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The Lies That Bind

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  36,031 ratings  ·  3,350 reviews

In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted, a woman is falling hard for a man she's just met when he disappears without a trace on 9/11.

It's 2 a.m. in a dive bar on the Lower East Side, May 2001. Cecily figures it's the perfect place to order a beer and try to forget that sh
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Doubleday Canada
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I’m not sure I’ve ever frantically turned the pages of a book with a plot as utterly ridiculous as I found this one to be. I’m blaming it on the intermittent bouts of insomnia I’m experiencing at the moment and the shock of Cecily’s immature antics that wouldn’t let me look away. I vacillated between intrigue and eye-rolling for the entirety of my read through. But, who am I kidding, mostly eye-rolling.

Truth be told, I consider myself a pretty big fan when it comes to Emily Giffin’s early work.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, so-dumb
My eyes rolled so far back into my head I'm typing this review blind. ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
OMG! I’m so confused! I’m pissed! I’m entertained! I’m heartbroken! I’m surprised! I’m so flabbergasted right now!

Normally I’m not indecisive person but this book seems like written by so many different authors or one author suffers from mood swings because that’s a first for me to love this book so much but also hate it truly.

It starts charmingly intriguing, hot and riveting then makes you curse to the characters for several reasons and in the middle a big bombshell changes everything: you t
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really enjoying this book. I was all set to defend this book against the bad reviews.

Then I hit the 80% mark.

No. No, no, no.

9/11 is central to this plot so this is not a spoiler. But the author uses it in such a rude, disrespectful, infuriating way. This is inconsiderate to the families who lost loved ones on that day. It’s offensive and degrading to those who lost their lives.

I’m disappointed in the author for trivializing such a monumental event.

A terrorist attack is not fodder for ente
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I am left a little lost for words for this one and I am struggling to put my thoughts in words. The Lies That Bind was a hard one for me to swallow. So I am going to keep this short and to the point of how I am feeling about this one.

The Lies That Bind was off to a great start for me with Cecily and Grant meeting in a bar. I was intrigued when she reaches for her phone and he says "Don't do it--you'll regret it." Setting the story up for an exciting start for me. As the story progresses, a black
Katie (katieladyreads)
There's not much I can say without ruining the entire plot, but this book was predictable and so cringeworthy it makes my eyes roll into the back of my head just thinking about it. The characters are all terrible human beings and have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. And on top of the abhorrent characters, the author uses 9/11 as a "fun, entertaining" backdrop with absolutely no emotional detail or significance whatsoever. It's as if the main character couldn't possibly be bothered with a nati ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I’ve always felt that if something or someone seems “too good to be true” than it or they probably aren’t showing us all their cards!

Cecily, a young woman working as a journalist in NYC has just ended a long term relationship with Matthew. It’s only a short time later that she is feeling down while in her apartment, alone, and she decides to grab a drink in a local bar. She ends up bringing home a total stranger, Grant, and they apparently fall head over heels in love. This
Kelly Hill
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow I hate to give a such negative review to an ARC but every character in the book was an appalling human being. I really felt like this book was disrespectful to people who were affected by the 9/11 tragedy. I guess you could say I couldn’t put it down but I kept reading just to see if the plot would go go where I horrifically thought it would and unfortunately it did.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
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May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF because after Emily Giffin's awful comments about Meghan Markle and the reveal that she's been making such hateful, hurtful statements for ages, I stopped at 30% and never went back. I have liked several of Ms. Giffin's books, but in light of her non "apology" I can't and don't want to finish The Lies That Bind. ETA: Thank you to those who've liked this review and please, please don't buy or read The Lies That Bind--or any of Emily Giffin's books. I'm certainly sorry I ever did, and hope tha ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Updated May 6, 2020. I don’t support racist authors.
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did Emily Giffin really just disrespect everyone impacted by 9/11 in her latest book? Yes, yes she did. I’ll never even try reading one of her books again after the last few were total slumps. And she’s not a great person outside of being an author either.
Dedra Close
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Using 9/11 as a huge plot is insensitive.
Alyssa Smith
Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for this ARC.

Hi, huge Emily Giffin fan here [updated to say: no longer an Emily Giffin fan]. I have read everything she has ever written, and purchase multiple copies of her books to give to family and friends because I’m that fan. But what... was this. At first, this was so strong. I was riveted. Even more so when Giffin described the morning of 9/11 from the main character’s point of view. It gave me the chills. But right after that? This
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 Stars

I liked this well enough, I guess. I enjoyed the twists and turns, far-fetched as a lot of them definitely seemed to be. I thought the way things unfolded and came together in different ways with different characters was interesting.

