Title: The Good Lie
Author: A.R. Torre
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: July 20th 2021
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: June 15th 2021
Pages: 254

“The problem with the initials after my name was that I could smell my own bullshit.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I’ve been meaning to try one of Alessandra Torre‘s books for quite some time now, and after reading the blurb I though that The Good Lie would be a great place to start. The premise of her newest story has it all: a serial killer angle, a psychiatrist POV, a legal thriller vibe… I had very high hopes for this story, and I’m happy to say that my expectations were more than met. I’m definitely kicking myself for not trying one of her books sooner, as I absolutely loved my time with The Good Lie.

The first thing that I loved about this book is that this is one of those stories that doesn’t fit neatly inside a genre box. Instead, we have a mix of a legal thriller and a psychology angle as well as a more domestic approach on top of the serial killer element. Talk about a fascinating and simply brilliant thriller cocktail recipe! I especially liked how the more psychological part of the story was balanced with the legal thriller one, and we get a very healthy dose of serial killer too. The main focus seems to be on the victims of the BH Killer and the psychological profile, and the fact that the identity of the serial killer isn’t confirmed until the end is a huge bonus.

The Good Lie also has an interesting cast of characters, and while they might not all be completely likeable, they fit their role in the story perfectly. Their flaws and negative personality traits are taken advantage of to the fullest and everyone seems to be hiding something… Perfect to keep you on your toes, the level of suspense high and of course also perfect to incorporate those plot twists and secret reveals that help turning this thriller into a success. And guess what? I wasn’t even all that bothered by the sexy scenes! Probably because I was too busy turning those pages to see how the story would end… Oh yes, this story was definitely a success.

I can say that I’m an instant fan of her writing style now. It was literally hook, line and sinker as soon as I started reading the first chapter, and I every minute of my time with The Good Lie. Dark, suspenseful, highly addictive and definitely my kind of read! I can’t wait to try more of her books very soon.


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