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Two Truths and a Lie: A Novel

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  660 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Dair Canard has long been a master at weaving stories out of thin air. A natural actress, she leads a life that's a minefield of untruths she can never admit to anyone—especially not to Peyton, her husband of eight years. But the bizarre death of her best friend and fellow actor—initially thought a suicide, then believed to be murder—is forcing Dair to confront the big lie ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 1st 2001)
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Meghan Dymock
Jul 08, 2008 Meghan Dymock rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for something spectacular, something like The Kindess of Strangers but did not get anything spectactacular from this book! I found myself rolling my eyes and groaning at the cheesiness factor of the entire plot and descriptions of characters.
Sep 16, 2012 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good until the people started reading the minds of the cats and dogs! If it hadn't been for the cat, the mystery would never have been solved and if it hadn't been for the dog, everyone would have perished! Oh geez…. Am I missing something here? Are my cats talking to me and I just don't get it?

My Mickey 'says' to me: "I want a treat!" "Rub my tummy!" "It's nap-time." "Maybe I'll lay on the couch now." My Finn 'says' to me: "I want a treat!" "I want out." It's time to eat!"
Lois Duncan
Three stars means "I liked it." Which I did for quite a while. It's an enjoyable read and a good mystery. There were also two additional intriguing themes -- (1)the question, Doesn't everyone have some important secret he/she does not want revealed?,and (2)the heroine's mother is able to converse telepathically with animals. I was caught up in both concepts but then realized that the plot didn't make sense. There was a cat at the scene when the victim was murdered. Why doesn't the heroine's tele ...more
Sep 01, 2008 Kendra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At first, I thought that I might be able to get past the amateurish writing and just be entertained by the suspense...but then the author ruined even that by incorporating reincarnation and telepathic communication with animals into the plot. Just not my cup of tea -- especially when I was expecting the straightforward thriller implied by the blurbs about the book. I was interested enough to read all the way to the end, rather than just abandoning the book, but I definitely won't be rushing out ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what exactly about this book I liked so much. It is a bit of a mystery, but not at all like the typical mystery. It isn't the plot that is so compelling, rather the characters themselves, and the style of writing. A few sentences stayed with me even after I had finished the book. I love that.
Jun 29, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did anyone else think this was a totally bizarre book? I made myself read the last 100pp in one sitting so I could find out who did it. The story had so many different directions it was going in, its hard to even begin with what it was about. Some of it was pretty out there.
After really enjoying "Traveling Light", I was looking forward to reading another by Kittle. I just couldn't get into this one and finally put it aside after 50 pages. It's at my local library so I'll try again on another occasion.
Feb 05, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book I read by Katrina Kittle (The Kindness of Strangers) so I was eager to read this book. I was VERY disappointed by this book. This book was part mystery, part drama and part nonsense (animal telepathy - really??). My advice is to skip it.
Jul 07, 2008 Skbrown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book by Katrina Kittle. Thought she did an outstanding job of keeping this story suspenseful. She mastered the art of making the reader wonder "what's next?" She surprised me in more than one chapter in this book. I am looking forward to reading Traveling Light.
Dec 15, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up on a whim from the library. This is the worst book I have read in a LONG time. I only made it about 50 pages in. I couldn't stand the names of the characters and the bad writing.
Mar 18, 2017 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not what I expected!! There is so much background, you have to get to know the main characters while letting in everyone else. It was such an intricate storyline... but a fantastic read none the less. I definitely recommend this book!
Apr 26, 2010 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I read another book by Katrina Kittle, The Kindness of Strangers. I can't say I enjoyed it (about incest), but it was well written, so I'll try another one of her novels, this one about a woman who must confront the lies that her life has been built on.


So, I'm enjoying this book - the two main characters are suitably screwed up - the woman is a compulsive liar and secret drinker, and the husband is a recovering heroin addict still struggling with his cravings. When a close friend dies unde
Betsy VanSweden
Nov 15, 2011 Betsy VanSweden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katrina Kittle is one of my very favorite authors for many reasons. She does a fabulous job of telling tales which involve loving human relationships and also the downfalls of the human condition which allows us to hurt those we love most even if unintentionally. In her story Two Truths and a Lie, Kittle expands her readership by including animals as main characters into her story. This technique may have added new fans to her base as those who wouldn't normally pick up a fictional thriller deci ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Deborah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When we practice to deceive."
Lies, lies, and more lies. Although at first it seems that the main character, Dair, is a compulsive liar, I soon came to realize that pretty much every single major character in this book is a liar on some level, some about some pretty major things, leading to all kinds of misunderstandings and revelations throughout the story. Add in some alcohol addiction, drug addiction, animal telepathy (yes, you read that right, animal telepat
Jul 14, 2009 Sheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheryl by: Katherine
Wowzers!! This book was so good! Let me start by saying that I was so excited to read this because The Kindness of Strangers really touched me beyond words!! So I dove in, and I've got to tell you was disappointed at was kind of draggy for the first couple of chapters...then BAM! It took this turn and I could not put it down! There was so much going on in this one and I loved every aspect....It is a true murder mystery....who done it....and it touches on drug and alcohol abuse and lov ...more
Jan 30, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I rated this book 4 but honestly most likely a 3.6.

This book has several different aspects to it. Lying, addiction, relationship issues,mystery & "talking to animals". I feel as if Katrina Kittle has so much inside her head that she wants to write that she combined her many interests into one book. Is it successful? Not always.

