Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin
Publish Date: July 2, 2013
Paperback, 384 pages
I really enjoyed this book to a certain extent. It was exciting, it had interesting characters in the way of Desperate Housewives and it had a good suspense plot going for it. But one thing let me down, the ending. So let me explain.
I liked Emily and I cared about her and her husband. The book jumps right into her association with Caroline and the members of her group and the small southern town dynamic. Full of disfunctional women, the book was amusing in a dark way. And then bam there is the mystery, which I enjoyed. Enter pregnant Emily trying to get to the bottom of things when she herself is being harassed. Is it the same person perpetrating the crime of the book or is it someone else. Ms. Heaberlin does an excellent job of weaving the plot together, going back and forth in time some to fill in the blanks. Emily feels like an unreliable narrator, as do any of the women she is involved with, but is she? That was the fun of the book, getting to know Emily and trying to figure out truth from lies. I love books like this.
And then came the ending, and maybe not the ending, but the last few pages of the book. Things tied up nicely, I was surprised as I hoped I would be but then the last few pages left me feeling like "what the heck?" I honestly think I missed something or need to go back and read it again. It's not a major thing because like I said everything was tied up well. I was just a little lost with what I believe was the Epilogue.
But overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to people who like southern novels where all is not what it seems. It's very enjoyable, moves at a fast pace and has characters that were interesting and had me continually turning the page. So give it a try and if you figure out the ending please message me. :)
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
About the Book:
In the tradition of Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies and Nancy Pickard’s The Scent of Rain and Lightning comes a twisting, riveting novel of shifting trust and shattered lives. Lie Still delves deep into the heart of an opulent Southern town, where gossip is currency and secrets kill.
When Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy
enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her
haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her
for years. Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start
over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into
the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that
acceptance is a very dangerous game.
It isn’t long before
Caroline mysteriously disappears and Emily is facing a rash of anonymous
threats. Are they linked to the missing Caroline? Or to Emily’s
terrifying encounter in college, years earlier? As the dark truth about
Caroline emerges, Emily realizes that some secrets are impossible to
hide—and that whoever came for Caroline is now coming for her.
***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free. ***