Reading Roundup: “The Lies That Bind”

I have been an Emily Giffin fan since 2005, which I totally judged a book by its cover.  It was a simple pink cover with the words “Something Borrowed”.  I fell in love with the book, and the author.  I had read every book she has written since.  I was so excited to be chosen to read her newest novel “The Lies That Bind” to review for NetGalley.  The opinions expressed in this review are my own and are in no way influenced by NetGalley.

Emily Giffin is the author of ten novels, Among her resume are “Something Borrowed” which was turned into a move, “Something Blue” “Heart of the Matter” and “First Comes Love”.  She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.

Giffin’s style of writing is more than just chick-lit.  While her stories revolve around love and relationships there are also underlying themes of betrayal and enough suspense to keep your turning the pages.  She has a unique writing style that allows for the story to flow.

The setting of the story is predominately New York 2001.  The setting is described in enough detail to allow the reader to be involved in the story, but not so much detail that you feel dragged down and distracted from the overall plot.

The plot seems like something out of a soap opera, but in a good way.  The story had several twists and turns, but also remained believable.  In this story, we meet Cecily Gardner.  She has just broken up with her boyfriend, Matthew, and drowning her sorrows in a bar.  She meets Grant, a handsome man whom she has a strong attraction to.   Through getting to know Grant, it is clear they have a mutual attraction, which is complicated by the fact that he is planning to move to London to help his twin brother.

Grant returns to New York, the day before the infamous 9/11 attacks.  Cecily seems him on the night of the 10th, and then learns that he is among the lost.  However, with his death comes the truth — that she never really knew him at all.

So, before I give my review, let’s talk characters.  There are several to discuss.  All the characters are likeable — even Grant, who we learn a lot of unfavorable things about in the aftermath of 9/11.  She has such a connection to him that you can’t but be drawn to him. 

My favorite character depends on the timing in the story; however, I absolutely love her best friend, Scottie.  He is witty, charming, funny, and most importantly always has her back.  My least favorite character is Cecily herself.  She is wishy-washy and goes back and forth between what she wants. 

The character that showed the most growth would be Matthew, the ex.  In the beginning, we learn he doesn’t want to move too quickly. Yet, as the story unfolds, he begins to grow and mature in a way I didn’t expect.  Although, there is one part of the story that made me want to kick him in the shin.  Aside from that, he showed the most growth.

I go back and forth on the rating of this story, between a 4 and a 5.  I loved the story line, but there are a couple of parts that had me a little off-put. 

There are several sensitive aspects to this novel to discuss.  The first, and most obvious, is the story surrounding 9/11.  There are parts that are described in enough detail that would make someone with a personal connection to 9/11 triggered. There are elements of adultery, sickness, suicide, and other aspects that cannot be discuss without giving away the overall story.

“The Lies That Bind” will be released on June 2, 2020.  It is available as a hardcover pre-order through Amazon for $19.69.

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