The only thing more dangerous than a lie...is the truth.
Serial meets Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a megahit podcast that reopens a murder case - and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim's daughter.
Josie Buhrman has spent the last 10 years trying to escape her family's reputation, and with good reason. After her father's murder 13 years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult, and her twin sister, Lanie, once Josie's closest friend and confidante, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner, Caleb, and that's where she intends to stay.
The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past - starting with her last name.
When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a megahit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie's father's murder, Josie's world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie's long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown, where she must confront the demons from her past - and the lies on which she has staked her future.
Three strikes? I deeply respect Oprah but this is the 3rd book I pick up from her book list that I end up hating.
To be fair, it contained 2 characteristics that I particularly dislike in any book: 1) incessant inner dialogue (and in this case many times whiny) and 2) a huge lie to a lover/loved one that is beyond recoverable. Add to this cartoonish and predictable characters: the bitchy gold digger, the loveable foreigner, the druggie sibling, the obnoxious journalist, and saintly aunt. To compound matters it's easy to figure out who-done-it, and the use of memory loss to conceal it is old. The matter of how we have become obsessed with reality shows and social media without regard to the impact on lives affected, which may have been the main message, is what saves any part of this book. Sadly, what I enjoyed most were the twitter and reddit parts. Maybe that last comment says more about me than the book, but I failed to see any originality in this novel to classify it as a must read in the suspense/thriller genre.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book was amazing! If you like murder mysteries I believe this book is worth the time.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy fast listen. I will listen to more of her books.
Bad bad bad. I dont know if its the narrator, but i didnt enjoy it at all. I had to finish it because i paid for it.
Really enjoyed this book, so many twists and turns! Love the modern day thriller style (remind me of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train)
The ending was obvious from the first few chapters, I made myself finish it just in the hopes that there'd be some unexpected twist or something. Nope. So dull.
loved it. It was good from the beginning to the end with interesting twists and turns.
I really enjoyed the twists and turns from this book. loved the twins aspect and how time changes things.
Just nope. Not recommended to anyone. The injection of social media does not add to this, nor make it a modern mystery worth reading.
Any additional comments?
The first half of this book is rather intriguing, however it becomes more predictable toward the latter half. The story is interesting and I enjoyed the author integrating podcast and social media culture with the story. Although the ending was probably meant to be a bombshell, it wasn't much of a surprise if you paid attention to the overwhelming amount of bread crumbs along the way. That being said, I did like this book for the most part.