Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
In New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon’s captivating thriller, a dejected filmmaker lets his curiosity get the best of him and plunges into a web of depravity and danger from which there might be no escape.
Theo Snyder is at the end of his rope. One minute he was on top of the world, his documentary film The Basement a massive critical and commercial hit, the next crestfallen when his latest film was canceled after an embarrassingly public misstep. As his desperation grows, he makes a bold decision: to pursue the story of the notorious “Halo Killer,” Jasper Ross-Johnson. But delving into the life and mind of a serial killer could prove more deadly than Theo ever could have imagined.
At first, things are looking up. Jasper is willing to talk, the footage of the jailhouse meetings is spectacular, and famed investigator Zora Neale Monroe joins him on the project. Theo is sure he’s getting close to something no one else has discovered: the truth about why Jasper was captured before he could kill his final victim. Someone else was on the beach that day, someone who knows a lot more than they’re telling and just might know how it all happened. The truth could lead to more killing–unless Theo can uncover the real ending to the story of the Halo Killer first.
About: Let Her Lie is a mystery thriller written by Bryan Reardon. It was published on 2/9/2021 by Crooked Lane Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 288 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, adult fiction, and crime. According to the publisher’s website, “Crooked Lane Books was founded in 2014 to publish the highest quality crime fiction titles in both print and electronic editions. In 2020 we introduced a second line—Alcove Press—to publish upmarket book club fiction that explores family, friendship, and community.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook for Let Her Lie on 8/11/2021 and finished it on 8/20/2021. I have the book and noticed that my library has the audiobook version. I decided to read and listen on this story. It was a good experience. I started listening the first few chapters and then go back to reading what I have missed. Then I read and listened at the same time and later I listened to the book the rest of the way. The story started out interesting and I was hooked. Jasper was definitely mysterious. It’s a cat and mouse chase for Theo. I liked it that way. Jasper sprinkled a little info to Theo and Theo filled in the blanks. I haven’t read a story that is parallel to making a documentary before so the organization of this book caught my attention.
This book started with Jasper. An invisible thread pulled him out to the beach to harvest a flower. He hadn’t been out to harvest it in 20 years. It was just as well because he caught sight of a woman alone down by the beach and despite being unprepared for anything but he went to her anyway. Then the story began following Theo, filmmaker. Theo was famous for his documentary 2 years ago but with money and power came a scandal and Theo no longer had it all. One day, he received news that Jasper now in jail for the woman’s attempted murder, added Theo’s name as his contact. Theo decided to connect with Jasper to make a documentary on The Halo killer, a crime Jasper was accused of. He hired Zora to help him investigate into Jasper and the murders. Part two was about the miracle Jasper mentioned. This story ran parallel to documentary scenes. There were 4 parts to this story.
Let Her Lie was twisty and suspenseful, at first. The start of the story made me think that Jasper was not the killer because Theo mentioned that police found no evidence. But as the story went on, there’s no proof whether Jasper or anyone else was the killer. Because Theo’s in the documentary business, people he worked with and his competitors were mixed up in the story. That part confused me. I think the narrator did very well narrating this story. He was passionate at the swearing and screaming parts as well as other parts too. I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half. When I say twisty, I meant the story changed course a lot and though it was unexpected where the story was going, I got as confused as the main character Theo. I guess the story would have been clearer if there was another view.
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Bryan Reardon is the author of Finding Jake and The Real Michael Swann. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the State of Delaware for more than a decade, starting in the Office of the Governor. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife and kids. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.