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A woman’s trip home reveals frightening truths in a twisty novel of murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of And Now She’s Gone and These Toxic Things. TV writer Yara Gibson’s hometown of Palmdale, California, isn’t her first choice for a vacation. But she’s back to host her parents’ twentieth-anniversary party and find the perfect family mement A woman’s trip home reveals frightening truths in a twisty novel of murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of And Now She’s Gone and These Toxic Things. TV writer Yara Gibson’s hometown of Palmdale, California, isn’t her first choice for a vacation. But she’s back to host her parents’ twentieth-anniversary party and find the perfect family mementos for the celebration. Everything is going to plan until Yara receives a disturbing text: I have information that will change your life. The message is from Felicia Campbell, who claims to be a childhood friend of Yara’s mother. But they’ve been estranged for years—drama best ignored and forgotten. But Yara can’t forget Felicia, who keeps texting, insisting that Yara talk to her “before it’s too late.” But the next day is already too late for Felicia, whose body is found floating in Lake Palmdale. Before she died, Felicia left Yara a key to a remote lakeside cabin. In the basement are files related to a mysterious tragedy, unsolved since 1998. What secrets was Felicia hiding? How much of what Yara knows about her family has been true? The deeper Yara digs for answers, the more she fears that Felicia was right. Uncovering the truth about what happened at the cabin all those years ago will change Yara’s life—or end it.


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A woman’s trip home reveals frightening truths in a twisty novel of murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of And Now She’s Gone and These Toxic Things. TV writer Yara Gibson’s hometown of Palmdale, California, isn’t her first choice for a vacation. But she’s back to host her parents’ twentieth-anniversary party and find the perfect family mement A woman’s trip home reveals frightening truths in a twisty novel of murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of And Now She’s Gone and These Toxic Things. TV writer Yara Gibson’s hometown of Palmdale, California, isn’t her first choice for a vacation. But she’s back to host her parents’ twentieth-anniversary party and find the perfect family mementos for the celebration. Everything is going to plan until Yara receives a disturbing text: I have information that will change your life. The message is from Felicia Campbell, who claims to be a childhood friend of Yara’s mother. But they’ve been estranged for years—drama best ignored and forgotten. But Yara can’t forget Felicia, who keeps texting, insisting that Yara talk to her “before it’s too late.” But the next day is already too late for Felicia, whose body is found floating in Lake Palmdale. Before she died, Felicia left Yara a key to a remote lakeside cabin. In the basement are files related to a mysterious tragedy, unsolved since 1998. What secrets was Felicia hiding? How much of what Yara knows about her family has been true? The deeper Yara digs for answers, the more she fears that Felicia was right. Uncovering the truth about what happened at the cabin all those years ago will change Yara’s life—or end it.

