Desert Isle Keeper Review
Tell Me Lies
1999 reissue of 1998 release, Contemporary Romance
St. Martin's Press, $7.50, 384 pages, Amazon ASIN 0312966806
There are two reviews of this book.We romance readers have certain perceptions of Jennifer Crusie - she's
and she's a great story-teller to name only two. When I first read
excerpt of Tell Me Lies on her web page, I could barely wait for
book to come out. I finally found it on the book rack at Wal-Mart last
weekend. I could hardly believe it! I never find a Crusie book on the
here in Edmonton, ever! I usually have to order them second hand from
States and hope for the best. Anyway, to make a long story short, I
hardly wait get my eyes into the pages of this book.
As I read, I found I didn't want to put the book down, no matter
Tell Me Lies truly was better than I thought it was going to be.
quote the back of Ms. Crusie’s book, "Maddie Faraday’s life would
perfect, if it weren’t for her
cheating husband, her suspicious daughter, her gossipy mother, her
best friend, her nosy neighbours, and that guy she lost her virginity
twenty years ago." If you don’t find this little lead-in
already, you may as well stop reading right here.
Maddie Faraday is in a predicament - she’s the town good girl with a
reputation. She’s got a supposedly fairy-tale marriage in the eyes of
gossipy neighbors, even though her husband, Brent, is really running
her like crazy. She's also got a mother who’s the town expert on any
going around. Just when Maddie finds proof of her husband's
old boy friend, C.L. Sturgis, breezes into the town he left years ago,
for her husband and asking a bunch of questions. C.L. was the town
way back when and the town isn’t likely to forgive him. Now
back in town, the neighbours are already hitting the grapevine.
In retrospect, Crusie couldn’t have chosen a better title for her
book. Maddie begins to believe that her whole life has been one great,
big lie and it’s obvious to her that she’s never really gotten C.L. out
system. As for C.L., after 20 years, he still has the hots for Maddie,
married or not. Maddie wouldn’t mind a little
extra-curricular activity with C.L. (especially since her husband is
cheater), but she does have a reputation to
maintain. What if they get caught?
Well, they do get caught, and that’s bad enough, but then Brent shows up
than a doornail and Maddie’s found money, lots of money
back of her car trunk, as well as a gun that’s not hers but could possibly be
murder weapon. What to do?
In the meantime, C.L. has made it clear that he wants Maddie to be his;
loves her and he’s willing to take her anyway he can get her, but he
wants to marry her. When Brent comes up dead, that solves one little
but a dozen more crop up, and C.L. is caught in the middle of them. Yep,
definitely has a motive to put Brent away, but of course he's not the
and neither is Maddie. But who is?!
Well, if this hasn’t got you intrigued, I haven’t done my job.
Anybody who’s familiar with living in a small town will relate
to the gossipy neighbours in this story, plus there are some
wonderful supporting characters too, especially Maddie's grandmother,
everybody says is insane but who actually is the sanest person in town.
I loved this book. Crusie has written a tale that will drive you
crazy trying to figure out who the killer really is. If you like a
good murder mystery with lots of hot spots and lots of funny dialogue,
Tell Me Lies is just perfect for you.
By the way, for one last laugh, take a good look at the picture on the
cover. At first, you’ll wonder about it, but after you read the book,
find out that the picture does have meaning within the context of the
That is Crusie’s sense of humor showing up in picture form. Trust me,
Me Lies really isn’t to be missed.
-- Deborah Barber
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