Synopsis: A struggling author is working on her next novel.
Liza Cole used to be a successful author, but her last few books have not been well-received. Her marriage is equally miserable, with her husband being obsessed with finding his missing friend and neglecting her. Add the fact her struggles with infertility. Poor Liza has a ton on her plate. But her friend/editor gives her a chance to write another book. He gives her a month to write it and send it out to the world. Liza is up to the challenge. How will everything turn out?
Our main character, Liza, was certainly interesting. She was very intelligent, ambitious, strong…and unpredictable. I morbidly enjoyed her story. She gave new meaning to the term ‘unreliable narrator’. The main character in Liza’s novel, Beth, can be described as her ‘mirror image’ in a lot of ways. Both women are unhappily married to emotionally distant men. And neither of them are ready to give up on these marriages. Both women are close to their moms. Fertility issues, with different results. They each deal with attractive men with accents whose names begins with the letter “T”. Clearly, Liza gave Beth a daughter because she herself is desperate to have a family of her own. Both women become darker and unpredictable as the story goes on.
Lies She Told kind of reminded me of the movie Nocturnal Animals. The movie featured an author that tells a story within the story. Kind of like…..this book. At first blush, the women seemed different enough. But as the story goes on, despite the different fonts, it gets harder and harder to tell Liza and Beth apart. It also feels like they’re the same person. Trying to untangle this web gets harder and harder, but also more entertaining. I just had to know what would happen next. And what happened next was quite shocking. Cate Holahan is an amazing writer, and I hope she writes more books in the future. I’m sure she will.
The novel was kind of confusing to me at first, especially the end. I still have no idea how to process everything that I read. It was quick and enjoyable, but my overthinking mind may be turning molehills into mountains. Plus, I didn’t entirely get Liza. I guess that was the point.
Despite those slight issues, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lies She Told. It was fun, interesting and unpredictable with some surprising twists. I look forward to reading more books from the author, Cate Holahan. I’d give it a 8.5 out of 10. You can find it at your local bookstore.