30 review for We Lie Here

  1. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Erwin

    I really really wanted to love this book, but I just could not get into it no matter how hard I tried!! The storyline wasn’t very interesting and it didn’t seem to go anywhere very fast. I did not like any of the characters in the book, they all really could use some more development. I had to skim through some parts of this book just to make myself finish. This was just a lukewarm read, overall. I will definitely give the author another try in the future and I may try her previous book, which h I really really wanted to love this book, but I just could not get into it no matter how hard I tried!! The storyline wasn’t very interesting and it didn’t seem to go anywhere very fast. I did not like any of the characters in the book, they all really could use some more development. I had to skim through some parts of this book just to make myself finish. This was just a lukewarm read, overall. I will definitely give the author another try in the future and I may try her previous book, which has great ratings. Thank you Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC in return for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I couldn’t get more excited after seeing RHH’s last book at the NG and best part is you can access it without even requesting! “And now she’s gone”was one of all time favorite reads and I also enjoyed her several previous works! The plot attracted my interest and beginning of the book was so strong which kept my hopes up for another five starred read but then… well it felt like the beginning and rest of the book were written by different authors because I truly lost my entire interest and kept s I couldn’t get more excited after seeing RHH’s last book at the NG and best part is you can access it without even requesting! “And now she’s gone”was one of all time favorite reads and I also enjoyed her several previous works! The plot attracted my interest and beginning of the book was so strong which kept my hopes up for another five starred read but then… well it felt like the beginning and rest of the book were written by different authors because I truly lost my entire interest and kept stuck in repetitive cycle ( same dialogues, unnecessary details about characters’ motives, actions, one dimensional characters and very foreseeable culprit) I had two options: DNF %20 or skim it! I honestly chose to skim as fast as I could. Overall: I was disappointed. If this book could be re-edited: with less pages and more character development, less repetitive situations and dialogues: it would have potential. I’m only rounding up 2.5 stars to 3 because I love the author’s writing style and beginning of the book was truly promising! I wish I enjoyed the entire book. Keeping my hopes for the next one! I’m still devoted fan of the author! Special thanks to NetGalley and Thomas& Mercer for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Prolific author Rachel Howzell Hall’s latest standalone novel is We Lie Here. It’s Yara Gibson’s parents’ twentieth wedding anniversary and she returns home to arrange the celebrations. Yara ignores a text message from a woman saying she is a childhood friend of her mother’s. When a body is found in the lake, Yara is shocked to learn who it is and that she was left a key to a remote cabin. Yara’s investigation discovers files regarding an unsolved mysterious tragedy from 1998. All sorts of unkno Prolific author Rachel Howzell Hall’s latest standalone novel is We Lie Here. It’s Yara Gibson’s parents’ twentieth wedding anniversary and she returns home to arrange the celebrations. Yara ignores a text message from a woman saying she is a childhood friend of her mother’s. When a body is found in the lake, Yara is shocked to learn who it is and that she was left a key to a remote cabin. Yara’s investigation discovers files regarding an unsolved mysterious tragedy from 1998. All sorts of unknown truths are revealed, with plenty of action and twists, that end with a surprising climax. The remote cabin prologue finally makes sense and so an enjoyable three and a half star read rating. With thanks to Thomas & Mercer and the author, for an uncorrected advanced reader copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and freely given.