REVIEW: TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, BY GILLY MACMILLAN

Lucy Harper’s talent for writing bestselling novels has given her fame, fortune and millions of fans. It’s also given her Dan, her needy, jealous husband whose own writing career has gone precisely nowhere.

Now Dan has vanished. But this isn’t the first time that someone has disappeared from Lucy’s life. Three decades ago, her little brother Teddy also went missing and was never found. Lucy, the only witness, helplessly spun fantasy after fantasy about Teddy’s disappearance, to the detectives’ fury and her parents’ despair. That was the start of her ability to tell a story—a talent she has profited from greatly.

But now Lucy’s a grown woman who can’t hide behind fiction any longer. The world is watching, and her whole life is under intense scrutiny. A life full of stories, some more believable than others. Could she have hurt Teddy? Did she kill Dan? Finally, now, Lucy Harper’s going to tell the truth.

Cross her heart.

And hope to die.

Immediately I was caught up in the thrilling story spun in To Tell You the Truth. Lucy is a novelist, and she and her “imaginary friend” and muse, Eliza, intrigued me as I followed along with the adventures they shared.

Alternating between the past and the present, Lucy’s tale kept me glued to the pages. I felt an instant dislike of Dan, who seems to be gaslighting Lucy, as well as controlling her life, even her finances. I began to suspect him of so many possible nefarious deeds, but I also needed to consider that Lucy was not the most reliable narrator.

What happened to little Teddy all those years ago? And what has become of Dan in the present?

Has Dan been having an affair with Sasha? Some of Sasha’s actions are also suspect, so I wanted to know more as I turned the pages. As the darkness descends, we are not sure what will come of these characters, but I knew I wanted to hang out with them more.

I loved the short chapters and how the narrative flowed so smoothly. 5 stars.

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