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The Lies That Bind

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  138 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 she's just been dumped by the man she suspects
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Doubleday Canada
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Ive always felt that if something or someone seems too good to be true than it or they probably arent showing us all their cards!

Cecily, a young woman working as a journalist in NYC has just ended a long term relationship with Matthew. Its 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 inauspicious beginning
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
OMG! Im so confused! Im pissed! Im entertained! Im heartbroken! Im surprised! Im so flabbergasted right now!

Normally Im not indecisive person but this book seems like written by so many different authors or one author suffers from mood swings because thats 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 turned
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Giffin at her best - in a wonderful romantic story with a bit of triangle and twist. The Lies That Bind feels like Giffin at her earliest (which is honestly when I most love her writing) a la Something Borrowed/Something Blue, with a delightful cameo from some beloved characters. TLTB is a September 11th love story but the book overall is not a sad one - but rather a fast paced pageturner that will have you dying to know what's coming next. I can't say enough good things about this one but ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily Giffins earliest books are my all time favorites and this was reminiscent of them in the best way. In fact, there was a cameo from Rachel, Ethan and Darcy in this book and I was so excited I actually shrieked. It made me so nostalgic that Im actually thinking about rereading them Anyway, it felt like vintage EG to me and while Ive enjoyed all of her books I feel like this one is better than her last few and definitely solidified her place on my must buy author list.

Usually romances arent
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Contemporary fiction with a twist or two! Loved the setting, the story and a glimpse at some of my favorite characters. Loved Cecily. Love my new book boyfriend. Great beach read
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I get read to read an Emily Griffin book I get the tissues handy just in case! All of her books are so different but very touching in sometimes-unusual ways. When Cecily has just broken up with boyfriend Matthew she is drowning her sorrows in hometown New York at a local bar when she meets Grant and she is immediately drawn to him even inviting him back to her apartment where she awakens in his arms after just a cozy night that doesn't involve sex. Both are infatuated and the ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Back to the real Emily Giffin style I love! I loved this book! Centered around 9/11, love and drama this book has a little of everything. I loved hearing from Darcy, Rachel and Ethan in this but wanted them to tie in more. Honestly, I feel the story did lack some depth and the ending left me wanting more. A solid 4 star- thanks to Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy! Coming June 2020!
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few Emily Giffin books and this one is now my favorite. I usually like, but don't love, her books but this one stands out. Please don't read anything about it before you read it (luckily I didn't) so that you will be more surprised by the story line. It centers around Cecily, a girl in her late 20's who lives in NYC but is from the mid-west. Even though I found some of the main characters despicable, this one is worth a read. A drama with a lighter tone was a good fit for right now.

Kristy Weldon
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received a gifted copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Lies That Bind By Emily Giffin is an interesting story that takes place around 9/11. Cecily find herself in a bar after breaking up her long time boyfriend, Matthew. As she's about to call Matthew she hears a voice tell her not to do it. Grant seems perfect and everything is so comfortable between them. Grant has a complicated life and they can only see each other a few
Leslie Horton
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I woke up before daylight to finish this book. I have been reading so many thrillers I had forgotten how much I love relationship books that are great stories like this one. Cecily is a young writer living in New York dating a man not ready to commit. They break up and she meets who she thinks is Mr Right. The story is full of twists, lies,and secrets.. It's unbelievable yet believable at the same time. I spent the last half of the book trying to keep myself from reading the end to find out ...more
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 couldnt put it down but I kept reading just to see if the plot where go where I horrifically thought it would and unfortunately it did. ...more
Jennifer Margeson
The Lies That Bind has to be the best novel Emily Giffin has written in years! So rarely do we get a novel set in the early 2000s that combines our recent history with well developed (and for me, relate-able) characters. Giffin clearly knows her audience - I could not put the book down, and I couldn't stop thinking about Cecily when I was not reading. She even got me with a twist and an ending I found satisfying. I am looking forward to reading it again. Thank you to #NetGalley for the ...more
I generally enjoy Griffins novels, so. I was excited about reading this. But, I was sorely disappointed to read this hodgepodge of coincidences and miscommunication that the author chose to set around 9/11 as a way to try to glue the pieces together.

The plot smacked of immaturity and downright silliness. The BIG plot twist was imagined by many before and really doesnt work. Though Cecily is a perfectly lovely protagonist, everything around her is just too convenient and senseless.