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    We Lie Here is the eighth novel by American author, Rachel Howzell Hall. Having escaped Palmdale three years earlier for a career in Los Angeles, TV scriptwriter Yara Gibson returns as infrequently as she can get away with. But she’s spending $5000 on a twentieth anniversary party for her parents, and she’s given herself ten days to organise the best party that Palmdale has seen. And maybe also mine her family’s craziness to write a script for a movie, tentatively titled, The Queen of Palmdale. W We Lie Here is the eighth novel by American author, Rachel Howzell Hall. Having escaped Palmdale three years earlier for a career in Los Angeles, TV scriptwriter Yara Gibson returns as infrequently as she can get away with. But she’s spending $5000 on a twentieth anniversary party for her parents, and she’s given herself ten days to organise the best party that Palmdale has seen. And maybe also mine her family’s craziness to write a script for a movie, tentatively titled, The Queen of Palmdale. Within hours of her arrival, Yara is getting text messages from an unknown number telling her: “I have information that will change your life!” A stranger accosts her in the hotel carpark, needing to urgently tell her something. Felicia Campbell, it turns out, is her mother’s estranged cousin. Angling for an invite? Yara doesn’t have time for this! The barrage of messages continues. “Please Yara Talk to me before it’s too late!” and “You need to know the truth RIGHT NOW!!!” Should she relent? A note with keys under her hotel room door: meet me at your mother’s favourite place. But the next day, Felicia is found, drowned in the lake. Suicide? Or murder? In between dealing with party preparations, the asthma flare-up every time she enters her parents’ house, her younger sister’s petty-criminal boyfriend, accusatory calls from Felicia’s twin sister, important things that she keeps misplacing, her mother’s demands and her father’s strange attitude, curiosity takes hold and Yara goes to the cottage on Lake Paz for which she now has keys. What she finds there raises more questions about her family than giving her any answers that Felicia might have had. Here she is, organising a celebration of her parents’ marriage, but she’s discovering cracks that were never apparent when she was growing up. Have her parents been lying to her all this time? On top of this, her car is vandalised, notes left, a strange car opposite her parents’ house: what is going on? For much of the story, we wonder, is Yara an unreliable narrator? Or are those around her gaslighting her? She’s off her anxiety meds and she’s stopped smoking; she does have a history of forgetting and losing things… it all has her doubting herself, what she remembers, what she has always thought she knew. Howzell-Hall gives the reader yet another gripping page -turner that has the reader leaping to conclusions and then second-guessing those in favour of a different theory, all the way to the dramatic climax. The astute reader might settle on the actual perpetrator, but the how and why of it keep them enthralled. Brilliant crime fiction. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Bring on the family drama! Yara Gibdon returns home to host her parents twentieth anniversary party. Everything is going to plan until she receives a sketchy text:” I have information that will change your life”. The message is from her mother’s estranged friend Felicia Campbell. Yara tries to ignore her constant “we need to talk” texts and phone calls. Then Felicia winds up dead. She left Yara a key to a cabin. This key will unlock all the hidden secrets from years ago. This key will also change Bring on the family drama! Yara Gibdon returns home to host her parents twentieth anniversary party. Everything is going to plan until she receives a sketchy text:” I have information that will change your life”. The message is from her mother’s estranged friend Felicia Campbell. Yara tries to ignore her constant “we need to talk” texts and phone calls. Then Felicia winds up dead. She left Yara a key to a cabin. This key will unlock all the hidden secrets from years ago. This key will also change Yara’s life. I enjoyed this thriller. It was a little slow in the beginning, but it picked up and I got hooked! The twist at the end I kinda saw coming but it did not take away from the story. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I'm not sure how to rate this because, while I loved it, it wasn't an easy read and took me days to get through, even with the audio. Not because of the subject matter, but from the writing style. No books I've read by this author are the kind you sit back and chill while listening or reading. You really have to pay attention. Plus the chapters weren't labeled very well. I would be confused about who was narrating. It was mostly Yara, but would sometimes go to whoever the bad guy was or other my I'm not sure how to rate this because, while I loved it, it wasn't an easy read and took me days to get through, even with the audio. Not because of the subject matter, but from the writing style. No books I've read by this author are the kind you sit back and chill while listening or reading. You really have to pay attention. Plus the chapters weren't labeled very well. I would be confused about who was narrating. It was mostly Yara, but would sometimes go to whoever the bad guy was or other mysterious things. It is a bit similar to These Toxic Things. Hall has a knack for writing around heirlooms and long-held family secrets and I love that. So while it was difficult to read at times, it was still well-written and a great mystery so I can't say I didn't really enjoy it. There were twists throughout and I definitely didn't see them coming!

