Thursday, May 14, 2020

Blog Tour: This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

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Today I'm hosting a stop on the blog tour for Heather Gudenkauf's latest novel, This is How I Lied.

Tough as nails and seven months pregnant, Detective Maggie Kennedy-O'Keefe of Grotto PD, is dreading going on desk duty before having the baby her and her husband so badly want. But when new evidence is found in the 25-year-old cold case of her best friend's murder that requires the work of a desk jockey, Maggie jumps at the opportunity to be the one who finally puts Eve Knox's case to rest.

Maggie has her work cut out for her. Everyone close to Eve is a suspect. There's Nola, Eve's little sister who's always been a little.... off; Nick, Eve's ex-boyfriend with a vicious temper; a Schwinn riding drifter who blew in and out of Grotto; even Maggie's husband Sean, who may have known more about Eve's last day than he's letting on. As Maggie continues to investigate, the case comes closer and closer to home, forcing her to confront her own demons before she can find justice for Eve.

1995: Teenager Eve Knox enters some dangerous caves near her home one evening and doesn't make it out alive.

2020: Maggie Kennedy O'Keefe, Eve's former friend, is now a Detective. Eve's case has been reopened and Maggie is assigned to investigate before she moves to desk duty in the final months of her pregnancy. With a wide circle of suspects and some new evidence, can Maggie help solve the mystery of who killed her friend all those years ago?

This was twisty, dark, fast-paced and even though I am deeply suspcious of every character in a crime novel, that worked to my advantage here. Nola, Eve's sister, was a fantastic character. She was so unpredictable, and I loved all the different aspects to her personality. I also loved the structure of the chapters, I enjoyed how the story unfolded by going back. 

I enjoyed this book a lot, I flew through it, and I'll be reading more from this author. 

Many thanks to the publisher for having me on the blog tour and for the advance copy of the book via Netgalley. 

If you'd like to get a copy for yourself, check out the links below, and don't forget your local bookshop and library!

You can keep up to date with Heather Gudenkauf at her website here

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me access to a copy via Netgalley as part of the blog tour.

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