Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Author:  Cate Holahan
Genre:  Thriller, Standalone
Published:  2017
Personal Rating:  3.5/5 (good)
Format:  eBook
Yearly Count:  31

From NetGalley:
Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

Oh my goodness.  I liked so much about this book, but frankly, it was just too confusing!  It took me about 1/2 the book to get into the swing of the two storylines.  I enjoyed them both immensely, I just couldn't keep anything straight; therefore, not knowing what was real and what wasn't.  (Later to find out, I didn't have all the subtitles in my version.  Uhhhhh, that would have helped tremendously!)  Anyway, I liked the complexity of the story, but I'm writing this a week after finishing it, and I don't remember the actual final ending.  Ultimately, this one seems a bit too confusing to read sporadically (and without subtitles).  : /  I will gladly read another by this author, though.

*subtitles = chapter title headings

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My thanks go to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.


  1. I don't do well with confusing so I'll skip this.

    1. Bermudaonion ~ Even without the chapter headings, it would still be a bit confusing. However, I did catch on, so you would, too! :)


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