I Don't Remember the Whole Title but it had Something to do with Lying

July 10, 2018 | M. Elwood

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These books have a few things in common:

  1. They are all thrillers.
  2. They were all published within the last two years.
  3. They all have a plot that revolves around a secret or secrets from the recent or distant past.
  4. And each of them has a title that includes a variation of the word "lie."

This summer's book theme seems to be dishonesty. 

The good liar

The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Three women's lives are changed after a gas explosion destroys a building in downtown Chicago. A photograph of Cecily became a symbol of the tragedy. She was at the building to visit her husband who was killed along with her best friend. Kate survived the explosion but ran from the scene in a panic and reinvented herself in another city. Franny is an adoptee whose birth mother was killed in the explosion; she has become a spokesperson for the victims' families.

All of these women have secrets. All of them are lying about something. One of them is lying about something big. It's a real page turner. 

  Here we lie

Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard

I have not read this one, but it sounds great. College roommates, one wealthy and one not, have an intense friendship that is ripped apart by "something unspeakable." After years of silence, one of the women reveals her version of what happened at a press conference but is it the truth? 

 Last time i lied

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Emma is an artist haunted by an incident 15 years earlier. While at summer camp, she was befriended by three older girls who vanished without a trace one night. Emma has channelled her guilt into her art, but she's always yearned to know what really happened to her friends. When she is given the opportunity to return to the camp as an art instructor, she quickly agrees, but she has her own agenda--to unearth the truth about the disappearance.

Let me lie

Let Me Lie by Claire Mackintosh

Anna, a young mother, is still trying to come to terms with her parents' suicides two years earlier. As she looks more closely at their lives, she becomes aware that nothing is as it seems and that someone is willing to take desperate action to ensure the past remains buried.  

Lie to me

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

Writers Ethan and Sutton Montclair have a perfect marriage--or so it seems to outsiders. When Sutton goes missing the facade of perfection is shattered and soon the police suspect Ethan is responsible for her disappearance. 

Lying game

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware has become one of the thriller genre's "It Writers" with several bestselling books including The Woman in Cabin 10 and her most recent release The Death of Mrs. Westaway. In The Lying Game, four women who were friends at boarding school are bound by a terrible secret. Now it seems they must face the consequences of the decisions they made in their youth.  

My husband's lies

My Husband's Lies by Caroline England

Nick, Dan, Will and Jen have been close friends since childhood. Although their relationships have been strong, there are many secrets among the group. Now adults they gather with their spouses and extended family to attend Nick's wedding, where all the lies may be exposed.   

Sometimes I lie

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Amber is in a coma, but she is aware of what is going on around her. Although she can't remember the accident that led to her hospitalization, she is determined to figure out what happened by piecing together the conversations she overhears in the hospital and her memories of the recent past and her childhood. 

As unlikely as it seems, this is only a tiny selection of recent books with the word lie, lies, lying, liar or liars in the title. 

I honestly hope you find something to read on this list but if none of these books appeal to you, ask a library staff member for assistance.