Crooked Little Lies
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...more
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)[Here's a few reasons why: she was pathetic. She claims she can't let anyone in but still allows Cooper, a guy she's known for 3 days to come to the morgue with her when they think her brother has been found. She didn't try very hard to find her brother when it was apparently all she could ...more
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.
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 ...more
Overall, this was a waste of my time, another free Kindle book, you get what you pay for. ...more
A suspenseful contemporary mystery thriller, Crooked Little Lie ...more
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 ...more
The implausibility of so many of the events also left me cold. I can't claim to know much about ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more