The Lies That Bind
In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted, a woman is falling hard for a man she's just met when he disappears without a trace on 9/11.It's 2 a.m. in a dive bar on the Lower East Side, May 2001. Cecily figures it's the perfect place to order a beer and try to forget that she's just been dumped by the man she suspects she'll always think of as The One Who Got Away. Her best friend warned her to hunker down and avoid any risk of late-night drunk dialing, and she should have listened, because she's so tempted. . . ."Don't do it," says the guy on the barstool next to her. "Don't call him."He talks her off the ledge, and they have another beer. Then at last call, they toast to "moving on" before going their separate ways. Except as she's about to say goodbye, she decides to ask his name instead. And just like that, her life is changed forever.But has she found her soulmate only to lose him a few months later?

The Lies That Bind Details

TitleThe Lies That Bind
Author
ReleaseJun 2nd, 2020
PublisherDoubleday Canada
ISBN-139780385689731
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Adult, Audiobook, Historical, Historical Fiction, New York

The Lies That Bind Review

  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure I’ve ever frantically turned the pages of a book with a plot as utterly ridiculous as I found this one to be. I’m blaming it on the intermittent bouts of insomnia I’m experiencing at the moment and the shock of Cecily’s immature antics that wouldn’t let me look away. I vacillated between intrigue and eye-rolling for the entirety of my read through. But, who am I kidding, mostly eye-rolling.Truth be told, I consider myself a pretty big fan when it comes to Emily Giffin’s early work. I’m not sure I’ve ever frantically turned the pages of a book with a plot as utterly ridiculous as I found this one to be. I’m blaming it on the intermittent bouts of insomnia I’m experiencing at the moment and the shock of Cecily’s immature antics that wouldn’t let me look away. I vacillated between intrigue and eye-rolling for the entirety of my read through. But, who am I kidding, mostly eye-rolling.Truth be told, I consider myself a pretty big fan when it comes to Emily Giffin’s early work. I’m talking Something Borrowed and Something Blue early. I remember being so enamored with those pastel pretties I happily shared them with anyone who would listen. Unfortunately, I’ve found Giffin’s last few releases to be a hodgepodge, leading me to second-guess those giddy feelings from long ago. Talk about all over the place in regards to plot, feel, and emotional depth. No doubt, The Lies That Bind takes the cake for being the most underdeveloped and ludicrous of the bunch. And depending on how you look at it, maybe even a tad distasteful. Readers meet Cecily on a pivotal night. A month after breaking up with the guy she assumed would one day be her husband, she ventures out in the wee hours of the night and lands herself a stool at a dive bar. A few drinks in, she’s ready to drunk dial said ex. Lucky for Cecily, the stranger sitting on the next stool over warns her off and plies her with shots and a little conversation instead. A conversation that ultimately leads to a walk home and a spontaneous overnight invitation. It isn’t until the next morning that the new friends exchange names.Given there are a considerable number of spoilers, I’ll stop here and defer from sharing any specific plot points. What I will say, there’s a hefty dose of insta-love, some Jerry Springer-esc happenings, coincidences galore, eye-roll-inducing twists, and an overload of unneeded 2001 references to wade through. The one bright spot among the muck, readers get a glimpse of Darcy, Rachel, and level-headed Ethan from Something Borrowed and Something Blue .New York provides the backdrop for Cecily’s story, with 9/11 playing a crucial part in one of the plot points. Using that tragic day in such a crass way just didn’t sit well with me. And I'll leave it at that.What rankled my feathers—even more than the myriad of things I’ve mentioned thus far— was the blatant lack of nuance. There is little to no emotion or finesse behind Giffin’s words, translating to a surface level experience. In all honesty, I expect more from an author of this caliber. And I can’t say this experience bodes well for me picking up her next release.*Thank you to Random House/Ballantine Books for access to an advanced copy.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! I’m so confused! I’m pissed! I’m entertained! I’m heartbroken! I’m surprised! I’m so flabbergasted right now! Normally I’m not indecisive person but this book seems like written by so many different authors or one author suffers from mood swings because that’s a first for me to love this book so much but also hate it truly. It starts charmingly intriguing, hot and riveting then makes you curse to the characters for several reasons and in the middle a big bombshell changes everything: you t OMG! I’m so confused! I’m pissed! I’m entertained! I’m heartbroken! I’m surprised! I’m so flabbergasted right now! Normally I’m not indecisive person but this book seems like written by so many different authors or one author suffers from mood swings because that’s a first for me to love this book so much but also hate it truly. It starts charmingly intriguing, hot and riveting then makes you curse to the characters for several