Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She Told

 Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

 Published 2017



Lies She Told by Cate Holahan is a psychological thriller.  I believe it will be published in September of this year.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of Lies She Told in exchange for an honest review.

Liza Jones sees herself as a romance/suspense author, but struggling.  Her first book was a best-seller, but she isn’t sure how that happened, and she can’t seem to get back on track.  Given 30 days to get it together, Liza tries to devote most of her time to her new book.  However, other things interfere.  She and her husband David are trying to have a baby, and the experimental fertility drugs seem to be messing with her memory.  As well, David’s best friend and law partner Nick has disappeared, so David is either off trying to find him, or taking over Nick’s cases.  Liza and David don’t seem to have time for each other.  Stress is taking over their lives.

Meanwhile, Liza’s new book tells the story of Beth and her husband Jake who have a 6-month old little girl.  Beth suspects that Jake is cheating on her.  He is spending more time at the office, and less time with her and the baby.  She is going to put a stop to this, anyway she can.

Liza’s mind is truly starting to blur the lines between fact and fiction.  She just had her heroine Beth shoot Jake’s mistress in the book, so why does Liza remember burying her own gun in her mom’s flower bed?  When Nick’s body is found in the East River with a bullet wound, Liza starts to doubt everything.  She will have to delve deep into herself to find the real truth.

Cate Holahan tells a story within a story, and to be honest it was hard to keep things straight at times.  The chapters alternated between Liza’s life and the actual chapters of the book she was writing.  So it was very important to keep the characters straight in your mind as you read along.  Often I found myself in the midst of a paragraph and trying to remember whether this person was supposed to be real, or a figment of the author’s (Liza’s) imagination. 

On the other hand, it was well written, and had enough twists (in both stories) to keep you interested.  I found it to be a relatively fast read.  I liked both Liza and Beth, and didn’t have much use for either husband.  This is usually a sign that the characters have been written with some depth, because you have really gotten involved with them.  I enjoyed both stories.

I have not read anything else by Holahan, but will keep her on my radar.


Read: July 2017


Favorite Quotes from Lies She Told:

“Blurring fact and fantasy is my trade. I am a con artist. A prevaricator. I make up stories.”

” I don’t invent my characters. I steal them from my surroundings. To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day, I rob myself blind.”


About the Author:  Cate Holahan, an award-winning journalist and former television producer, her articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record and on web sites for CBS, MSN Money,,, and CNBC.  She lives in New Jersey.


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