Thursday, April 23, 2020

Review: This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

This Is How I LiedEveryone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces, and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 12th, 2020 
 by Park Row 

Heather Gudenkauf is an auto-read for me, I have yet to be disappointed in anything she has written.  She knows how to grab this reader and doesn't let go until the last page.

The fun part of reading this book was going in blind, I didn't read the blurb and was sucked in with the first chapter.  Weaving not just between time periods (present-day and 25 years ago) but also there are different POVs. There was 16-year-old Eve, her deliciously creepy sister Nola (like seriously what a character), and Maggie.  

The story itself was well rounded, the puzzle pieces fit together nicely with a fitting conclusion but what a ride getting there. I had to take my theories apart and reassembly numerous times.  The author has a knack for twists and turns.  She also connected me to each of these 3 teens, I got to know them which just made me connect all the more with this story.

This Is How I Lied is a well-written murder mystery that is dark, mysterious, suspenseful, and full of secrets. Definitely a book and author I highly recommend.

My thanks to the publisher, Park Row for a digital ARC (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.

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