#BookReview The Five Year Lie by Sarina Bowen @SarinaBowen @harperbooks #TheFiveYearLie #SarinaBowen #HarperBooks Title: The Five Year Lie

Author: Sarina Bowen

Published by: Harper Books on May 7, 2024

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 432

Format: Paperback

Source: Harper Books

Book Rating: 9/10

She thought it was love. Then he vanished.

On an ordinary Monday morning, Ariel Cafferty’s phone buzzes with a disturbing text message. Something’s happened. I need to see you. Meet me under the candelabra tree ASAP. The words would be jarring from anyone, but the sender is the only man she ever loved. And it’s been several years since she learned he died.

Seeing Drew’s name pop up is heart-stopping. Ariel’s gut says it can’t be real. But she goes to the tree anyway. She has to.

Nobody shows. But the text upends everything she thought she knew about the day he left her. The more questions she asks, the more sinister the answers get. Only two things are clear: everything she was told five years ago is wrong, and someone is still lying to her.

The truth has to be out there somewhere. To safeguard herself—and her son—she’ll have to find it before it finds her. And with it, the answer to what became of Drew.

With a heart-stopping romance that only Sarina Bowen can execute, The Five Year Lie is a page-turning, spine-tingling thriller that will have you guessing until the very end.


Review:

Sinister, sharp, and engrossing!

The Five Year Lie is a chilling, cyber thriller that transports you into the life of Ariel Cafferty, a young mother whose world gets turned upside down when she suddenly receives a text message that should have been delivered five years ago from the man she once loved but who suddenly disappeared without a trace.

The writing is tight and intense. The characters are mysterious, troubled, and multilayered. And the plot intertwines and unravels quickly into a suspenseful, intricate tale of lies, secrets, manipulation, familial drama, unexpected twists, heart-wrenching motivations, violence, and deception.

Overall, The Five Year Lie is a tortuous, clever, creepy page-turner by Bowen that kept me guessing from the very first page, showcased her ability to be a master of more than just the romance genre, and ultimately, left me shocked, surprised, thoroughly entertained, and eager for more.

 

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Thank you to Harper Books for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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