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Eva Hanson, who lives in Whidbey Island, Washington, makes and sells beautiful decorative pottery Whidbey IslandHowever Eva is reluctant to exhibit her artwork in nearby Seattle, partly because of a terrible trauma she suffered a few years ago, which caused self doubt and distrust Eva now relies heavily on her fianc Liam to take care of the bumps in her life, and Liam a take charge kind of guy who works as property developer is happy to do it.Given her nervous disposition, Eva is REALLY disquieted when she wakes up in a hospital after being struck by lightning Worse yet, Police Detective Kent Jackson tells Eva that her mother Kat was brutally murdered last night, and he makes it clear that Eva is a suspect.Eva knows she was at her mom s house yesterday evening, but has no memory of what happened beyond flashes of a bloody scene and a knife in her hand, which she smartly doesn t mention to the cop.Though Eva is woozy and has amnesia, a lump on her head, and blistered feathery markings covering her arm lightning induced Lichtenberg figures she leaves the hospital and makes her way to her mother s house Lichtenberg figuresThere Eva finds a letter that sends her haring off to London, where her mom Kat lived until she came to the United States.Detective Jackson calls Eva in London, with threats to have her arrested by Interpol, but Eva refuses to return to Washington until she s completed her inquiries And Eva makes some startling discoveries before she returns home, where she just might have to face a murder charge The story alternates back and forth between accounts of the past narrated by Kat, and sections about Eva s life now It turns out that all the main protagonists in the book have big secrets, which are unveiled one by one as the story unfolds Other characters in the story include Eva s brother Andrew Eva s fellow artist Melissa Eva s childhood friend and neighbor Jacob Kat s British employer Rose and various men important to the tale.The book is fast moving with plenty of action, but I do have a few quibbles First, I dislike stories that feature a female who puts up with a man like Liam, who expects her to defer to him about everything Eva was too weak and submissive for a good part of the book prattling on about how strong and reliable Liam was and this irritated me.Second, there are several occasions when characters make stunning discoveries, or make life changing decisions..and they don t have a dramatic response It seems like they think, Oh really, and calmly go on with their lives This seems unrealistic.That said, this is an enjoyable mystery thriller Recommended to fans of the genre.Thanks to Netgalley, the author Christina McDonald , and the publisher Gallery Books for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at Eva Hansen woke up in a hospital after being struck by lightning and was told that her Mother, Katherine had been murdered Eva was found unconscious on the street and is now being questioned by the police With no memory of that night, she is determined to learn that truth This is not the first time in her life, that her memory has failed her She had another traumatic night in her past and had only a vague memory of that event Is she an unreliable narrator, or has the lightening affected her memory as her treating physician said it could If lightning is affecting her memory in the present, what caused her lack of memory in the past This book is told through both Kat Katherine and Eva s POV We get to learn what each woman is thinking and what if any her secrets are As the book progresses, we learn about each woman s history and learn some family secrets There are some twists and turns in this book and some coincidences I had high hopes for this book after reading The Night Olivia Fell and found this one to be enjoyable but it didn t blow me away as The Night Olivia Fell did Like other reviewers, I felt as if the author threw everything but the kitchen sink at Eva But what I did enjoy is that I learned some things about the side effects of being struck by lightning and enjoyed the POV s of each woman I also like that she did have me guessing about whodunit I changed my mind several times while reading I also enjoyed the fast pace of this book It did make for a fast read I m teetering between a 3 and 3.5 starsThank you to Gallery, Pocket books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read From The Author Of The Night Olivia Fell An Emotionally Charged Mystery Mary Kubica, New York Times Bestselling Author Comes A Thrilling New Suspense Novel About The Insidious Nature Of Family Secrets And Their Deadly PotentialIf You Can T Remember It, How Do You Prove You Didn T Do It Eva Hansen Wakes In The Hospital After Being Struck By Lightning And Discovers Her Mother, Kat, Has Been Murdered Eva Was Found Unconscious Down The Street She Can T Remember What Happened But The Police Are Highly Suspicious Of HerDetermined To Clear Her Name, Eva Heads From Seattle To London Kat S Former Home For Answers But As She Unravels Her Mother S Carefully Held Secrets, Eva Soon Realizes That Someone Doesn T Want Her To Know The Truth And With Violent Memories Beginning To Emerge, Eva Doesn T Know Who To Trust Least Of All HerselfTold In Alternating Perspectives From Eva S Search For Answers And Kat S Mysterious Past, Christina McDonald Has Crafted Another Complex, Emotionally Intense Publishers Weekly Domestic Thriller Behind Every Lie Explores The Complicated Nature Of Mother Daughter Relationships, Family Trauma, And The Danger Behind Long Held Secrets Do you like twisty, turny plots that make your head spin and unreliable narrators Then this is the book for you This is the first book that I have read by this author Eva is the ultimate unreliable narrator as she has been struck by lightning and can t remember much, if anything, about the night that her mother was murdered, along with an unnamed man She was, however, found by the police not very far from her mother s house, outside in the storm, known to have been struck by lightning When hospitalized she is unconscious at first, unable to speak and in an