What started as an extremly interesting novel got logged down with the different aspects that are mixed in the novel.

Do I suggest it to others? Yes but with the
Mar 28, 2013 Cyndy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title would indicate, this book is about lying--the main character--Dair--is a pathological liar, who gets caught up in a huge lie that eventually takes over her life. That combined with the fact that she's an alcoholic, witnessed her friend's "suicide", and is married to an ex-junkie, among other things!, makes a pretty interesting story. If you think your dog is trying to tell you something, you'll like this book. Dair and her mother both have the ability to commuicate with animals. The ...more
Julie Murphy
Jan 06, 2016 Julie Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating from the very beginning because the set-up was interesting and different. The cast of characters was diverse, each dealing with individual situations, and likeable enough that I connected with many of them. The mystery was intriguing and I developed a number of potential who-done-it theories as I moved through the book. The premise of being able to communicate in a telepathic manner with animals is new and I found myself wanting to know more.

The way the author wove themes of reincarn
Dec 08, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved some parts of this story and certainly fell in love with both Dair and Peyton. There were so many good things to enjoy about this story...the struggles they each had with addiction, their pure love for each other and their dogs, the idea of really listening to the animals in our lives. But I found there were almost too many stories happening at once to keep track of. it was a lot of work to follow the stories related to the death of one character and it felt like a mystery novel wrapped ...more
Dec 20, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As in The Kindness of Strangers, Katrina Kittle captures the complicated emotions of daily, imperfect life. While the subject matter was not as profound or thought-provoking as The Kindness of Strangers, the beauty of Katrina's descriptive powers carried the book through uncertain plot twists. Many readers may be put off by the subplots (like reincarnation and animal communication) but the novel is meant to make the reader see things a little differently. Those who compare it negatively to the h ...more
Dec 29, 2009 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book although some of the premises are preposterous. Revolves around an artistic couple, he a dancer and she is an actress. Takes place in Cincinnatti and I could picture where they were. Dair's (the Actress) mother can telepathically communicate with animals and through this medium she is able to see some actions that set the book in motion. It is sad and deals with some unpleasant subjects like drug and alcohol addiction and of course the nature of lieing. I found it hard to put d ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two Truths and a Lie is downright captivating murder-mystery that reads like a Hitchcock suspence film. With the many intriguing sub-plots moving the story along from addictions, talking to animals, Othello, twin power, and good ol' fashion realtionship issues (romantic and non) confusing everything along this story keeps you intrigued from beginning to end! The book starts with a blast; as a man in a purple dress falls to his death off of I-75 in Cincinnati, you know thats going to be a nutty s ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I don't usually read suspense novels. This was one. With interesting characters, and a theater and dance background. I found it completely engrossing. And occasionally I wanted more. But, I liked the characters, the spiritual subplots--dog whisperers, a man with a sense of previous lives, and the love story, which kept being undercut but the mystery. I really like Katrina Kittle's writing. This one seemed the least literary, but I wondered if it might have been the most popular. People like myst ...more
May 24, 2013 Loretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traveling Light was my first read by this author, and I enjoyed it so much I picked up Two Truths and a Lie. I am not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book also. I love how Katrina Kittle combines fiction with life's social issues, problems, family relations, communication, and in this book our relationships/communications with our animal friends/pets. Along with all this there was suspense in the story with enough twists to keep me reading to find out "who did it". I look forward to read ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not the best mystery/suspense novel I've ever read, it definitely kept my interest. I really enjoyed the storyline about communicating with animals, although I did wonder if Cassie's ability to solve the crimes was a bit exaggerated, especially when she wasn't even with Blizzard.

I also felt that the mystery itself was a bit jerky and not as polished as it could have been. Overall though, I would recommend this novel. Personally, I loved the Cincinnati settings--my husband and I actually li
May 18, 2009 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. It had me from the first few pages. I did figure out the path the book was taking before the end, but I still loved it. This book had it all for me. It got me from the begining, had mystery, love, passion, suspense etc.... It does contain some swear words and some sexual content for those who have a hard time with that. If it does not bother you and you can over look those things, this is definately a book to read.
I like Katrina Kittle's writing, but this one was not as good as "The Kindness of Strangers." In fact, it wasn't until the last 100 pages that I was riveted. And since I had a hard time reading the first 200 pages, I didn't read a lot at one sitting, so I didn't see the ending coming and was even a bit confused by it, wishing I had paid more attention to the details early in the book. It wasn't a bad book, I did enjoy it, it was just not as good as my first encounter with Katrina Kittle.
Darbi Hebrank
I was a bit conflicted i giving this 3 stars...I actually would give it 3.5. I found the protog to be compelling...but the whole "animal whisperer" theme a bit hard to swallow. I also didn't fully embrace the solution to the mystery... it seemed there were a lot of holes. However the writing and the subplots were enjoyable enough.
Aug 27, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. There were alot of twists in this that you just didn't see coming and I like that. I also liked the way the author explored the emotional impact of addiction and the effects it can have on relationships. The way she dealt with the lying and how it can really destroy those closest to you was great.
Daniela S
Apr 01, 2009 Daniela S marked it as couldn-t-finish-on-hold-for-now  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this book no matter how hard I tried. Something with the writing style was off to me. Also the main character was so whiney and wimpy that I just couldn't bear reading anything more about her. Maybe one day I will finish it but for now it goes onto my "Couldn't Finish" shelf...possibly forever.
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