This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Lie To Me.
Meredith Banks is helping her father move house when she discovers a video tape in his attic. Against her father's advice, she watches the video and sees footage of herself as a young child with her mother, Becca, who she hasn't seen for twenty five years. The footage she sees leads her to Cara Travers, a young woman who was murdered in 1984. Meredith is determined to find out what happened to Cara and how her mother was involved. Will she find the answers she is looking for?
I read Lie To Me in just over a day, which is testament to the compelling nature of this novel. It is clear from the title that the novel is littered with untruths, and as it progresses, we see that just about all the characters have lied, or been lied to, or both. This made me instantly suspicious of everyone and I was constantly on edge, constructing theories about what had happened to both Cara and Becca. This was heightened by the alternating narratives. We hear the story from the perspective of Meredith, Cara and Christopher Jay, Cara's boyfriend at the time of her death, and this kept me changing me mind about which characters I liked and who was responsible for Cara's death. Ryder's use of this technique was so effective that I found myself feeling sympathetic towards the prime suspect, and feeling really uncomfortable when reading about Cara's best friend, Isobel.
If you've read my reviews before, you'll know that I love a novel with a twist, and the twists in some of my recent reads have left me feeling underwhelmed. The twists in Lie To Me were not underwhelming at all: I didn't guess them and they kept me turning pages until the very end.
There is a brief section of Lie To Me that considers the subject of reincarnation. As I do not believe in reincarnation myself, I felt that this section of the novel was slightly unrealistic, and I was concerned that this section would alter the course of the whole novel. Thankfully, this is not the case!
Lie To Me is Ryder's debut novel, but you would not know this from the expert way that she crafts the plot of this compelling novel and creates characters whose skin it is so easy to get underneath. I look forward to reading more from her.
Lie To Me is published on 19th April and is available from Amazon.