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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
The Lies She Told by Leila Kirkconnell is a thrilling mystery novel that keeps you guessing till the end. Long-suffering from her husband’s verbal and physical abuse, Mirna Bander has finally decided to do something about her dire situation. Setting her plan in motion, she boards a taxi and takes her three-year-old daughter Haley to a cabin she co-owns with her brother, where she can plan her future. Checking for local news, she is shocked to learn that her husband has been murdered and her lover, Jon, has confessed to the killing. The son of a reputable District Attorney and deputy Sheriff, Jon is detained, and Mirna returns to town believing in his innocence. As she tries to rebuild her life in her newfound freedom, she is hounded by the Sheriff, determined to learn the truth.
Leila Kirkconnell’s The Lies She Told is an engaging novel focusing on domestic abuse. With a plot that progresses more or less in a straightforward way, at a fast-enough pace, this is a book you would want to finish reading in a day. Several clues are interwoven throughout the plot that the reader may pick up, which makes the reading experience highly intriguing. The characters have views that the reader may not always agree with, but their voices are distinctive and relatable so it is easy to follow them. The chapters are well structured, inviting us to actively get involved in piecing together the information and completely immersed in the intimate, gossipy nature of the small town.