Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie

Let Me Lie is my third novel by Clare Mackintosh and for me, lies right in the middle of her other novels.

To be honest, I don’t remember too much of I Let You Go (Mackintosh’s debut novel). I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, but I’m in minority (I’m always in the minority!) since the average rating is 4.08. It is about a 5 year old boy who was killed in a hit and run and Jenna’s life was changed forever because of it.

I loved I See You! What an ending! I felt like I was on a roller coaster. I was being lead one way and then BOOM sharp turn and then I was being carried in another direction! It is about, Zoe, who is your typical commuter. She takes the train and subway to and from work. She leaves at the same time, gets on a specific car and doesn’t notice the people around her. What if someone is watching her?

Let Me Lie reminds me of I See You since it has a killer ending. I stayed up way too late on Saturday night flipping pages until I reached the end.

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The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

Let Me Lie follows 3 people. Anna lost her mother exactly one year ago to suicide and six months before that, had lost in her father in the exact same way. In the last year, she had a baby and is struggling to live day by day. Murray is a retired police detective who is volunteering with the police department. He sees Anna’s parents case and does a bit of digging. He sees that the detectives assigned to the case may of ruled the deaths as suicides a bit too quickly. There is also the thoughts of an unnamed person. You have no idea who they are and if they are dead or alive.

It took a bit to get into the novel. You learn about Anna and you aren’t sure what to think about her. Should you believe her or can she not accept her parents’ suicides? I really enjoyed the Murray storyline about him and his wife, Sarah. It was a nice parallel that didn’t take anything away from the main story.

Mackintosh knows how to write a killer ending! I was flipping pages so fast that I needed to know what happened. There is a bit of an open ending, but I think it worked for the novel. The reader gets enough closure but there is still a hint of mystery.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not as good as I See You (4 calculators), but better than I Let You Go (2 calculators). I would recommend to mystery fans as the ending is thrilling and twisty!


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High Profile (Jesse Stone #6) by Robert B. Parker

High Profile

High Profile is the 6th novel in the Jesse Stone series, which is about a police chief in Paradise, Massachusetts. Tom Selleck plays Jesse Stone is in a number of TV movies, which I haven’t seen yet.

In High Profile, the body of a controversial talk-show host, Walton Weeks, is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise. The case is very high profile and Stone is under a lot of pressure to either solve the case or pass it off to higher officials. There is also more stuff about Jesse’s personal life with his ex-wife, Jenn, and honestly I couldn’t care less at this point.

I mostly enjoy the Jesse Stone series, with the exception of the relationship between Jesse and Jenn. Their relationship takes up around 40% of the novel, which ends up making the novel a whole lot quicker to read since I skip those chapters.

In summary, Jesse and Jenn both admit (I think around book 2) that they are bad for each other and shouldn’t be with each other. They also admit (again at book 2) that they can’t give each other up and will always love each other. This gives the reader an endless cycle of should they, shouldn’t they and both Jesse and Jenn get jealous when the other one is with someone else which is pretty much every book. After book 6, I’m ready for Jenn to die or move somewhere far away where they can no longer communicate.

That’s my rant and now I’ll move onto the better parts of the novel.

I enjoy how simple the novel is and how the reader feel like they are with Jesse solving the murder. There are a number of suspects in this novel and even though it could of been said that the killer was obvious, I didn’t see it coming.

I also like all of the characters in the novels (but not Jenn and whoever Jesse is dating). I love the banter between Jesse and Molly and Jesse and Suitcase, who both work with Jesse. You can tell that they all care about their jobs and solving murders, but also know that they can allow for some humour and fun in the workplace.

While writing this review, I realized that I enjoy reading the series, but I don’t like most of the books and I end up not reading half the book. For those reasons, I’m going to take a break from the series and possibly watch the TV movies.

2 calculators out of a possible 5. I liked the mystery of the death of the talk show host, however it was overshadowed by the mess that is Jesse and Jenn.


The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Aw Hans! What a little cutie!

The Perfect Nanny was a big disappointment for me. I was really excited to pick up my copy from the library on Saturday. I was thrilled to see that the book was pretty short (228 pages). I saw the book had some great reviews on Goodreads so I was excited to start reading.

The Perfect Nanny starts off with a bang. The baby is dead is the opening line and you instantly get chills. What happened? Who is responsible? Then the book gets going and it starts with Myriam and Paul looking for a nanny for their two children. They find Louise and she is amazing. They couldn’t of found a more perfect nanny.

I didn’t like the style of the novel. It switched time frames as well as people without any warning. At times I didn’t know who the person was or the time period. The book was translated from French to English, so that’s could be why I was having trouble connecting to the characters and plot. It was if I was looking in at a distance.

I wish that there was more time spent afterwards going over how the character’s reactions. There was a lot of unanswered questions at the end of novel, which I always hate (finish the story!!).

2 calculators out of a possible 5. Big disappointment and wouldn’t recommend.