Book Review: The Lie She Told by Catherine Skeet-Yaffe

Hey everybody! I’ve an easy-read thriller for you today. Let’s get right in!

Goodreads Blurb

The Lie She Told by Catherine Skeet-Yaffe

All Kate wanted was a peaceful life.
All Ryan wanted was to destroy it.

Living in the remote Scottish Highlands under Witness Protection, life is finally happy for Kate Ward and her young son Joe, until someone from Kate’s past appears. Ryan Albright is the only person that knows all of Kate’s secrets, and what she had to do to escape her previous abusive relationship.

Ryan is determined to complete the mission set for him by Kate’s ex-husband. Systematically and violently, he pulls Kate’s new world apart with devasting consequences for everyone around him, including Kate who must face up to the lie she told.

The Lie She Told Book Cover


I’m quite split down the middle about The Lie She Told. One the one hand, I liked that it was a quick read; the story wasn’t dragged out and the action began from the very first pages. I also quite enjoyed the setting of the Scottish Highlands. The little town Kate finds herself in is so dreamy and the strong sense of community there reminded me of home.

On the other hand, I felt The Lie She Told was missing the atmosphere needed to make it a great book. While the premise of the story was interesting, it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. It felt that some parts were skimmed over and a bit of extra detail would have made for exciting scenes. I guess that was the trade off of having a quick read. I also wasn’t too keen on the characters. Well, not that they were bad per se, just that I didn’t build an attachment to any. Kate’s actions were simply frustrating and Ryan made me so angry, although I guess that is testament to the author’s ability to evoke emotion.

I think the ending redeemed The Lie She Told for me a bit. While I was expecting it to be rather predictable, it not only threw me but also gave me a new perspective on some of the characters.

Sounds like something you might like? The first two chapters are available to download on the author’s site.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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