Rating: 4 stars
“I’m going to kill her. You’d better come if you want to save her.”
Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget. If she’s allowed to.
When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room. And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.
What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past.
So when I started reading this book, I wasn’t at all prepared for how sucked in I was going to get into the story. I wasn’t expecting to completely consume this book in the course of a day, but that’s exactly what happened when I started reading An Honest Lie.
This book is extremely dark from beginning to end and I was instantly hooked. What started as me intrigued by this book because of the main character sharing my name (though spelled differently) and the plot sounding interesting turned into me unable to put this book down as I wanted to know what happened to the Rainy in this story.
What I enjoyed about reading An Honest Lie was learning about Rainy’s dark past. The chapters in this book go back and forth between past (then) and present (now) and you quickly understand what Rainy is afraid of and why she didn’t want to go on the Vegas trip forced upon her by her boyfriend’s female friend group. This is my first time reading a book about a fictional cult and I felt myself unable to stop reading about Rainy’s past as dark as it was. I found myself unable to stop reading as I was rooting for Rainy to be able to conquer her past once and for all.
I think what made this book so chilling of a read for me that sucked me in was feeling like I was in those moments of her life even though I have no idea what its like being a child raised in a cult. Even though those dark moments were definitely hers, I felt like I was with her from beginning to end as she did what she could to survive terrible moments of her life. This book pulled me in so much I was dreading the climax of the story when we found out who had kidnapped her friend.
In An Honest Lie, what I would say its biggest flaws were for me were the present (now) chapters and Rainy’s actions in the story. What I didn’t enjoy about the present (now) chapters was that they didn’t pull me into the world in the pages quite as much. I also didn’t like the friend group Rainy was hanging out with as they gave off a very mean girl vibe and didn’t seem like people she would’ve normally hung out with if it wasn’t for her boyfriend Grant. This also played into why I wasn’t fond of some of the decisions Rainy makes in the story because she made some really dumb decisions, especially at the climax of the book. It was almost unbelievable some of the things Rainy decided to do as it felt like she left a lot of things up to chance with no guarantee she’d get the outcome she wanted. I still continued to read anyway but found myself in such disbelief at how things turned out.
But despite this book’s flaws, An Honest Lie is a book I’ve read that I feel will stay with me. Rainy’s story left such a strong impression on me that it’ll take me a moment to recover and read another book similar to it. I don’t know if its because of the character having my name so that just made everything I was reading feel even more real to me. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it as the story really pulled me in. Just want to leave a note of caution for those who do decide to take the plunge and read this. In my opinion, it’s a very dark story and while I recommend it, if you don’t feel comfortable with the subject matter discussed, its okay not to finish it and read something else more light.
For those who’ve read this review, have you ever read a book with a main character with your name? And do you think that ever impacted at all how you perceived what you were reading or did that book leave an even heavier impression on you as a result? I wouldn’t mind hearing about it if you’ve also had this experience in the comments below.