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Crooked Little Lies

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  10,700 ratings  ·  764 reviews

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instin

Kindle Edition, 391 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
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A quick easy read that was just barely okay for me. It was a little too close to the cozy side for my taste, and didn't really offer anything particularly original. This was a Kindle First selection for July, so the price was absolutely right. ...more
Crooked Little Lies is the first book I read by this author, and though it is a little removed from what i would usually go for, I found myself quite intrigued and engaged in the story. It does start off a bit slow, and it took me about a third of the book in to really feel absorbed, but the story is really about the characters, and in developing them Barbara Taylor Sissel did a nice job. The mystery was not terribly memorable for me, but it did hold my interest while reading. I will definitely ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
I really liked Crooked Little Lies. It is not the most complex mystery, but the characters are likable and I found it be the perfect book to settle down with after a busy day of work!

Zuky the BookBum
This book was so far from what I thought it was going to be.

Why was most of this book about Annie and her life when there's not even a mention of her in the synopsis? Annie pissed me off so much. (view spoiler)
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
2-1/2 Stars!

Crooked Little Lies seems to be a cross between mystery and family drama. Our main characters, Lauren and Annie, meet soon after Annie’s brother disappears. Lauren’s chapters were very interesting to read because she struggles with memory issues. She didn’t know what was true and what was not and that part of the book held my interest the most and kept me reading to find out. I enjoyed the storyline but the writing style didn’t really click with me.
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Wilder is the first character we meet in "Crooked Little Lies," as she drives on the interstate feeder, having taken a wrong turn. We can immediately feel that something is wrong with her…there is a disorientation, a confusion, so when she describes the man she sees walking along the road, the fact that he is familiar to her is not that unusual.

Bo Laughlin is a familiar character to the residents of the small Texas town, Hardys Walk, and his quirkiness is sometimes more pronounced than at
Leah Sanders
I would like to start by saying that, generally, I enjoyed this book. I found that there was something to the story, certainly enough intrigue, to keep me interested enough to complete in its entirety. If you enjoy reading romance novels, the writing style of this author will certainly appeal to you! Don't get your hopes up, there's hardly any steam in this novel. What you will find, however, is an exceedingly high (nearly intolerable in my opinion) amount of internal monologue and emotional con ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book started out pretty slow for me, but I think the author was just trying to give you a human quality and a feel for the characters which really kind of left me with an emotional bond with them at the end of the story. You have one character, Lauren, who fell several stories and who had been in a coma for a while and had received some brain damage, but was doing better everyday. Then you have Bo, an early twenty something who has several types of brain diseases who people call the "town r ...more
Kati Berman
I found this book boring, but finally finished it. How many times can you rehash Lauren's accident and her addiction to drugs after her recovery. Similarly, other character's stories were also repetitive. I also found it strange that instead of relying on the police, Lauren and Annie seem to do their own investigation into the disappearance of Bo.
Overall, this was a waste of my time, another free Kindle book, you get what you pay for.
Jul 04, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF too early to really review. Prose felt awkward in the early going, and I just decided life was too short.
Amanda Milburn
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - unlike so many being touted as the next 'Gone Girl' this felt fresh. It had me hooked from start to finish. ...more
Laurie Buchanan
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Paranoia, psychological manipulation, and betrayal are the predominant threads in Barbara Taylor Sissel’s masterfully crafted tapestry—CROOKED LITTLE LIES. A difficult to put down page-turner, the suspense builds with incriminating packets of oxycontin, an antique Colt 45, and a dry-cleaning tag found on a precious heirloom rug. It crescendos with a small notebook from a dead man’s pocket. Henry David Thoreau said, “The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.” He forgot ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are various approaches to a story. While the vast majority of the books that we have in the market are geared towards the entertainment and pleasure of its readers, there are some books which are designed to engage the readers, stimulate one to action and evoke a sense of duty, awareness and self-discovery as a result of its reading. And it is into that latter category that Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel belongs.

A suspenseful contemporary mystery thriller, Crooked Little Lie
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After I've seen some reviews talking about how the story dragged on because of Lauren's inability to straighten out, I thought I should not expect much out of this book. However, it was exactly Lauren's behavior, not being able to get back on track, that got me so into the story.. The author wrote it in such a way that I felt totally empathic about Lauren's plight. It really must be very confusing for one who's gone through what she had to separate reality from fantasy, or what happened from wha ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I would give this one star except I did actually finish it. Barely, and by the time I got to the last 10% I was skimming because it wasn't worth my full attention.

I was frustrated with the book throughout but kept reading, thinking it would get better, hoping there actually was a thriller in there somewhere. I must have been feeling overly optimistic this weekend. The first half drags its feet. I wasn't sure if the story was about Annie and her issues, Lauren and her issues, or the disappearance
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I thought this book was just such a mess. It felt like a weird mash-up of suspense and women's fiction, neither of which was all that successful to me. I think it's possible to blend the two, but this book seemed to switch from veering from one genre to the other, and in the end none of it jibed for me. I think it would have been a lot better off sticking with one or the other. Some spoilers to follow.

The implausibility of so many of the events also left me cold. I can't claim to know much about
Megan Johnson
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
This is another book that I received for free from And while it was an enjoyable enough book, I found it to be utterly predictable.