reasons and in the middle a big bombshell changes everything: you turned into a toddler, dripping off saliva and talking gibberish, shaken to the core, and then more drama, angst, trauma….. Then what? The one of the worst endings of the book history (I can compare it with GOT’s, Lost’s final episode or unbelievably the most stupidest screenwriting of Alex’ Karev’s leaving episode of Grey’s Anatomy)Let me tell you my problem with examples: Firstly, we’re introduced with our heroine Cecily, suffering from bad breakup, blabbering nightmare about Rachel Green and her “break” with Ross Gellar. (She should see the letter she wrote 18 pages-back and forth-) She misses her boyfriend so she decides instead of whining at the house, heading to the bar to drink herself numb but a perfect charming stranger stops her before she make a drink dialing to her ex and you know the drill, they talk, they like each other’s company and they decide not to talk about their names, having one night stand. (So, I think this book’s fast, hot and sexy chemistry, a little chic-lit-ish start deserves 4 stars!) But then the charming, sexy hero gives his name: GRANT! It should be ended with one night but yes unfortunately our soooo naïve, blind Cecily falls in love with Grant who has so many neon plates pointing at him as an “untrustworthy guy”. There were so many signs implicate that she should run without looking back. He doesn’t take her to his home, introducing her as friend, appearing at her place in the middle of the night, seems like he’s living a double life. What this asshole is hiding? Okay Cecily, you are young but you shouldn’t act like you just donated your brain cells for saving money for your grocery shopping. Come on girl: the guy says he has a twin suffer from terminal disease and he has to take care of him. But don’t you think most of his excuses he told you are too fishy! But I have to admit the brother was real and I feel like he was evil twin. I couldn’t connect with the character so well. Eventually my points start to go back and forth between two and three stars. And then: BANG! Of course from the blurb and the dates, you may see it coming: one of the most painful, tragic events of the world history occurs. Grant dies at 9/11: I have to admit those parts of the book telling the tragedy and afterwards, the psychological breakdown it created on the civilians, their sufferings, anxieties, PTSD, grief are told by the author incredibly impeccable. That was the great example of the perfect writing. It’s so much better than “The girl you used to know” novel’s approach. And there are so many bombshells, twisty, surprising facts Cecily has to face after Grant’s death which are magnificent. And eventually she returns back to her ex. Now she can have her happily ever after and I’m so ready to give FIVE STARS because of those amazing and powerful chapters.BUT…. Yes I don’t wanna spill the beans but guess who’s back, back again, Shady’s back, tell a friend! I know we need a little controversy cause it feels so empty without him. ( See! I start to quote Eminem’s Without Me, that’s the side effect book caused on me!)And more angst, blab la bla, more tears, more painful chapters later (my stars drop to 3 by the way after Shady is back!) we have a really bad conclusion of this starting great, developing well but ending unsatisfyingly story! Don’t get me wrong! I love Emily Griffin’s books so much and I was delighted to have an opportunity to read this ARC and even though I was agitated by MCs and too many meaningless angsty and heart tearing parts, I was so ready to give 4 stars because it was still above the average and especially 9/11 parts of the story mesmerizingly heart-wrenching and poignantly described. But I didn’t like the ending just a little bit. This is not fair for me and I found it abrupt and awkward. So unfortunately I’m giving three solid stars. I wish there would be miracle and the author could write another ending to conclude her characters’ stories. So much special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing/Ballantine for sharing this promising ARC (even I have questions about ending) in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I was really enjoying this book. I was all set to defend this book against the bad reviews.Then I hit the 80% mark.No. No, no, no.9/11 is central to this plot so this is not a spoiler. But the author uses it in such a rude, disrespectful, infuriating way. This is inconsiderate to the families who lost loved ones on that day. It’s offensive and degrading to those who lost their lives.I’m disappointed in the author for trivializing such a monumental event. A terrorist attack is not fodder for ente I was really enjoying this book. I was all set to defend this book against the bad reviews.Then I hit the 80% mark.No. No, no, no.9/11 is central to this plot so this is not a spoiler. But the author uses it in such a rude, disrespectful, infuriating way. This is inconsiderate to the families who lost loved ones on that day. It’s offensive and degrading to those who lost their lives.I’m disappointed in the author for trivializing such a monumental event. A terrorist attack is not fodder for entertainment. Full stop.This book was infuriating and the plot twist offensive. 1⭐️
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  • Janine
    January 1, 1970
    My eyes rolled so far back into my head I'm typing this review blind.
  • Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I am left a little lost for words for this one and I am struggling to put my thoughts in words. The Lies That Bind was a hard one for me to swallow. So I am going to keep this short and to the point of how I am feeling about this one.The Lies That Bind was off to a great start for me with Cecily and Grant meeting in a bar. I was intrigued when she reaches for her phone and he says "Don't do it--you'll regret it." Setting the story up for an exciting start for me. As the story progresses, a black I am left a little lost for words for this one and I am struggling to put my thoughts in words. The Lies That Bind was a hard one for me to swallow. So I am going to keep this short and to the point of how I am feeling about this one.The Lies That Bind was off to a great start for me with Cecily and Grant meeting in a bar. I was intrigued when she reaches for her phone and he says "Don't do it--you'll regret it." Setting the story up for an exciting start for me. As the story progresses, a black cloud started to form and an overload of drama was pouring down, and I was drowning in it. Emily Griffin pushed it too far for me by taking a real-life tragedy and surrounds it with drama and it all left me feeling sad and disappointed. Now, this might just be overthinking things again, so I suggest if you like to see the directions your story goes to look at some other reviews to see if this one is a good one to give a try. I received a copy from the publisher from NetGalley.
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  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    January 1, 1970
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***I’ve always felt that if something or someone seems “too good to be true” than it or they probably aren’t showing us all their cards! Cecily, a young woman working as a journalist in NYC has just ended a long term relationship with Matthew. It’s only a short time later that she is feeling down while in her apartment, alone, and she decides to grab a drink in a local bar. She ends up bringing home a total stranger, Grant, and they apparently fall head over heels in love. This ***NOW AVAILABLE***I’ve always felt that if something or someone seems “too good to be true” than it or they probably aren’t showing us all their cards! Cecily, a young woman working as a journalist in NYC has just ended a long term relationship with Matthew. It’s only a short time later that she is feeling down while in her apartment, alone, and she decides to grab a drink in a local bar. She ends up bringing home a total stranger, Grant, and they apparently fall head over heels in love. This inauspicious beginning did not bode well for a good outcome. There are many hints that things aren’t right with this guy, he doesn’t take her to his home, he is away a lot and shows up at times in the middle of the night, uninvited. Cecily is a late 20’s woman and I felt that she was portrayed as being very naive, most women I think would have caught the signs that something wasn’t right with Grant. He does tell her about his twin brother who is very ill, and that is another part of the story I’ll leave you to discover.The first half of the book I felt was entertaining enough and I did turn the pages quickly to find out what our heroine was going to do next. Unfortunately, for me, I felt that the plot was predictable, and I pretty much knew what was going to happen.I thought the time spent in the novel about 9/11 was very good. It demonstrated just how horrible things were for the people in NYC and the grief that surrounded the city. I enjoyed the character of Scottie, her gay, best friend whom she calls frequently for advice although she seldom follows it. Grant’s twin brother was a difficult character to understand, but we don’t really know much about him except for his battle with illness. There is another character, Amy, who comes across as very unrealistic particularly when she is supposed to be grieving for her dead husband.This was still possibly a 4 star book for me until the ending! “The Lies That Bind” definitely have Cecily tied into a relationship which doesn’t seem sustainable. I will leave you to discover the ending which was pretty unbelievable to me at least.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. This book will publish on June 2, 2020.