  7. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    First, as a Southern California Native, let me assure you that this book describes Palmdale perfectly. It’s…not a place we choose to go, and if you need to know the reasons, read the book. Now, the mystery was a good one with a very surprising reveal. While I was suspicious of everyone, I truly didn’t expect the outcome of this one. As usual, the author’s characters aren’t the most likeable. If that’s a problem for you, I’ll tell you right now that you probably won’t like many (if any) of them, bu First, as a Southern California Native, let me assure you that this book describes Palmdale perfectly. It’s…not a place we choose to go, and if you need to know the reasons, read the book. Now, the mystery was a good one with a very surprising reveal. While I was suspicious of everyone, I truly didn’t expect the outcome of this one. As usual, the author’s characters aren’t the most likeable. If that’s a problem for you, I’ll tell you right now that you probably won’t like many (if any) of them, but they’re bold and realistic and I loved them, faults and all. This is a good read! *ARC via Publisher

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    In WE LIE HERE, Rachel Howzell Hall puts TV writer Yara Gibson through the ringer in a whopper of a domestic thriller that will have readers’ heads spinning just as fast as Yara’s does throughout the novel. In the town of Lake Paz, California, in 1998, a woman named Birdie is awakened by a noise coming from the cabin next door where a Black family is staying. She asks about the yelling as it is extremely late at night. They apologize and say they will be leaving the following morning. Birdie then In WE LIE HERE, Rachel Howzell Hall puts TV writer Yara Gibson through the ringer in a whopper of a domestic thriller that will have readers’ heads spinning just as fast as Yara’s does throughout the novel. In the town of Lake Paz, California, in 1998, a woman named Birdie is awakened by a noise coming from the cabin next door where a Black family is staying. She asks about the yelling as it is extremely late at night. They apologize and say they will be leaving the following morning. Birdie then remembers hearing something that sounded like a pop before going back to bed. In the present day, Yara returns to her hometown of Palmdale, California, to host her parents’ 20th anniversary party. She is staying at the local Holiday Inn, where she receives the first of many strange text messages. It begins with: “I have information that will change your life.” It's from an unknown number, and she angrily replies, “Who do you think you are?” Yara gets together with her younger sister, Dominique, for drinks at the hotel when she meets her cousin, Felicia Campbell, for the first time. It turns out that Felicia, who claims to be a childhood friend of Yara’s mother, was the one who sent the cryptic text. Yara confronts Felicia about the message, but before she can answer, Felicia yanks at her necklace and rips it from her neck. Yara and Dominque grab it back and are shocked by the aggressive behavior. They ask Felicia to leave and tell her in no uncertain terms that she is not invited to the party. After leaving, she sends Yara another text: “Talk to me before it’s too late.” Of course, Yara does not respond. Felicia remains persistent and sends a more detailed message, letting Yara know that what she has to share is very important and asking to meet with her the next morning at her mother’s favorite place in Lake Paz. None of this makes any sense to Yara as she is not aware of any connection between her mother and that town. Life is so hectic these days as she prepares for the big party that she does not want to bother her parents with any of this. Meanwhile, Felicia arrives at Lake Paz, where an individual leads her by gunpoint late in the evening to the lake until she sinks beneath it, never to be seen alive again. However, she does send one final text to Yara before meeting her untimely end: “Help. Lix uz.” This makes no sense to Yara and was obviously typed under duress. When she finally calls back, someone else picks up and informs her that Felica is dead. She had left Yara a key to the address where she had wanted to meet in Lake Paz. Yara visits the cabin in question and becomes enamored with the place that seems to be lost in time. When she’s finally ready to leave, she finds that all four of her tires have been slashed. An elderly lady holding a shotgun confronts her, having seen a suspicious character in the area earlier. Yara indicates that she was there for the day and it was her car that was vandalized. The woman calls the incident in and introduces herself as Birdie. She then goes on to explain that the cabin was owned by the Marsh family and at one time had housed famous Black musicians like Cab Calloway and celebrities like Dorothy Dandridge. She also talks about an incident that took place there in 1998. Upon returning to her family home, Yara receives a call from Alicia, Felicia’s sister, wanting to know what caused Felicia’s death. Yara’s mother warns her to stay away from that part of the family, but she is far too shrewd to know that something secretive is going on. What makes WE LIE HERE so frightening is the suggestion that your own family might not be who they claim to be. Rachel Howzell Hall plots this idea perfectly, and the reveal is quite satisfying with the appropriate surprises and twists in the final act. Reviewed by Ray Palen

  9. 4 out of 5

    Savitri (IG: bookishcatsavant)

    DNF at 47% I loved These Toxic Things last year so I was super excited for this title. Unfortunately, the characters fell flat from the get go, and the pace was dreadfully slow. Add a weirdly dysfunctional family to the mix and I just had to pull the plug halfway through. Why is everyone afraid of someone who verbally threatens to pack her bags and leave her family for the slightest event? I really tried reading it but when it takes me 10 days to get to just half the book, it’s time to call it qu DNF at 47% I loved These Toxic Things last year so I was super excited for this title. Unfortunately, the characters fell flat from the get go, and the pace was dreadfully slow. Add a weirdly dysfunctional family to the mix and I just had to pull the plug halfway through. Why is everyone afraid of someone who verbally threatens to pack her bags and leave her family for the slightest event? I really tried reading it but when it takes me 10 days to get to just half the book, it’s time to call it quits. Since I DNF’ed, I asked a friend to reveal the ending, and well, yea…I’m glad I DNF’ed. Enough said.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    Thank you, NetGalley, Rachel Howzell Hall, and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this book! This book will release on July 12th, 2022. We Lie Here is the third book that I have read by Rachel Howzell Hall. I have come to really appreciate her writing and I will never forget listening to her at a thriller panel at the LA Times Festival of Books! One of the things that I appreciate is that she often writes about Southern California, which is where I live. It really hits differently when y Thank you, NetGalley, Rachel Howzell Hall, and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this book! This book will release on July 12th, 2022. We Lie Here is the third book that I have read by Rachel Howzell Hall. I have come to really appreciate her writing and I will never forget listening to her at a thriller panel at the LA Times Festival of Books! One of the things that I appreciate is that she often writes about Southern California, which is where I live. It really hits differently when you know all the locations that the author is discussing. And let me tell you, Rachel Howzell Hall nails it. This book takes place in Palmdale. Yara doesn’t really want to come home but she is planning a huge party for her parent’s anniversary. Her mom, dad, and sister, can be… a lot. Her physical and mental health always decline when she is home. She is a TV writer, dating a US Marshal but going home makes her feel small. However, one afternoon a woman approaches her and claims to be her cousin, Felicia. She doesn’t seem stable but is insisting that she has information that concerns Yara. The next day, Felicia is dead. Then the messages start arriving and someone has been in her room…is it all in her head or are there deep family secrets that should stay buried? So if you happen to wander over to Goodreads, then you will see that the reviews aren’t raving about this book. I can see where they are coming from. There are a few parts that can use some polishing up. However, the story and the characters are on point. At first, Hall leads readers to believe that all of the issues that are occurring are from some petty fights from years ago. –No, she manages to entwine a deeper more sinister plotline. It also goes to show how important it is to deal with toxic family members. I can see why Yara just wanted to appease her mom, but it started to get to the point where she took the gaslighting to a whole new level. But as I kept reading, I realized there is a reason for Yara to subject herself to that toxicity. This is probably where the polishing up would come in handy. However, there were moments that were extremely unnerving and gave me the chills! Overall, I think this is a great thriller!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marisha (MarishaReadsALot)

