Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.

If she’s allowed to.

When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.

And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.

What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past.


an interior journey thoughts

Alternating timelines in An Honest Lie introduce Rainy, our protagonist, and take us on her journey from the past into the present. I knew we were in for trouble when she agrees to go along on a trip with the wives of her boyfriend’s friends. The trip will take her back to the past, a place she would never want to revisit.

As she senses something dark about the women, especially a couple of them, and how this darkness is about to pull her back to her own dark past, I kept hoping that she would just leave. No good could come of this time spent with women who had their own agendas.

I kept reading, wanting everything to work out for her, as there was something about her life, past and present, that stirred up memories of my own, reminders of lives everyone hopes to stay buried. 4.5 stars.