- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (4 February 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1797102087
- ISBN-13: 978-1797102085
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 14.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Customer Reviews: 54 customer ratings
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''McDonald weaves together Eva and Kat's narratives, which span past and present, to create a compulsively readable and fast-paced yarn that explores the lingering effects of trauma and abuse as well as the complex bonds between mothers and daughters. Readers who enjoy character-driven thrillers will be pleased.'' --Publishers Weekly
''Told in alternating narratives from Eva's traumatic life and her mother's mysterious past, the story twists and turns with one shocking revelation after another until it threatens to careen out of control. But behind every lie there is always a reason, and there is a satisfying ending once everyone's hand is played.'' --Booklist
''With nuanced and dubiously trustworthy characters, dual timelines revealing decades of secrets, and a tension-packed plot, Christina McDonald has crafted an engrossing and utterly addictive thriller.'' --Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told
About the Author
Christina McDonald is an author, journalist, and copywriter, and has worked for companies such as The Sunday Times, Dublin, The Connacht Tribune, Galway, Expedia, USA Today, Travelex, and Pearson Publishing. Originally from Seattle, she holds an MA in journalism from the National University of Ireland Galway and now lives in London.
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This book was written in two point of views. One of Eva current day and one of her mother Kat from 25 years ago leading up to the night she is murdered. This story reminded me of The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner. It might have been the setting, or it might have been the fiancé. I liked this book more than the Night Olivia Fell and I really liked that.
Everything is wrapped up very neatly in this book. I felt that every question was answered and there was nothing left open. Sometimes author’s second books just don’t seem to live up, but this is not the case. Great job.
Christina McDonald quickly became a favorite of mine after I read The Night Olivia Fell. So when I heard she had a new book coming out I couldn’t wait to read it! Needless to say she has done it again! The writing and story captures your attention from the very first chapter. I found myself unable to put it down. The characters are not only likable but also complex and make you continue to question what you think you know. I love how the story alternates between Eva’s search and Kate’s secretive past.
What would you do if you were struck by lightening, woke up in the hospital and then told your mother was murdered? Not only that but you were found unconscious and close to the scene but find you no recollection of it at all?
In this chilling thriller by Christina McDonald we follow along as Eva Hansen is put in that exact scenario. When Eva realizes she is a prime suspect, she has to figure out how to prove her innocence. But how can she prove it when she can’t remember what happened?
In the hunt for the truth, Eva must uncover her mother’s carefully guarded secrets. She soon finds out though that someone is desperate to make sure she doesn’t discover the truth. Unsure of who to trust and flooded with violent memories, will Eva be able to get to the truth? If so, can she handle it?
You are not going to want to miss out on this gem!! Go crap your copy today!!
Summary: From the beginning we know that Eva Hansen's mother, Kat, has been murdered. What is less clear is who killed her and whether or not Eva was involved. This story is told in alternating perspectives from Eva's present day to Kat's past leading up to the night she was murdered. The story takes Eva from Seattle to London as she tries to unbury Kat's past to try to figure out who would have wanted to murder her mother. Along the way Eva struggles to reconstruct her memories from the night her mother was killed. However, it quickly becomes clear that not everyone wants Eva to uncover the whole truth. Eva will discover that her whole life has been built on lies, some worse than others.
I fell in love with Christina McDonald’s writing last year with The Night Olivia Fell. I love Domestic Thrillers and shows including Big Little Lies, so The Night Oliva Fell was a fun fantastic read. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. Because of this I couldn’t wait for Ms. McDonald’s next book Behind Every Lie.
I thoroughly enjoyed Behind Every Lie; it had all the aforementioned and so much more. There were so many characters and you never really knew until end who was telling the truth.
The feeling of Whiplash between some of these characters is what gave me the feeling of not being able to flip the pages fast enough, with one of these characters, seeming much shadier then the others. If you haven’t read yet pay close attention.
This was such a great read I look forward to Ms. McDonald’s next book next year.
There are MANY sub-plots; all about broken people, family trauma & the danger of secrets.
Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital only to be told that her mother, Kat, has been murdered. She was shocked to discover that she was found unconscious near her mother's house the night of the murder after being struck by lightning. She can’t remember anything that happened, so it's difficult for her to defend herself when the police begin to treat her like a suspect. After she finds a cryptic note referencing a big secret in London, she hops onto a plane and returns to her birthplace hoping to find out who killed her mother. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know whom to trust. She even being to doubt her own innocence. Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, we learn the whole backstory of why Eva and Kat left London and ended up in Seattle.
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
As I mentioned earlier, there was so much more to this story than just the plot (which I LOVED). Author, Christina McDonald, slipped in some interesting themes. One of my favorites was the idea of beauty being found in repairing what had been broken. She even introduced a Japanese art form, kintsugi, which uses a precious metal or gemstones to repair broken vases. She parlayed kintsugi to illustrate how beautiful a person can be when healed after suffering from trauma. Way to drive that point home Christina McDonald!
True to the title of the book, there was a lot of deception but not all the lies were harmful. Some of the lies were necessary in order to protect innocent people from serious harm. There was a line in the book that epitomizes the intent of Kat's secrets and lies; “they say that behind every lie is a person and a reason. " Basically, the reader is asked to allow potential for forgiveness based on the circumstances surrounding a particular lie.
The book opens with Eva covered in blood and then seeing her mother crumbled on the floor dead. Eva struggles to remember what happened. Did she do it or someone else? If so, who and why? Eva travels to London to explore her mother's past and finds many secrets she never knew about. Why did her mother have so many secrets and why did she lie to her? Was there something in her mother's past that followed her and was the reason behind the murder?
I loved the fact it was written from two points of view. Eva in the present and Kat, her mother, in the past up until her murder.
This is such a great read! The characters are complex and the plot line sucks you in and it's hard to put down. It was fun to analyze the characters and their words and behaviors to solve you did it. I thought I had it figured out, but there were some twists near the end, and I was wrong!
So, put dinner in the crockpot and tell your kids not bother you unless it's an emergency!! Enjoy Christina McDonald's newest page turner.
Eva Hansen is struck by lightening down the street from her mother’s house and she wakes up to find out that her mother was murdered and she cannot remember anything from that night. Eva is determined to learn what happened that night and she hopes she was not the one to murder her mother. There are some many secrets that begin to be revealed and help Eva discover what really happened.
Behind Every Lie is a fast-paced domestic thriller told in the alternating perspectives of Eva and her mother, Kat, 25 years before. We start to learn how some of the choices that Kat made years before led to present events. There were quite a few twists with one big secret that took me by surprise. I did love the mother-daughter dynamics and how we see the relationship evolve from beginning to end. Overall, a fantastic and emotional suspense thriller. I look forward to reading Christina McDonald’s first novel, The Night Olivia Fell.
The story starts out with a murder quickly followed by the main character struck by lightning. I immediately looked at my husband and said, thank god, somebody finally pulled out the lightning plotline. Why hasn't this been used before?
Then the book goes into a riveting account told by two POVs with a past and present timeline. And man, oh, man, can this author write! She only gives us the necessary details but every single thing adds to the tense narrative. Most chapters end on a cliffhanger where you audibly gasp. And the ending was totally satisfying. Loved, loved it!
Spoiler Alert: No cats were harmed in the writing of this book. (I was a tad worried about Eva's cute kitty)