REVIEW: The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez

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“He could hit me until I was shattered into a million pieces, and when it was all over, I’d rise again, find a way to put myself back together, and carry the fuck on because no one else was ever going to do it for me.”

Back of the book blurb:


Truth: From over a thousand miles away, I watched on the screen of my phone as two men murdered my wife. And I was helpless to save her.

Consumed by hate and rage, I spent four years running from my memories. 

Until a shattered woman gave me a reason to stop.

Cora lived in a nightmare, but through sheer force of will, she’d turned it into something beautiful. She had a smile that could pierce the darkest soul. And with one glance, she shredded mine. 

Lie: I was only there for a fresh start.Lie: I had no idea what I was getting myself into.Lie: There was nothing I could do to save her, either.

But that’s the thing about lies—you never know who to believe.

Chase’s thoughts:



Publication Date: August 23, 2018

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My rating:




            Okay, I’m pretty sure this was my first Aly Martinez novel and I am not ashamed to say that the cover is what convinced me to sign up for an ARC (which was generously provided in exchange for an honest review). The cover is smokin’. And the description was just vague enough that I really had no expectations when I went into reading The Truth About Lies. Let me just say, what I found in these pages changed my life. The Truth About Lies is heartbreakingly raw, beautifully romantic, and one hell of a roller coaster ride.

“God, why did that feel so good? Someone assuming the best about me rather than the worst?”

            Aly Martinez has crafted a beautiful set of characters, a captivating story, and a breathtakingly raw world that will leave you on your knees by the end of the novel. I know (for me) it doesn’t seem like it, but it’s honestly rare for me to find a novel where I care about the characters so deeply. Even though I wanted more from the rest of the girls in the book, I still was rooting for every single one of them in the end. And I think you have to be a truly special writer to evoke those kinds of emotions in your reader—to where they’re caring wholeheartedly about secondary characters. And Aly Martinez absolutely hits that mark.

“Because I feel it when you leave.”

            THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKIN’ SWOON-WORTHY. Penn and Cora’s relationship is beautiful. You have Penn, this broody, broken man who lights up around this independent bad-ass of a woman, aka Cora. I absolutely love the relationships where they try to fight it as much as they can, but it’s inevitable because there is such an attraction and draw between them. It’s enticing and sexy and incredible.

“I take care of people, Penn. They don’t take care of me.”

            Oh, the angst! It’s on par with Kandi Steiner-level angst. I’m not kidding, my office at work probably has video of me crying over the ending of this book because it DESTROYED MY SOUL. I am sooo thankful there’s a second book and it’s out SOOO soon. Because trust me, you will get so addicted to these characters and this world and this story that you will never want it to end.

            The Truth About Lies is your next favorite angst-y and romantic read. Please pick this one up and let’s talk about it because Penn is everything, okay?!

Happy Reading!


Love,
The Wandereader

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