I had the pleasure of buddy reading 🎧︎The Good Lie with Brandee ((un)Conventional Bookworms). We both had a great time with this book, which kept us both on the edge of our seats. Sit back, relax and read what we both thought of this suspenseful story.
N.B: I listened to it on audio while Brandee read the ebook.
Title: The Good Lie
Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide. This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.
Author(s): A.R. Torre
Narrator(s): Susan Dalian
Published by Brilliance Audio on July 20, 2021
Length: 8 hours 6 mins
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Netgalley
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the notorious Bloody Heart serial killer, whose latest teenage victim escaped and then identified local high school teacher Randall Thompson as his captor. The case against Thompson as the Bloody Heart Killer is damning—and closed, as far as Gwen and the media are concerned. If not for one new development…
Defense attorney Robert Kavin is a still-traumatized father whose own son fell prey to the BH Killer. Convinced of Thompson’s innocence, he steps in to represent him. Now Robert wants Gwen to interview the accused, create a psych profile of the killer and his victims, and help clear his client’s name.
As Gwen and Robert grow closer and she dives deeper into the investigation, grave questions arise. So does Gwen’s suspicion that Robert is hiding something—and that he might not be the only one with a secret.
Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.
Brandee: I’m so happy we buddy read this! I love suspense and don’t read near enough of it. The Good Lie had me on the edge of my seat, not wanting to put it down. I’ll definitely read more from AR Torre.
Yes! Me too. I read a book written by the author before (Every Last Secret) and loved so I was looking forward to reading The Good Lie. I went into expecting an exciting story and it did not disappoint. A definite page turner.
Brandee: There were so many loose threads dangling for most of the story. Torre did a great job of leaving clues here and there so that I had no idea how things were going to weave together, but I was DYING to know! What were your thoughts about the story as a whole?
I figured there was a connection with the loose threads and I was curious to see how they would all come together. I must say, Torre did a superb job of tying these loose threads together. She did it so seamlessly, twists and all.
Brandee: I liked how Torre pitted Gwen and Robert against one another, despite the romantic attraction between them. A chance meeting, chemistry, commonalities in their careers, misapprehensions, working together… it all combined so well and kept me guessing. How did you feel about Gwen and Robert?
Interesting how a chance meeting played out perfectly for Robert’s plans. When he learned Gwen’s true identity, he saw the perfect opportunity to put his plan into motion. He never expected to develop an intense attraction towards her. I liked Gwen. For a psychiatrist, she was down to earth. I liked how she didn’t shy away from admitting her mistakes. It took me sometime to warm up to Robert. That had mostly to do with the fact I didn’t trust his motives at first. However, the more I interacted with him, the more relatable he became.
Brandee: Without spoiling anything, the clues about the serial killer, the behaviour of the last victim, and the person arrested for the murders were all laid out deftly. I was truly shocked at the reveal! I felt so badly for Scott (the victim) for all he’d experienced and continued to experience. And the suspect arrested was absolutely creepy. I felt that justice was meted out appropriately even if I was on the fence over how some things were done. Were you as shocked as I was at the reveal? How did you feel about poor Scott? And were you happy with the ending?
I was flabbergasted by it all. From the identity of the villain to Gwen’s unwitting role and Robert’s actions. I too felt badly for Scott, poor guy. Thank goodness for his mom. Don’t get me started on the suspect. He creeped me out too. It was interesting to see how his actions set everything into motion. It pleased me to see the villain receiving their just desserts, but like you I am on the fence regarding how aftermath was handled.
Overall, I had a good time with 🎧︎The Good Lie. A cleverly written tale that is guaranteed to keep reading into the wee hours.
Susan Dalian narrated 🎧︎The Good Lie and she did a good job in bringing the characters to life. She provided clear distinctions between all the characters. Her voice and tone made for a pleasant listen. This was my first time listening to Dalian and I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to her again.
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