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***** - This Is Why We Lied




Welcome to the McAlpine Lodge: a secluded mountain getaway, it’s the height of escapist luxury living.

Except that everyone here is lying. Lying about their past. Lying to their family. Lying to themselves.

Then one night, Mercy McAlpine – until now the good daughter – threatens to expose everybody's secrets. Just hours later, Mercy is dead.

In an area this remote, it’s easy to get away with murder. But Will Trent and Sara Linton – investigator and medical examiner for the GBI – are here on their honeymoon.

And now, with the killer poised to strike again, the holiday of a lifetime becomes a race against the clock…



I previously enjoyed False Witness by Karin Slaughter so I was excited to read her latest book – This Is Why We Lied. I didn’t realise this was part of the Will Trent series when I requested it (number 12 in fact!), so this is my first read in this series.

I love that Karin Slaughter is such an assured author, you can be certain that any read of hers is well plotted, pacey and with a gripping plot. This Is Why We Lied is no exception - Will and Sara are on their honeymoon and find themselves in the midst of an investigation. Mercy is found dead in her own secluded resort - there’s no end of suspects as her family all resent her for various reasons, but who has the most to gain?

This Is Why We Lied is a classic locked room mystery, there’s a large cast of characters, all well defined with various motivations and a lot of red herrings in there for good measure. Just when you think you have it figured out, a curve ball is thrown in which has you questioning everything again! There’s perhaps a bit of an influx of characters which can be hard to get your head around – the family is large and then there are all of the guests, as well as a lot of investigators who come in to try and solve the case. Some of this might be easier if you’ve read other Will Trent stories as you’ll know the investigation team already. The book does work as a standalone for those who haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but if you have then there’s a lot of backstory and character development that happens as well.

The narrative alternates between Will, Sara, Faith and Amanda, with some letters from Mercy thrown in as well. This helps to keep the pace high throughout and I raced through the book to see what would happen next. I actually didn’t see the twist coming and it is very shocking!

Overall, This Is Why We Lied is another masterclass in crime thriller writing from Karin Slaughter. Thank you to NetGalley & Harper Collins UK – Harper Fiction for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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