Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.
At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…
But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.
And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.
Review: Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey
This is the first blog tour review I’ve done in a while and I kind of missed doing them! I just had to take part in this one because the second I read the synopsis, I thought it sounded AMAZING. It sounds like my perfect kind of book! I only got into crime thrillers in the past few months or so, and now it’s one of my favourite genres.
Those Who Lie follows Emily Klein, a woman who has a horribly tragic past. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s horrific. (Just a warning – if you’re sensitive to stories of familial abuse, I’d maybe go into it knowing that it’s a huge theme of this book.) Emily is driving with her husband in the car when she crashes, instantly killing him. But as time goes on, she keeps seeing traces of him – phone calls in his voice, texts and emails signed by him, and sightings of him everywhere she goes. Is grief driving her mad? Or is he really still alive? And who’s behind the events that are tormenting Emily every day?
Those Who Lie definitely didn’t disappoint. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with so many twists and turns! Just as I got over one twist, another one hit like a storm. I read the whole book in less than 2 days because I couldn’t put it down! I haven’t read a book that’s kept me this hooked for ages, and I loved it!
The story was structured in a way that I really like. Each chapter alternated between the past and the present, so as things happened to Emily in the present, we learned more about her backstory. I was shocked at just how tragic her past was – I think at some points I audibly gasped. It was horrible. The alternating chapters worked so well with the narrative – if we didn’t learn so much about Emily’s past, the present day events definitely wouldn’t have the same impact.
One of the biggest things that I liked in this book was the character development. A book has to have great character development for me – if I start a book liking a character and end up hating them (or the other way round), then it’s probably a great book! This did SO well. The ending was such a massive shock. A character I was kind of indifferent to turned out to be awful, and I wasn’t expecting it at all!
The only potentially negative thing I would say is that some parts moved very quickly, and I had to go back and re-read a few paragraphs to make sure I’d read it properly. This didn’t really bother me, though. It was a fast-paced book anyway, and it just made it feel even more like a rollercoaster!
Summary: If you love a great crime thriller full of twists, turns and great character development, this one’s definitely one you should add to your reading list. It’s grips you, doesn’t let go and then rips your heart out in a crazy shock ending. I loved it!