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The Best Lies|Book Review

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Title: The Best Lies40525361

Author: Sarah Lyu


Pages: 352

Synopsis: Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.

Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

Told in alternating timelines, Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl in this twisted psychological thriller about the dark side of obsessive friendship.

Spoiler Free Review

Anyone down to join me on a search party while we search for the psychological thriller aspect of the book? I was expecting a psychological thriller and all I got was a contemporary. I think if this was pitched as a contemporary book and not a psychosocial thriller, I wouldn’t have felt as let down as I did.

The main focus of this book is the relationship between Remy and Elise. Their relationship can only really be described as toxic. Throughout the book we see the development of their relationship and see how toxic it becomes over time. The synopsis mentions obsessive friendship and thats what this relationship was, Remy had this obsession with Elise and their friendship. Remy puts Elise on such a high pedestal, picturing in her mind as this hero.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Remy, My main issue with her was the excuses she was making for Elise. I can understand why Remy would do this, because she put Elise up on this pedestal but it bothered me that she did it. She started to realize things but kept making this excuses which ultimately led to the shooting.

I liked Elise better than Remy, but by a little. Elise is a manipulative person and its very easy to see that. I’ll be honest, the way she manipulates Remy reminded me of the signs they tell you in health class about abusive relationships. Obviously not all of them but a few things that Elise does allowed me to make the connection and think of it.

Jack was probably the only character I liked. I wish we got more time with him. Even though he was shot in the beginning we get to know him through flashbacks.

The alternate timeline sort of felt unnecessary to me. A majority of the book takes place in the past, and not so much in the present. I get why this is because through the flashbacks we see Elise and Remy’s relationship evolve, but it made the present parts feel a bit useless. After saying this I should maybe say a way that it could of been different but I really can’t think of one lol, the only thing really I can think of was more parts that took place in the present.

And lastly, as I mentioned earlier, this book didn’t come across as a psychological thriller, it came across more of a contemporary book.

Overall, this was an okay read. Love the cover but didn’t love the inside. Was hoping for a  psychological thriller but got a contemporary book instead. The relationship between Elise and Remy was interesting to read and see develop over the course of the book.

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