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“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 “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 seething, 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.


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“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 “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 seething, 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.

30 review for An Honest Lie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meredith (On Vacation)

    Another Cult Book An Honest Lie is a psychological thriller about an artist whose dark and twisted past comes to light during a girls' trip to Vegas. Now: Rainy, an artist, moved from NYC to Washington state to start a new life with her significant other, Grant. To please Grant, Rainy begrudgingly joins a group of female friends, known as The Tiger Mountain Group. When the cutthroat friends suggest a weekend in Vegas, Rainy cringes but gives in even though she knows that there is a chance that h Another Cult Book An Honest Lie is a psychological thriller about an artist whose dark and twisted past comes to light during a girls' trip to Vegas. Now: Rainy, an artist, moved from NYC to Washington state to start a new life with her significant other, Grant. To please Grant, Rainy begrudgingly joins a group of female friends, known as The Tiger Mountain Group. When the cutthroat friends suggest a weekend in Vegas, Rainy cringes but gives in even though she knows that there is a chance that her secretive past could be exposed. Then: Summer, a 13-year-old girl, is mourning the loss of her father when her mother makes the decision to move to a cult run by her childhood friend, Taured. Their life in the cult is one filled with terrors and abuse. When now and then finally converge, Rainy must fight her demons to save an innocent life. The chapters in the present are narrated by Rainy, and the chapters in the past are narrated by Summer. Both are likable. I am so sick of cult-themed books and the now and then narrative trope. I have read several cult-themed books during 2022, and I will say that this was my favorite. However, this book has flaws in other ways. The pacing is slow, as I was just waiting for something to happen. I was more intrigued with Summer’s narrative than Rainy’s chapters. Summer's fear is palpable, and her chapters are filled with tension and suspense. Whereas Rainy’s chapters are dull, and not much is going on outside of her having to deal with a bunch of bitchy so-called friends. It isn’t until deep into the Vegas trip that something finally happens as a result of a stupid decision made by Rainy. The plot turns chaotic and messy at this point, but it also becomes very entertaining. The believability factor falters towards the end, and there are many convenient memories interjected from Rainy’s past to help wrap up the mess nice and neatly. Even though I took a lot of issues with the plot, I still found this to be an entertaining and intriguing read. I think I just need a break from plots that revolve around cults for a while! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    welp, this book is a total snoozefest. and after three chances, i think its safe to assume that TFs stories just dont do it for me. with this one being the worst offender. its just sooooo drawn out. the events of the synopsis dont even occur until the 75% mark! thats 3/4 of the book being spent talking about a catty girls clique, planning a lame las vegas trip, and a really lacklustre backstory via flashback chapters. and there is also such a disconnect between the past and present POVs that the “ welp, this book is a total snoozefest. and after three chances, i think its safe to assume that TFs stories just dont do it for me. with this one being the worst offender. its just sooooo drawn out. the events of the synopsis dont even occur until the 75% mark! thats 3/4 of the book being spent talking about a catty girls clique, planning a lame las vegas trip, and a really lacklustre backstory via flashback chapters. and there is also such a disconnect between the past and present POVs that the “high stakes” are massively underwhelming. i dunno. if you are interested in stories that follow cult members, then you might enjoy this. but everything pretty much missed the mark for me personally. ↠ 2 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    L.A.