incredible amount of pain She also exhibited red, feathery lines on her arm, defined by Wikipedia as follows 90% of those struck by lightning survive, the electrical discharge scars some of them with a tattoo like mark, known as the Lichtenberg figure The blistering heat, light, and electricity can also damage your eyes Eva can only remember going out to dinner with her mother, Kat, Lily, her mother s best friend and her brother Andrew, in honor of her mother receiving an award for saving a child s life.The rest is a blur of flashes in her memory.The police consider Eva a suspect but in her mind she is quite certain she didn t kill her mother though she has some disturbing flashbacks at times She leaves the hospital, against the doctor s advice, with her fiance, Liam, to his secluded home This novel is told from two points of view, Eva s, and Kat, her mother It is also told in two storylines, the past, told through Kat s voice, and the present, Eva s voice This can be confusing at first, but hang in there and all will be explained by the end Eva also travels to London where she believes there are clues to unravel her history and this murder, so you have two cities where the novel takes place London was Kat s home before settling in Seattle Everyone has secrets, including Eva and her relationship with her mother had at times been rocky, they have very different personalities Eva felt I couldn t trust anything Not what I remembered, not what I thought I saw, Not myself I enjoyed this book because it really kept me guessing until the end There are a multitude of characters, including Eva, Kat, Lily, Liam and Jacob, her childhood friend This is one of those books that would be best read in several consecutive sittings, at least that was the only way that I could keep track of what was going on.This was a 4 star rounded down to a 4 because you really have to suspend some belief because of the large cast of characters and the multitude of puzzle pieces that must come together for a resolution I would still recommend this book to mystery thriller readers who like an intricately plotted novel I look forward to the next novel from this author.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.The novel is set to publish on February 4, 2020 This was a Traveling Sisters read. I loved The Night Olivia Fell and when I reviewed it, I described it as emotional and suspenseful The relationship between Mother and Daughter felt so authentic and having to say GOODBYE was heartbreaking In this book, I am guessing that the author was going for of a thriller with twists you won t see coming story.But, I preferred the style of her first book of a suspenseful, women s fiction novel I missed the well developed characters and relationships of her debut the realistic dialogue, the anguish.The GOODBYES in this book seemed too easy the characters didn t seem to feel any loss or pain.This book required the reader to SUSPEND DISBELIEF.I don t do well with that At all But, as you can see from the many 5 star reviews, there are definitely readers who have no problem doing that Perhaps YOU will be one of those readers Many thanks to Netgalley, Gallery Books and Christina McDonald for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review This title will be released on Feb 4, 2020. Unsettling, illuminating wholly absorbing BEHIND EVERY LIE by CHRISTINA MCDONALD has quite the opening scene and a premise that definitely hooked me and kept me entertained and completely invested in It was such an emotionally intense, suspenseful, enjoyable, and entertaining mother daughter domestic thriller It is packed full of drama and atmosphere The vivid descriptions added to the tension for me and definitely helped to set the mood.CHRISTINA MCDONALD delivers a complex, captivating, dark, character driven, gripping, intriguing and well written read here that is told in alternating perspectives from Eva s after being hit by lightning and Kat s mysterious past I thoroughly enjoyed our main character here and it was extremely fun trying to figure out if her memory was affected by being struck by lightning or if there was something else going on here My absolute favourite is an unreliable character.I absolutely love it when a book starts out with a bang and has plenty of questions for us to ponder but gives me this firm grasp that I know exactly where the story is headed These types of stories are so satisfying for me as I like it when an author guides us to the conclusion and then throws in a surprising twist ending that totally works then I m one happy reader She writes these emotionally charged stories that taps right into all your emotions as well as this deep sense of foreboding to make it quite the suspenseful storytelling.Norma s Stats Cover Impending doom, ominous, foreboding, haunting, eye catching and a fitting representation to storyline Title Intriguing, suspenseful, affecting and an extremely fitting representation to storyline.Writing Prose Engaging, taut, readable, beautiful, and well written.Plot Steadily paced, complex, fascinating, foreboding, vivid, atmospheric, suspenseful, and moving.Ending A dazzling, clever, and twist ending that was extremely satisfying There were some aspects to the storyline that I felt were easy to predict but that ending totally took me by surprise Overall An emotionally charged intriguing storyline, realistic believable familial dynamics, and a well crafted intense mystery Would highly recommend Expected Publishing Date February 4, 2020Thank you so much to Christina McDonald for gifting me a copy of your book It was an absolute pleasure reading this novel and I LOVED the reading experience Christina McDonald pulled my heartstrings every which way with her emotional mystery The Night Olivia Fell Now she is giving us a suspenseful thriller about a woman who wakes up from having been struck by lightning and finding out that her mother has been murdered Eva has vague and confusing thoughts about having been with her mother when she was murdered, with blood everywhere, including on Eva s own hands and now a detective is hounding her for the details of that night But just like the time