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Lie, Lie Again

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Sylvia, Riki and Embry all live at 1054 Mockingbird Lane, but that is where the similarities end. Sylvia, embittered by a betrayal, is seeking revenge on an ex, Embry struggles to be the perfect wife and mother as her husband pursues his Hollywood dreams, whilst Riki struggles to hide her crush on Embry’s husband. The three women’s personal dramas continue to grow until a body is found at the bottom of the apartment building’s staircase.

I was really excited to read this – I love a good female-led thriller and mystery and I was getting Big Little Lies vibes from this. I was intrigued by the three women from such different lives and seeing how their lives collided. However, this story really just fell absolutely flat for me. Riki and Embry felt completely beige to me, and didn’t do anything apart from ponder how sad their lives were. The only character with any backbone was Sylvia, and I couldn’t stand her – she took the angry warrior woman trope to the extreme and was nothing but bitter and cruel. I couldn’t get behind or enjoy the portrayal of her revenge rampage, which felt childish and stupid.

The pacing of this book was really slow, which was the main thing that made me put this down. The book starts with a body that has been found at 1054 Mockingbird Lane, and then goes back in time to show (I expect) how the body ends up there. Instead of the tension building, however, all we get is an insight into these women’s daily lives. I expect the author was trying to introduce tension through their everyday dramas, but they were boring and didn’t amp up the tension. I got two-thirds of the way through and the women were essentially in the same position they were in at the beginning. I expect people who have read this may tell me that it is all worth it for a surprise twist at the end, but a thriller should build up tension throughout the book and not just the final chapters.

This book was a struggle to get through, a struggle which I eventually gave up on. There was potential but in the end the characters and plot were too underdeveloped for me to enjoy the wait for the big reveal.

(Rated 3 stars because although I did not enjoy this, it may be someone else's cup of tea and Netgalley requires a star rating)
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This was a very enjoyable read. The story consisted of three women and their secrets and lies. Although there was a murder, it was fast paced, light, and fun.  
Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I absolutely loved this one. I fell in love with all the characters first few chapters. Kept me wanting me to read more and more.. I love how it had all three view of each woman in the book. I would says it was 9 out of 10.
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Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review;

I really enjoyed this contemporary novel, told from 3 different perspectives. All the juicy secrets kept me on the edge of seat until the final moment.
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I went in with expectation that it will be a thriller but it definitely wasn't, it was more drama with soap opera vibes.
It was a bit slow-moving. Nothing really happened throughout the majority of the book and the main characters annoyed me mostly.The "mystery" only kicked in at the end of the book and by then, I lost most of my interest, I guess I finish it only because I was curious to see if I was right.

Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this digital copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Embry: Still in her early twenties. A Mother of two loving children with a handsome (soon to be movie star) husband that she adores. But she’s hiding a secret that threatens to put her marriage at risk.

Riki: Teaches in a private elementary school. She’s constantly hounded and questioned by privileged parents regarding their golden children. Forcing her to walk a fine-line in order to keep her job. As for her personal life...she has a boyfriend she just can’t seem to commit her heart to. Perhaps because she covets someone she shouldn’t?

Sylvia: Overly confident and won’t hesitate to step on anyone to get what she needs. When she learns her boyfriend may not be as ‘available’ as he lets on…well let’s just say, Hell hath no fury. You get where I’m going with this one!
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I expected this to be an intense and fun read and it was just that. It was a bit different from my recent reads in this genre so that added to my enjoyment. Some characters annoyed me with their decisions at times, but the plot certainly helped to balance that. I flew through this pretty quickly, but it left me thinking about it for a while after I finished it.
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I honestly was expecting this to be a thriller but instead seemed more like a soap opera. I got bogged down with the way jumped from person to person. I actually lost who was whom. It became just tedious to keep up with which person too many times. Did not finish
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This was a solid read! I was under the impression that this was a thriller. Lie, Lie Again was more of a drama over anything else. However, this did not stop me from enjoying it.

Lie, Lie Again follows three women as they navigate their personal lives, secrets, and of course, murder! The story was told in three POVs and I found that well-written. I got to look into Slyvia, Embry and Riki's lives and each perspective was distinct and each of them stood out. 

In terms of the plot, it was a bit slow-moving. Nothing really happened throughout the majority of the book besides some petty drama. The thriller/mystery aspect only kicked in towards the end of the novel and by then, I lost a bit of interest.