    3.5 stars rounded up. I had a bit of a hard time getting into this one, but once it got going I was very invested in what was happening. The end was crazy, something I absolutely didn't see coming. This was my first book by Rachel Howzell Hall but it definitely won't be my last! 3.5 stars rounded up. I had a bit of a hard time getting into this one, but once it got going I was very invested in what was happening. The end was crazy, something I absolutely didn't see coming. This was my first book by Rachel Howzell Hall but it definitely won't be my last!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nadine in NY Jones

    put a muscle car on the cover of the book and I'm going to want to read it ... put a muscle car on the cover of the book and I'm going to want to read it ...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monica (is working the heck out of

    All in all, this was a creepy and compelling read, though I called the "twists" almost immediately because the clues were as big and wide as 18 wheelers. The other thing working against an otherwise great book was the TSTL heroine. Now, I’m all for intrepidity, particularly in female led novels, but tromping alone and unarmed back to a deserted cabin where you’d been attacked and threatened by A, a hoody-clad stalker/probable murderer and B, an overtly racist neighbor is straight up Darwin award All in all, this was a creepy and compelling read, though I called the "twists" almost immediately because the clues were as big and wide as 18 wheelers. The other thing working against an otherwise great book was the TSTL heroine. Now, I’m all for intrepidity, particularly in female led novels, but tromping alone and unarmed back to a deserted cabin where you’d been attacked and threatened by A, a hoody-clad stalker/probable murderer and B, an overtly racist neighbor is straight up Darwin award material, particularly for someone with a respiratory illness that might make escape and or self-defense difficult. Top this off with an investigating officer who should really have passed the case and you've got a load of disbelief so heavy you'd crack your spine trying to suspend it. There is also a made-for-TV, bootleg Black movie quality to this novel, one I’ve seen in others of hers. If you’ve ever seen movies like Uninvited Guests or other small budget independent black films, you’ll know what I mean. This doesn’t mean that the story is corny, but it lacks a certain cohesion, polish and sophistication. Check out the following trailers; hopefully, you’ll see what I mean in the differences between them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag6DX... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmDLS... Again, this does not mean that the book isn’t written well or that the plot is poorly constructed; it simply means that it lacks polish in some areas. All that aside, Haul does an excellent job capturing the sights, sounds and sensations of Palmdale. Her employment of concrete detail takes you into the dry, oppressive and painful climate of the desert. Another thing I appreciated were the touches of Morrison sprinkled throughout. This is especially apparent in the subtle, if pointed, social commentary conveyed through Yara’s concerns and coping mechanisms. What seem like critiques of black folks and black culture turn out to be marks of heroism, as those same supposedly problematic elements of black Palmdale become vital to ensuring the survival of the community. This is especially evident in Yara’s encounters with the white supremacist enclaves of the area and in her reliance on one of the central controversial figures for aid in her investigation. Ultimately, this was a twisty, albeit somewhat predictable, ride that kept me reading deep into the night. Four stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Yara Gibson returns to her hometown of Palmdale with big visions of celebrating her parent's anniversary. But those big plans go sideways when an old family friend comes to town, stirring up the past many tried to hide. I'm not sure why Yara was so determined to get answers following a tragic discovery. Not only is her health threatened just by being in this dustbowl of a town (she's asthmatic), but her safety is also at risk as it seems someone doesn't want her poking around. But despite everyth Yara Gibson returns to her hometown of Palmdale with big visions of celebrating her parent's anniversary. But those big plans go sideways when an old family friend comes to town, stirring up the past many tried to hide. I'm not sure why Yara was so determined to get answers following a tragic discovery. Not only is her health threatened just by being in this dustbowl of a town (she's asthmatic), but her safety is also at risk as it seems someone doesn't want her poking around. But despite everything she goes through, she just keeps poking. I have mixed feelings about this story. While I was interested in seeing what the big secrets were, the subplot regarding Yara and her family, minimized the tension I like from a mystery/thriller wasn't there. In addition, I didn't really warm up to any of the characters. As it turns out, the subplot regarding the family dynamics ties into the whole mystery, but the big reveal, while shocking, seemed to come so late in the story and was resolved quicker than I would have expected. Overall, this story had potential, I just wanted more tension to draw me through. *An ARC was received via NetGalley for an honest review. For more reviews, visit

