The Lies I Tell is a twisted domestic thriller that dives deep into the psyches and motivations of two women and their unwavering quest to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future.
Meg Williams. Maggie Littleton. Melody Wilde. Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She’s a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be—a college student. A life coach. A real estate agent. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she’s done, you’ve likely lost everything.
Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years for the woman who upended her life to return. And now that she has, Kat is determined to be the one to expose her. But as the two women grow closer, Kat’s long-held assumptions begin to crumble, leaving Kat to wonder who Meg’s true target is.
The Lies I Tell is not a mystery nor a thriller. I would not even say it is suspenseful. Did that prevent from enjoying this book? Not at all. In fact, it was just what I needed right now while I am angry about current events. If I had to classify The Lies I Tell, I would call it a feminist revenge story that left me feeling smug and satisfied.
The Lies I Tell is a novel about a con woman seeking revenge and an out-of-work journalist seeking justice whose stories are intertwined by their past. The Lies I Tell quickly sucked me into its pages. I initially was intrigued with its premise and then became invested in Kat and Meg’s lives.
Told through both women’s perspectives and flashbacks, this book was easy to read and left no confusion over timelines or speaker. Clark did an excellent job constructing and structuring the story. The main characters were well-developed for the most part. I came to feel like I was IRL friends with Kat and Meg.
I also thought that Julie Clark depicted trauma and PTSD in a compassionate yet objective manner. I cannot think of anything she could have done better in that regard.
Overall, The Lies I Told was like putting together a puzzle amid a web of lies, which brought be much joy. I will be recommending it many and encourage any BOTM member to snag a copy in June.
The Lies I Tell
June 21, 2022
Note: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark. Regardless, I always provide a fair and honest review.