This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

This Is How I Lied Cover

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.


Thank you Park Row Books, for my copy of This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf, in exchange for my honest review.  This title published May 12, 2020.

If you are looking for a new book to binge during quarantine, THIS IS YOUR BOOK.

This Is How I Lied tells the story of the unsolved murder of 15 year old Eve Knox in the rural town of Grotto in Iowa.  Eve’s best friend, Maggie and sister Nola find Eve’s body on the dreadful day – one Maggie wishes she could forget.  Nearly 25 years later, Maggie finds herself in the heart of the reinvestigation into Eve’s death as the Detective in Charge and what she uncovers is darker than she could have anticipated.

Told in the alternating POVs of Maggie and Eve and dual timelines (then and now), this was the perfect thriller filled with suspense and shocking twists.  This story will keep you on the edge of your seat, and have your heart pounding, cover to cover as Gudenkauf expertly lays out breadcrumbs for readers to follow as she carefully weaves her web of suspense.

With a cast of creepy characters and an unsolved murder in an atmospherically eery small town unleashing deeply buried secrets and lies, this book with chill you to the bone and I can guarantee that you will not want to put down once you get started. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to get to the unexpected, but BRILLIANT ending.  My jaw literally dropped with the big reveal and I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

This was my second book by this author and I can say with confidence that it won’t be my last and she has definitely found a fan in me.  I am already counting down until her next release – in the mean time, I think I will hunt down some of her backlist titles to keep me satiated.

I highly recommend adding This Is How I Lied to your Spring/Summer reading list and anticipate it being a Top Read this season where thrillers are concerned.

My Rating: 5/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

THIL Banner

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