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Write What You Know?

by Judge Stacey Armand

Great authors “write what they know.” But when an author writes about murder, things can get a bit squirrely. In Lies She Told, the protagonist seeks to revive her literary career by writing a hot new thriller. But as the plot she writes begins to blur with her own life, the reader is left to sort out what’s true, and what are lies. After all, who doesn’t love a book within a book—especially when they’re both thrillers.

It has been years since Liza Cole has known success in the literary world, and her publisher has given her one more shot at redemption. Meanwhile, Liza’s personal life is also falling apart. After multiple failed fertility treatments, she and her husband David find themselves cracking from the emotional strain. David’s answer is to drown himself in his work at the law firm while Liza puts her last hope for a baby on a controversial hormone experiment. With her book deadline looming and the hormone treatment causing alarming side effects, Liza starts to slowly unravel.

Lies She Told is also an interesting examination of a writer and her craft. Holahan delves into the writing process and explores where author inspiration comes from and how creating a story can often take on a life all its own. I absolutely loved the dynamic between Liza and her protagonist, and how both their stories are packed with crazy plot twists. The writing is smart and the way the stories blend together is a testament to Holahan’s own skill as an author. Liza’s notion that to be a writer is to be a con artist and a life thief was never far from my mind as I began to wonder how much of her story was indeed a con and how much was truth.

Pour a glass of wine and immerse yourself in the parallel worlds of Liza and Beth. Pay attention, dear reader, as the two stories merge into one. When bodies begin to appear on the pages of her book as well as in Liza’s real life, will she be able to distinguish between what is actual reality and what is fiction? Will you?

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