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Why She Lied

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Will she have to lose her child to save her child?

The day she tells her boyfriend she’s pregnant, is the same day he tells her he’s been accused of molestation. His trial is set to begin the following day.

She needs answers…

To get them, she tricks her boyfriend into signing a release form, giving her full access to all of his legal documents. She uncovers the truth, h
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published March 3rd 2019
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Vishnu Chevli
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My teammate read the first book of Julie Coons, which was a memoir/autobiography and he really liked it. He recommended me to read the same. At that time I was busy so didn't get time to read it. But last month when I saw her upcoming book, and I took time and decided to read the book. It was indeed a correct decision.

The protagonist of our story is Julie (I am not sure whether she is the author herself or not). Julie, the character, had an abusive past. When the story started, she was living wi
The story concept was gut wrenching. It might have been based on a true story. But the style of writing was not good and I found the scenes unbelievable.
I tried hard to like the book, but I couldn't.
He had a lot of people recommending that Julie date him, but there was something that left Julie uneasy. Perhaps if she had followed her gut, her life would not have become even more of a nightmare than it had been. Then again, maybe she never would have found the strength to fight evil at its roots.

Julie Coons’s WHY SHE LIED is a jagged and heartbreaking tale of abuse, lies, deceit and the determination of one woman to protect her child at any cost. Told in the main character’s voice, this read
Samama Reza
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jody Joy
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gut wrenching and honest- A BOOK YOU NEED TO READ

I have not cried this much reading a book like I did when I read Julie's story. When I first agreed to read this book I was told how it actually read, and when I mean by that is Julie tells her story of bringing down one of the biggest human trafficking rings ever. I can't believe everything this woman went through to bring these people to justice. To me she is a hero and I would love to meet her personally and just give her a hug for saving all t
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
I was graciously sent a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was so very excited to read this book and finally sat down during my vacation and devoured it in one sitting.
This book sucks you in right at the beginning. Not many books can do that to me, but this…this I knew was going to be wonderful especially since it was based on a true story.

Being a victim of domestic violence myself this book really hit home. I truly feel so sorry for all the pain and horrend
Alona Perlin
Sorry but this was pretty awful

First of all the subject matter is disgusting. Secondly, the book reads like a high school essay. You cannot really call it a novel. There was no suspense, nothing psychologically thrilling or compelling. I couldn’t wait to finish this book
Feb 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Amazed at how “simple minded” this book is written. Repetitive. Kept waiting for it to get better and not be formula written. Glad it was free; and I was a sucker who finished it. Was hoping for an exciting ending.
Jessica Belmont
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The concept of Why She Lied is difficult to stomach and there are some really hard-hitting things that happen in the story. A heartbreaking tale of abuse, lies, and deceit, and a mother’s determination to save her child at whatever the cost.

The way this novel was written was very difficult for me to connect to. It’s a bit jumbled and it is repetitive. I understand the concept of it as it’s told through the eyes of a frantic mother. I just had trouble with it.

Overall, I am glad I read this novel.
This book really didn't do it for me. I've tried to pick up this book twice now and both times I've had to give up around the fifty page mark. The biggest problem for me is the writing style. There's something really jarring about how the main character, Julie describes all of her psychological and mental health issues right off the mark (and there are a LOT of them) and also how the writing is strangely conversational, but without any real flow to it. It's just difficult to read..

I want to lear
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Trigger Alert: If you are sensitive to violence, abuse, rape, molestation, abortion, forced prostitution and sex trafficking, this may not be the book for you.

If only Julie had trusted her gut instincts about James, she might never have lived such a nightmarish existence. After discovering her boyfriend, James, cheated on her several times, she finds herself pregnant and shocked to discover her boyfriend is accused of molestation. She decides to get an abortion to save both herself and her baby
Michelle Adams
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Frank Frisson
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it

People who find it difficult to deal with bad things in life tend to mentally conjure up other or imaginary worlds to escape into. Living in something akin to a war zone can be tough for anybody. It can make you see things that you're mind might find difficult to grasp as it can only take so much. This is where a wild imagination and daydreaming skill comes in for the main character in Why She Lied, a psychological thriller by Julie Coons which is based on a true story. This is the second book t
Lauren Jones
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you follow your gut instincts? What do they tell you when you meet people? Do they guide you in relationships or at work? These questions are ones that Coons brings up throughout this story. It is so important to follow those signs that really warn you about those you run into contact with. This story will pull readers in from the shear psychological aspect and the gripping terror that accompanies the main character in her journey to find peace AND justice from those who wish her harm.

Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Julie Coons for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Julie Coons is an incredibly strong and brave woman to share her very intense and powerful story with the world in Why She Lied. This book is not only on my must read of the year-but-my all time favorite read of the year. It is one of those psychological thrillers that will totally shock you, blow you away, make you cringe, make you cry (at least I did), but then you have to remember-this is someon
Uday Singh
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love to listen to stories about real-life, some are inspiring, motivational and other are a harsh look at the world around us. This one was almost all of it. Not only because it came with a really kind greeting card from the author but because it is also one of the well-written books I came across this year.