  15. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This was my first dive into Hall’s work and I fell in love with her storytelling! This is a very well crafted slow burn mystery that spends a lot of its time exploring our main character’s family dynamics and drama

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin B.

    This one was a wild ass ride and I didn’t know what was going to happen. So many twists, unreliable characters, gaslighting. We lie here is a fantastically twisted journey into the world of those that won’t rest until they get what they want.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ABC_Ashleysbooks

    This book had a lot going on. Different layers made it complicated and slightly hard to follow. It was intriguing because I wanted to know how everything tied together, but this wasn’t for me, even at the end I still had some questions. If you love an unreliable narrator and complex layers in a dramatic family dynamic. This book is definitely for you!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pgchuis

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. I read and enjoyed a couple of this author's Elouise Norton books, but this one was a big disappointment. The only character who was at all likeable and normal was Yara's boyfriend Shane, and he was barely in it. Other than that the novel consisted of people quarrelling spitefully with one another, sending each other mysterious and/or threatening and spiteful text messages, Yara losing things and discovering things and repeatedly g I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. I read and enjoyed a couple of this author's Elouise Norton books, but this one was a big disappointment. The only character who was at all likeable and normal was Yara's boyfriend Shane, and he was barely in it. Other than that the novel consisted of people quarrelling spitefully with one another, sending each other mysterious and/or threatening and spiteful text messages, Yara losing things and discovering things and repeatedly going places which would exacerbate her asthma. I am not a big fan of novels where the female protagonist's memory cannot be trusted because of past trauma or because she is on medication, but mainly this didn't work for me because it was all a lot of a fuss over not very much, and the characters were just so exhausting and unpleasant.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    I’m a bit flummoxed by this book…Rachel Howzell Hall is a talented writer and I really enjoyed her previous book, And Then She’s Gone, but this book was not well-written or put together at all. The actual story was not bad, but it felt more like a first draft to me than an edited, close-to-being-published book….so much repetition, it just didn’t flow, and very little character development, This one needs some more work before going to print. 3/10. Thank you very much to NetGalley and Thomas and M I’m a bit flummoxed by this book…Rachel Howzell Hall is a talented writer and I really enjoyed her previous book, And Then She’s Gone, but this book was not well-written or put together at all. The actual story was not bad, but it felt more like a first draft to me than an edited, close-to-being-published book….so much repetition, it just didn’t flow, and very little character development, This one needs some more work before going to print. 3/10. Thank you very much to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for the advanced reader’s copy of this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Giulia

    Skimmed through the last two thirds of the book, after the repetition wore me down. I hate to rate this a 2 but I just did not feel this lived up to the hype. It may work for someone else. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the chance to read and review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ramblin Hamlin

    This one started off really slow for me and felt a little disjointed with a lot of filler. I felt like there was much that could have been cut out and with this book being on the longer side I wish that had been done. The text message conversations were confusing because it was hard to see who was saying what. It did come together in the end. For the last 3rd I couldn't put it down. I feel like the premise was good and all the bones were there but it was executed well. I loved this author's othe This one started off really slow for me and felt a little disjointed with a lot of filler. I felt like there was much that could have been cut out and with this book being on the longer side I wish that had been done. The text message conversations were confusing because it was hard to see who was saying what. It did come together in the end. For the last 3rd I couldn't put it down. I feel like the premise was good and all the bones were there but it was executed well. I loved this author's other novels so I will keep reading them but this one fell a bit short. **Thank you NetGalley and Thomas&Mercer for the advanced copy in exchange for my review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Stevenson