Overall, this was a fun, light read! I recommend it if you're looking for something entertaining.
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I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted to read this book, sink in to it and let the story take me over.  This type of book can be so much fun.. the characters were interesting, even sarcastic and catty.  The dialogue popped.  I picked it up numerous times but I wasn’t able to follow the story.  There was just so much going on. I kept getting tangled up in trying to figure out which character was on the page at any given time and so, I let it go.... there is no doubt in my mind that this book probably deserves a 4 star rating—but I am going to leave it at 2 stars.
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Lie, Lie Again was meh to me. I heard all about these 3 women's lives but what did it have to do with the murder? I guess I thought the murder would be the main focus of the book, but it wasn't. It was entertaining and all but after awhile i got tired of hearing about they're day to day life. I had to hand it to Stacy Wise, one of her characters could handle multiple devious tricks at once.
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Embry, early twenties. Doting mother with an adoring sucessful husband.

Riki, private school teacher with a man perfect on paper but maybe not in practice.

Slyvia, a bad ass who doesn't mind finding dirty to get what she wants. 

These three women have no reason to know each other - until a body winds up dead at the bottom of the stairs at 1054 Mockingbird Lane and we need to journey back in time through all the drama, the love, the hate and the betrayal to find out who exactly is at the bottom of the stairs and why.

Now, this wasn't what I expected - it was a quirky explosion of a thriller with classic contemporary womens fiction.  Each woman we meet is so much more than meets the eye - slowly burning away their perfect exteriors and letting us stew in the knowledge of whats coming.
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The perfect kind of 'just-one-more-chapter' read -- and one that will keep you on your toes until the end. 

The book is the story of three women, all of whom live at an apartment complex: 1054 Mockingbird Lane. They've each got a secret...and they're determined they stay buried, even with the body at the bottom of the apartment building's staircase. 

Lie, Lie Again is filled with (as the name would suggest) plenty of lies, secrets and revenge.

I particularly loved the glimpses into the backstories of each of the women, and how they showed that there was more to each of them than initially meets the eye.
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A fun and quick read.  Mostly likable characters with well developed story lines.  While sometimes predictable, this book was overall great light drama/mystery.
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I was expecting this to be a thriller but instead seemed more like a soap opera drama.It was an      
okay read but drawn out and I found the characters unlikable.
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I would say that this is a solidly decent book. While I feel like the story ended up being different than I had initially envisioned, the story had a solid foundation, the writing was well done, and the characters were very fleshed out.

I liked that there were three main characters in this story. They are all women who live in the same apartment complex. This is the story of their lives and relationships. I thought I was getting more of a murder mystery story, so the plot was different than I expected. But I think a reader going into this knowing that it’s more about the women than the death will have a better time.

These three characters are all very different aspects of women. Embry is a spirited stay-at-home mom to two 1/2 kids with a husband trying to make it as an actor. Riki is a second grade teacher at a local private school who is trying to navigate school politics while lusting after Embry’s husband and her rather casual relationship with her own boyfriend. And then there’s Sylvia. Sylvia started out as a good character for me, and she was by far the most interesting. However the woman is absolutely unhinged and the more I thought about her actions, the less and less I could tolerate her as a character.

Major spoilers here:

Sylvia finds out that her boyfriend Hugh is cheating on his wife with her…oh and also has a newborn. I get the idea of the revenge fantasy, but she took everything way to far. She stalks him, shows up at his house and pretends to get to know his wife to intimidate him, breaks into his friend’s house, posts revenge porn of herself and frames him for that along with threatening her and being abusive. She goes so far as to set up a burner phone that could be traced back to him, which she uses to send threatening texts to herself. She also seduces him knowingly using expired condoms (or at least pretends to, it’s a bit unclear). She pretends to be pregnant with his kid. I fail to see how knowingly using expired condoms and tricking someone into a pregnancy they didn’t want is not on the sexual assault spectrum, but that is definitely a conversation that should be had. Then, she seduces a man she works with who her coworker has a crush on, just so she can actually become pregnant and pretend that the baby is Hugh’s…Also then she actually becomes pregnant with Hugh’s baby, only to contribute directly to Hugh’s death, and then schemes to entrap another man into thinking it’s his baby and getting married. (Sylvia’s severe childhood trauma is barely acknowledged, but the woman seriously needs help.)

All in all, this was definitely an interesting read. The characters were all fleshed out nicely and the plot moved along and was interesting. I think this is a solid 3 star book. There were elements I didn’t like, but overall it was an easy read with an interesting plot.
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The premise of this story was misleading. I attempted reading it twice and walked away both times. 

Thank you to the publisher through Netgalley for an advanced copy.
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Thank you Lake Union Publishing, Netgalley, and Stacy Wise for this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book tremendously and definitely will be looking out for more of her books. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 star rating from me!
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I really enjoyed this book!  Although it was more of a domestic drama than a thriller, I liked the character development and how unique each character was.  I loved getting to know Syliva, Riki, and Embry!  Lie, Lie Again was fast-paced and an easy binge read that was entertaining from beginning to end!
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This book is great! Would definitely recommend. Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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