Lies She Told: A Novel (Hardcover)

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From the USA Today–bestselling author of The Widower’s Wife comes an electrifying psychological thriller of love and deceit, where the truth can be darker than fiction

Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.

Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, she aims to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River.

Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the East River, and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including her own. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

“Recommended for anyone who enjoys Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn, primarily because it’s better.” Library Journal

About the Author

Cate Holahan is the USA Today–bestselling author of The Widower’s WifeLies She Told, and Dark Turns, all published by Crooked Lane Books. An award-winning journalist and former television producer, her articles have appeared in BusinessWeekThe Boston GlobeThe Record and on web sites for CBS, MSN Money,,, and CNBC. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, ages 7 and 6, and dog Westley.

Praise For…

Praise for Lies She Told:

“A suffocating double nightmare...‘To be a writer is to be a life thief.’”
Kirkus starred review

“Recommended for anyone who enjoys Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn, primarily because it’s better.”
Library Journal

Engrossing...Holahan keeps the suspense high...until the surprising denouement.”
Publishers Weekly

"Holahan’s gripping, commercial storytelling slips this self-reflective examination into what is first and foremost a compelling thriller, allowing Lies She Told to be both indicative of a genre and outstanding in its field."
Shelf Awareness

“An eerie and chilling read...Unexpected and explosive.”
NY Journal of Books

“A swift and intriguing psychological thriller heavy with surprises.”
Foreword Reviews starred review

“If you can only pick one psychological thriller to read this fall, it needs to be Holahan’s Lies She Told...”
RT Book Reviews

“Pure, binge-worthy entertainment—the kind of effortlessly engaging read that can only come from the author’s intelligent plotting and careful construction...An instant-hit for...readers looking for an addictive, layered suspense novel.”
Crime by the Book

"Lies She Told had me questioning my own sanity...The best kind of suspense...An excellent and compelling psychological read!"
—Susan Crawford, bestselling author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow

"Intricate, intense, and completely sinister—the talented Cate Holahan keeps you guessing until the final disturbing page."
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Say No More

Brilliantly conceived, chillingly conveyed, Lies She Told is a mind-bender of a novel within a novel, with a story that is both gut-wrenching and compulsively readable. Cate Holahan is one of the best psychological suspense writers out there, and she’s only getting better. Read her.”
—Brad Parks, Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Award-winning author of Say Nothing

"This was a thriller I couldn’t put down...Bravo!"
—Rena Olsen, author of The Girl Before

"A page-turner of the top order, cleverly conceived, brilliantly executed and impossible to put down. Cate Holahan has proven herself a master of psychological suspense...This mind-bending tale of jealousy, love, and revenge should be at the top of everyone’s summer reading list."
—Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl

“Intelligently written...A gripping and highly suspenseful story that features amazing female characters caught in difficult situations they never asked for.”

Mystery Scene Magazine

“A wonderful psychological suspense story.”
Manhattan Book Review

Lies She Told masterfully weaves together the parallel tales of two troubled young wives...This is a fast-paced read that will keep readers riveted as the surprise endings of both story lines blossom into a crescendo of compassion and conflict resolution.”

"Wow. Just wow. As soon as you think you’ve figured it out, Cate Holahan hits you with a twist you did. Not. See. Coming...A taut story."
—Alexia Gordon, award-winning author of Murder in G Major and Death in D Minor

[A] masterpiece....Lies She Told is guaranteed to make Cate Holahan a household name.”
—Joe Clifford, author of the Jay Porter thriller series

"A chilling story...Cate Holahan keeps you guessing—and turning the pages—right to the end."
—Patrick Lee, NYT bestselling author of the Sam Dryden and Travis Chase trilogies
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683312956
ISBN-10: 1683312953
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English