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Tell Me Lies

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  9,691 ratings  ·  364 reviews
Maddie Faraday's life would be perfect--if it weren't for
her cheating husband
her suspicious daughter
her gossipy mother
her secretive best friend
her nosy neighbors,
and that guy she lost her virginity to twenty years ago...

In Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Cruise dishes up a funny, sexy, suspenseful novel about small-town secrets, big-time betrayals and the redemptive power of love,
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jane Stewart
I cannot enjoy a story where the major plot events are based on heroine stupidity.

Tell Me Lies had five major stupidities. Here are two of them.

Maddie knows a security guard watches couples having sex at a place called The Point. So why does she insist that CL take her there to have sex? When the guard sees them, she is horrified. She is worried that he will gossip and she may have trouble getting custody of her daughter in the divorce. Apparently I am supposed to believe she had been drinking
This was the first Crusie novel I've ever read, after hearing rave reviews about her. The premise here was good, and kept my interest.


My complaint was in two parts:

One) while I liked hero and heroine and their chemistry, I'm not comfortable with adultery. Even if her husband is already an adulterer, that doesn't make it okay for her to do it too. This was the first romance I've ever read where someone commit adultery and was applauded for it by the author.

Two) I agree with the
Barbara M.
5 Stars...I loved it!

Here's another 5 Star read by Crusie...There's just something about the way this women brings a story to life. She just includes everything; mystery, romance, comedy and the right amout of sarcasm that'll have you laughing out loud hoping you'll at some point in your life get to use that exact same line.

To all of you that could use a break with paranormal or historical let me just say...just try one of her books!

My favorites by her are...

-Bet Me
-Tell Me Lies
-Welcome To Temp
Susan Kelley
May 06, 2008 Susan Kelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those in need of a steamy romance with a plot!
Recommended to Susan by: Yahoo's Bookcrossing Reading Group
This was my first Crusie book, though I do have at least one other in my TBR mountain. I read this one for the Yahoo Bookcrossing Reading Group.

I most likely wouldn't have picked this one up on my own, as I have a million and a half books to read. In fact, I almost didn't finish the book. I wasn't entirely overwhelmed in my first day of reading the book. I even posted that opinion in the group. Well, pardon me. The book turned around and slapped me silly! Within hours of my post, I was totally o
Jacob Proffitt
I liked Maddie and C.L. and I liked their relationship, too. And Maddie's daughter Em had some stellar moments that gave the book an endearing heart I greatly appreciated. Indeed, if it hadn't been for Maddie's husband Brent this would easily have been four stars. Yeah, Brent had affairs and their marriage hadn't been working for years, obviously, but I still just can't get past Maddie's adultery—and that goes for C.L. as well (since he was fully aware of the state of affairs . . . heh).

The rest
Not my favorite novel by Crusie - but still an enjoyable read.
I missed the point of this book if there is one. Basic story line: small town where everyone knows everyone else's business and/or is related to each other. Twenty years have passed since high school graduation and former 'bad boy' comes back to town, now a successful accountant, to investigate a prominent citizen's company's financial soundness. The prominent citizen happened to be former 'big man on campus' who married 'most popular good girl' who actually was attracted to 'bad boy' who it tur ...more
I love a lot of what Jennifer Crusie has written for funny, light reads -- my favorites are probably Bet Me and Welcome to Temptation, but a lot of the others are also very entertaining.

Tell Me Lies reads like a "proto-Crusie" -- a lot of her characteristic elements are there: fiesty heroine discovering her inner fabulousness, redeemable hero being redeemed, cute kid, even cuter dog, fabulous friends and/or family characters, mystery to be solved complicating heroine and hero getting together.

