Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie - Book

Published: 27th December 2018
Publisher: Sphere
Pages: 385


The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since. Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents’ deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger?

Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…


The narrative begins with an eerie chapter from a mysterious character who is informing readers that death does not suit them and yet it is also a small glimpse into what may have been the start of a relationship that tragically went downhill. With Anna struggling to come to terms with the fact that her parents committed suicide, she begins to wonder if things are all what they seem and when a postcard slips through her post box, she immediately thinks that her parents were murdered and so, she does the one thing that any other person would do – she goes to the police.

“If she goes to the police, she’ll put herself and her baby in danger.”

With the police involved, the narrative now splits into three points of view – Anna, Murray (the semi-retired detective) and the mysterious character. The continual change in view point allowed the plot to have a lot more depth to it than it would of if Clare had written solely from Anna’s mindset. Murray added a very interesting element to the plot, not only as the man who was trying to solve the mystery of the parents suicides but he also had a home life in which was very similar to Anna’s. I didn’t expect Clare to include a subplot like that, but as she added more detail into what was going on, I found it to be utterly heart breaking and it was only a matter of time before readers gasped like I did.

“If Anna and Ella die before you, I inherit the lot.”

Soon enough, Anna learns the difficult truth about the death of her parents (half in which I did predict) and she tries her upmost hardest to deal with it in the best way possible but it is never that simple when it comes to a crime book. As the plot continues to unfold, there is a complete element of surprise as the final few chapters take place and there is nothing I can say without spoiling the outcome of the book as it is one that takes readers on a real journey of grief, relief, sadness, betrayal and a slight chance of hope. Let Me Lie is a plot full of captivating chapters, ones in which will make you stay awake until the early hours but let me tell you this – it is worth it the tired eyes in the morning.

Disclaimer: I purchased this book with my own money, but I have an ongoing working relationship with the publisher.

EL xx
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