Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Behind Every Lie” as Want to Read:
Behind Every Lie
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Behind Every Lie

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,489 ratings  ·  1,030 reviews
From the author of The Night Olivia Fell—an “emotionally charged mystery” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author)—comes a thrilling new suspense novel about the insidious nature of family secrets…and their deadly potential.

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Gallery Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Behind Every Lie, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.85  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,489 ratings  ·  1,030 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Behind Every Lie
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I hang on to every word she writes. The follow-up to The Night Olivia Fell is just as tense, compelling, and emotional. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Eva Hansen has been struck by lightning and wakes up covered in blood. Her mother was murdered, and Eva has no idea what happened, and why is she covered in blood?

Behind Every Lie is filled with twists and turns, and it kept me guessing and on my toes throughout. What’s most special about it, though, is the emotional mother-daughter relationship between Eva and K
Nilufer Ozmekik
Three more confusing, guilt feeling, my head is about to explode because of overthinking stars!

I truly confess, when I read “Night Olivia Fell”, I mostly enjoyed the writing style and the author’s approach of mother and daughter relationship. But I considered that book is an emotional fiction and I didn’t find it mysterious and thrilling enough so I gave three stars which I regretted and thought to write an upgraded review because nothing was irritating about the book. Just I wished to read some
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

Do you like twisty, turny plots that make your head spin and unreliable narrators? Then this is the book for you!! This is the first book that I have read by this author.

Eva is the ultimate unreliable narrator as she has been struck by lightning and can’t remember much, if anything, about the night that her mother was murdered, along with an unnamed man. She was, however, found by the police not very far from her mother’s house, outside in the storm, known
Kimberly Belle
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christina McDonald follows up her smashing debut The Night Olivia Fell with another winner. McDonald starts with a bang, then builds the action steadily, a gradual unfolding of secrets and lies that will have you constantly switching alliances. Read it like I did, in one sitting and straight through to The End, because you won't want to put this one down.
Eva Hansen woke up in a hospital after being struck by lightning and was told that her Mother, Katherine had been murdered. Eva was found unconscious on the street and is now being questioned by the police. With no memory of that night, she is determined to learn that truth. This is not the first time in her life, that her memory has failed her. She had another traumatic night in her past and had only a vague memory of that event. Is she an unreliable narrator, or has the lightening affected her ...more
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
It’s no secret how much I love Christina McDonald. She is one of the kindest authors out there who loves to share her time with her readers. We had the pleasure of her joining us twice for an author Q & A. She joined us in our Behind the Pages Goodreads group and talked a bit about Behind Every Lie. At that time, I hadn’t read Behind Every Lie.

To view the Q & A

I loved The Night Olivia Fell and highly recommend if you haven’t read that one to read it. It’
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-requests
Unsettling, illuminating & wholly absorbing!

BEHIND EVERY LIE by CHRISTINA MCDONALD has quite the opening scene and a premise that definitely hooked me and kept me entertained and completely invested in. It was such an emotionally intense, suspenseful, enjoyable, and entertaining mother-daughter domestic thriller. It is packed full of drama and atmosphere. The vivid descriptions added to the tension for me and definitely helped to set the mood.

CHRISTINA MCDONALD delivers a complex, captivating, d
Christina McDonald pulled my heartstrings every which way with her emotional mystery The Night Olivia Fell. Now she is giving us a suspenseful thriller about a woman who wakes up from having been struck by lightning and finding out that her mother has been murdered. Eva has vague and confusing thoughts about having been with her mother when she was murdered, with blood everywhere, including on Eva's own hands and now a detective is hounding her for the details of that night. But just like the ti ...more
Talk about a dark cloud hanging overhead! Poor Eva! What could go wrong for Eva did go wrong!

Eva Hansen awakens in the hospital only to find that her mother has been murdered. And every eye is on her since she was found near her mother’s home. Only Eva doesn’t remember that night at all...since she was knocked unconscious when she was struck by lightning! (And that’s just the beginning).

