“The Lies I Tell” by Julie Clark (Landmark Sourcebooks)
Free up your schedule to read “The Lies I Tell” because this book is almost impossible to put down from the first page.
It begins from the perspective of Kat Roberts, a dissatisfied journalist who waited 10 years to expose the many scams of Meg Williams, a con artist she blames for altering the course of her own life while on a difficult trajectory. She spots Meg across the room at a crowded political fundraiser and finally feels her revenge fantasy is within reach.
The story then shifts to Meg’s first-person narrative. On the surface, she attends the fundraiser at the invitation of a new friend to mingle and network. In fact, she’s been plotting for weeks to get invited. Meg is adept at getting in the way of all the right people to open doors and gain access to others. She has her own retaliatory plan underway against the state senator candidate for whom the fundraiser is intended.
Kat and Meg meet, each thinking they are playing against each other. They quickly build a friendship or fauxship, but soon find themselves caring for each other. This is obviously not supposed to happen when you lie to each other about your intentions. Over time, they’ve each let their guard down just enough to see the real person they are.
The book changes the perspectives between Kat and Meg so that the reader is aware of their true intentions from the start. For the reader, these revelations raise questions about the possible gray area of doing what is “wrong” in order to do things well.
Clark, the best-selling novelist of “The Last Flight,” has also created a cautionary tale on the internet and social media. If someone is good at sleuthing, they can create a full profile of a person based on their digital footprint. This book may make you think twice about sharing your every move with the world, because you never know who’s paying attention.