Monday, April 25, 2022

Review: An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher

An Honest Lie
by Tarryn Fisher

Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “I’m going to kill her. You’d better come if you want to save her.”
Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.
If she’s allowed to.
When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.
And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.
What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past.

Kritters Thoughts:  Rainy has a past that she hopes has been put to rest, but while on a girls' weekend in Vegas, things start coming out of the woodworks and she must confront it head on whether she likes it or not.  Told through chapters labeled then and now, Rainy's past will collide with the present and she will have to make a few big choices.  

I love a dual narrative and I especially love it when the reader knows the connections between the two storylines early on and can just sit back and enjoy as each storyline develops.  With a little bit of a cult situation, I weirdly enjoyed the storyline from the past as we watched Rainy and her mom join a group and hope for a better future, I wanted more about what they joined and the consequences of this group.  

While the solution to the perpetrator was interesting, it felt like a bit of a let down after the big rise to the end.  I didn't have a guess early on, but I was surprised by the character she chose and wished for more.  

My first Tarryn Fisher read and I definitely have a few from her backlist that I am intrigued to read and see about how I feel about their conclusions.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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