Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey
Published by HQ Digital on January 27, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 233
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Emily Klein doesn’t know her husband has died until the day of his funeral.
But, as she pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – Emily begins to suspect that his death may not have been such a tragic accident after all.
If only she could remember…
The question is: are there some memories which Emily should leave alone?
Those Who Lie was a whirlwind of a story that swept me up and wouldn’t let me put it down.
A plot driven psychological thriller with twists and turns all over the place and cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, this is the kind of book you devour in one sitting. (It took me slightly longer than that, but only because I had to work extra hours those days!) We jump into Emily’s story as she wakes up in the hospital only to find out her husband had died, and it’s her fault. She doesn’t recall much from the moments before the car accident that killed him, except that they had an argument, the reasons for which she has also forgotten. The first
chapter sentence serves as an intriguing hook for the story that follows.
Every other chapter switches from the present to the past, following Emily’s backstory, and back to the present again. Jeffrey has done quite a good job at making these transitions with ease, and the storylines complement each other, making you want to know more about her past as well as what is going to happen next. I did figure out the ending quite early on and it didn’t take too much longer to figure out the why. I also could have used a bit more character development, but overall, these didn’t necessarily take away from my reading experience as I enjoyed watching the plot unfold in front of me.
My biggest issues with this book were the formatting and the tenses used. I’m assuming the formatting was off simply because I read a digital arc and will be fixed in the final publication. As far as tenses go, I’m actually a big fan of novels told in first person present, but the third person present here started getting on my nerves. This is just one of my idiosyncratic preferences, but I figured I’d mention it in case it’s one of yours as well! However, I do believe that regardless of my feelings, this is one of the ways Jeffrey separated the chapters that were in the present versus in the past, which did make for a seamless switch every time.
If plot driven psychological thrillers are your thing, definitely give this one a shot!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.