The Lie She Told by Catherine Yaffe – Blog Tour

Today I am so excited to be reviewing The Lie She Told by Catherine Yaffe. Thank you to Zoe-Lee from for organising this tour and to Catherine Yaffe for a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.


All Kate Wanted Was A Peaceful Life. 

All Ryan Wanted To Do Was Destroy it. 

Living in the remote Scottish Highlands under Witness Protection, life is finally happy for Kate Ward and her young son Joe, until someone from Kate’s past appears. Ryan Albright is the only person that knows all of Kate’s secrets, and what she had to do to escape her previous abusive relationship. Ryan is determined to complete the mission set for him by Kate’s ex-husband.

Systematically and violently, he pulls Kate’s new world apart with devastating consequences for everyone around him, including Kate who must face up to the lie she told.

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My Thoughts

The opening really packs a punch and completely drew me in.  There’s only a hint to what has happened but we begin with Kate and her son fleeing their house in Leeds and starting a new, idyllic life in Scotland.  But, all that is about to change when a person from Kate’s past appears who knows more than she’d like him to.

Things I love in thrillers:

– Dual timelines

– Unreliable characters

– A lot of suspense and tension

And all these things are in The Lie She Told. 

The dual timeline is great for building suspense and tension and I was racing through to get back to the other time.  It also contrasts Kate’s previous life with her more idyllic life and gives the reader more of a shock.  Each place is brought to life by the vivid description and is well crafted to support and depict Kate’s feelings during that time.  

I love/hate when I cannot figure out a character’s motivations or truth.  The title made me unsettled in the sense that I felt something was off and maybe there were things left to reveal.  This provided a lot of suspense and made it so difficult to put the book down.

This is a fast paces thriller with some unexpected twists and turns along the way and some sweet characters such as Jack, Kate’s boss and friend, to balance the darker moments.  It is a fantastic debut novel and I cannot wait to read more from this author.     

Author Bio – Catherine Yaffe

Catherine Yaffe is a full-time writer of crime novels, based in the North of England. The Lie She Told is Catherine’s first novel with the theme of questioning how well we know those around us. Catherine lives with her husband Mark and her cats Jenson and Button – she’s also a big fan of Formula One!

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