An Honest Lie

An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher

Expected publication:  April 26, 2022 – Graydon House

Review galley courtesy of the publisher

Description:

“I’m going to kill her. You’d better come if you want to save her.”
 
Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.
 
If she’s allowed to.
 
When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.
 
And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.
 
What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past. (publisher)

My take:

An Honest Lie is about an introverted new girl in town (Rainy), a group of women who’ve known each other for a while and get all the inside jokes, and a past the new girl would like to forget. When Rainy’s boyfriend seems beyond excited for her to be included in the girls’ weekend trip to Vegas she decides to give it a try despite her inner voice telling her it’s a bad idea. Her horrible past played out not far from Las Vegas and she doesn’t want to revisit those days.

From the start I was suspicious of everyone and every scenario that played out – almost to the point of wanting to rush to the end so I could be done. But I didn’t rush and was intrigued with how things unfolded.

The novel is told with two timelines: Now and Then. Aside from a few “Then” scenes dragging out too long for my taste I thought the author kept a good pace.

I can be a bit on the squeamish side so I was happy to skip the occasional paragraph. A novel that includes a cult, a murderer or two, and children who suffer the sins of the parents was bound to have a strong creepy vibe. But readers who don’t have a problem with dark and suspenseful novels can buy a copy on April 26, 2022.

Thanks to Blankenship PR for sending a review copy.


About the author:

Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington, with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. She loves connecting with her readers on Instagram.www.tarrynfisher.com