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  • Katie (katieladyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    There's not much I can say without ruining the entire plot, but this book was predictable and so cringeworthy it makes my eyes roll into the back of my head just thinking about it. The characters are all terrible human beings and have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. And on top of the abhorrent characters, the author uses 9/11 as a "fun, entertaining" backdrop with absolutely no emotional detail or significance whatsoever. It's as if the main character couldn't possibly be bothered with a nati There's not much I can say without ruining the entire plot, but this book was predictable and so cringeworthy it makes my eyes roll into the back of my head just thinking about it. The characters are all terrible human beings and have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. And on top of the abhorrent characters, the author uses 9/11 as a "fun, entertaining" backdrop with absolutely no emotional detail or significance whatsoever. It's as if the main character couldn't possibly be bothered with a national tragedy when she is involved in a "love" triangle (although I am. not sure I would call what she has with either men love...) Overall, I would not recommend this book. Thank you as always to the publisher for the ARC, these honest opinions are my own.
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  • Kelly Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Wow I hate to give a such negative review to an ARC but every character in the book was an appalling human being. I really felt like this book was disrespectful to people who were affected by the 9/11 tragedy. I guess you could say I couldn’t put it down but I kept reading just to see if the plot would go go where I horrifically thought it would and unfortunately it did.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    DNF because after Emily Giffin's awful comments about Meghan Markle and the reveal that she's been making such hateful, hurtful statements for ages, I stopped at 30% and never went back. I have liked several of Ms. Giffin's books, but in light of her non "apology" I can't and don't want to finish The Lies That Bind. ETA: Thank you to those who've liked this review and please, please don't buy or read The Lies That Bind--or any of Emily Giffin's books. I'm certainly sorry I ever did, and hope tha DNF because after Emily Giffin's awful comments about Meghan Markle and the reveal that she's been making such hateful, hurtful statements for ages, I stopped at 30% and never went back. I have liked several of Ms. Giffin's books, but in light of her non "apology" I can't and don't want to finish The Lies That Bind. ETA: Thank you to those who've liked this review and please, please don't buy or read The Lies That Bind--or any of Emily Giffin's books. I'm certainly sorry I ever did, and hope that her publisher cuts all ties with her.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC provided via #netgalley⁣⁣⁣⁣This may sound harsh, but I am just going to come right out and say that this was one of the worst books I’ve read lately. The premise started out strong, and then midway through, the book just dove straight into the ground. I feel like I just watched a horrible Lifetime movie (and that’s saying a lot!) ⁣The premise sounds promising-Cecily meets a stranger in the bar named Grant, who talks her out of drunk dialing her ex. They forge an incredible connection, but a *ARC provided via #netgalley⁣⁣⁣⁣This may sound harsh, but I am just going to come right out and say that this was one of the worst books I’ve read lately. The premise started out strong, and then midway through, the book just dove straight into the ground. I feel like I just watched a horrible Lifetime movie (and that’s saying a lot!) ⁣The premise sounds promising-Cecily meets a stranger in the bar named Grant, who talks her out of drunk dialing her ex. They forge an incredible connection, but after the 9/11 attacks, Grant is presumed dead. Cecily can’t begin to forget Grant or the love they shared, and the more she tries to move on, the harder it is. One day Cecily sees Grant’s picture on a Missing poster, and she becomes determined to find out more about Grant’s life. ⁣I was quite invested in the book until Cecily dials the number on the poster, but then events become simply far fetched after that. Characters that I was once rooting for became at once utterly deplorable. I grew quite tired of Cecily’s back and forth between Grant and Matthew, her lying, how close she became with Grant’s wife, Grant’s deceit and how he all but gets away with it at the end (there is no way he wouldn’t have gone to prison longer, no matter how tragic his motivation for the crime) and the fact that Cecily FORGIVES him after all of this and they rekindle their romance! Are you kidding me?! Once she finds out about Grant’s deceit she spends the rest of the book bemoaning his behavior and how betrayed she is, but then he shows up like a stalker at her house, makes a big speech, does his time, and proposes to her. Before all of this, Cecily made a big show of proclaiming that she is stronger on her own and is going to be more careful about speaking the truth and who she trusts. Yikes. What kind of message are we sending to women here? ⁣The only book I read by Emily Giffin was “All We Ever Wanted”. I quite enjoyed that book and was looking forward to this one, and this one just seems like it was written by a completely different author.
