Sneaking in more books for the month of May!
Thanks to Hanover Square Press for the free copies in exchange for our honest reviews
ONE MORE LIE – Amy Lloyd (Releasing May 28th, 2019)
Check out the #allthebookreviews thoughts below!
Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars
With the intro before the main plot began, I was expecting something more regarding the new identity, cosmetic surgery party but this was never addressed throughout the read, which was a bit of a let down. However, I quickly managed to forget about this once I became engaged in Charlotte’s story.
The POV goes back and forth from past to present and also through Sean’s eyes at various moments. Charlotte’s main line has her a bit of an unreliable narrator as she cannot remember the past to reconcile the present. It’s a lonely existence and the only person she’s close to is acting strangely and not there as she once was. What gives? How can she continue and is this really better than prison?
There were a couple things I felt were left a bit hanging, but overall I thoroughly was engaged and needing to know where this was going to head. At a moderate page and with short chapters, this was easy to fly through and I recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of somber feel to a psychological suspense story.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
A snowy and rainy day in May (yes, you read that correctly, SNOW) was the perfect setting for a fast read through ONE MORE LIE. I started and finished this one in about 4 hours because I couldn’t put it down. This thriller/suspense is through the eyes of newly paroled Charlotte. She has a new name, a new history, and a new life she is trying to live. As long as Sean doesn’t find her, she should be able to carry on with her new persona.
We go back and forth between present day and to Charlotte’s past. Growing up wasn’t easy for her and she found her escape in her friendship with Sean. One night changed everything for them and led her to her new anonymous life after prison. We get alternating chapters between “Here: Now” and “Her: Then”. We also get some mixed in through Sean’s perspective in the present.
I don’t want to give away too much and risk spoiling anything, but this one was a fast read and was a great glimpse into the effects of strained and complicated relationships can have on children. Nothing seems to go right for Charlotte and Sean has also spiraled after his stint in prison – what really happened that night when they were kids?
Overall, I loved the writing and the pacing. The short chapters kept the pace up and held my attention. I liked the alternating chapters between past and present because it gradually revealed to us what Charlotte has been dealing with. This was my introduction to Amy Lloyd and it won’t be my last time picking up her books! If you want a quick and engaging read, then this needs to be on your TBR.