Review: The Good Lie (A.R. Torre)

The Good Lie
Author: A.R. Torre
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 


Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide.

Six teenagers dead. Finally, the killer behind bars. But are the games just beginning?

Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the notorious Bloody Heart serial killer, whose latest teenage victim escaped and then identified local high school teacher Randall Thompson as his captor. The case against Thompson as the Bloody Heart Killer is damning—and closed, as far as Gwen and the media are concerned. If not for one new development…

Defense attorney Robert Kavin is a still-traumatized father whose own son fell prey to the BH Killer. Convinced of Thompson’s innocence, he steps in to represent him. Now Robert wants Gwen to interview the accused, create a psych profile of the killer and his victims, and help clear his client’s name.

As Gwen and Robert grow closer and she dives deeper into the investigation, grave questions arise. So does Gwen’s suspicion that Robert is hiding something—and that he might not be the only one with a secret.

My review for The Good Lie is going to be different. There are a lot of different characters and multiple points of view going on in this book. Rather than lay it all out for you and possible spoil something, I’m going to give you my impressions while reading this book.

First impression: I’m kind of confused to what’s going on. All of these people are messed up. I can’t tell if I’m going to like this book or not.

Impression half way through: All of these people are REALLY messed up. I can trust no one. Why are they all so sketchy? Except Nina. She’s the real sleuth.

As things start being revealed: I saw that coming, but why didn’t I expect that?

Final impression: The Good Lie was a fast paced thriller with expected and unexpected twists and turns. It took me a bit to get into, but once I was hooked I couldn’t put it down. All the characters were flawed and messy and I loved that. I enjoyed the ride this book and its multiple POV took me on. I loved how everything tied up at the end.

26 thoughts on “Review: The Good Lie (A.R. Torre)”

  1. I loved how you reviewed this! Such a clever way to frame it to avoid possible spoilers and still tells us what to expect from the book. I hope to try this one some day. I just started Every Last Secret today.

    1. Thanks! That means so much to me! It might still be on NG, if you’re interested. I am hoping Every Last Secret works out for you. I’m a little concerned about one of the pieces of it, but I think you might enjoy the way it’s done. I guess I’ll find out!

      1. I am only two chapters in so far, but am liking it. I feel like the characters are going to be more of the “love to hate” variety instead of just “hate hate” which can be fun.

  2. It’s been a while since I’ve read from this author. The last I read was The Ghostwriter which was messed up and genius 🙂 I think I’m going to have to pick this one up. Great review!

    1. Thanks! Do! I would also recommend her book called Every Last Secret. I LOVED that one. Even more than this one. It was all kinds of messed up.

  3. Good thing you stuck with it, since it ended up being satisfying. I kind think thrillers are meant to keep us off balance, so I would say job well done to the author.

    1. Thank you so much! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on it if you end up reading it.

  4. I love this review so much! It is so hard to review a thriller without giving away the plot. I have a good feeling that this is one that I am going to love as well. I will have to make sure it is on my list! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed this one — almost as much as her Every Last Secret. I tortured Ari and made her read that one.

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