    Tarryn Fisher created this unique mystery thriller that captures strong women characters, abusive relations and a group of mean ladies with more on their mind than gaining her friendship. When Rainy moved in with her boyfriend Grant to Tiger Mountain, she received more than she bargained for. His group of friends for the past twenty years and his introduction of numerous girlfriends to them leaves Rainy feeling skeptical, unable to meet their specifications and feeling left out. They appear to h Tarryn Fisher created this unique mystery thriller that captures strong women characters, abusive relations and a group of mean ladies with more on their mind than gaining her friendship. When Rainy moved in with her boyfriend Grant to Tiger Mountain, she received more than she bargained for. His group of friends for the past twenty years and his introduction of numerous girlfriends to them leaves Rainy feeling skeptical, unable to meet their specifications and feeling left out. They appear to have cruel intentions with their invitations and she senses something is off. This unique women's club plans a girls' weekend in Vegas. She declines, but is informed by her husband he has prepaid for her trip. Although Rainy's hesitation to go to Vegas, has a different meaning than just hanging out with these conniving Tigerettes. Rainy's disturbing past took place in a Cult in Vegas and what she is running from is still out there waiting for her to resurface. She changed her name and location to get away, but these ladies are trying to peel her layers to get a real look at who "Summer" is. The setting of Summer's past is more interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat more than the present. With the compound in a rundown prison, haunting in itself knowing who the occupants were before. Most of the scenes played out are disturbing and reveal a deep mind game from their leader. The abuse and hard work the people suffer appear demeaning and fruitless..... but escaping could be deadly... What a thrilling escapade! You are unsure who to trust and this had me second guessing intentions of even those closest to Rainy/Summer. The nightmare of her teen years will leave you reeling and seething at these people. Expect the unexpected from Tarryn Fisher! This is my first for a cult read leaving my eyes wide open! Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for this title in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    An Honest Lie is a tense and addictive psychological thriller. A year ago, Rainy moved to Tiger Mountain with her boyfriend Grant. She spends her time working on her art and getting to know Grant’s childhood friends. After countless happy hours, dinners, and the like, the close circle of friends invites Rainy on their girls’ weekend trip to Las Vegas. She reluctantly agrees to go, even though Nevada is where all her troubles began. In Vegas, Rainy senses strange vibes from her friends and things An Honest Lie is a tense and addictive psychological thriller. A year ago, Rainy moved to Tiger Mountain with her boyfriend Grant. She spends her time working on her art and getting to know Grant’s childhood friends. After countless happy hours, dinners, and the like, the close circle of friends invites Rainy on their girls’ weekend trip to Las Vegas. She reluctantly agrees to go, even though Nevada is where all her troubles began. In Vegas, Rainy senses strange vibes from her friends and things only get worse from there. Her friend, Braithe, goes missing, and Rainy receives a text threatening Braithe’s life if Rainy doesn’t follow the kidnapper’s instructions. And just like that, Rainy’s past and present collide in ways she’s spent years trying to avoid. This wild thriller alternates between two timelines. Suspension of disbelief is a requirement because the plot is pretty over the top in many places. Even though it is OTT, I still enjoyed reading it. This is the second cult-themed thriller I’ve read this year, and I much preferred this one. This one had the appropriate tension and character development that makes it a compelling and high-stakes thriller. I liked that Rainy was a strong female character. Sure, she made some unwise moves, but I still rooted for her. She isn’t the type to watch and despair as things fall apart; she makes active choices and forges her way. I recommend this thriller if you don’t mind plots that get a touch outlandish. Thank you to Graydon House for providing an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. https://booksandwheels.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    JaymeO

    Q: What do you get when you combine a fun girls’ trip to Vegas with a religious cult? A: An incredibly absurd plot. Tarryn Fisher’s The Wives was a standout thriller for me a few years ago, but The Wrong Family was underwhelming. Still willing to give her writing another shot, I requested Fisher’s latest thriller. An Honest Lie failed to grab my interest from beginning to end. It was almost a DNF for me more times than I wish to admit. The characters were flat and unremarkable other than their nam Q: What do you get when you combine a fun girls’ trip to Vegas with a religious cult? A: An incredibly absurd plot. Tarryn Fisher’s The Wives was a standout thriller for me a few years ago, but The Wrong Family was underwhelming. Still willing to give her writing another shot, I requested Fisher’s latest thriller. An Honest Lie failed to grab my interest from beginning to end. It was almost a DNF for me more times than I wish to admit. The characters were flat and unremarkable other than their names. Braithe? Taured? Rainy? Viola? Outrageous names DO NOT make up for the lack of characterization. I never became invested in this plot and found myself skimming my way through to the end. There was such a complete lack of believability and disconnect for me. While I do enjoy a good book about cults, this one just grazed the surface of this type of restrictive, religious, and abusive lifestyle and was missing an element of authenticity. I didn’t feel scared or anxious reading this at all! Finally, don’t blink or you will miss the predictable minor twists! Trigger warning: cults, kidnapping Expected publication date: 4/26/22 1/5 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for the ARC of An Honest Lie in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    ‘The sins of the father will be visited upon the children’ holds absolutely true here. In the present day artist Rainy lives in Tiger Mountain in Washington with Grant who encourages her to join the ‘Tiger Wives’. This small group of women give of confusing mixed messages, Rainy finds it hard to trust at the best of times and she’s very surprised when she’s invited on a girls trip to Vegas. The area holds bad memories for her and much fear but she is persuaded to go by Grant. In the past narrativ ‘The sins of the father will be visited upon the children’ holds absolutely true here. In the present day artist Rainy lives in Tiger Mountain in Washington with Grant who encourages her to join the ‘Tiger Wives’. This small group of women give of confusing mixed messages, Rainy finds it hard to trust at the best of times and she’s very surprised when she’s invited on a girls trip to Vegas. The area holds bad memories for her and much fear but she is persuaded to go by Grant. In the past narrative Summer and her mother Lorraine are heading to Nevada to join a group led by Taured her mothers childhood friend. Here Summer learns to tell An Honest Lie when she needs to in order to survive. This is to be an important life lesson. I dare say some of you will be thinking oh no, not another cult book but I actually find those parts of the book to have been so well written that you almost feel like you’re there with Summer in her suffering and pain. These are some of the best parts of the book though it’s not easy reading. What Summer learns here she utilises later as Rainy, she gains strength to fight back and free herself from the painful past that has haunted her and I like this strong message. Your past does not have to define your future and you can shake off the shackles and be free. Right from the start the author drops in little bombs that explode your perceptions, the unsettling and uncomfortable vibes both from the past and in the present are excellent. The dynamics then and now are also very strong as do you feel Rainy’s confusion especially with the Tiger Wives group but not exclusively as it’s elsewhere too. The characterisation is very good, Rainy is very complex, she is clever and has ingenuity and a strong moral code and I enjoy seeing her growing strength. Taured’s portrayal is a chillingly good and you feel the horror and tension he manifests. He isn’t the only liar, conniver or manipulator as there are several of those in the fast-paced plot . This is a very easy to read novel and I enjoy the way it’s written as it keeps my attention throughout. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Headline for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bibi

