Book Review: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

“We can’t change the past…We can only change the way we feel about it, and the way it affects our future.”

Published in 2018, Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh follows Anna Johnson who is struggling to come to terms with her mother’s suicide one year ago. Not only was her suicide a surprise, but she planned it to match her husband’s just months before, and Anna can’t figure out why her parents would both leave her in that way. 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…


After reading After The End by Clare Mackintosh last year and absolutely loving it, I couldn’t wait to try one of her thrillers.

With plenty of suspense and some excellent twists, what I love most about Mackintosh’s books is her beautiful writing. I wouldn’t say that Let Me Lie is a particularly fast-paced or gripping read, which is what you want from most thrillers authors, but I know that I can rely on Mackintosh’s clever plotting and brilliant characters to really draw you in.

Told through a number of narratives, including an unknown person, my mind was constantly going in a different direction, trying to figure out who the real threat in this story was. I especially loved the narration by Anna’s mother. Even though she was a ghost, Mackintosh made it seem believable and I really felt the eerieness of her spirit floating around.

And that’s because Mackintosh creates her characters so well. I felt committed to every single one of them and enjoyed hearing about Detective Murray’s life just as much as the case itself. Some may feel that this slowed down the pace of the investigation, but I really enjoyed the character-centred story which is what invested me the most.

I can’t wait to read I Let You Go and I See You soon!

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