Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

There were a lot of secrets in this story. I really enjoyed all the unraveling that had to be done to get to what was really going on.

How I Felt:

The story starts with a murder. That’s always an exciting place to start with a thriller! The main character Eva is standing over her mother’s body holding a bloody knife… Eva wakes up in a hospital after being struck by lightning. A detective comes to her hospital room to inform her of her mother’s murder. Eva doesn’t remember or know anything. As the day progresses, she remembers standing over her mother holding the knife. What really happened? Can Eva trust her memory of events when they keep changing?

Behind Every Lie is told through alternating views. Eva’s story is told in present-day, but she is constantly thinking, analyzing, and reliving the past as she tries to figure out what is going on. The second POV is Eva’s mother, Kat. Kat’s view starts 25 years ago and gets closer to the present day as the story progresses. I really liked this storytelling choice. It offered secrets to the reader and I found the best reveals were told through Kat’s story.

Behind Every Lie was very much a psychological thriller. I enjoyed the secrets that are withheld from the reader while the story moves along, and I liked some of the reveals. The overall plot, when put together, fell apart a bit for me. There were too many crazy coincidences for the overall story to really be plausible. This is the first time I have ever felt that way about a storyline. I am 100% able to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow. For this story though, a lot of what was happening was dependent on the lightning strike, which was a freak accident. I just can’t quite wrap my head around all the things that were able to happen because of that lightning. I don’t want to ruin this story for anyone, so I’m going to leave it at that.

The writing was good. This is my first book by Christina McDonald and I will absolutely pick up another book by her. I thought it was a well-written story with good characters and an exciting plot. I think the ending took things a bit too far, but I still enjoyed everything leading up to that point.

Overall, I found Behind Every Lie to be an exciting thriller with a lot of interesting twists and turns in the story.

Content Warnings:

Behind Every Lie contains references to rape, pregnancy, murder, and child death.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Behind Every Lie to readers that enjoy psychological thrillers that focus on a mother-daughter relationship.

Where to Find This Book:

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From the author of The Night Olivia Fell—an “emotionally charged mystery” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author)—comes a thrilling new suspense novel about the insidious nature of family secrets…and their deadly potential.

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. 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 who to trust. Least of all herself.

Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Behind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.

Just the Facts:

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 334 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: February 4, 2020


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

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