisticated, which can make for some blurry lines between what may or may not be reality. I can see this being a book you would enjoy, Elf.

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  3. Although I don’t usually gravitate toward suspense novels, I might be tempted to give this one a try. Social media can be used as a dastardly weapon by those with malevolent intent. Thanks for the great review and recommendation, Diana!

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    1. I know this isn't your typical genre, Margaret. What is compelling though, for readers like you and I, are the psychological dimensions of how individuals get what they seek. Though I read vastly more nonfiction than fiction, this felt like nonfiction. It is a true primer when it comes to how motivation and emotion can lead people down some surprising pathways. I love the complexity of figuring out what makes people tick (and thinking about why they do the things they do).

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  4. This sounds really interesting. I will have to give it a try.

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  5. I am very intrigued by your review and I want to know who prevails! It does seem like there are way too many lairs around us. Perhaps, the internet has opened our eyes to just how common it really is to be talking to someone who is not trustworthy and who says what you want to hear in order to get what they want from you. They have always been in our lives, but the do seem much more prevalent & pervasive these days.

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    1. No spoiler here, Mouse, but I will say that more than one individual gets some much-needed satisfaction, and more than one creep gets what is deserved. As for what you shared, it takes great vigilance these days to ensure one does not become a victim of the unscrupulous actors who lurk online (and elsewhere).

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  6. Wow, this book sounds so good! I almost want to get it and read it - I would probably get upset though, lol, my pet peeve are people like this (manipulators, evil-doers) - This needs to be a movie!

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    1. This would make a great movie. I didn't mind the manipulations that were done to help the victims.

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  7. Thank you for your interesting review and recommendation of this very intriguing book! It sounds like there is psychological suspense and with many twists and turns, plus a surprise ending I imagine it is a hard book to put down!

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    1. Intriguing is right. I read this in less than two days because the suspense was captivating.

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