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To Tell You the Truth: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Gilly Macmillan (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:To Tell You the Truth: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Gilly Macmillan (Tekijä)
Info:William Morrow (2020), 352 pages
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To Tell You the Truth (tekijä: Gilly MacMillan) (2020)

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Lucy Harper is a successful author of crime mystery books. She is married to Dan, who is her assistant, and they live a quiet life in the city, but Lucy is haunted by a secret. When she was young, she took her younger brother, Teddy with her on an adventure in the woods near their house. She returned home, but Teddy didn't and was never found. Suspicion that she was responsible followed her throughout her young life. When Lucy discovers that Dan bought a house near the woods where her brother went missing, she isn't sure how she will survive it, especially with the constant presence of her life-long imaginary friend, Eliza, who has been taking control more and more often. When Dan turns up dead, Lucy isn't completely sure she didn't kill him.
In To Tell You the Truth, Lucy, the protagonist, is a very unreliable narrator. She clearly suffers from an untreated mental illness that seems to have been a part of her life since she was a child. Several chapters of the book written in italics, tell the story of the night Lucy's brother disappeared. The rest of the chapters detail the struggles Lucy has had to maintain a bad marriage, as she then tries to find out who murdered Dan. This kind of book brings with it the expectation of a twist, and this book is no exception, however, there is so much conflicting information that the twist seems a bit anticlimactic. Overall, a decent suspense thriller including the inner monologue of someone who doubts reality. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
So , this book is about a million dollar book sales author Lucy Harper ( )
  amandasgoodbooks | Jul 3, 2021 |
Lucy Harper has achieved what many writers dream of: her detective novels about Eliza Grey have become highly successful and she built up a huge fan base. Her husband Dan supports her and takes care of their finances and everyday life. When he, without asking her first, decides to buy a house, she gets angry, even more so when she learns where exactly the house is located: close to where she grew up, next to the woods where her younger brother once disappeared and which she connects with her most dreadful nightmares. How could he do something like this, knowing about her childhood? Quite obviously, he is gaslighting her – that’s what Eliza tells her. Eliza, not only the protagonist of her novels but also the voice that has been in her head as long as she can remember. What has been useful for her writing now becomes complicated when Lucy struggles to distinguish between what is real, what is fiction and what is only in her head and when her husband is found murdered, the writer finds herself the main suspect of a story just like her novels.

I have several of Gilly Macmillan’s novels, always liking how she plays with the reader’s sympathies for the characters and the unexpected twists which keep suspense high. “To Tell You the Truth” is also masterfully crafted in terms of being vague and keeping you in the dark about what is real within fiction and what is only imagined by Lucy. Just like the protagonist, it takes a long time to figure out where the actual threat comes from, many different leads offer options for speculation which makes reading totally enjoyable.

Having a crime writer who finds herself suddenly suspect in a crime in which the police use her own writing against her, is a setting which has been used before. Yet, Gilly Macmillan added a lot of aspects to make the case much more complicated. On the one hand, the voice in Lucy’s head is quite strong and surely a negative character whom you shouldn’t trust. Again and again, Lucy also seems to suffer from blackouts thus opening the possibility of actions she simply cannot recollect and which therefore remain blank spaces also for the reader. The backstory of her vanished brother and the big question looming over all if she herself might be responsible for his likely death – maybe even willingly – also add to the unpleasant feeling that she might not be a victim in this story at all.

Her husband, too, raises many questions. He is, quite obviously, envious of his wife’s success since he also dreams of a career in writing but lacks talent. The bits and pieces of information one gets directly lead to the assumption of him gaslighting her. However, the possibility of Lucy getting it all wrong due to her hallucinations and the Eliza-voice is also in the air.

A creepy thriller which keeps you alert at all times. Even though I found the end a bit too simply for the plot, a fantastic read I totally enjoyed. ( )
1 ääni miss.mesmerized | May 8, 2021 |
Thank You to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for this ARC!!

Lucy was nine years old when her brother vanished in the woods near home. As the only witness, Lucy’s story of that night became crucial to the police investigation. Thirty years on, her brother’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Now Lucy is a bestselling thriller writer.But her husband, Dan, has started keeping secrets of his own, and a sudden change of scene forces Lucy to confront some dark, unwelcome memories. Then Dan goes missing and Lucy’s past and present begin to collide.

Absolutely loved this book!! A very well written psychological thriller !! I was never quite sure where the plot was going but it was my curiosity that lead me through this book. I loved all the characters and the twists. The ending was totally unexpected and surprising.

Highly Recommended!! ( )
  Vanessa_Menezes | Mar 17, 2021 |
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