One of my biggest literary pet-peeves is when drama and suspense feels forced, and there were moments in this book where I felt like even the characters themselves were bored with what was going on. If they're bored, I'm probably going to be too.

I wouldn't call this book suspenseful, but it's still a decent read. I wanted the best for the characters and
Allyson Langston
Jul 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Received this free through Amazon and am so thankful I didn't pay for it. There is no delicate way to describe the hot mess that this novel is. I'm trying to recall a published novel I've read that was in such serious need of editing. Too many undeveloped characters, too many story lines, too many references to past events, and an unsatisfying conclusion. I won't remember this novel or its characters a week from now and was shocked to see this is not the author's first novel. In all fairness, I ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Part psychological thriller and part mystery, Crooked Little Lies is a suspense-laden novel by Barbara Taylor Sissel. A chance encounter with an eccentric young man who later vanishes plunges lead protagonist Lauren Wilder into a perplexing and confusing search for answers about his disappearance.

Lauren's recovery from a horrible accident has been slow and arduous and while mostly healed, she is still troubled by the lingering effects of a brain injury. She is frustrated by the ongoing
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
4.5 Stars Because it just didn't quite hit the awesomeness of a 5 but a little better than a 4.

First I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher Lake Union Publishing for graciously allowing me a digital copy of this book in return for my review. I read this back over Thanksgiving and I'm just getting around to my review. This book had so many things in it it's been a little hard to do a good review. It started off a little slow for me but picked right up quickly. There's suspense, some romanc
Ruth Booth
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book could have been so good. I quite liked the 2 main female characters - which always helps me to feel involved in a book. I also liked the narrative and the language that the characters used with other. It was believable. However, I felt the novel only skimmed the very top off what could have been a really meaty tense psychological page turner. Instead it felt a bit light and flimsy and a little bit of chick lit (not that there is anything wrong with chick lit). The two storylines that w ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Sometimes you see a book a few times here and there and you can wait to read it. When the #FRC2015 and blog tour come along for CROOKED LITTLE LIES I wanted in! This book did not disappoint! It was one of those books that kept me guessing. Life is busy and sometimes books do not keep our interest, but CROOKED LITTLE LIES was NOT one of those books. I was kept interested, entertained and engaged. I had the book with me (At all times) so I could sneak in reading any chance I had. I was kept guessi ...more
Helen French
2.5 stars.

A book that wishes it were more literary or suspenseful than it is. Quite well written but very slowly paced, to the point where it's easy to put down and give up on. The mystery is not hard to work out or particularly twisty. Nevertheless I kept turning the pages anyway.

The main characters are prone to serious introspection but miss the obvious things to wonder about. The book would be a lot pacier if much of this was cut out.

Not bad as such, but not sure I'd pay for more (I got this
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. The author kept me interested in each chapter. Annie's stepbrother Bo is missing and Annie is looking for him. Lauren almost hit him with her car and becomes consumed with finding him. Annie is wary of her as she finds out Lauren is having mental issues. She had a terrible accident and almost died. She is a recovering drug addict. But is she recovered? The book twists and turns between Laurens life and Annie's but Bo is always in the middle. The author did a great job of ke ...more
Rose Stephenson
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
lovely book
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Scroll down to Zuky's review.. says it all! This book really had potential but 30% in I was talking myself out of deleting it from my kindle. ...more

This is one of those books that I think is difficult to review. I read it, I liked it, but it is difficult to rehash what exactly it was about Crooked Little Lies that caught my attention, or what made me enjoy it so much. This book seemed to blur genres but it made for interesting reading.

Annie was the product of a blended family. Her brother goes missing and it causes so much stress for her. Her brother is eccentric and perhaps mentally ill so there is a great sense of responsibility and embar
Deanna Lynn Sletten
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Wilder nearly hits Bo Laughlin with her car and stops to make sure he is okay. The special needs adult says he is fine, then shows her a roll of money he has in his pocket. As she drives away, she is concerned for Bo’s safety, and calls the police for a welfare check on the young man. A few days later, Bo is missing. Because of Lauren’s shaky memory from a head injury, she begins to wonder if she is wrong about seeing Bo. Or maybe something happened that she doesn’t remember. Unfortunatel ...more
Shelleen Toland
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
received this from NetGalley for an honest review. I loved this book. It starts out with Lauren almost hitting Bo on the highway. Then he disappears not to long after that. Being a former drug addict and having a brain injury from a falling accident, makes her wonder what really happened. Lauren helps out Bo's sister with a search party.
Meanwhile at the same time, Lauren's husband Jeff, her sister and her boyfriend are at the family farm to see what needs to be done to sell it.
Once the weekend i
Nancy K
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I wavered back and forth on a star-rating for this book. In full disclosure, I read this because it was free. It started off very slowly, and it took me a while to drum up the motivation to come back to it. The writing style was sort of stiff and the small-town feel hokey-ness seemed like a device that has been used too often for my liking.

What kept me going was the subject matter; in particular the themes of addiction and mental illness. Maybe others could figure out what was going to happen, b
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Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. Next to writing books she loves to edit them, and with more than fifteen years in the profession, both as a bestselling author and as a developmental editor, she's got experience. Contact her via her website if you' ...more

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