This one wasn't one of my favorites of JC's. I've read several of her books and really enjoyed them, but this one had a small town gossip undercurrent that started to bug me fairly soon into the book. It bothered me that the characters were so worried about what the town thought that it effected everything that they did. Some of that is okay, we all live with it a little, but this went over the top. I really liked the characters and their relationships to each other, but the story seemed to drag ...more
Olga Godim
This book is a caper and a drama. It mixes in equal proportions murder mystery and comedy, romance and betrayal, friendship and lust, motherhood and embezzlement, all happening in a small town Frog Point. Of course it does. What else could happen in Frog Point? Don’t you just love the name?
The novel has the best first paragraph of most novels I’ve read:
One hot August Thursday afternoon, Maddie Faraday reached under the front seat of her husband’s Cadillac and pulled out a pair of black lace u
This book wasn't quite what I look for when I Jennifer Crusie's novels. That, in and of itself, could account for the relatively low stars I've given it in comparison to her other works. The dialogue was fun, as it is in every Crusie book, but there wasn't much else to recommend the story.

I'd say this book belongs in a special subset of chick-lit that I like to call "adultery-lit." These are the books wherein a spouse seeks and finds fulfillment outside of marriage. Maddie, our protagonist, has
I adored this book. I loved C.L. and I adored Maddie. They are such a wonderful couple. I did find her a bit stupid at the start, she was so obsessed about the town, about what other people thought about her, and she was so heavily influenced by her mother. But then as she started to break free, I began to like her more and more. She became someone I wanted to cheer for, someone who became important to me. In many ways I see how that kind of small town mentality could be so stifling for growth. ...more
The book is about a woman Maddie, who has lived in a small town all her life and has always been the good girl around town. Her life is turned upside down though one summer afternoon when she and her daughter are cleaning out her husband's car. Maddie find black crotch less panties and she now has more decisions to make in her life. Instead of being able to just leave her husband, he disappears, there are rumors around town about her husband and his business, she is finding stock piles of cash a ...more
Sylvia Kelso
*Tell Me Lies* is one of the first full novel-length Crusies, the canonical Crusie texts, so to speak. It still carries the taste of small-town Ohio that slowly vanishes from the later and imho best Crusie books like *Fast Women*, *Faking It* and *Bet Me*, and it doesn't quite manage the totally brilliant wisecracking that appears in those 3 (like the exchange in *Bet Me* where Cal kisses Min in a (very) public bar for a bet, and the bystanders remark, among other cracks that "The Russian judge ...more
This was my first Jennifer Crusie read, and I was pleased with it for the most part. Maddie is a pretty average mom and wife, living in a small town where not only does everyone know your business, but they’ll tell your mother too. Having grown up in a town of 1200 people (in a good year), I can relate. Maddie was a little flightly and irrational (throwing away the evidence of your husband’s infidelity? leaving suspiciously found cash where it can be found?), but likable enough. I also liked C.L ...more
I would have proudly proclaimed that I'd never read a romance novel before in my life - and never imagined I ever would! In search of a new author, Cussler was suggested to me. On the shelf right next to Cussler was Cruise...and I confess it was actually the candy "Conversation Hearts" on the cover that caught my eye! I read the jacket and thought it sounded interesting. "Cute"..."Fun"..."Light-hearted", I thought! It was all of the above! It's been a long time since I sat up until Midnight to f ...more
It did nothing for me.
The aspect of 'small town' romances that I actually enjoy is usually the Cinderella story thing... dorky girl comes back and makes everyone eat their words etc. This book typified everything I dislike about small towns and small town fiction. It was claustrophobic and every single character hated it, but no one seemed willing to leave. I know I've always been a city girl and I haven't talked to hardly anyone I knew as a child in ages, but I couldn't understand why anyone s
Chrissy Wissler
I was pulled into this book with the first sentence when Maddie finds a pair of black lace panties in the front seat of her husband's car. This book is an overall funny and enjoyable read with enough surprises and plot twists to keep it from feeling stale. The pacing is great - just when you think you know where the plot is going another clue pops up or someone turns up dead.

Jennifer Crusie did a fantastic job creating characters you care about, from Maddie and C.L., to Maddie's daughter Emily.
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
One of Crusie's less frivolous and more confronting books. Still very much chick-lit and a lot of fun, this book is also a rather realistic (at times) look at what a marital implosion can look like and many might find it confronting. Maddie is the town's Good Girl, always known for doing the right thing, but her choices when confronted with her cheating husband fall far outside the parameters of "Good Girl" behaviour. There's also a very well plotted mystery element here too.

