Clare Mackintosh’s third novel has everything you’d expect from her: pace, twists, skilful plotting and good characterisation. However, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d anticipated. Maybe I’ve read too many thrillers lately, but I found this one to be quite predictable. I guessed the main revelation early on in the novel and I was hoping to be proved wrong.
The story follows Anna, a twenty-something who lost her parents to suicide. She’s also recently had an unplanned baby with her fairly new partner, Mark – her counsellor after her parents died. Hints appear that her parents did not willingly end their own lives. Anna convinces a retired police detective, Murray Mackenzie, to look into the case again. Murray’s wife Sarah, who is in poor mental health and is regularly in hospital, helps him to investigate.
I liked the author’s handling of some serious topics: grief, suicide, mental health, family bonds, lies. I also appreciated the details of police procedure, although I did find the repetition of information a little dull, as different characters discuss things we already know about. The sense of place was excellent and I could see everything so clearly, with the level of description being just right. I did find the novel to be slightly too long, but bear in mind that I say this about most novels.
In summary, I think Let Me Lie is a well-written page turner but it’s no match for I See You.
Many thanks to the publisher Little, Brown Group for the review copy via NetGalley.
19 thoughts on “Review of ‘Let Me Lie’ by Clare Mackintosh”
Once this book got going I liked it a lot, and I found the ending really dramatic and page-turning. I agree it was a bit predictable. Nice review.
It sounds like you enjoyed the book a little more than I did – have you read her others and how does it compare?
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Yes I have read all of her books and like them all. I Let You Go is my favourite, that was a 5 star read for me. I See You was also good, very tense, and had an excellent, if slightly far-fetched concept.
Clare Mackintosh is one of my must read authors!
I thought I See You was excellent – it even inspired me to write my own thriller! I just found that Let Me Lie was mediocre in comparison.
That’s great! I do really like I See You, but I liked Let Me Lie just as much ?
Great review! I really enjoyed elements of Mackintosh’s debut, but wasn’t blown away like most people. Since then, I’ve heard such mixed things about her other books that I’ve been dubious, but I think I should probably give her another shot.
I haven’t read her debut (it’s on my shelf) but I was impressed with I See You – would recommend it if you want to try another of her books. Thanks for your comment 🙂
I’ve enjoyed all of Clare Mackintosh’s novels. My favourite so far was “I let you go”.
I haven’t actually read that one yet – it’s on my shelf! Will read it sometime this year 🙂
I added this to my TBR list a few weeks ago so glad to hear that you enjoyed it despite being a bit too long (I also feel this way about a lot of books!!)
I think most novels are about 100 pages too long. But maybe I have a shorter attention span, I don’t know. I hope you enjoy this book, I would be interested to hear whether you like it as much as her previous two.
Totally agree on the length – it’s one of ny biggest criticisms of most books. I gave ‘I Let You Go’ 2 stars and ‘I See You’ 4 stars, so who knows how I’ll feel about this one!
This was the first book i read by this author, and i quite liked it. Defo wanted to read her other books as well, but now that you mentioned that those were even better… well, sounds good! 😀
I really like Murray in this one and kinda hope he’d get a spin off or something.
I really recommend I See You – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! I think Clare might have hinted in the afterword that Murray might return,..
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Shame that repetition worked to its detriment and that it was a little overlong- but it’s good it dealt with the issues well. Sounds worth reading 🙂 Awesome review!
Thank you 🙂
It’s worth reading but I was comparing it to her previous book which in my opinion was a lot better.
Oh look, another blue book with a yellow font! That’s a shame that you didn’t find this book as engaging as some of Mackintosh’s other works. I don’t think I’ve read any of her books but I think I’d like I See You?
They all have the same cover template it seems! I recommend I See You – it’s one of the best thrillers I’ve read! Not that I’ve read loads of them, but still.
I’ll keep a lookout for it! I love a good thriller.