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Book Review: Lie to Me – Jess Ryder ****

It has been a good year so far for discovering new authors and with “Lie to Me” it has been a pleasure to get an early review copy of Jess Ryder’s first book.

Meredith is helping her father clear out the attic in preparation for his move to a retirement cottage in the country. At the bottom of an old box she comes across an old VHS tape that has her name written on it in unfamiliar writing. Her father’s reaction to it is violent and strange. He tries to grab it off her and burn it. It makes Meredith even more interested in what is on it. Seeing footage of herself as a small child with Becca, the mother she has never really known, is such a shock.

The footage on the tape is disturbing and when Meri mentions it to her policeman ex-boyfriend she unwittingly finds herself in the middle of a twenty five year old murder investigation. The search for Becca and the truth puts Meredith’s sanity and even her life in danger.

This was such an easy book to read with great characters that just leap off the page. The plot switches between the action twenty five years ago and the current time. Chapters are mostly narrated by Meredith and Cara but there are chapters from other characters point of view. Unlike some thrillers it becomes compulsive reading as you get drawn into the plot. I had guessed the correct killer before they were revealed but there were plenty of other twists that I didn’t see coming.

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UK Publication Date: Apr 19 2017. 388 pages.

Lie to Me: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist

Categories: 4 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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