Eva experienced another traumatic event in her life, she can t remember what happened that night The story is told from the viewpoints of Eva and her mother Kat There are so many coincidences or are they coincidences , shocks, twists, mysteries, piled on, one after another, that I wasn t able to enjoy the ride with this story So very much happened to Eva and her mom Kat that I was waiting for them all to get struck by lightning twice for Eva , with lightning flashing behind characters at critical moments But rest assured, even if Eva didn t get struck by lightning twice, about every other bad thing that could happen to a person did happen to her It all was than a bit too much for me Even so, I want to thank the author for taking good care of the cat Thank you to Gallery, Pocket Books and NetGalley for this ARC. Christina McDonald joined us for a fun evening in the Q A in the Behind The Pages Group She gave us a spoiler free sneak peek into Behind Every Lie and some insight to The Night Olivia Fell We are now even excited to read Behind Every Lie To view the Q A You can find it herehttps www.goodreads.com topic show Three confusing, guilt feeling, my head is about to explode because of overthinking stars I truly confess, when I read Night Olivia Fell , I mostly enjoyed the writing style and the author s approach of mother and daughter relationship But I considered that book is an emotional fiction and I didn t find it mysterious and thrilling enough so I gave three stars which I regretted and thought to write an upgraded review because nothing was irritating about the book Just I wished to read something heart throbbing and juicy And this new book is than juicy It is raw, rare, head spinning kind of twisty, full of surprises but those too much sucker punching, back stabbing, you didn t see it coming did you moron reader, look I am so smart and you just paralyzed with shock, you cannot even move an inch kind of edgy, stunning, sudden twists are TOO MUCH to absorb There are so many coincidences I don t want to give spoilers but Kat s realization about some important pieces of puzzle depending on remembering the suspicious guy s watch brand Because her abuser husband preferred the same brand of watch Oh come on The story starts with celebration dinner Eva, her mother Kat, brother Andrew and mother s bestie, her fairy auntie Lily gather together to raise their glasses for Kat s heroic act to save an innocent child.We catch glimpses about mother and daughter s problematic relationship Eva has a secret about her past that no one believes in her She keeps the police reports secret from her fiancee and she terrifies her mother can spill the beans so she hesitates to introduce him to her family And then at the next chapter she finds herself at the hospital bed, STRUCK BY THE LIGHTNING yes, you read it right, I don t know why the author found so extreme solution to punish her character Without any light striking or natural disaster, Eva may still suffer from amnesia Her brain may naturally rejects the things happened that night because of heavy traumatic experience she endured She finds out her mother stabbed several times and brutally murdered And she is the prime suspect of the killing So she needs to gather the lost pieces of her memory but to do it effectively, she needs to face the secrets and lies that her family had carried for years WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK Two POVED story telling and impeccable, genuine, natural, well rounded characterization Both Kat and Eva suffered from different traumas abuse, rape, abandonment, violence, rejection but they are capable to find their own ways to survive and discover who they are Both of them are not great examples of heroines They have flaws, obsessions, insecurities but these attributes help us to empathize them and understand their way of thinking, what they did wrong WHAT I DON T LIKE ABOUT IT There are so many coincidences I had hard time to understand the motives of the probable killer waiting for so long to avenge Because his or her motivation had to depend on something sacred and emotional but this person doesn t have any of them So this makes let s say him or her a caricatured, artificial bad guy And all of those abuse, suicide, schematic runaway plans, disguises, stalker, obsessive characters are too much for one story All those materials could be used for two different books We didn t need so much surprises to engage with the story at all At the revelation part, all those information makes you feel like you re hungover from consuming at least 100 tequila and 67 Jagermeister shots I m talking from experience, this is my regular girls night out consuming, but I guarantee that next day you crawl and cry at least 7 hours or hit by a Christmas tree another experience but i did it myself, don t ask me how I think those things I drank were not only eggnogs My spider senses guessed most of the surprises but I still kept repeated WHAT WHAT WHAT OH ISN T IT ENOUGH Thankfully after the heroine was struck by the lightning, she wasn t also crushed by the truck and crumbled under the falling piano coming out of nowhere at the very same night I don t suggest her play lottery She is unluckiest heroine I ve ever seen and she may also presumed murderer Poor Eva Some parts of the book I gave hysterical laughs because it turned into an over exaggerated B rated thriller movies So I gave three stars but I liked the characters, riveting, fast pacing, high tempo and story telling If there weren t so many twists and some simpler solution to solve the mystery, I could happily give points because the author is brilliant and has so much potential.Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Pocket Books for sharing this ARC COPY with me in exchange for my honest review Christina McDonald follows up her smashing debut The Night Olivia Fell with another winner McDonald starts with a bang, then builds the action steadily, a gradual unfolding of secrets and lies that will have you constantly switching alliances Read it like I did, in one sitting and straight through to The End, because you won t want to put this one down.