Sorry, but
Donna Beiderman
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Lies That Bind
Emily Giffin
Publication date 6/2/20

The Lies that Bind is a 5 star book that will make you want to cancel all plans and stay home and finish up this book. It grabbed my attention immediately talking about Dido and many other nostalgic favorites from my life in mid 2001. Cecily Gardner becomes a character I root for, possibly someone I could become friends with.... I wasnt sure exactly where this story was headed because I went in blind. Loving all of Emily Griffins books I
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Its hard to write a review for this book for multiple reasons, one being the incredible plot twists that I am purposefully not going to touch on in said review lest I ruin the fun, and the other being the dynamic relationships that I also am hesitant to touch on since even talking about those could give the story away. (Whew that was a mouthful.) So here is my review, in all its glory, condensed greatly in an effort to not ruin a beautiful story that you need to read.

Cecily and Matthew broke up
Susan Lenci
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Giffins books are always emotionally charged and character-driven and her latest, The Lies That Bind, is no different. The story follows Cecily post-break-up with a long-time boyfriend as she meets a new man in a bar late one night and explores the new love. While the main relationship was predictable in its complications and events, I still found the story overall to be touching and dramatic. Giffins cast of characters fit wonderfully with one another and into the story to create ...more
Alyssa Smith
Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for this ARC.

Hi, huge Emily Giffin fan here. I have read everything she has ever written, and purchase multiple copies of her books to give to family and friends because Im 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 characters point of view. It gave me the chills. But right after that? This book took a nose dive. It was so unrealistic and
Tamara Lane
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is why Emily Griffin is one of my favorite authors. Every book Ive read by her is a page turner and this title was no different. You simply cant wait to see how it ends. Thank you to the publisher for giving me this advanced copy! What a treat! ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to read an Emily Giffin book that I didnt love the entire way through, from the first to the final word. The Lies That Bind was no different. I always kind of think of Giffins writing as a romcom, or maybe its just that Im so excited for the book to become a movie?
The Lies that Bind was definitely not a romcom, but it still had that extremely relatable vibe to it and so maybe this one will be more like P.S. I Love You when it comes out as a movie -which it really kind of has to at
Alexandra Malstrom
This book was such an appreciated, fun and addicting read to distract me from the news happening right now (March 2020). I sat down, and like with all Emily Giffins novels, was immediately hooked. I loved the way the story was told in 2001 with answering machines, Friends references and AOL. It also made me really think about how I would handle living in NYC during 9/11, as I am now around the age Cecily was in the novel. There was humor, a few (somewhat predictable but still good) twists, and ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House-Ballantine for sending me an advanced copy of The Lies That Bind in exchange for my honest review.

I'm a big Emily Giffin fan and while there were parts of this book I liked, there is still something holding me back from loving this book. The beginning unfolds where Cecily meets Grant one night at a bar right after she broke up with her boyfriend and they have a whirlwind romance. She wakes up the morning of September 11th and her life immediately changes.

Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is slow to start, but it really gets going in the last third. Cecily, a single journalist, is living in New York when she meets Grant. They connect instantly. However, tragedy strikes and Cecily struggles to find herself in the aftermath of 9/11. I appreciate NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cecily a writer in NYC heads to a bar late at night after ending her long term relationship with her boyfriend. Sitting alone she ponders if she made a mistake and whether to drunk call her ex when a handsome stranger comes up to the bar and tells her Dont do it. Dont call him.

Instantly drawn to each other, Cecily and Grant begin and epic and world wind romance. But thinking youve found your soulmate in just a couple weeks cant just be that easy can it? Every thing comes to a crashing halt when
Debbie Carey
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emily Giffin delivers! I enjoyed her easy read and look forward to reading more books!
Melissa Cheney
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a fan of Emily Giffin and she did not disappoint in this book! I loved how the book took place in 2011, and i loved how all the characters were well written and ones that you liked. I enjoyed the plot twists, but I will admit I kept waiting... and waiting for the lies (you know referenced in the title). I thought the ending was just perfect and I could not wait to get my hands on this book.

There are too many secrets that I do not want to give up, but if you are a fan of Giffin, this book
Eh. The entire plot -- and the way it wrapped up so neatly -- was a little far-fetched for me. The narration, though in the first person, seemed to keep me at a distance. For the most part it kept my interest, but overall, I just didn't buy it -- the emotions or the ending.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
AHHHHHH I got approved for an ARC on Netgalley!!!! *squeals*
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Emily Giffin's first books, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof were all books I found extremely entertaining and ones I enjoyed thoroughly. After that, I noticed I wasn't enjoying them as much anymore. I couldn't put my finger on it but I kept reading her work.

Then, this advance reader copy came along and I was so excited to see that I got absorbed into the story right away. I thought for sure I was heading to a 4.5 star review on Goodreads. Then, I heard the stars falling away
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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

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