    This baby synched to my kindle this morning, so, I fed the cats, made a giant cup of decaf and read this until the last page without moving from the chair. And let me tell you, my bestie wrote a slam-dunk, see ya later, I'm the queen Beech type of book. I know there are those who think this isn't the best thing since Snickers ice cream and to them I say... This baby synched to my kindle this morning, so, I fed the cats, made a giant cup of decaf and read this until the last page without moving from the chair. And let me tell you, my bestie wrote a slam-dunk, see ya later, I'm the queen Beech type of book. I know there are those who think this isn't the best thing since Snickers ice cream and to them I say...

  8. 4 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    📚 AN HONEST LIE 📚 Is a full length psychological thriller by Tarryn Fisher There were more twists and turns in this book than a roller coaster as we delved into our heroines past where she was aged thirteen living in a cult situation with her mother after her father had overdosed on drugs, with nowhere to go her mother turns back to her childhood friend not realising the danger she was placing them both in. To present time, where Rainy is a well established artist who'd just recently up 📚 AN HONEST LIE 📚 Is a full length psychological thriller by Tarryn Fisher There were more twists and turns in this book than a roller coaster as we delved into our heroines past where she was aged thirteen living in a cult situation with her mother after her father had overdosed on drugs, with nowhere to go her mother turns back to her childhood friend not realising the danger she was placing them both in. To present time, where Rainy is a well established artist who'd just recently uprooted herself from New York to Washington to live with her partner Grant. It's here where she's welcomed into an electric group of friends who call themselves 'The Tiger Mountain Group' it's whilst in this group setting that a girls trip to Vegas is brought up begrudgingly Rainy does agree to join them. It’s not long before the past and present both overlap and collide. This was inhaled in no time at all, pulled in like the knack which this author seems to effortlessly excel at. One thing you can rely can with this author is every book is unpredictable and unique, and this book was no different, I never knew which way this book was going to go. This had so much depth, the storyline just wowed me. The only reason why I didn't give this 5 stars is sometimes it was a wee bit choppy and the ending kind of ended rushed.                   

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amo Jones

    Vegas…murder… secrets… With any Tarryn Fisher book you never know what you’re going to get, but one thing is absolute and that is this woman wields words like a sword and stabs you right through the heart. The suspense was NON-STOP. Every page needed to be turned. Every WORD needed to be read. Tarryn had told me that this book was different before I started reading it. What she forgot to mention was that it was going to knock me on my ass. There wasn't a dragging moment in this story as we exper Vegas…murder… secrets… With any Tarryn Fisher book you never know what you’re going to get, but one thing is absolute and that is this woman wields words like a sword and stabs you right through the heart. The suspense was NON-STOP. Every page needed to be turned. Every WORD needed to be read. Tarryn had told me that this book was different before I started reading it. What she forgot to mention was that it was going to knock me on my ass. There wasn't a dragging moment in this story as we experience Rainey go through some of the toughest battles a person could go through. I really loved her. Her uniqueness was refreshing, especially side-by-side with *ahem* a couple of "Tiger Mountain" girls. I'm never really good at summarizing books because I get so emotional and needy and very heated while reading them that by the time I've finished, I just want to yell at everyone and tell them to READ THIS BOOK! Honestly, I don't know how I get arcs. READ. THIS. BOOK. It has Tarryn's signature writing, but the suspense in this one was just MORE for me. I needed to get to the end to make sure everything was okay. I needed to know what was happening and Tarryn wasn't fucking giving it to me easy. This is my top read of 2021. My heart broke, I cried, I laughed my ass off, I got dribble-fed drama, and like every Tarryn book, her writing is effortless. She doesn't try too hard to make her shit pop. She's a natural wordsmith and we're all just here to bask in it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori (on semi hiatus during summer)

