Book Review

TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH by Gilly Macmillan

I received a complimentary copy of TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH by Gilly Macmillan from the publisher. Thank you to William Morrow Books!

Rating: 3.5 / 5

TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH centers on Lucy Harper, a well known author with a dark past and a troubled present. Her husband Dan is far less successful, so he counts on Lucy to keep them in luxury while he’s in charge of keeping their day to day life running. Dan’s decisions are questionable, including a move back to the neighborhood where Lucy grew up and where her brother went missing.

Lucy is contemplating some changes to her famously successful book series and to life in general. This has left everyone in her life a bit on edge. When Dan suddenly goes missing after a fight, Lucy is drawn back more and more to her memories of the loss of her brother when they were kids. At the time she didn’t tell everyone all that she knew and invented details to fill in the gaps. Now both mysteries are rushing toward answers.

I found this to be a quick and fun read. This falls firmly into the unreliable narrator trope which I know isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I did like that Lucy’s creativity as a writer and her ability to embellish and invent stories played into her unreliable nature. Mental health is also a component as Lucy’s stories take on a life of their own and the reader is left wonder what all is real.

None of the twists entirely shocked me, but the author did keep me wondering if my predictions would prove correct. With the story bouncing back and forth between what happens in the present day with Lucy and Dan and what happed years back between Lucy and her brother, I thought that the pacing was good to keep me moving through the story. This was my first book by Gilly Macmillan though I have others on my TBR. I will be looking to pick up more in the future!

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