Monday 14 May 2018

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh @claremackint0sh @LittleBrownUK #LetMeLie #Win #Giveaway #Competition

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They're both wrong.
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 stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO and I SEE YOU.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh was published on 8 March 2018 by Sphere / Little Brown UK and is the author's third novel. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

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I was absolutely worn out, exhausted, drained and so very very happy when I finished Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh. There are so many twists, and turns and jaw dropping moments that my head was reeling. I read this during a three hour car journey (I wasn't driving, I hasten to add!), and to be honest, I'm so glad that I didn't have to put it down mid read. It's that gripping.

The strap line on the front of the book tells the reader a lot. We know that although the coroner judged that both of Anna's parents committed suicide; her Dad first, and then her Mother, at exactly the same point on Beachy Head, that the verdict is wrong.

Almost a year later and Anna is really struggling. Her life has changed beyond all recognition. Her parents are both dead, she's just had a baby, and she's in a fairly new relationship with an older guy. When she receives an anonymous card on the anniversary of her Mother's death, her emotions go haywire.

"Suicide? Think again."

Anna has always had difficulty in accepting that her parents took their own lives. They ran a successful business, they had no money worries, they didn't seem any different. When she reads the card, she becomes convinced that they were murdered and enlists the help of retired CID officer Murray Mackintosh. Murray still works for the force, as a civilian, and Anna's case really intrigues him. Although he shouldn't he can't keep away from the case.

Of course I had my suspicions, I was convinced that I knew exactly what had happened, and what would happen. I had my suspects all lined up. I just knew. Oh no I didn't!
Clare Macintosh is the master of the unexpected, just when you think everything is going to pan out nicely she throws a bomb into the plot, everything explodes and there's more smoke than on a damp November 5th bonfire night.

I can't even begin to talk about the plot, but I can tell you that the characters are excellently created, and I fell head over heels for Murray. He's kind and compassionate, and dedicated and when the reader learns his own story, their heart will crack, just a little bit more. Don't expect to love all of the characters though, there are a few in here that are so flawed, yet this only adds to their depth and weaves more layers into this brilliantly created and incredibly clever plot.

I think everyone will realise that I really loved this book. It's a page turner that delivers shock after surprise. It made me swear out loud, I gasped a few times and I smiled in smug satisfaction when I got to the end.

Loved it. Have raved about it to so many people already and will continue to shout about it for a long time!

One Hardback Copy of Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public
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order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant and is the founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. She now writes full time and lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

Clare's debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club (and was the winning title of the readers' vote for the summer 2015 selection) and for ITV's Loose Women's Loose Books. It is a New York Times bestseller, with translation rights sold to more than 30 countries.

Her second psychological thriller, I See You, was a number 1 Sunday Times bestseller and Audible's best selling psychological thriller in 2016. Translation rights have been sold to almost 30 countries. 

Clare is the patron of the Silver Star Society, an Oxford-based charity which supports the work carried out in the John Radcliffe Hospital's Silver Star unit, providing special care for mothers with medical complications during pregnancy.
For more information visit Clare's website or find her at or on Twitter @ClareMackint0sh 

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