    I really wanted to like this book, but I struggled with it so much. I found the drama surrounding Yara to be strange - there’s stalking, lying, gaslighting & much more. I found her mother to be extremely manipulative from the get go, and this just put me off, especially with everyone making excuses for her. To me, it felt like the story was rushed & could have done with more editing. The idea of the story was interesting but the execution was lacking. I found that the last 20-25% of the book pic I really wanted to like this book, but I struggled with it so much. I found the drama surrounding Yara to be strange - there’s stalking, lying, gaslighting & much more. I found her mother to be extremely manipulative from the get go, and this just put me off, especially with everyone making excuses for her. To me, it felt like the story was rushed & could have done with more editing. The idea of the story was interesting but the execution was lacking. I found that the last 20-25% of the book picked up & had me racing through the pages, but it was too little too late. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    This thriller is a well written story which include a lot of very interesting dynamics such as the one between the main character and her mother, unfortunately a lot of it and even the main mystery gets lost in the writing that includes a lot of repetition and information that don’t benefit the story. However it was all pretty promising and I will most likely check out the author’s other books

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carey Baldwin

    This book is a knock out. I was blown away by both the author’s voice and the story. Great, fast pace. Fascinating characters. Twisty, engaging. 5 big fat stars from me. I’ll be reading her other books. So glad to discover a new (to me) author. What a pleasure. Among the best books I’ve read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Camila Lobianco

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher to give me access to this advanced copy! Sorry for any mistakes, English is not my first language. Plot This book talks about a woman that is going to visit her parents and, when she becomes there, an aunt she never heard of begins to say that she has to tell her something about her family that will change everything. The MC don't want to know about anything, but when her aunt drop out dead one day after, she begins to question herself. Mistery The idea was grea Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher to give me access to this advanced copy! Sorry for any mistakes, English is not my first language. Plot This book talks about a woman that is going to visit her parents and, when she becomes there, an aunt she never heard of begins to say that she has to tell her something about her family that will change everything. The MC don't want to know about anything, but when her aunt drop out dead one day after, she begins to question herself. Mistery The idea was great, but the execution was poor, what was really unfortunate because I was anxious to read this. The mistery is not one of those that will make you read untill the end, I actually couldn't care a lot about the mistery because the pace was making hard for me to care about anything. Characters The characters are a bit plane, and that's not a good thing to have when you are reading a thriller. Pace Realy slow. A lot of pages nothing happen and this made a lot hard to enjoy the mistery part, that should be the main one. Characters: ★★ Plot: ★★★★ Pace: ★★ Mistery: ★★ OMG, I can't stop reading this: ★

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krissy (books_and_biceps9155)

    Thank you @netgalley for my advance copy! I am a huge RHH fan and was excited to see a new one out so quickly! For most of the novel, we have a somewhat cozy style “whodunit” and a slow burn where things are not always what they seem, everyone is suspect and our narrator (Yara) is somewhat unreliable but the ending-damn! I did not see it coming AT ALL , like in the slightest! It was explosive and nuts!!! The characters are extremely vibrant, fleshed out and enjoyable. I felt like Dom was pictured Thank you @netgalley for my advance copy! I am a huge RHH fan and was excited to see a new one out so quickly! For most of the novel, we have a somewhat cozy style “whodunit” and a slow burn where things are not always what they seem, everyone is suspect and our narrator (Yara) is somewhat unreliable but the ending-damn! I did not see it coming AT ALL , like in the slightest! It was explosive and nuts!!! The characters are extremely vibrant, fleshed out and enjoyable. I felt like Dom was pictured so perfectly I could totally see her in my head while reading. I enjoyed the dynamic of the sisters and their relationships with their parents. It seemed realistic and felt genuine. It definitely showed the importance of family and the way they support/hurt us. RHH writing is trendy, smart and extremely atmospheric. She really transports you to where ever her novel takes you and I could feel the grit, dirt and wind of the Palmdale desert. Also, have to give props to the bad ass cover because it just screams amazing!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Coffee&Books