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  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Updated May 6, 2020. I don’t support racist authors.
  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Did Emily Giffin really just disrespect everyone impacted by 9/11 in her latest book? Yes, yes she did. I’ll never even try reading one of her books again after the last few were total slumps. And she’s not a great person outside of being an author either.
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  • Dedra Close
    January 1, 1970
    Using 9/11 as a huge plot is insensitive.
  • Alyssa Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for this ARC. Hi, huge Emily Giffin fan here [updated to say: no longer an Emily Giffin fan]. I have read everything she has ever written, and purchase multiple copies of her books to give to family and friends because I’m that fan. But what... was this. At first, this was so strong. I was riveted. Even more so when Giffin described the morning of 9/11 from the main character’s point of view. It gave me the chills. But right after that? This Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for this ARC. Hi, huge Emily Giffin fan here [updated to say: no longer an Emily Giffin fan]. I have read everything she has ever written, and purchase multiple copies of her books to give to family and friends because I’m that fan. But what... was this. At first, this was so strong. I was riveted. Even more so when Giffin described the morning of 9/11 from the main character’s point of view. It gave me the chills. But right after that? This book took a nose dive. It was so unrealistic and unbelievable. It was like two different people wrote this book. And the ending!! I rolled my eyes so hard. I did not love it.
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  • Lazina K
    January 1, 1970
    Not supporting a woman who thinks it’s ok to bash other women. A bully who does not deserve any support.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I'll be very honest. I don't care about this book and I will never read it. This Author Emily Giffin has displayed exactly who she is with her racism and bullying directed towards a woman of color through her social media. As a Woc I find her offensive and she will never get my money.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book as I usually like Emily Giffin’s work. Sadly, I was disappointed in this trite semi-love story in which two grown adults try to find out if they really love each other. They carry on like lovestruck teenagers, each thinking they love the other and each backing away when the fear of commitment overwhelms them. I found the characters flat, immature, and downright dull. Perhaps they are in love with the idea of being in love, but that generally doesn’t translate to I really wanted to like this book as I usually like Emily Giffin’s work. Sadly, I was disappointed in this trite semi-love story in which two grown adults try to find out if they really love each other. They carry on like lovestruck teenagers, each thinking they love the other and each backing away when the fear of commitment overwhelms them. I found the characters flat, immature, and downright dull. Perhaps they are in love with the idea of being in love, but that generally doesn’t translate to a meaningful relationship. I received this book as an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even know where to begin with this review, so I guess first, I rarely finish a book that I'm not enjoying, this book was making me angry, but I still wanted to know what happened. I generally enjoy Emily Giffin's writing, but this book was over dramatic with too many frustrating twists and turns.