    Rainy is living the good life. She has an amazing boyfriend, her art is selling for top dollar and she has new friends. Her life wasn't always this peachy. Once upon a time Rainy escaped a compound where a cult lived. She hoped to never have to relive any of her time there. But when her new friends decide to take a girls trip to Vegas, she must face her past once and for all. This was a fast paced thriller with a few likeable characters. The story was just ok in my opinion. I loved Tarryn Fisher Rainy is living the good life. She has an amazing boyfriend, her art is selling for top dollar and she has new friends. Her life wasn't always this peachy. Once upon a time Rainy escaped a compound where a cult lived. She hoped to never have to relive any of her time there. But when her new friends decide to take a girls trip to Vegas, she must face her past once and for all. This was a fast paced thriller with a few likeable characters. The story was just ok in my opinion. I loved Tarryn Fisher's other books so much, but felt like this one fell a bit flat in comparison to the other's. It still was entertaining, just not what I expected.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Tarryn Fisher could write whatever and I'd still probably want to read it Tarryn Fisher could write whatever and I'd still probably want to read it

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    An Honest Lie was definitely one of my most anticipated reads this Spring and when my NetGalley request sat as “pending” for eternity (thank you, NetGalley, for finally allowing users to delete unresponsive requests!) I made sure I was first on the library waiting list for pub day. The story here takes place in the past and the present. In the present our leading lady Rainy is a pretty well-known sculpture artist who lives with her boyfriend Grant on Tiger Mountain and begrudgingly associate An Honest Lie was definitely one of my most anticipated reads this Spring and when my NetGalley request sat as “pending” for eternity (thank you, NetGalley, for finally allowing users to delete unresponsive requests!) I made sure I was first on the library waiting list for pub day. The story here takes place in the past and the present. In the present our leading lady Rainy is a pretty well-known sculpture artist who lives with her boyfriend Grant on Tiger Mountain and begrudgingly associates with all of his pals at various happy hours, dinners, etc. In the past “Summer” and her mother live outside of Las Vegas . . . . in a cult . . . . Obviously the past narrative is where it’s at. The present was lackluster from the jumpstart with undeveloped characters and a “girls trip” to Las Vegas which was obviously only a ploy to get Rainy/Summer back to her roots. Rainy is once again Tarryn Fisher herself – her physical appearance is pretty much identical and she lives in the same place Fisher has recently moved to. That being said, the story flowed alright for the first 200 pages although it wasn’t nearly as dark as I would expect from a cult book – especially one with ACTUAL SPOILER (view spoiler)[a potential child pornography ring (hide spoiler)] subplot. The last 100 pages, though? What a slog. There just wasn’t really anything there. The bad guy was obviously the bad guy. Rainy did the typical bimbo move of running straight to danger with not much of a plan on how she was going to get out of things alive. The stuff with the “friend” was paper thin. I’ve really enjoyed Tarryn Fisher in the past and I will definitely read what she comes up with next, but this one was a swing and a miss. Oh, and a nickel’s worth of free advice: Having your best friend write your cover blurb is kind of like telling everyone you know how smart and pretty you are because your mom says so. It’s tacky – like 5 Starring your own book. Lovers of Verity should definitely seek out Fisher’s stuff. Lovers of the New Adult instalove stylings CoHo is most well-known for will probably not be fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    This is a rare unicorn of a book that misses on all cylinders. Shockingly boring, predictable, unbelievable, cliched, slow, amongst other crimes of fiction. I can't think of any redeeming qualities. There was a character named Derek who wasn't a douche, so there's that! Cheers to quality Dereks in literature 🍻 This is my first Tarryn Fisher book but it won't be my last. I should've checked reviews on this prior. Consensus seems to be this was just a bad day in the office for her. If you have a Fis This is a rare unicorn of a book that misses on all cylinders. Shockingly boring, predictable, unbelievable, cliched, slow, amongst other crimes of fiction. I can't think of any redeeming qualities. There was a character named Derek who wasn't a douche, so there's that! Cheers to quality Dereks in literature 🍻 This is my first Tarryn Fisher book but it won't be my last. I should've checked reviews on this prior. Consensus seems to be this was just a bad day in the office for her. If you have a Fisher book you enjoyed, feel free to recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur

    This book… it kept me up nights because of the anxiety I felt while reading. What a crazy ride. I was sucked in immediately. especially with a lot of the book being set in Vegas. I don't know what it is about Vegas, but I am drawn to it like catnip. Rainy is new to the "girls group" and she really doesn't feel like she fits in. She's more of a loner and she's absolultely someone I can relate to. She fits in more with the guys but she will do anything to make her boyfriend happy, so she agrees to This book… it kept me up nights because of the anxiety I felt while reading. What a crazy ride. I was sucked in immediately. especially with a lot of the book being set in Vegas. I don't know what it is about Vegas, but I am drawn to it like catnip. Rainy is new to the "girls group" and she really doesn't feel like she fits in. She's more of a loner and she's absolultely someone I can relate to. She fits in more with the guys but she will do anything to make her boyfriend happy, so she agrees to go on a girls trip to Vegas after much convincing. There's a reason she's stayed far away from Vegas and she doesn't want her past to catch up with her now. The chapters go back and forth from then and now and weave a tale of control and a woman's fight to regain her power. I don't want to spoil anything, but if Rainy wants to keep her past from beating her, she needs to face it now. After her friend is kidnapped, she is on a race against time to save her and overcome the past she already escaped once. Tarryn writes STRONG female leads, and Rainy was one of the strongest so far. My heart was in my throat for most of this book and my mind was racing. If you are looking for something to capture you from page one, grab this one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)

    QUICK TAKE: In a year with a LOT of cult books hitting bookshelves, this is...not the one to prioritize. There was such a disconnect between the Las Vegas girls trip and the cult storyline that I never really felt came together in a cohesive way, and the last 50 pages are just a slog. Ultimately, not for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katie T

    Currently the worst book of 2022. Going to take a lot of effort to dethrone this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    emily • emilybookedup

    this was quick and started strong, but left me wanting a lot more. the flashback POV was very strong and interesting (cult vibes), but the present day plot didn’t have me hooked. and the two didn’t blend well enough together for me at the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Creya

    One thing that I am learning about myself: I freaking LOVE cult fiction! (If that’s nOt A rEaL gEnRe, kindly shut up I like it) 🤣🤣 It’s been a while since a book sucked me in this much. I was getting ready for the gym with book in hand and my husband said, “Damn. That’s dedication.” Rainy’s stories of her time in a cult were dark and scary, but somehow the author was able to present a theme of mother-daughter friendship. Was the big “twist” a bit outlandish? Absolutely, but that’s fiction, baby! One thing that I am learning about myself: I freaking LOVE cult fiction! (If that’s nOt A rEaL gEnRe, kindly shut up I like it) 🤣🤣 It’s been a while since a book sucked me in this much. I was getting ready for the gym with book in hand and my husband said, “Damn. That’s dedication.” Rainy’s stories of her time in a cult were dark and scary, but somehow the author was able to present a theme of mother-daughter friendship. Was the big “twist” a bit outlandish? Absolutely, but that’s fiction, baby! I would honestly love to see this told from Taured’s point of view. I think it would be entertaining to learn more of the cult leader’s intentions, how his idea formed, etc. Tarryn, since you clearly like unique names (Taured, Ama, Braithe, Chord, and Rhodi), where’s my chance to be in one of your books? I recommend this for fans of Yes, Daddy and The Hunting Wives.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Rambo

