The Lies That Bind

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The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Book Review

After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend Matthew, Cecily Gardner finds herself in a dive bar. She’s desperately trying not to call him when she’s interrupted by a stranger, Grant. She and Grant form an unlikely connection, one they both desperately want to explore, despite the fact that Grant is moving to London. When Grant disappears in the mayhem of 9/11, Cecily desperately tries to find him, only to reveal more secrets than she bargained for. 

The Lies That Bind is the third book from Emily Giffin that I’ve read to date. I had a tough time getting into it from the beginning, but once I got through the first few chapters, I was able to connect to the story more and was mesmerized by the twists and turns in this story. What I thought would be an entirely straightforward love story threw me curveball after curveball, constantly keeping me guessing.

The story is told entirely in the first person from Cecily, the protagonist’s, perspective. I really connected with Cecily. I thought she had some solid character progression throughout the book.

I found The Lies that Bind to have similar vibes to In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, another recently released novel. So if you enjoyed that one, or any of Giffin’s other books, I think you would enjoy The Lies That Bind.

Thank you to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for my review copy! All opinions are my own!


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