Book Review: The Lies She Told

“I know I’m a good person. This – all of this – has no reflection on me as a person because you did this, not me. This was all your fault.”

“The Lies She Told”, by Paula Johnston

I’m delighted to join the Blog Tour of “The Lies She Told” by Paula Johnston. Many thanks to Vic of Insta Book Tours and of course the author for organising the tour and gifting me a copy of the book.


When Karly Winters is nearly 18, she meets Jacob Cruthers, who is everything she wants in a man; he’s handsome, funny and is just as into her as she is with him. There’s just one problem – after more than 10 years of knowing each other, they’ve never actually met and he’s married to another woman.

From the very start of “The Lies She Told” by Paula Johnston we’re plunged into the crazy world of Karly, who is planning to settle things with Jacob once and for all, and give his wife Lauren her marching orders. When she finds out Lauren is going to be away for a week on a girls’ holiday, she makes an audacious decision that puts in motion a series of events that keeps the reader guessing right through to the final page.

It’s hard to talk too much about this pacy psychological thriller without giving the game away! Divided into two parts, the story is told predominantly (although not entirely!) from the two perspectives of Karly and Lauren – who aren’t so much unreliable narrators as just completely bonkers ones! Parts of this book made me gasp out loud, particularly the endings of both parts 1 and 2. The plot twists and turns and keeps you thinking about it even once you’re finished. The author has stated she’d love to re-visit this story in a future book, and I hope she does – it’s too good not to find out more!

I’d highly recommend this book to lovers of psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl, where you’re never quite sure if you can trust what you’re being told!

Pages: 284
Published: 10 August 2020
Rating: 🐈🐈🐈🐈/5

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