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Blog Tour: An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher

“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.

This seething, gut-punch of a thriller can only have sprung from the fiendish brain of Tarryn Fisher, one of the most cunning writers of our time.

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This book is told in two different timelines and ultimately feels like two separate stories that should never have been mixed together. I also think that the synopsis for this book is very misleading and actually gives away the start of the concluding arc of this story. As someone who really enjoys cult stories, the past timeline was the one I connected with the most and would have loved this book so much more if it had just been centered on that. Instead, we got a confusing addition of a present day storyline about a friend group that didn’t ever make much sense. I kept hoping that there was going to be a really good motivation for why two of the women in the group were acting shady and what the big deal was about a Vegas trip but it never happened. Despite that, I was really enjoying this book for 60% of it and then things just started to go off the rails. This was when Fisher brought the two storylines together and it just didn’t work. The present day story line was nonsensical and the combining of the two stories led to such an outrageous ending that was too drawn out and completely turned me off to this story. However, the themes and ideas in this book are great and Rainey was a character that I admired and was a bright spot of both timelines. I also think Fisher nailed the cult aspect of this book and I would recommend it for that reason to other readers who enjoy the cult sub genre of mystery/thriller/suspense novels. I know that I will be thinking about the “compound” for a while because it was such a great, ominous setting.


Tarryn Fisher is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she immigrated to America with her parents at the age of thirteen. She spent the next eighteen years in South Florida, where she earned her degree in Psychology. A sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington, with her children, husband and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains and loves connecting with her readers on Instagram (@TarrynFisher, 80.2k followers). Visit her at for more information.   Tarryn is a Slytherin.





4 thoughts on “Blog Tour: An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher

  1. Great review! It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it more though.
    I still have yet to read anything by Tarryn Fisher but when I do it won’t be this one.. I’m actually really interested in The Wives, have you read it?

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