    I've been a huge Tarryn fan for ages but this one missed the mark for me. The story has dual timelines, you have Rainy as an adult reluctantly agreeing to go on a girls trip to Vegas to appease her boyfriend and Rainy as a child growing up in a cult. The cult timeline was the more interesting to me, the current was just boring. It felt like I was reading two completely different books. The converging of the timelines did not work at all and led to a disjointed and unbelievable climax and conclus I've been a huge Tarryn fan for ages but this one missed the mark for me. The story has dual timelines, you have Rainy as an adult reluctantly agreeing to go on a girls trip to Vegas to appease her boyfriend and Rainy as a child growing up in a cult. The cult timeline was the more interesting to me, the current was just boring. It felt like I was reading two completely different books. The converging of the timelines did not work at all and led to a disjointed and unbelievable climax and conclusion in my opinion. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC of this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    A year ago Rainy moved from her artsy Manhattan city life to Washington State to be with her boyfriend Grant. With Grant came a nice, quiet life on a mountain and a bunch of friends. Even a girl lunch every week - which is not really her thing - but she goes for Grant. And now they're asking her to join them on their girl trip to Vegas. But she can't go to Vegas. Never again. Why? We don't know. But in the end she'll go - for Grant - and her past and present meet in some very dangerous ways.... What w A year ago Rainy moved from her artsy Manhattan city life to Washington State to be with her boyfriend Grant. With Grant came a nice, quiet life on a mountain and a bunch of friends. Even a girl lunch every week - which is not really her thing - but she goes for Grant. And now they're asking her to join them on their girl trip to Vegas. But she can't go to Vegas. Never again. Why? We don't know. But in the end she'll go - for Grant - and her past and present meet in some very dangerous ways.... What will happen with Rainy? What happened to her in the desert 20 years ago? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT! ══════════════════ Well, that was... great. I really enjoyed reading it. But... the blurb is completely ... wrong/misleading. The kidnapped friend doesn't happen until waay more than half the book is through! Someone needs to make a better blurb for this story! Because now I feel that I can't say anything about what happened because nothing about what happens is mentioned in the blurb - only that Braithe disappears. And I'm not even at that point in the book. I'm writing this now that I'm at around the 66% mark! But still - I really like the story and Rainy. We so want that happy end for her. But she still has a lot of healing to do - about whatever happened to her as a teenager. This book is very sad and heartbreaking, but also hopeful and sweet and a bit funny. And we have some very awful people and mysterious and suspensy moments. We also do this back in time thing that I hate in books. One chapter NOW and the next chapter THEN. I don't know why I don't like that - in the end I always love the books and I love the back in time chapters, but I always hate it when I start a book and it says THEN on the first page. 🤔 There were also some tiny plotholes and some wrong ages/times/timelines that bothered me a little. And some of the writing is a bit weird - as if Tarryn grew up somewhere where they use very different expressions. But that could just be me being a weird reader. 🤣 And then I wanted a tiny bit more epilogue - or even a tiny bit more Grant. Or more relationship. I know this is not a romance - it's more a Women's Fiction Hear Me Roar thingy - but still - a tiny bit more Grant to make him a bit more likable for the reader. But anyway... Great cover. Great book. I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day! AN HONEST LIE was a heartbreaking and suspensy YA + Adult Women's Fiction Therapy Session Thrillery kind of book. I loved reading it! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Rainy - she'll be sold out in no time! 💜 💜

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I’m not sure how well this story came together. It was a mix of current and past timelines that didn’t merge all that well, and often verged on unbelievable. The story centers on Rainy, who reluctantly attends a girls weekend in Vegas with a group of girls who are really friends of her boyfriend more than herself. Things aren’t as they seem with the friend group but the real drama in the story is related to Rainy’s past, which catches up with her there. I honestly didn’t see the point of the cur I’m not sure how well this story came together. It was a mix of current and past timelines that didn’t merge all that well, and often verged on unbelievable. The story centers on Rainy, who reluctantly attends a girls weekend in Vegas with a group of girls who are really friends of her boyfriend more than herself. Things aren’t as they seem with the friend group but the real drama in the story is related to Rainy’s past, which catches up with her there. I honestly didn’t see the point of the current storyline when the story is really about Rainy’s past. It didn’t add anything to the story and just provided distracting drama beyond the actual storyline. I thought the flashbacks were far more interesting than the current story, even though I’m not super into the cult theme. The last 3rd of the story is much more of a thriller and more action packed than the rest of the book; I liked that part best, though it did often cause me to suspend my disbelief. Still, the plans that Rainy came up with to try to outsmart her assailant were clever and I found it interesting. There were no real surprises in the book- I thought it was pretty easy to figure out who was who. Overall I found this to be kind of a bizarre story, but it did hold my interest. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ‘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 *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ‘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! *I wish to thank Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Krystle

