Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Book Review for The Lies I Told by Mary Burton

 The Lies I Told by Mary Burton 

Genre:  Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Romantic Suspense

Kindle Edition, 350 pages

Publication: August 2nd 2022


Taken from Goodreads:  For a woman obsessed and a killer in her shadow, remembering the past becomes a mind game in a novel of psychological suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

Twin sisters Marisa and Clare Stockton were sixteen when Clare’s body was found in Virginia’s James River. No arrests were made. Fourteen years later, Marisa’s friends and dedicated career as a photographer help her to cope with the open wound of the past. But Marisa still feels the hurt—and the unsolved murder isn’t the only thing haunting her.

A recent car crash has erased ten days of Marisa’s memories—a black hole leading up to the accident that’s left her disoriented. Every text and phone call from that crucial missing time has vanished, along with her phone. A photograph she took of the river has disappeared. A new neighbor Marisa believes she knows introduces himself as if he were a stranger. And there’s the growing fear that her near-fatal accident was no accident at all. As dreams of Clare and nightmares of the crash begin to converge, so do two disturbing puzzles fourteen years apart.

Putting the pieces together could be fatal. As she struggles to remember everything, Marisa closes in on a killer—without realizing that he’s already closed in on her.

My Thoughts:  Mary Burton is an author that knows how to write a mystery thriller.   There were so many characters who could have been guilty of killing.  I had a good idea who it was not but there were times I even doubted that.  I was kept guessing and I look forward to that while reading a thriller.

I love that little side story of Brit stepping into the mother role from Clare and Marisa and was curious where that would lead.  It could have been its own story but I enjoyed that it was just part of this one.    Marisa needed someone to help her, to be on her side and I was hopeful that Brit would prove to be that person. 

I really enjoyed the characters, they were real with relatable flaws.  The storyline flowed perfectly with twists and turns all over the place.   The multiple narrators were pulled together perfectly.  Everything about this books was done perfectly.   I would recommend it to any of my thriller friends.

**Thank you to the author for an autographed copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Meet Mary Burton:  (Taken from her website)
 Mary Burton loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedures, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner, and Fresh Fiction likened her writing to that of James Patterson. When it comes to research, she’s known for taking a hands-on approach, whether it means interviewing professionals, attending forensic seminars or studying evidence collection and analysis.

Mary is routinely featured among the top ten writers in Amazon’s Author Rankings for suspense, romantic suspense and thrillers. Her recent titles The Lies I Told, Don’t Look NowNear YouNever Look BackI See You, and Hide and Seek consistently rank high on the Kindle eBooks Store Bestseller List. She is a 2019 Montlake Romance Diamond Award winner signifying she’s reached one million readers.

Formerly a Richmond, Virginia native, Mary now resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Virginia’s Hollins University and she worked in marketing before her first book was published in 2000. Today she’s the author of thirty-seven published novels and five novellas as Mary Burton and nine works of contemporary fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor, including Winter Cottage, Spring House, Honeysuckle Season, and the upcoming The Brighter the Light.

She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Novelists, Inc. When not on the road for research or visits with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary remains very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying their empty nest and spoiling their four-legged babies Buddy, Bella and Tiki.




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