Mostly though, I like that Giffin seems to write very grey characters, who are never morally infallible; however, I'm not sure I would have been able to forgive Grant's character for his actions in this case. Still, the book was entertaining enough, althoug
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book as I usually like Emily Giffin’s work. Sadly, I was disappointed in this trite semi-love story in which two grown adults try to find out if they really love each other. They carry on like lovestruck teenagers, each thinking they love the other and each backing away when the fear of commitment overwhelms them. I found the characters flat, immature, and downright dull. Perhaps they are in love with the idea of being in love, but that generally doesn’t translate to ...more
I'll be very honest. I don't care about this book and I will never read it. This Author Emily Giffin has displayed exactly who she is with her racism and bullying directed towards a woman of color through her social media. As a Woc I find her offensive and she will never get my money. ...more
Lazina K
May 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not supporting a woman who thinks it’s ok to bash other women. A bully who does not deserve any support.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
If you enjoyed Something Borrowed, you'll love The Lies That Bind.

They're essentially the same story, only one is set against the heartbreaking backdrop of the 9/11 attacks. In fact, Rachel, Darcy, and Ethan even make an appearance in this story, which was fun...and a little nostalgic. I couldn't help but picture them as they looked in the film.


In the spring of 2001, following a devastating break-up with her boyfriend, Cecily meets Grant in a random NYC bar. What follows is a roller-coa
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't even know where to begin with this review, so I guess first, I rarely finish a book that I'm not enjoying, this book was making me angry, but I still wanted to know what happened. I generally enjoy Emily Giffin's writing, but this book was over dramatic with too many frustrating twists and turns. ...more
May 07, 2020 marked it as um-not-these-authors  ·  review of another edition
Apparently misappropriating 9/11 for romance plot fodder isn’t this author’s only offensive hobby. ...more
Ilham Alam
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps this joke of an author (let’s be real, she only got a contract because she’s white, not because she has any ability or talent), should spend more time working on her craft rather than slamming a biracial woman for reading to her son who’s a British Royal Prince by birth, because the biracial woman got too “uppity” and doesn’t know her place in the pecking order.
May 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Personally, I felt this book completely trivialized 9/11 and I just could not get past that, and how superficial the characters were.
May 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
I do not support bullies, so I will no longer purchase, read, or recommend any books written by this author. Emily Giffin, you have lost a fan.
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was honestly a waste of money. I told myself it was time to give Emily another chance after the pro-cheating book that is Something Borrowed, and boy do I regret it.

First of all trivializing a terrorist attack is offensive on way too many levels. Second, the plot twist in this book made no sense and after about 40% in the book, the writing just seems rushed. Keep your money and don’t be like me.

I wish I could give it 0 stars, but I gave it 1 star for the editor who had to suffer thro
Jennifer M.
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As several others have said in their reviews and from tweets, I will not be reading The Lies That Bind due to Giffin's remarks, insults, and bullying of Meghan Markle. Giffin's behavior is completely wrong and unacceptable. I will not be reading her books in the future. ...more
The Lies That Bind
by Emily Giffin

I am going to apologize to all you book lovers right this very minute. I read this as an ARC, and so I did not deplete my book-buying budget on this hot mess.

The authors' audacity in using 9/11 as a back-drop for this so-called romance was absurd and hurtful to those born before, say the year 1990. This book may be appropriate for teenagers, but this idea was atrocious for anyone that was an adult that year. Yes, the characters were young, but the buying market s
Katie Mac
May 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

1.5. It's a rare rating for me, but this book is problematic. Giffin makes gratuitous use of the tragedy of 9/11 for her personal gain, and it is entirely inappropriate. She also somehow manages to create characters that are both hollow and unappealing, and the plot is nonsensical (especially after the halfway point of the novel).

Between this book and her Meghan Markle comments, I don't think I'll be reading anything
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have liked Emily Giffin’s standalone books I have previously read. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for The Lies That Bind.

In 2001, Cecily is alone at a bar post-breakup and meets a stranger who convinces her not to call her ex. They hit it off but the stranger, Grant, is dealing with a lot of personal issues and not necessarily forthcoming about them. Cecily and Grant do stay in touch but then he disappears on September 11th. What happened? Who was he and did she actually know him?

I enjo
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. Don't buy
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EMILY GIFFIN is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, First Comes Love, and All We Ever Wanted, she currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, three children, and two d

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