Lol! I shouldn’t laugh...but Eva is one of the unluckiest characters I have ever come across! It’s a wonder s
Brilliant, tense, addictive, and memorable! Christina McDonald has done it again... this book was as thrilling as her first book was emotional.The Night Olivia Fell sits proudly on my favorites shelf where I will be placing this book as well. Both Olivia and this book focus on the mother daughter relationship. Olivia was a raw emotionally charged story, this book is more of a pulse pounding edge of your seat thriller. Both books were so compelling yet very different. I think this shows the stren ...more
Susanne  Strong
2.5 Stars

“Behind Every Lie” is now the second novel I’ve read by Christina McDonald. Going into it I had high hopes. I didn’t love “The Night Olivia Fell” - but I had listened to the audiobook and I really disliked the person who narrated the character of Abbi and I thought that might have something to do with my not liking that book. I was hoping that by my reading “Behind Every Lie” - I might have better luck, unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

When Eva Hansen comes to, in the hospital, she
I loved “The Night Olivia Fell” and when I reviewed it, I described it as “emotional and suspenseful”.

The relationship between Mother and Daughter felt so authentic and having to say “GOODBYE” was “heartbreaking”!

In this book, I am guessing that the author was going for more of a “thriller with twists you won’t see coming” story.

But, I preferred the style of her first book-more of a suspenseful, women’s fiction novel.

I missed the well developed characters and relationships of her debut-the mor
Larry H
I'm somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars.

In Behind Every Lie , a woman’s search for answers is complicated when she can’t trust her own memory.

The last thing Eva remembers is finding a knife in her hand and her mother’s body unconscious in front of her. But then the cops found her not far from her mother's house. It turns out she was struck by lightning and sustained a brain injury. And to top it off, her mother is dead and the cops suspect Eva.

She couldn’t have killed her mother, could she? The

Eva Hanson, who lives in Whidbey Island, Washington, makes and sells beautiful decorative pottery.

Whidbey Island

However Eva is reluctant to exhibit her artwork in nearby Seattle, partly because of a terrible trauma she suffered a few years ago, which caused self-doubt and distrust. Eva now relies heavily on her fiancé Liam to take care of the bumps in her life, and Liam - a take charge kind of guy who works as property developer - is happy to do it.

Given her nervous disposition, Eva is REALLY d
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved “The Night Olivia Fell” and when I reviewed it, I described it as “emotional and suspenseful”.

The relationship between Mother and Daughter felt so authentic and having to say “GOODBYE” was “heartbreaking”!

In this book, I am guessing that the author was going for more of a “thriller with twists you won’t see coming” story.

But, I preferred the style of her first book.-more of a suspenseful, women’s fiction book.

I missed the well developed characters and relationships of her debut., the mo
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2020
5 stars. I loved the suspense & with so many twists and turns I spent a majority of the book sitting on the edge of my seat! ❥ Excited for & moving up next, The Night Olivia Fell 👍🏻

Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Releasing February 2020.
Aga Durka
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it is unfair to review a book based on the comparison to another book by the same author, but The Night Olivia Fell was such a wonderful and emotional debut novel that there is no way I can’t compare Behind Every Lie to it. As I mentioned above, Christina McDonald’s debut novel made such an impression on me that I was extremely excited to get my hands on an ARC copy of her new book. Unfortunately, Behind Every Lie did not live up to my expectations, which is OK, because it was still a 4 so ...more
I'm gonna be honest here.......

Behind Every Lie is somewhat like a tossed salad in which you crouch in front of the refrigerator and throw in every ingredient within your reach. Doesn't matter if it's palatable. Just flip it into the bowl and give it a good toss.

Christina McDonald introduces us to Eva Hansen, a talented potter who rents space at the Crafted Artisan on Whidbey Island near Seattle. Life seems to be going well as Eva is newly engaged to the handsome Liam Sullivan, a successful prop
Jamie Rosenblit
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
3.5 Stars

If you have read The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald last year, you probably have expectations about Behind Every Lie. BEL is a totally different kind of book - more confused woman can't remember a terrible crime she may have committed and less emotional heartwrenching suspense. Told in alternating perspectives and timelines, we learn whether Eva Hansen is really responsible for her own mother's death and how exactly this came into question in the first place!

Behind Every Lie w
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
-Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

3.5 stars rounded down

Christina McDonald has once again weaved together a fast-paced mother/daughter tale which examines those complicated, familial bonds. Behind Every Lie is a good story, but unlike The Night Olivia Fell, it's not a great story.

Told from the dual perspectives of Kat and Eva, the reader is submerged into decades of trauma and abuse. While there are so
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
4.5 lightning-struck stars

This complex thriller kept me guessing! Just when I thought I had some things figured out, there was another twist.

It’s a great opening premise, the main character, Eva, is in the hospital after being struck by lightning. Her mother was murdered the same night and Eva can’t remember anything. This frustrates both the police and Eva. All the clues point to Eva being at the house that night, but is she guilty of the crime? Eva sets out to discover the truth, including a
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“They say that behind every lie is a person and a reason”.

