The Lies We Told by Camila Way

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 3/25/19-3/29/19

Ugh… so honestly, I loved the story idea.  I think it was a very good mystery/thriller book, and I absolutely loved the original storyline. But I had 2 major issues: the side story and the ending. Let’s talk about why:

This book starts with Clara, a young British woman who discovers that her boyfriend, Luke is missing.  After discovering a series of threatening e-mails, Clara, along with the help of Luke’s best friend Mac, begins to look into Luke’s past, hoping to find a clue into why someone would do this. (Could I be any more vague?) (Also, if you thought of Joey saying “Could I be wearing any more clothes?” then you are the real MVP)

The side story to all this follows Beth, a mother of Hannah, who is a “disturbed” child with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). (Okay, so quick PSA: What many people think is sociopathy or psychopathy is called ASPD in modern language. The two distinctions are subcategory of the disorder. People with ASPD lack empathy, are chronically bored, and often have the urge to do reckless things that put both themselves and others in danger, which partially explains why ASPD is often seen in serial killers.  All that being said, ASPD is not as scary as that sounds.  With proper treatment, most people with ASPD are high functioning. So please please please do not judge someone or someone’s mental health until you get to know them.) Now Hannah, she’s scary.  She has set fire to stuff, hurt people, and convinced everyone she is completely sweet and innocent, except Beth.  Beth is trying to cope with her past indiscretions,  all while trying to care for this child.

SOOOOOOOOO…. I am not going to completely give away the ending, but I will say that there was never a moment where I was surprised.  It just felt like “oh okay”. I had figured out the most part before that, which to be fair, Way had basically put it out for you on a silver platter. But there was a particular part of the ending that I think I was supposed to be blown away by, but I kinda already figured.  It just didn’t seem like the ending provided the punch I was hoping for.

This book also did something I ABSOLUTELY HATE.  I am able to make connections within a story.  I am also able to recall something I read about 100 pages ago.  DO NOT ASSUME I FORGOT.  Genuinely, if you think that something you write that plays an important part in the ending of the story is forgettable, then you better change it so it is not. Because let’s be real, I felt like Way completely gave up on faith in the reader by coddling us.

As for this side story. Look, I get it, okay? It is integral to the story. But man, I was so dag-gone confused as to why she was telling me all this. Now I know what you are thinking, I just said she had zero faith in us and now I’m complaining because she had too much faith in us, but I can’t help it! The investigation and Beth’s story just did not line up well until the ending, and there was no mention of how these characters are part of the story until like halfway through the book, AND she is so whiny. I wanted the thriller aspect, not this random woman complaining. (Don’t look at me like that! I paid for this blog so I can complain!)

Anyway, I think I need to rate it 3 out of 5 stars, purely because I wouldn’t read it again, but I also wouldn’t completely give up on it. If you guys have thoughts on this book, feel free to leave a comment. If you would like to talk to me privately, feel free to e-mail me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all at the next book!

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