3* (and a half)
We’re going to tell our story and then it will all stop and Mummy will be safe. You want Mummy to be safe, don’t you?
Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four)-year-old self with Becca, the mother she’s never known. Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera? The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman over thirty years ago.
Meredith hasn’t seen her mother for decades. For all she knows, her mother could very well be dead. When she finds a videotape hidden away at the bottom of a box, it raises a lot of questions. Three minutes is all it takes for Meredith’s life to be turned upside down. Why is her mother acting so weird? Why is she asking her daughter to say these strange things on camera. What is her father hiding? And who are Cara and Christopher?
Meredith is desperate to find the answers and her search leads her to Darkwater Pool, the scene of a murder some thirty years ago. The chapters switch between Meredith in the present and Cara in the past. This book is quite an interesting character study on how lies can affect people decades down the road.
While I enjoyed this story most of the time, it seemed to drag on a bit sometimes. I felt quite a few things were highly predictable and there’s a part I thought was completely unnecessary as it didn’t really help move the plot along. I worried that was the direction the story was heading in but luckily it was left behind and soon forgotten. As a whole, I didn’t find it as gripping as the cover promises but the character development is fascinating. There is a twist, yes, but when you read a lot of books in this genre, it wasn’t all that hard to figure out.
However, I do see the potential in Jess Ryder’s writing and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy which I chose to review.
Lie To Me will be published as an ebook on April 19th.