Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Review: The Lies We Tell by Beth Orsoff

 Genre: Women’s Fiction/Crime Fiction


“Maybe some secrets should stay buried.

After the devastating loss of her husband and daughter, Grace Hughes is determined to rebuild her life. She has created a community for herself and forged a new career helping children in need. She evens starts dating again. But she cannot ignore the past forever.

As Grace delves deeper into her husband's secrets, she uncovers shocking truths that shake her to her core. Did she ever really know the man she still mourns?

The Lies We Tell is a gripping, emotional page-turner about the lies we tell each other, and the lies we tell ourselves too.”


When Beth’s parents told her they didn’t send her to college to be a professional lifeguard, she moved to California and enrolled in USC Law School to become an entertainment lawyer. She also became a regular attendee of the UCLA Extension Writers Program workshops. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.

To find out more about Beth visit her website.


Those who have read the first book of this trilogy know that the protagonist, Grace, has been having a tough time since the murder of her husband and daughter. She’s found some purpose in helping a couple kids, MJ and Sofia. In the first volume of the trilogy, it appeared that helping these kids as well as changing the focus of her law practice to help children in other ways might be just the ticket to set Grace’s mental health on the road to recovery. Ultimately that might still be true, but there are complications in that regard. One complication is a minor mystery that Grace started looking into in the first volume of the trilogy starts getting more complicated and Grace discovers that some things she thought were true might not actually be the reality of the situation. The deeper she digs, the more complicated things become. Much of this volume is spent digging into this mystery and the story does an excellent job setting up the finale of the trilogy. I’m currently wondering how several things in Grace’s life are going to turn out, hoping she’ll come to a satisfying resolution in the finale, but worried that they might not.

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Some adult language.

This is the second book in a planned trilogy. At least in theory, you should be able to follow the story here if read as a standalone. Early on the foundation and big picture of what has happened previously is reviewed so you’ll have some clue as to how the characters got to the starting point of this book. However, I’d advise reading the first book in the trilogy first to understand the complete story best.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words

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