One of books’ prime focus was psychological elements of human traffickers, covering the depth of human minds. With each page, you turn you’ll be hooked with the thought of what is going to
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very compelling subject matter

Like Julie herself admits, she's not a writer, she's a story teller. Her writing isn't very polished and she jumps from the first to the third person very throughout the book, so it doesn't read professionally at all. She could polish her writing up just by paying attention to that single detail. As it is, it's kind of sloppy to read her talking in the first person in one paragraph, then skipping right to the third in the next, and back to the first in another. Even
Books R&B
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story "Why she lied" has been a really riveting and the quickest book I have ever read. It seemed like I had absorbed a lot of details and that you may have gone through just a few pages, but in reality you would have finished half of the book! Julie has a truly skill to explain the pain and agony that the protagonist is going through (possibly due to her own personal experience?!) and edges her readers to feel those same emotions through the pages of her book. And let me tell you right at t ...more
Tavleen Kaur (Travelling Through Words)
3.5 stars

“Always, listen to your gut."

The protagonist Julie is a single mother working in the emergency room of a hospital. Her life has been incredibly difficult so far. She was abused by her mother and raped in college. She is raising her daughter all on her own with no child support from her ex. She meets a guy named James and suddenly everyone is encouraging her to go out with him. Ignoring her intuition, she gets into a relationship with him. She finds out she is pregnant on the same day th
Pallavi Sareen
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Why she Lied is a book that intrigued me because of the human trafficking part. I have read plenty of such books and keep an eye on others that revolve around the same theme. The problem with such books is that they often end up being completely gruesome while not giving much details about the chain of events, how it happens, how can you recognize a trafficker because let’s be honest, one can’t assume such a horrific thing about anyone. Yet, knowing that your boyfriend (even if it is ex) is invo ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julie is very reluctant to date James. She is a single mother with no help from her ex, she was abused as a child and raped in college - no wonder she is reluctant to start a relationship with a new man. She began dating him and even though she had fun, she never really got over the feeling that there was something not quite right with him. On the day she was going to tell him that she was pregnant with his baby he confessed to her that he was going on trial the next day for child molestation. S ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was contacted by the author to please check out this read, I really appreciate when authors do that ...that they will connected me directly .. or have one of their peeps do that. SO COOL. I did reply with I have KU ... I would be happy to see if it was a fit for me. I love a good mystery ... u know that. Whatever makes you happy, I am sorry I had to laugh at another reviewer ... pure fiction .. i think the point was it was based on a true story .. not a word for word truth??! u have to be look ...more
Heena Rathore P.
Why She Lied by Julie Coons is a refreshing new dark psychological thriller with a great concept, a nicely executed plot and decent characterization. This book had just the right amount of complexity to make it an engaging read without being too overly complex. 

Overall, this book was a gripping thriller. The characterization wasn't exactly spot on, but I cared for the main character, Julie, enough to read through the entire book with interest. The layers of background made her a likeable lead an
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What drew me to Why She Lied was the fact it was based off a true story, the author's life. The writing is simple, but the subject material is not. We follow Julie as she navigates a relationship she should have never been in and all the horrors that follow. When you think things can't get worse, they do, and so much more so.

I think it would be easy for a reader to judge Julie for her mistakes, but a person that has been raised in such an abusive atmosphere tends to repeat their mistakes because
Ramona Mead
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holy cow, this is a compelling read, I couldn't put it down. In the book, Julie states that she's not a writer, she's a storyteller. While that sounded weird at first, it made sense by the end, and somehow it totally works. The writing is simple, and sometimes repetitive, yet it adds to the readability and frantic pace. It feels like a friend is telling me her story in every day language. Every few pages I would stop and think, holy s- did this really happen? It's a compulsive page-turner, thril ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

As a fictional story, this made for one hell of a thriller, but being based on real life events made it super creepy. If only Julie had trusted her instincts and never dated James, she would have totally dodged a bullet. However, the trafficking would have continued, her abusive past would still have happened, and the nightmare scenario would continue to play out for the other victims involved. 

There are an awful lot of triggers attached to this story since it does indeed deal with so
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an Excellent Book and Julie Coons is a Extremely Good Writer. The fact that the Story was True Floored me. She truly is a Brave Person. The twist was nothing I expected. I knew it was a Sex Traffickting Ring, although not to the point of being a Worldwide Ring. Was not even expecting her own Family being Involved. These Sinister Elements against Childern and Adults must be Eliminated. Should not be here in the 20th Century. Thank You for bringing this Heinous Story to Light. Bless You.
Amy Shannon
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise

Coons tells a good story, and Why She Lied is definitely a thriller. I like Coons's writing style, and have been drawn to her words and style before. I liked the backstory, and how not only the author weaves an interesting story, the story's character, Julie, is trying to make a new life, while a past life haunts her. A seemingly simple story premise grows and develops with those twists that not many see coming. It's a well-deserved read, and it definitely is a thrilling, and
Linda Rogers
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book certainly keeps you wanting to know more. It was interesting to find our that the one who lied, either forgot that she had once been a part of the human traffic cult or never knew she had. She became involved with the police when they asked for her help in trying to find her ex-husband. However, she became so obsessed with what was being discovered that she did some investigating on her own and eventually found and had proof of what was really going on, This made the police able to fin ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“I don’t consider myself a writer, but I do consider myself a storyteller.” Sums up how I felt about this book. The story is gut wrenching, and it is important for all of us to know and stop the terror of human trafficking. The writing is not good. The author repeats themselves over and over again. It’s insulting and unimaginative for the reader. We can remember plot points, themes, and character development. It was like a project that had to be 176 pages, but really could be told in 30 and be m ...more
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Award-winning author Julie Coons lives in a small town in Oregon. This Does Not Leave This House was her debut memoir. Amy’s bookshelf
reviews awarded it the #1 position for top 10 books of 2018. Her second book, Why She Lied, is based on a true story and winner of the 2019 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award bronze medal. Her third book, Haunted: A Paranormal Awakening, is also a true story

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