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New Release Book Review: An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher

Title: An Honest Lie

Author: Tarryn Fisher

Published: May 4th 2022

Publisher: HQ Fiction – US

Pages: 336

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense

RRP: $29.99

Rating: 4 stars

‘I’m going to kill her. You’d better come if you want to save her.’

Lorraine — ‘Rainy’ — lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.

If she’s allowed to.

When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.

And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.

What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe — and herself — the only way is to step back into the past.

This gut-punch of a thriller can only have sprung from the fiendish brain of Tarryn Fisher, one of the most cunning writers of our time.


No one knows where I am, she thought as she drifted to sleep … an honest lie.’

New York Times bestselling author Tarryn Fisher has released her third psychological thriller novel titled An Honest Lie. A story where the past and the present collide in spectacular circumstances, An Honest Lie is a dark, gut churning and twisted. I really enjoyed getting acquainted with Tarryn Fisher’s work.

An Honest Lie introduces Lorraine, who is also known as Rainy. When we meet Rainy she is living in an isolated locale in the Tiger Mountain forest region. As Rainy tries to forge a new life for herself in this remote location, she knows that one day her past will catch up with her. With great trepidation Rainy decides to accept an invitation to a girls only weekend away in Las Vegas. Things soon take a wild turn when one of the attendees of this party does not make it back home after a crazy night out. Rainy is beside herself, she had the gut feeling that this weekend away would bring nothing but trouble. When Rainy receives an ominous message on her phone, she knows that her troubled past has finally come back to haunt her. An Honest Lie is a chaotic, breathless and revealing story that considers the real cost of concealing the truth.

An Honest Lie represents the first book I have read by Tarryn Fisher, an author who has gained recognition for her previous two psychological thrillers. I have both of these books on my enormous TBR pile shelves and I do hope to read them soon based on my enjoyment of An Honest Lie. This one kept me thoroughly entertained for the weekend. I’m glad I selected Tarryn Fisher’s latest to read.

The synopsis of An Honest Lie provides us with a snippet of what we will encounter when we open up our lives to lead character Rainy. Volatile, twisty, surprising and sharp, I enjoyed this one from the open through to the close. The past to present day switches are handled well, taking the reader on a trek back into events of times past, along with the current day happenings. I found I was interested in both timeframes equally. The pacing of An Honest Lie was perfectly set, keeping me on my toes for the duration of this tale. With murky characters, an illuminating setting and plenty of intrigue, I whirled my way through this one in a fairly short period of time. With a set of themes weaved around cults, the past, truth, lies, loyalty, betrayal, self-preservation and fear, An Honest Lie sure gets the heart pumping.

Tarryn Fisher definitely captured my full attention with An Honest Lie. If you are looking for a consuming weekend read, this one will meet your needs!

An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher was published on 4th May 2022 by HQ Fiction – US. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of An Honest Lie, Tarryn Fisher, visit here.

*I wish to thank Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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