Thursday, January 3, 2019

Book Review: The Last Lie

This is it, you guys!!! This is book 110 of the 2018 Goodreads Book Challenge! My goal this year was 105 and I decided to be an over achiever. My goal for 2019 is going to be 110 books so here's hoping I can actually do that. No pressure. HA!

For Claire Daniels, life is good. She has everything she’s ever wanted – a career she loves, friends she can rely on and a husband who dotes on her. All she needs is to start a family of her own and things will be even better than good.

They’ll be perfect.

For Alfie, it couldn’t be more different. His life with Claire is built on a lie. A lot of lies. And she can never find out.

Because Alfie has plans for her. Plans which must never come to light. But lies have a way of taking on a life of their own, and when his do, the consequences threaten to destroy everything.

For him and Claire. 

Alright... where do I start? Well I'll start by telling you I'm giving this one a solid 4 stars. I really liked how incredibly messed up Alfie is and how he becomes more and more deranged as the book goes on. I am incredulous how naive and stupid Claire actually is but I guess when you've got Alfie spitting a good game, perhaps you'd do all the same things. I also liked how fast paced this book was. I've seen people complain that it was the opposite, but I disagree. I had a hard time putting this down because I never felt like I was at a good break point, where I could take a breather. I flew through this book in two days, which was great because I have been in a bit of a reading slump.

But do you know what this book reminded me of? That husband in Colorado who killed his wife and two girls. It was like he had this totally different persona aside from the doting husband and father, he had this personality who liked rough sex and treating women like dirt. That's Alfie.

Just as you get going into this book and you're thinking Alfie is the ultimate dirtbag, PLOT TWIST. Suddenly nothing is as it seems and you're questioning everything you've read so far. I can't really give you more but that twist is everything, and that ending? Is. SO. Damn. Good.

I've never read anything else by Alex Lake but I'm interested now just on the craftsmanship of this story. I'm not a huge fan of psychological thrillers, I think I've watched way too many crime documentaries because I have impossibly high standards, but this one got me. I was pretty blown away, and the second half of the book felt like going down a really fast slide. It makes you think you can't really ever know anyone. Not ever. 



Anthea said...

This book is going onto my TBR list now! I'm also on Goodreads -
I love a good thriller and a book that keeps one guessing.
Thanks for sharing!

Beth (Coffee Until Cocktails) said...

This sounds like a great on the edge of your seat type of read! I need a good page turner like that. I'll be adding this to my list. Also way to go on passing your Goodreads goal! Keep it up!

mypixieblog said...


And why am I only hearing about it now?! WHO CARES, added it to my must-read list. These kinds of thrillers are my absolute favorite :) Thanks for sharing a great review!

Kim {Hope Whispers} said...

Adding it to my list too! I need to branch out to different genres this year. For real this time LOL . Thanks for sharing it!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ooh I need to read this one. It sounds fantastic, and I love a good psychological thriller.


Penny @ Penny's Passion said...

First - CONGRATS on 110 books! That's amazing! I'm lucky to read one a month! lol

This book sounds so intriguing. I've added it to my TBR list.