Friday, January 1, 2021

Lie, Lie Again by Stacy Wise

Happy New Year! Here's to the first read of 2021

Lie, Lie Again
by Stacy Wise
Published: January 1st, 2021 by Lake Union Publishing

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. 

4 Stars

Suburban drama, superb writing, and so many lies made Lie, Lie Again a hit for me. Stacy Wise gives readers a glimpse into the lives of three women living in an apartment complex and the desperate decisions they make as the lies pile up. Sylvie is desperate for a husband, Ricky is struggling both with money and a hopeless crush, and finally there's too-sweet Embry, mother of two and wife to a struggling actor. Polite in passing previously, the three women band together to fight the sale of their complex, never realizing all the tiny secrets they've each been holding onto nor how any of it could lead to a dead body.

The women of Mockingbird Lane aren't exempt from feelings of jealousy, insecurity, and hopelessness. While each thinks the others' lives are perfect, inside the walls of their apartments all is not quite as it seems. Sylvie was cutthroat and manipulative, her perspective was easily my favorite and really tied the story's strings together. Embry and Ricky were classic female characters, especially in the LA setting. While I loved Sylvie most, I do love a good unreliable character, I related most with the meeker two. Every move Sylvie made unraveled their lives just that much more, their own small secrets and white lies soon went up in flames. As their individual perspectives tied together Lie, Lie Again soon becomes the nail-biter the blurb promised, with a dead body just waiting to be discovered.

With descriptive writing, distinctive character voices, and a unique thriller plot line, Stacy Wise easily captured my attention with every page turn. Lie, Lie Again was a really fun read, I couldn't guess what would happen next, especially with a pathological liar among the group.

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