This is How I Lied, Heather Gudenkauf

There is a woman  at the top of a wooden outdoor stairway, climbing away from us. The title is in orange over the stairway.

In March, I read The Overnight Guest, which was virtually a one-sit read for me. So I added Gudenkauf to my list of authors I want to read their back catalog of. This is How I Lied is fairly well-reviewed, so I will keep my review short and sweet.

My only negative is that you can’t add new blood to old evidence because blood can be dated. So if you’re adding blood that’s under a few years old to 25-year-old blood, they’re going to know.

Aside from that minor issue (and really, I doubt others will be as nitpicky as I am), this is a fun read. Some things get revealed a little over halfway in, leaving me to wonder how we would get to the end of the book. Gudenkauf did not disappoint. She took the situation, sprinkled on some “really out there” dust, and made it work, well.

This is a fun read, and I’m glad I read it. I look forward to delving into more of her work.

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About the Book

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…


Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.


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