I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
Published by Gallery Books on February 4, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Also by this author: The Night Olivia Fell
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From the author of The Night Olivia Fell—an “emotionally charged mystery” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author)—comes a thrilling new suspense novel about the insidious nature of family secrets…and their deadly potential.
If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?
Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.
Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.
Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Behind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.
Christina McDonald first came on my radar with The Night Olivia Fell. I absolutely loved this book and it was one of my favorites of 2019, so when I saw her newest novel, Behind Every Lie, I knew I had to get my greedy little hands on it. Although, I admit to being a little worried it wouldn’t live up to the emotions I felt with the Night Olivia Fell. Oh, how wrong I was! Once again, McDonald brings her talent as a writer and gifts her readers with another emotionally charged story that you will not be able to put down.
Eva Hansen wakes up in a hospital after being struck by lightning only to find out that her mother has been murdered and the police look at her as a suspect. Eva can’t remember that night and her memories are unreliable. Could she have killed her mother and not remembered? Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Eva goes in search of clues, but what if all the clues point back to her as being the killer?
The story is told through dual perspectives in the present with Eva and twenty-five years ago with her mother, Kat. Little by little the story unfolds and while I may have guessed most of the story, the “why” really was not answered until closer to the end. This kept me engaged with the story flipping the pages needing to find out the truth. This is a fast paced domestic thriller with alternating story lines. There is a lot going on and while I did find it to be a bit much at first, I realized once it is all tied together how necessary everything was that takes place in this story. I think with everything going on it really laid out a solid foundation for both Eva and Kat.
Mother and daughter relationships can sometimes be tricky and McDonald showcases this with Eva and her mom, Kat, who may not have always had the best relationship. But, as I read more into their stories everything starts to become clearer and in a way I could sympathize with both women. Eva and Kat are both such different characters and yet share some of the same subtle characteristics. Eva doesn’t seem to have much of a backbone, especially when it comes to her fiance while kat had her own troubles in her marriage. Eva was a hard character to like at first, but she really comes into her own as the story progresses and I love how everything just finally clicks for her and how Eva finds herself through the process. Much can be said for Kat as well who is not necessarily a bad mother, but she has a hard time connecting and showing affection. But, as you get into the story the “why” slowly gets revealed.
There are parts of this story that may be hard for readers with such triggers such as rape (off scene) and emotional and physical abuse. The writing behind it really was superb though and not overly in your face. But, it is a warning as sometimes it might be hard for readers to see in a story.
Once again, Christina McDonald has blown me away with a gripping and twisting domestic thriller that I absolutely devoured in a matter of hours. Another five star read from me and one I highly recommend.