The Lie by Kathryn Croft

Published: April 20, 2023


Genre: Psychological Thriller

Pages: 363

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of eleven psychological thrillers and to date she has sold over one and a half million copies of her books. After twelve years living in London, she now lives in Guildford, Surrey, the place she grew up, with her husband, two children and two crazy cats.

My son said he walked his girlfriend home. But now she is missing…

Our new home was meant to be a chance for us to start again, to make new friends and forget the past. And as I look around the barbeque we’ve thrown for our neighbours, I dare to dream that things will be all right. I watch my husband joking as he flips burgers and my daughter turning cartwheels on our sun-bleached lawn. And then my gaze falls on my son Jacob, and his new girlfriend Rose, in her light blue jeans and her green crop top. There is a worried expression clouding her beautiful eyes…

The next day I get a call from Rose’s mother that chills me to the bone. Rose never returned after our party.

I wake my still-sleeping son, who walked Rose home the night before, and beg him for answers. Jacob promises he saw Rose to her front door, and I know he would never lie.

But when the police find Rose’s house keys hidden in our garden and a witness claims to have seen them arguing in the street, everyone insists I can’t believe what Jacob is telling me.

I will do anything to protect my boy. But I need to find a way to make the questions stop. Because there’s something about our family that nobody can ever know. And as the search for Rose closes in, how can I keep him safe and keep our secrets hidden?

“We all have secrets, don’t we?”

Lucy is a devoted mother. She adores her children, and husband. When tragedy strikes, the last thing she expects is for her son to be named a suspect. Now, it seems she is the only person who believes in his innocence- will the truth really set her free?

I enjoyed how fast-paced this book was. I devoured it in a matter of hours. The timing and the pacing within the story made putting the book down impossible.

I enjoyed the multiple perspectives and timelines used for the narration of this book. It was awesome seeing the same situations from three different people.

The characters were all well done. I liked Lucy; she was loyal and unyielding when it came to protecting her kid. Carrie was a fantastic character and a beautiful representation of grief.

I figured out the twist, but the journey to confirming I was correct was great. The way the puzzle pieces all fell, it was murky for a while. There were moments when everyone was a potential suspect!

If you enjoy books that get your heart racing and are impossible to put down, this is for you!

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