At a Glance
Title: Behind Every Lie
Author: Christina McDonald
Expected Published: February 4, 2020 by Gallery Books
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.13 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★
“If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?
Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.
Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.”
Last year, Christina McDonald’s The Night Olivia Fell was all over the place. While I have not had a chance to read it, I heard it was a heck of a thriller. I, a lover of thrillers, was stoked when this book, Behind Every Lie, showed up on my doorstep for me to read!
Told in alternating POVs we follow, Eva Hansen after she’s been hit by lightening. Upon waking up from her injury, Eva struggles to remember what happened, especially after finding out her mother has been murdered and she’s the prime suspect. Throughout the story, we follow Eva as she tries to gain her memories from the traumatic event back. We dip into her past as well, specially from 4 years prior where she was raped. Her history of memory loss after big events does nothing to help her case, but determined to understand why she would have killed here mother, she stumbles upon an even bigger secret.
Kat, Eva’s mother, has been hiding out in the US for most of Eva’s life. She’s been running from her ex-husband and has kept all of this from Eva her entire life. As Eva continues to fight to get her memories back, she digs deeper into her mom’s past, the results of which are the real reason Kat was killed.
I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives between mother and daughter. I feel that it gives and allows McDonald to explore the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships while adding an extra level of mystery to the story. This book is emotionally intense and would fall into the category of domestic thriller. There are a handful of ‘triggering’ event though, including rape, child death, and domestic abuse. None of which I felt were added just for the sake of it. Instead each of the traumatic events enhances the story overall and added an additional layer of complexity to keep you guessing.
While I felt I knew who the killer was, I was constantly having to readdress my ideas and even doubted my conclusion for a time. Which is exactly what I look for in a thriller. I would definitely recommend this book, it’s a fast read, and will keep you guessing.
This book is out today, February 4th! If you think you’d like to read this book, get your copy HERE!
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About the Author
Christina McDonald is the USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books), which has been optioned for television by a major Hollywood studio. Her next book, Behind Every Lie, is out Feb 2020. Her writing has been featured in The Sunday Times, Dublin, USAToday.com, and Expedia. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland Galway, and now lives in London, England with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Tango.