    Thank you to the publisher for sending a galley in exchange for a review. Summary: A woman's past in a religious cult rears its ugly head on a girls' trip to Vegas. Overall: 4/5 stars This heart-pounding thriller brings the past and present together in a shocking finale. Characters: 9/10 Rainy was a complex character. The author did a wonderful job describing her range of emotions. Uniqueness: 9/10 Plot:8/10 I couldn't turn the pages fast enough in the sections covering the past. However, the present Thank you to the publisher for sending a galley in exchange for a review. Summary: A woman's past in a religious cult rears its ugly head on a girls' trip to Vegas. Overall: 4/5 stars This heart-pounding thriller brings the past and present together in a shocking finale. Characters: 9/10 Rainy was a complex character. The author did a wonderful job describing her range of emotions. Uniqueness: 9/10 Plot:8/10 I couldn't turn the pages fast enough in the sections covering the past. However, the present narrative was a little slow until the last 40-50 pages. Cover: 8/10 Atmosphere:10/10 The cult atmosphere was perfect, I felt so trapped. Be sure to look up tw! Knowledge: 8/10 Enjoyment: 9/10

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    This was my Audible pick for May, and unfortunately, it gets a big thumbs down for me. Ridiculous plot, absurd characters, pointless epilogue, etc., etc., etc. Although I really shouldn't be surprised, as looking back, I have never given any of Fisher's books more than 3 stars. The premise sounded so promising too - a girl's trip with a deadly cult twist told from a dual timeline - Then and Now. In the "Then" chapters, young Summer and her mother move to a forgotten outskirt of Las Vegas for her This was my Audible pick for May, and unfortunately, it gets a big thumbs down for me. Ridiculous plot, absurd characters, pointless epilogue, etc., etc., etc. Although I really shouldn't be surprised, as looking back, I have never given any of Fisher's books more than 3 stars. The premise sounded so promising too - a girl's trip with a deadly cult twist told from a dual timeline - Then and Now. In the "Then" chapters, young Summer and her mother move to a forgotten outskirt of Las Vegas for her mother to join a cult. In the "Now", Summer has changed her name to Rainy and now lives with her boyfriend, Grant, in Washington. Grant has a whole group of lifelong friends and he pushes Rainy to be friends with their partners, who are comprised mainly of "mean girls" who don't really take to Rainy - especially Tara. When a girls' trip gets pushed on Rainy by Grant and the friends, she relents even though it's to Las Vegas (what a coincidence 🙄), where Rainy/Summer’s past comes back to haunt her. It's still a head-scratcher to me as to what one timeline had to do with the other? Because from what I could see, absolutely nothing really. It was like two separate stories with terribly slow pacing that never "met in the middle"- it almost felt like started out as one story and ended with a completely different one. I also thought Summer/Rainy was a god awful character. None of her actions made sense with her background and past trauma i.e. she is so scarred about what happened to her at the cult, but yet she makes a pit stop all alone to the cult town where she knows word will get back to the leader?? Okay .... Not to mention, the conclusion was ridiculously far-fetched (but yet still predictable at the same time). It's not believable that the only possible solution to the issue was the way Rainy went about it. And the epilogue just gives fodder to my fire that epilogues are generally a gigantic waste of space. I don't know, maybe this one was just not a good audiobook (although the narrator was not bad). It was very difficult to follow on audio and didn’t keep my attention; but somehow I don't think that's it, I think it's just not a great book. 2 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Courtney (caffeinereadrepeat)

    What's The Thing, Chicken Wing?! 😯😳🤯 Oh my baby fluff! The constant truths and bombs coming alive in this novel along the whole way were shocking, heart wrenching and jaw dropping! Rainy lives with her boyfriend Grant in a new home atop of a mountain. She's becoming acquainted with his friends wives, unwillingly. The ladies decide to take a girls weekend trip to Vegas - a part of Rainy's past she really doesn't want to revisit. One of the friends, Braithe, is taken in Vegas and the text to Rainy What's The Thing, Chicken Wing?! 😯😳🤯 Oh my baby fluff! The constant truths and bombs coming alive in this novel along the whole way were shocking, heart wrenching and jaw dropping! Rainy lives with her boyfriend Grant in a new home atop of a mountain. She's becoming acquainted with his friends wives, unwillingly. The ladies decide to take a girls weekend trip to Vegas - a part of Rainy's past she really doesn't want to revisit. One of the friends, Braithe, is taken in Vegas and the text to Rainy is that they want her. This is told from both the past and present of Rainy and oh my fluff! It's nothing you'd expect in the least! Can she save her friend and save herself? This one was fantastic! I loved every moment and that ending was unbelievably shocking! This dark, twisted book was glorious. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for this ARC. Release date: April 25, 2022 I give this 4.5 / 5 snowflakes! ❄️

