Book review: This Is Why We Lied by Karin Slaughter

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This Is Why We Lied by Karin Slaughter is the twelfth in the series featuring Will Trent, but also features his (new) wife Sara Linton – who of course has starred in a couple of Slaughter’s series. Here the pair have just gotten hitched and Will decided to take Sara to a remote glamping spot – one he yearned to visit as a child in a foster care group home nearby. Of course they stumble into some family drama and when there’s a murder on their first night the pair feel duty-bound to seek justice for the victim.

Book review: This Is Why We Lied by Karin SlaughterThis is Why We Lied
by Karin Slaughter
Series: Will Trent #12
Published by HarperCollins
on 20/06/2024
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Crime Fiction
ISBN: 0008625824
Pages: 432
four-stars
Goodreads

Welcome to the McAlpine Lodge: a secluded mountain getaway, it’s the height of escapist luxury living.

Except that everyone here is lying. Lying about their past. Lying to their family. Lying to themselves.

Then one night, Mercy McAlpine – until now the good daughter – threatens to expose everybody's secrets. Just hours later, Mercy is dead.

In an area this remote, it’s easy to get away with murder. But Will Trent and Sara Linton – investigator and medical examiner for the GBI – are here on their honeymoon.

As the backcover blurb indicates there are a few lies on offer here, one of which comes compliments of Sara and Will who have lied to the hosts about their professions… given the usual responses they’re met with. But there are many other secrets festering as well and Will is confronted by his past (again) as he crosses paths with a bully from the foster home who was kinda adopted by the family who own the lodge and its grounds.

This is a really clever whodunnit. I was kinda sad about the victim as Mercy was one of the few likeable characters amongst the host family and other guests. As usual Slaughter adds in some surprises in this novel which also features hefty family baggage and tragic legacies that are passed down through generations when they should be thwarted at the first opportunity.

This Is Why We Lied by Karin Slaughter was published by Harper Fiction (Harper Collins UK) and now available.

I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley for review purposes.

four-stars

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