Lies She Told by Cate Holahan is a book written by a woman about a book written by a woman. Confused? Don't be! This was a fast easy suspenseful read with an interesting plot (or plots). Holahan does a great job of keeping both stories engaging, blurring the lines between fact and fiction, and keeping the reader guessing on what is real and what is not.
Holahan tells us the story from Liza's perspective, a romantic mystery writer who is working on a book about a new mom with a cheating husband and a doomed mistress. Meanwhile Liza is struggling with issues of her own, her husband's partner and best friend is missing and feared dead. She is also working through fertility issues and hormonal treatments.
We've got an unreliable narrator writing a story about an unreliable narrator and the book alternates between Liza's life and perspective and chapters of the book she is writing.
Both stories were interesting and suspenseful and increasingly blend together throughout the book. When you finish you'll probably start thinking about the complexities of the human mind, and wonder if what people tell you (and believe themselves) is really true. I recommend this book to all suspense lovers!
Best paired with a Mind Eraser (but don't have too many, keep your wits about you!)