Why She Lied

A Riveting Psychological Thriller Based On A True Story

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
183 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2019
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Author Biography

WHY SHE LIED is based on my own true story. I wasn't going to write this book. I never thought I could because it was too painful. However, human trafficking is an epidemic that needs to come to an end. I hope I gave it a big enough voice to make a difference. I'm proud I was able to help detectives, while at the same time, dealing with my own personal hell.

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Why She Lied is a work of thriller fiction penned by Julie Coons, described as ‘A Riveting Psychological Thriller Based On A True Story.’ In a story fictionalized and dramatized from real events, we follow central character Julie as she experiences first-hand trauma that stays with her a lifetime. Finding out that her boyfriend is guilty of molestation, Julie aborts their unborn child rather than have the child exposed to a monster. Five years later, her now ex-boyfriend is a wanted man for exploits in trafficking, and Julie is sucked back into his world when she gets involved in an investigation to bring him down.

Part memoir, part fictionalized thriller read, this true story has its ups and down, but ultimately delivers an important message and a harrowing account of what its author went through during this turbulent time in her life. The writing is direct and often autobiographical, personalized to Julie’s experiences as a central character, though some of the other characters she meets are built up in a more fictionalized style. What really succeeds is the unique insight which she is given into the world of human trafficking, as well as the heartfelt emotional turmoil that she goes through when recovering from the abortion, and considering her own past as a survivor of child abuse in the past. As an author, Julie Coons is a relatable figure who readers with similar experiences can lean on. As a novel, Why She Lied presents the contemporary issue of human trafficking with a personalized viewpoint.


Why She Lied by Julie Coons reinstills my belief that reality is bizarre than any fiction. In her memoir, Julie Coons shares a part of her life that begins with romance but transforms into a nightmare. Under a lot of peer pressure and the influence of James' charming ways, Julie agrees to date him. He appeared to be a proper gentleman. He was very caring and eager to know her daughter. This eagerness, which qualified him to be a suitable candidate, quickly turned into a red flag. Julie came across a bunch of disturbing paperwork that pointed out that James was an accused pedophile. What followed was a hellish world of human-trafficking and Julie, unfortunately, found herself right in the middle of this ordeal.

Why She Lied is the second book of this author that I have read. Julie Coons' heartfelt writing always touches my heart. Her narration flows beautifully and takes the readers into a journey of pain, grief, hope, and several other emotions. She introduces each incident of her life with as much depth and detail as possible. Once I picked up Why She Lied, it was impossible to put it down. She slips in precious life lessons in her memoirs and Why She Lied is no exception to that rule.