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Diane ~Firefly~
Not my favorite by Crusie, mostly because I have a hard time with adultery by a H/h (even if they were already being cheated on). And the general complacency of Maddie who hadn't been happy in her marriage for a while but was waiting for Brent to do something bad enough she could leave him for it. Mind you, I don't live in a tiny town, and trying to be perfect (the town's good girl) sounds exhausting.

I loved Em as well as Henry and Anna. And C.L. and Maddie were good together. And Maddie's grand
Structurally, there's nothing that wrong about this book, aside from Maddie's almost criminal stupidity at one point in the middle. The characters are often surprising, at least towards the end. And the small-town, claustrophobic, "good girl breaks free" theme works.

The problem is, I guess, that Tell Me Lies doesn't really have Jennifer Crusie's characteristic lightness and fun, mostly due to the heavier subject matter, and the characters aren't deep enough to carry a dramatic storyline by thems
I just have to say, Wow. This was not what I was expecting, but boy was it good. I picked this up thinking I was getting a nice light, zany Crusie rom-com romp. Well, it wasn't that, but it was a very good read anyway. Tell Me Lies, while charming, is heavier and more poignant than most of Crusie's other books (except for Fast Women). Covering topics such as infidelity, domestic violence, divorce -- and the tragic consequences they have on the families involved, especially the children who are t ...more
I'm going to give this 2.5 stars. I'd give it higher if it wasn't Jennifer Crusie--I expect more from her. I sort of knew I wasn't going to love this book because it's one of her earlier ones. 1998 or so, which is well before her favs of mine: Welcome to Temptation, Fast Women, Faking It, Agnes and the Hitman, and even Wild Ride. (Everyone LOVES Bet Me, but I didn't. It was good, but not the best Crusie, imo.) This one is on the lower (early) Crusie tier, along with Charlie All Night, Crazy for ...more
This was a book that I would classify as "okay." The three-star rating is pushing it a little bit, though. Maybe more like 2-1/2 stars. This would not be one of Jennifer Crusie's books that I would recommend to others. It was just a standard story that just did not have that "it" factor. The mix of romance and a bit of mystery is usually a good combination, but it just wasn't up to par and didn't quite work for this book.
Enjoyable read overall. This book combines elements of a romance and a mystery and is loads of fun. There are some drawbacks and most of those revolve around some of the more incomprehensible plot devices that are used within the story.

The basic story concerns Maddie, all-around good mother and wife, who finds out that her husband, Brent, is involved in adultery and shady business dealings and is now looking to escape to South America. She is concerned with appearances in the small town of Frog
The first two books I read by Crusie were pretty funny but Tell Me Lies was a little more serious with no humor at all. I did like the hero and heroine and the mystery of who killed the heroine's husband but I don't like the adultery that was committed. I think that part of the story could have been a little different.
I feel like I might be the only one that might think this, but did anyone else think C.L. might have been a stalker? It also crossed my mind that he was the murderer. Every time this guy talked to Maddie he was OBSESSED with her. It was just plain uncomfortable. He bought her a puppy after one night together. He professed his love within 24 hours. He just assumed they would get married after that one night together. There was no chance for Maddie NOT to stay with him. He had no boundaries and di ...more
I was expecting Funny... Come on this Jennifer Crusie we are talking about. And am i disappointed or what?? This is not funny.. not remotely funny. This is serious. Cheating husband, Bitchy friend, lots of lies, husband slapping around, and top it all Murder. Its drama and everything else. Its teeny tiny bit funny which is not enough. So not happy with the book. I liked the hero.. i just finished it and forgot the name. He is cute but holding a torch for 20 bloody years. Phew. I dint like the he ...more
Mixed emotions about this book that was chic lit but also a mystery. Interesting all the small town interactions and lies that everyone Maddie met has. I agreed in the beginning with the lies told to the daughter but when confronted Maddie should have gotten more honest although her daughter acted older than the age given. Frustrated by Maddie's behavior especially getting rid of evidence but made for comical reading. CL was a good guy, loved his compassion, the way he handled the daughter by gi ...more
Definitely not as good or as funny as the other Crusie books I've read, definitely much darker, but still fairly entertaining. It satisfied a need for light reading that I had at the time.
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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