This new emotionally charged thrilling suspense novel about lies, family secrets and the lengths of how far a mother would go to protect their child is amazing! I loved The Night Olivia Fell and I loved Behind Every Lie even more.

The story is told in alternating point of views between Kat whose story began 25 years ago in London and of Eva Hansen whose story is currently in Seattle tracing back what happened to her murdered mother. The
Julie (JuJu)
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The exciting start grabbed my attention immediately!

And the setting of Whidbey Island brought back wonderful memories of one of my favorite vacations. That area is gorgeous.

I thought the book was a bit predictable, but I love Christina’s writing style. I receive her newsletter and she’s the most generous, thoughtful and engaging author I know of. She’s wonderful at interacting with her readers.

My Rating: 3.5 ⭐️’s (rounding up)
Published: February 4th 2020 by Gallery Books
Pages: 336

Recommended: Y
Eva is determined to clear her name when she is suspected of killing her mother. On the night of her mother's murder, Eva was struck by lightning, and she doesn't remember anything from that night. As Eva tries to discover what happened that night, she learns her mother had secrets.

Told with alternating points of view - Eva and Kat, Eva's mother. Eva's story is told in the present day, while Kat's story tells about the past. Eva is an unreliable narrator, since she's been struck by lightning and
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Amazing story of murder, mind tricks, gaslighting, strength, and healing.
It must be difficult to be an author. You’re often compared to your last work regardless of what you put out. I try not to be a reviewer that compares work to work as each individual novel stands on its own.

However, I do tend to go into a story half expecting a similar outcome or a similar story and theme. The story was so much more than I expected.

Written with short chapters that flash between past and pres
An engrossing and intense hearts-stopping thriller

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street from her mother’s home, but she can’t remember what happened. In the hospital she learns the police are suspicious of her. Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon re
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, adult, mystery
AHHHHHHHH a covvvvvverrrrrrr! it's soooo pretty
aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh there is a titlee

| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
When Eva Hansen wakes up in the hospital, burned and battered after being struck by lightening, she learns a horrible fact: her mother, Kat, is dead. Even worse, the police tell her Kat was murdered. It quickly appears Eva is their number one suspect, having been found unconscious down the street from her mother's home. After the lightening strike, Eva can't remember what happened, but some clues from her mother's home lead her to London, her mother's former home, where she works to unravel both ...more
talon smith
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just know Christina McDonald is forever an author that I will always automatically read. So far as I finish up her second book-- I love how she creates such dynamic mother / daughter relationship stories. The type of relationships that don't often seem as they appear. The deeper you dig, the more you find out about not just one character but each one.

I think my absolute FAVE part of this entire book was the way it was written. I loved the past and present POV's and how it wove the story togeth
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the emotional intensity of alternating perspectives of mother and daughter over time and trying to figure out what was going on with the plot. However, I was bothered by the improbability of some of the plot twists (i.e. main character losing her memory due to lightning strike right after her mother is murdered). If you can look past the improbabilities, Behind Every Lie is a fun read.
Thanks to NetGalley, Pocket Books, and the author Christina McDonald for an advanced digital review cop
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Bookish First Rea...: Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald 19 17 Feb 04, 2020 05:59AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Moral Compass
  • A Cold Trail (Tracy Crosswhite, #7)
  • The New Husband
  • Lady Clementine
  • The Museum of Desire (Alex Delaware, #35)
  • The Confession Club (Mason, #3)
  • Little Secrets
  • Regretting You
  • Jane Anonymous
  • Spy
  • Into the Fire (Orphan X, #5)
  • Bitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4)
  • This Is How I Lied
  • Nameless Queen
  • All That's Bright and Gone
  • The Wife Stalker
  • Single
  • Everything My Mother Taught Me
See similar books…
About this author
Christina McDonald is the USA Today bestselling author of Behind Every Lie and The Night Olivia Fell (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books), which has been optioned for television by a major Hollywood studio. Her third book, Do No Harm, is available February 2021. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland Galway, and now lives in Lo

Articles featuring this book

When it comes to mysteries and thrillers, we're all guilty of loving a good trope from time to time. From "The butler did it!" to "They all did...
238 likes · 58 comments
“We aren’t defined by our tragedies, by our history, by our mistakes, but by pieces of love and sadness and happiness, and the whole range of human emotions we feel.” 0 likes
More quotes…