Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin

Author: Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Date of publication: July 2013

When Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her for years. Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that acceptance is a very dangerous game.
Lie Still ended up being an OK read for me.  Emily and her husband have moved to Texas from New York so he can take the job as chief of police.  She is finally pregnant with her first child. Life seems to be looking up.  She meets the "society" women in town and realizes that their leader thrives on secrets.  I did find the ladies amusing, especially Letty.

The beginning of  is pretty harsh as Emily tells the story of her rape in college.  I wasn't sure what it had to do with the rest of the story.  In my opinion, it really didn't.  I kind of felt like I was reading two separate mysteries.  I think without the rape story-line  the disappearance of Caroline and her murder would have been an enjoyable read.  For me, it ended up muddying the story with too many suspects and pathways.  I was surprised in the end.  I thought that the author did a good job in building up to the reveal.  I ended up listening to the audiobook and I liked the narrator.

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