This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
Publication date: May 12, 2020
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Thriller, police procedural, contemporary fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars ✰✰✰
Strengths: Plot twists, fake suspects
Weaknesses: Character changes over time
Maggie Kennedy O'Keefe is seven-months pregnant and expecting to have her detective duties moved to just desk duty any minute. Then an additional clue is found to her best friend's murder in the caves 25 years ago. How can she say no to a case that has so much influence on her life?
Soon Maggie is not only rifling through additional random calls - including confessions from people not born when the crime occurs. What is with people? Maggie is also targeted and rumors start flying that she's involved with a married man who isn't her husband. Then things start showing up that reference her teenage love life - from back when her best friend was murdered.
Plenty of suspects to choose from, and the author gives each one a little time in the spotlight to make them all seem plausible. I have to admit, I kind of did figure it out, just because I questioned the actual physicality of one of the initial suspects. The ending was definitely satisfying for more than just the committed crime.
I did question the true craziness of the crazy character - she still seems more dangerous to me than the author finally gave her credit for. And one of the fake suspect focuses left me not liking another character - perhaps unfairly. LOL
Overall, I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I definitely couldn't put it down toward the end as I wanted to know who really dun it! I'd recommend this book as an interesting thriller.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance copy of this book. Receiving the book for free did not influence my revew.