JSD Book Review: The Lies that Bind

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Books: The Lies that Bind byEmily Giffin

If you read and liked Beach Read, any of the Paradise trilogy books or are a fan of chic lit, you’ll enjoy this book!

Jet Set Darlings Book Review:

I haven’t read an Emily Giffin book since Something Blue and Something Borrowed years ago and was a bit skeptical I had aged out of Giffin’s demographic but I really enjoyed The Lies that Bind. I knocked the rating down a bit because I found it pretty predictable but the ending had a nice twist I wasn’t expecting. In a way, I really related to the main character, Cecily, and can appreciate her difficult decisions. If I were in her shoes, I don’t know if I would have been brave enough to do the same but I love the realistic approach Giffin takes.

Generally, I think it’s a well written, easy to read novel. It certainly touches on some sensitive topics but overall it’s a really charming love story that’s both sweet and sour. I think this would be a great book club pick because it’s a little controversial but you’ll just have to read it to find out why!

Book Synopsis (from Amazon):

It’s 2 A.M. on a Saturday night in the spring of 2001, and twenty-eight-year-old Cecily Gardner sits alone in a dive bar in New York’s East Village, questioning her life. Feeling lonesome and homesick for the Midwest, she wonders if she’ll ever make it as a reporter in the big city—and whether she made a terrible mistake in breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Matthew. 

As Cecily reaches for the phone to call him, she hears a guy on the barstool next to her say, “Don’t do it—you’ll regret it.” Something tells her to listen, and over the next several hours—and shots of tequila—the two forge an unlikely connection. That should be it, they both decide the next morning, as Cecily reminds herself of the perils of a rebound relationship. Moreover, their timing couldn’t be worse—Grant is preparing to quit his job and move overseas. Yet despite all their obstacles, they can’t seem to say goodbye, and for the first time in her carefully constructed life, Cecily follows her heart instead of her head. 

Then Grant disappears in the chaos of 9/11. Fearing the worst, Cecily spots his face on a missing-person poster, and realizes she is not the only one searching for him. Her investigative reporting instincts kick into action as she vows to discover the truth. But the questions pile up fast: How well did she really know Grant? Did he ever really love her? And is it possible to love a man who wasn’t who heseemed to be? 

The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth—in our relationships, our careers, and deep within our own hearts.

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