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So conflicted about this novel. I love this author and can't see myself never reading her. This was an OK read for me. I love a good mystery and I think that's what helped me going. I wanted to know what happened to Felicia- what secrets did she have to tell and how did she wind up dead before she could tell them? The interpersonal relationships between Yara and her sister, her father, her mother were given such pivotal roles in the story that I quickly grew tired of family dynamics. It's like r So conflicted about this novel. I love this author and can't see myself never reading her. This was an OK read for me. I love a good mystery and I think that's what helped me going. I wanted to know what happened to Felicia- what secrets did she have to tell and how did she wind up dead before she could tell them? The interpersonal relationships between Yara and her sister, her father, her mother were given such pivotal roles in the story that I quickly grew tired of family dynamics. It's like reading a romantic suspense and there's more romance than suspense. Where's the danger? Remember the dead person? I saw another reviewer say it was a slow burn and for romance, absolutely. Take your time. I guess I want my mysteries and thrillers to be a bit more fast paced. Rachel Howzell Hall has a great voice and a talent for vivid detail. I've never been to Palmdale but now I feel like I have. I much enjoyed her previous series and a few of her stand-alone novels.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Larry Fontenot

    When the main character of Hall’s great new book, Yara Gibson, receives a text message saying “Who do you think you are?” we might think that Yara has seriously pissed somebody off! But being familiar with some other of Hall’s work, I figured that roots were at the core of the message, not spite. This is a good read with great characters, a good plot, and the most horrific, mean-spirited mother I’ve met in recent novels. Yara is a successful Hollywood TV writer, but according to her mother, Yara When the main character of Hall’s great new book, Yara Gibson, receives a text message saying “Who do you think you are?” we might think that Yara has seriously pissed somebody off! But being familiar with some other of Hall’s work, I figured that roots were at the core of the message, not spite. This is a good read with great characters, a good plot, and the most horrific, mean-spirited mother I’ve met in recent novels. Yara is a successful Hollywood TV writer, but according to her mother, Yara is just knee-high to nothing. Yara is home to prepare a twentieth anniversary party for her parents, but it’s all downhill from the get-go, especially when a-stranger shows up to threaten her. Hall is a master of leaving red-herring clues, but in this book she leaves real clues (middle names might be the biggest). So it’s a fun book with family secrets, murder, and Yara thinking she might be losing her mind. There are a few things left unexplained (what was meant by the text message “Lix uz” – could be “Liz”?), but the climax is intriguing and strong. And I like the double meaning embedded in the title!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I had a hard time getting into this one. I liked Yara, but it seemed like someone was gaslighting her from the start. I couldn't figure it out as the family seemed loving and close. As more things went off with the dead cousin and Yara's memories were iffy you had to wonder if she was some how doing things. It didn't seem like it, but things were odd. When you get to the end and everything is revealed things make more sense now on many levels. This will be one of those books that is better on th I had a hard time getting into this one. I liked Yara, but it seemed like someone was gaslighting her from the start. I couldn't figure it out as the family seemed loving and close. As more things went off with the dead cousin and Yara's memories were iffy you had to wonder if she was some how doing things. It didn't seem like it, but things were odd. When you get to the end and everything is revealed things make more sense now on many levels. This will be one of those books that is better on the second or third reading as you can see hints laid out and know what is coming. I have to say, it takes a real evil person to do what they did here.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gerrie

    We Lie Here, by Rachel Howzell Hall, is a twisty thriller full of family drama, secrets, lies and a decent mystery. The setting, Palmdale, California, is suitably dismal and uninviting. Yara Gibson has returned there, her former hometown, and becomes embroiled in an old mystery and a new mysterious death. The characters are broadly drawn, and generally not likeable, especially Yara’s mother. The prose is solid, with good descriptive elements. While the action builds slowly, I found there were eno We Lie Here, by Rachel Howzell Hall, is a twisty thriller full of family drama, secrets, lies and a decent mystery. The setting, Palmdale, California, is suitably dismal and uninviting. Yara Gibson has returned there, her former hometown, and becomes embroiled in an old mystery and a new mysterious death. The characters are broadly drawn, and generally not likeable, especially Yara’s mother. The prose is solid, with good descriptive elements. While the action builds slowly, I found there were enough red herrings and a surprising twist at the end to make it an enjoyable suspense story. Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my honest opinion.

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