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Tell Me Lies

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  11,023 Ratings  ·  432 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 who is suddenly back in town... Suddenly, life in southern Ohio just got a little more scandalous.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 11th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jane Stewart
Aug 04, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-mystery
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
Nov 26, 2010 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2010 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
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
Dec 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
Not my favorite novel by Crusie - but still an enjoyable read.
Olga Godim
Oct 05, 2013 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: jennifer-crusie
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
May 22, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok
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 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
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
Dec 14, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
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
Mar 03, 2014 Golfmagic rated it it was ok
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
Jul 11, 2016 Jaime rated it liked it
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
Aug 04, 2012 Tasneem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
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
Jan 23, 2011 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: cheesy-romance
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
Chrissy Wissler
Nov 09, 2009 Chrissy Wissler rated it really liked it
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.
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
Jul 15, 2009 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Mar 28, 2016 Fyrephoenix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hmmmm
Ok, three stars for keeping me guessing till the end, that's the only reason. Dumb heroine, seriously who puts up with all that crap in real life? Well it IS a book after all. Hero is blah...even the bad guys felt flat...No editing problems and the author can spell etc. Just Meh.
Melissa Richardson
Nov 12, 2015 Melissa Richardson rated it liked it
Shelves: crusie-jennifer
Cute fast and fun story. The characters were realistically annoying and interesting at the same time. Easy to read with a nice plot flow. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Jan 09, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
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.
Jacquie Underdown
Aug 26, 2016 Jacquie Underdown rated it really liked it
A great read. Just a few little plot points that were more than unbelievable, but not ridiculous enough to detract from the rest of the story.
Aug 02, 2015 Kelani rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! I really loved every minute of it. A mystery full of suspenseful moments with a love story.
Oct 14, 2013 Jason added it
Done, Ms. Crusie!
Beth J
Oct 19, 2016 Beth J rated it it was ok
I struggled to get through this, even though I love Crusie's other work. I had to keep reminding myself that this was written 20+ years ago, in a time where domestic violence was less talked about and people ignored it. In a time when women expected to be treated like ninnies, and "strong female characters" worked within the bounds of accepted oppression and maltreatment to pursue a certain kind of individuality and power. I wanted to rate this a one because certain plot points bothered me so mu ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Lokki rated it really liked it
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

Maddie Faraday is cleaning out her husband's car and discovers a pair of women's underpants under the seat that certainly aren't hers. This isn't the first time he's cheated on her, and she decides that enough is enough. Even though she knows her mother and much of their little town will be utterly scandalised if she files for divorce, she just cannot take it any more. That C.L, the cute guy she lost her virginity in high school has just app
Oct 02, 2016 Bethany rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Wow. I picked this up at the library book sale because I loved Bet Me and wanted to find another good Crusie book. This was... the opposite of Bet Me. The cover of my copy has several quotes about how funny and sexy this book is. I think they're all a misprint and must be referring to another book. This is all drama, mystery, and soap opera, and there was very little to laugh at. It's only a romance if you ignore the A and B plots and then it's a lame insta-lust one where a high school crush nev ...more
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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.

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