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 stars Tarryn Fisher is one of my most favorite authors. I have read every book that she has written. An Honest Lie was my most anticipated read of 2022. So I was extremely excited to read this book. This book is a combination between General Fiction, gritty Women's Fiction and Mystery/Thriller. Tarryn is known for writing very strong female characters. The narrator of this book, Rainy (3rd person POV) is no exception. This book is told in a NOW/THEN timeline. But this book is quite different 4.5/ 5 stars Tarryn Fisher is one of my most favorite authors. I have read every book that she has written. An Honest Lie was my most anticipated read of 2022. So I was extremely excited to read this book. This book is a combination between General Fiction, gritty Women's Fiction and Mystery/Thriller. Tarryn is known for writing very strong female characters. The narrator of this book, Rainy (3rd person POV) is no exception. This book is told in a NOW/THEN timeline. But this book is quite different from the author's previous books. I don't normally love past/present timelines. But in this case it worked very well. Both time periods were equally interesting to me. In the present 35 year old Rainy is an artist who has moved to Washington state to live with her boyfriend Grant. In the past she is a girl facing enormous obstacles. Much of the story has to do with a bunch of Grant's friends and their wives (all women). Viola. Tara. Braithe. Ursa. Mac. I was intrigued by Rainy right from the start. However I really disliked most of the other women. This book was definitely not what I was expecting. But I did enjoy it. Rainy was such a unique character. And I was fascinated by her and her actions. I could not wait to see how the book would end. There were some interesting turns of events towards the end. And the story definitely got more action-packed. There were a few chilling revelations and I definitely wondered what was going to happen next. But I was just wanting one final big Tarryn twist at the end. But overall it was a good read! Thanks to netgalley and HarperCollins Canada for allowing me to read this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elle G. Reads

    I’ve come to love Tarryn Fisher’s twisted stories and this one didn’t disappoint! This is whip smart, fast paced, and so intriguing that I had a hard time putting it down! I loved how we got to know our heroine through not only her present but the things from the past that motivated her story. All in all, this is a solid read and once of those thrillers that every reader should have in their beach bag this summer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Her name was Summer during her childhood, and she changed her name to Rainy as an adult - we meet Summer as she and her mother left their home and moved into an old prison that was turned into a compound controlled by an abusive man named Taured. We now meet Rainy as an adult who moved from New York to Washington to be with her boyfriend and lives in an exclusive neighborhood called Tiger Mountain. The women in Tiger Mountain pretended to want to be friends with Rainy and invited her to go to Las Her name was Summer during her childhood, and she changed her name to Rainy as an adult - we meet Summer as she and her mother left their home and moved into an old prison that was turned into a compound controlled by an abusive man named Taured. We now meet Rainy as an adult who moved from New York to Washington to be with her boyfriend and lives in an exclusive neighborhood called Tiger Mountain. The women in Tiger Mountain pretended to want to be friends with Rainy and invited her to go to Las Vegas for a girls' weekend. Rainy didn't want to go because of bad memories from her childhood. Her gut feeling about something going wrong and not wanting to go to Vegas turned out to be exactly what she thought....a bad situation. Rainy was a very strange girl and a very strong woman. Her past keeps her from being able to make friends and to trust anyone. I definitely didn't like Taured, and the women she went to Vegas with all seemed fake. AN HONEST LIE is very intense, dark, and chilling. Be aware that a cult and disturbing situations are in this book. Well written and definitely for those who enjoy thrillers, tension, and an evil male character. 4/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aya

    Curiosity made me pick up this book, I've read two other Tarryn Fisher's books so I was eager to find out what she was going to give me. Tarryn wrote about strong, complex women with flaws. Rainy was flawed but she had her reasons. She didn't want to tell anyone because she didn't think anyone would understand and she was still hiding. I didn't have a good impression about Grant, I felt that he wasn't strong enough for Rainy. He may be loving and caring but he seemed to be weak in my eyes. This wa Curiosity made me pick up this book, I've read two other Tarryn Fisher's books so I was eager to find out what she was going to give me. Tarryn wrote about strong, complex women with flaws. Rainy was flawed but she had her reasons. She didn't want to tell anyone because she didn't think anyone would understand and she was still hiding. I didn't have a good impression about Grant, I felt that he wasn't strong enough for Rainy. He may be loving and caring but he seemed to be weak in my eyes. This wasn't as bizarre as the last two Tarryn's books that I've read. I loved the begining and the middle. I wasn't connected towards the ending, something was lacking for me there.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    A long time fan of Tarryn, I would literally read her grocery list. The dual timelines from growing up in a cult and a girls weekend gone wrong were interesting storylines to weave together. Ultimately, it felt a bit too all over the place and didn’t quite connect for me like some of her prior books have. I still look forward to reading more from her in the future. Thank you to Graydon House & Netgalley for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

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