“Let me guess. You’re here to decide if I’m crazy?” “Actually… I’m here to see if Robert Kavin is crazy.” -A.R. Torre
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
Have you heard of Prime Day?
I’m sure most of you have. It happened a couple of weeks ago, and it’s terrible.
I bought 5 books after a “book ban”. I can’t stop, and I don’t want to. It’s a problem.
Anyway, The Good Lie was one of the main books that stood out to me while I was eye-shopping.
I read it as “The Good Life”, but it’s kind of the opposite. When I read the book, it sounded twisty, and involved a serial killer, so I couldn’t say no, and bought the cheap paperback.
You’ll find out in this blog whether I regret my decision or not.
I don’t trust myself to say anything about this without giving spoilers, but here we go.
Trust no one. I sure didn’t.
And buckle your seat belts because you’re in for a heck of a ride.
California’s elite are being hunted by the Bloody Heart killer. But, he’s made a mistake: a victim has escaped, and he points the finger at his high school science teacher, Randall Thompson.
Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist. She spends her lonely days listening to California’s depraved residents discuss the murders they want to commit. When she gets the chance to profile the Bloody Heart killer, and interview Randall Thompson, she couldn’t be more excited, but she has questions about the person hiring her.
Defense attorney Robert Kavin’s only son fell prey to the BH Killer, and was not fortunate enough to escape. So why is he defending his son’s suspected murderer?
Everyone is hiding something. Will everything come to light before someone else dies?
Oh. My. Goodness. I did not guess the end. Not even close. And I think that’s very important for a thriller.
But, the clues were there. And I want to read it again to see if I can see how it all fits together even better.
It was perfectly twisty.
I didn’t trust anyone. It was the perfect unreliable narrator story. The author did an amazing job of writing our main character as a professional, and almost motionless narrator, but still managed to make her feel human. The perfect unrealizable storyteller.
The romance beats where a little out of order, but I think they worked well within this story.
My only complaints are:
- I wanted one more clue to help me figure it out 😂 (though I doubt that really would have helped)
- At the beginning of the book, there’s a switch between third person and first person, and that wasn’t my favorite, especially because I think one time it switched in the same chapter/section; but after that one part, it worked really well, and I figured out which character was written in third person.
Closed door romance, some explicit refences, some language, and some gory depictions, but overall, I was impressed by how clean this was. I think the only thing that bothered me was the language, but is was PG-13 language, no f-bombs, and not overdone.
I loves this book.
Please read it if you love serial killer thrillers, and want a mostly clean but still dark, creepy, twisty book.
I want to read every single one of Alessandra’s books now.
Semi-spoilers: when talking about the types of serial killers, and some other mental illnesses, based on my own (minimal, granted) research and what I had kind of thought from listening to so much true crime and the books I’ve read, it didn’t seem like the most accurate representation, but I could be wrong, and also, the author made everything work in a way that made sense at the end, so if at first you’re turned off from finishing by something that seems convenient, keep reading. Trust me.
This was a brilliant book. Please do yourself a favor and read it.
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Thank you for reading!
Stay fun! I’ll see you in the next one.