LIE TO ME, BY JESS RYDER
PUBLICATION: BOOKOUTURE, APRIL 19, 2017
About the book:
We’re going to tell our story and then it will all stop and Mummy will be safe. You want Mummy to be safe, don’t you?
Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother she’s never known.
Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera?
The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?
To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…
I am so thrilled to tell you all about Lie to Me, an upcoming novel by Jess Ryder! This novel begins with Merideth cleaning out items in her Dad’s attic. She finds a box of her baby clothes but then finds an old VHS tape with her name and a date written on it. After getting it converted to DVD, Meredith watches the video of herself and cannot believe what she is seeing or hearing. This leads to her searching for people named Cara (who was murdered) and Christopher Jay (who was accused but acquitted) along with others who may have known her mother, Becca and may know about the murder.
This novel grabbed me instantly and was wonderfully suspenseful until the very end. Meredith is the main character but there is a lot of interaction with her ex-boyfriend/police officer Eliot. After giving Eliot a copy of the video and asking him to look into Cara’s murder, he grabs the attention of a Constable that worked the now cold case many years ago. This also leads to the discovery of Cara’s best friend, Isobel and Isobel’s wife, Alice. The novel is told from varying points of view from Meredith, Christopher Jay, and Cara – and it all works together perfectly. This is one of those novels where about halfway through, I decided that I had figured out who killed Cara, but I was wrong! I didn’t see it coming until it was revealed, which through one of many surprises and plot twists into this novel. Even the epilogue was mysterious and made me wish for so much more about these characters.
Surprising, I don’t feel like I connected with Meredith. However, I quickly connected with Becca, Cara, Christopher Jay, and even Isobel. Let me clarify this connection by saying that I was invested in the characters and found them well-developed – I didn’t connect with some of the insanity, mental illness, and urges to commit murder! Something I loved about this novel is that practically everyone was lying about something or keeping something from someone, even Meredith’s Dad. There was certainly no opportunity to get bored while reading this novel because something was revealed or occurred on nearly every page.
Lie to Me is suspenseful, surprising, interesting, and creepy all wrapped up in one novel. I cannot recommend this novel enough to any lovers of this genre and promise that you will not be disappointed!
*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!