Arc Review: Lie, Lie Again

For three women with so much to hide, there’s no such thing as a little white lie…

All three women who live at 1054 Mockingbird Lane have secrets…and with a body at the bottom of their apartment building’s staircase, those secrets need to stay buried.

Sylvia Webb has a plan. And a potential Mr. Right. He’s sweet, simple, and dependably clueless about what she’s up to. The only thing unpredictable about him is his needy ex-girlfriend, who is this close to shattering Sylvia’s dreams. But Sylvia’s not going to let that happen.

Riki McFarlan has a good career and an amazing boyfriend who wants to settle down. If only she didn’t have feelings for her neighbor—who happens to be her close friend’s husband. With everything going so right, why is Riki flirting with something so wrong, so…dangerous?

Embry Taylor is as devoted to her children as she is to her husband, who’s a bartender by night, an aspiring actor by day. She is his biggest fan. But with his career not taking off and tensions high, even sweet Embry has something she’s desperate to keep hidden.

Lies, secrets, and revenge. For three neighbors with stakes so high, someone is headed for a downfall.

Lie, Lie Again: A Novel by Stacy WiseTitle: Lie, Lie Again
Author: Stacy Wise
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery
Age Range: Adult
Trigger Warnings: Death, Misogyny, Manipulation, Cheating Idealization 
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Light spoilers ahead.

Lie, Lie Again is the perfect beach read. It is fun, quick, and filled with drama! It is also very forgettable, but it is an easy way to pass the time or get you out of a reading slump.

I personally loved the three main women. They all had their flaws, but it is what drives this story. Sylvia is a charming woman who can con her way out of anything. Riki is a private school teacher with a crush on her neighbor who is married to her close friend, Embry. Sweet Embry is just a young housewife doing her best. Maybe a bit of a pushover. She is the true innocent party, and her secret isn’t anything bad.

There is a dead body found in the beginning of the book and I suppose that kicks off the mystery and events leading up to it, but you honestly forget about it. Somehow that isn’t the most interesting part of this story? I got sucked into the suburban drama and realistic life problems. Once the death happened, it wasn’t a big moment. It didn’t affect many people. I am just mentioning this because I see this being advertised as a Mystery Thriller. There is nothing that thrilling and the mystery isn’t really there. So if you are hoping for some thrilling murder, this isn’t the book for you. It is much closer to chick-lit.

Hard for me to delve into this without further spoilers, so I will end it here. My final thoughts: Entertaining, but I do wish there was more diversity in this story. Overall, I rated this a solid 3/5.

Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the arc! This title was released January 1, 2021.

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