Tuesday 15 November 2022

Book ~ "The Lies I Tell" (2022) Julie Clark

From Goodreads ~ Two women. Many aliases.

Meg Williams. Maggie Littleton. Melody Wilde. Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She's a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be - a college student. A life coach. A real estate agent. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she's done, you've likely lost everything.

Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years for the woman who upended her life to return. And now that she has, Kat is determined to be the one to expose her. But as the two women grow closer, Kat's long-held assumptions begin to crumble, leaving Kat to wonder who Meg's true target is.

When Meg was in high school, her mother started dating a man who stole (legally) their house, leaving them homeless. When her mother died shortly after that, Meg continued to live in her car. Getting a job at the YMCA gave her a place to shower and wash her clothes, going to the library gave her access to WIFI and going on dates gave her the chance for decent meals and leftovers. But there had to be a better way to survive ... and so started her life as a con artist.

Kat is a journalist who was an intern ten years ago when Meg's first con came to light and she's been waiting for Meg to return to her hometown. After years of writing fluffy articles to pay the bills, she sees this as her way of finally getting ahead in her career. Kat is able to become friends with Meg all the while waiting to take her down.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it. The story was interesting and I liked the writing style.  It's written in first person perspective in Meg and Kat's voices (the chapters are labeled so you know who is the focus). I liked both Meg and Kat. I was happy with the ending and despite Meg being a con artist, I was okay with her motivation. Was it farfetched at times? Sure but I was okay with that.

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