Published: July 2018 - Wildfire.
Genres: Adult / thriller / contemporary
Triggers/Content Advisory: Sexual innuendos / strong language.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Unfortunately, this is one of those books that I knew from the first chapter wouldn’t be getting 5 stars. I didn’t love the writing; it’s very boring and too impersonal. The dialogue is also extremely weak.
The characters have no depth. Karen is the most compelling, but even she is easily forgettable and half-fleshed out. Because I wasn’t excited by the characters, I couldn’t care about their story. The relationships also feel too cliche and contrived.
The plot is unstructured and poorly paced. Apart from being bored, I also tossed and turned on the indecisive themes the author couldn’t seem to nail down. I think she was trying to make a few points, but by the end I honestly had no idea what the point of the story was. The plot’s too clumsy to make an impression.
I also found a few incidents implausible. For example, there’s the document Karen discovers on Mark’s computer. We’re apparently supposed to believe that ten years after his case etc etc, he suddenly decides to start writing about his encounters with Jess leading up to The Incident? It’s too convenient for the story, too random; too convenient for Karen to then stumble upon and read chapter by chapter until she gets to “The Twist.” It’s lazy, because that is drawn out for no reason. It’s not clever - nor is it tense.
Lying To You isn’t half as gripping and tantalizing as it claims to be. The sloppy plot and cliche characters do it no favours.