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoyed Something Borrowed, you'll love The Lies That Bind.They're essentially the same story, only one is set against the heartbreaking backdrop of the 9/11 attacks. In fact, Rachel, Darcy, and Ethan even make an appearance in this story, which was fun...and a little nostalgic. I couldn't help but picture them as they looked in the film.Anyway...In the spring of 2001, following a devastating break-up with her boyfriend, Cecily meets Grant in a random NYC bar. What follows is a roller-coa If you enjoyed Something Borrowed, you'll love The Lies That Bind.They're essentially the same story, only one is set against the heartbreaking backdrop of the 9/11 attacks. In fact, Rachel, Darcy, and Ethan even make an appearance in this story, which was fun...and a little nostalgic. I couldn't help but picture them as they looked in the film.Anyway...In the spring of 2001, following a devastating break-up with her boyfriend, Cecily meets Grant in a random NYC bar. What follows is a roller-coaster relationship which ends abruptly on 9/11, when Grant presumably dies in the World Trade Center's south tower. Like all Emily Giffin's novels, I could hardly put my Kindle down...girlfriend can suck her readers in like a Dyson sucks in St. Bernard hair. Her secret? Her intensely likable and relatable characters--Cecily with her big family and Midwestern values; Grant with his unconditional dedication to his twin brother; and although stereotypical, even closeted Scottie, who is funny and fabulous. My one and only complaint, and it's a small one, was Cecily's wishy-washy decision making. Otherwise, all my reading buddies should grab a copy of this novel for themselves when it's published on June 2, 2020. Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
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  • Shelli
    January 1, 1970
    Apparently misappropriating 9/11 for romance plot fodder isn’t this author’s only offensive hobby. Apparently misappropriating 9/11 for romance plot fodder isn’t this author’s only offensive hobby.
  • Ilham Alam
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps this joke of an author (let’s be real, she only got a contract because she’s white, not because she has any ability or talent), should spend more time working on her craft rather than slamming a biracial woman for reading to her son who’s a British Royal Prince by birth, because the biracial woman got too “uppity” and doesn’t know her place in the pecking order.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    Personally, I felt this book completely trivialized 9/11 and I just could not get past that, and how superficial the characters were.
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I do not support bullies, so I will no longer purchase, read, or recommend any books written by this author. Emily Giffin, you have lost a fan.
  • Jennifer M.
    January 1, 1970
    As several others have said in their reviews and from tweets, I will not be reading The Lies That Bind due to Giffin's remarks, insults, and bullying of Meghan Markle. Giffin's behavior is completely wrong and unacceptable. I will not be reading her books in the future.
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  • Mayana
    January 1, 1970
    This book was honestly a waste of money. I told myself it was time to give Emily another chance after the pro-cheating book that is Something Borrowed, and boy do I regret it. First of all trivializing a terrorist attack is offensive on way too many levels. Second, the plot twist in this book made no sense and after about 40% in the book, the writing just seems rushed. Keep your money and don’t be like me. I wish I could give it 0 stars, but I gave it 1 star for the editor who had to suffer thro This book was honestly a waste of money. I told myself it was time to give Emily another chance after the pro-cheating book that is Something Borrowed, and boy do I regret it. First of all trivializing a terrorist attack is offensive on way too many levels. Second, the plot twist in this book made no sense and after about 40% in the book, the writing just seems rushed. Keep your money and don’t be like me. I wish I could give it 0 stars, but I gave it 1 star for the editor who had to suffer through reading this like I did.
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  • Katie Mac
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.1.5. It's a rare rating for me, but this book is problematic. Giffin makes gratuitous use of the tragedy of 9/11 for her personal gain, and it is entirely inappropriate. She also somehow manages to create characters that are both hollow and unappealing, and the plot is nonsensical (especially after the halfway point of the novel).Between this book and her Meghan Markle comments, I don't think I'll be reading anything I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.1.5. It's a rare rating for me, but this book is problematic. Giffin makes gratuitous use of the tragedy of 9/11 for her personal gain, and it is entirely inappropriate. She also somehow manages to create characters that are both hollow and unappealing, and the plot is nonsensical (especially after the halfway point of the novel).Between this book and her Meghan Markle comments, I don't think I'll be reading anything else Giffin writes (or has written).
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    The Lies That Bindby Emily GiffinI am going to apologize to all you book lovers right this very minute. I read this as an ARC, and so I did not deplete my book-buying budget on this hot mess.The authors' audacity in using 9/11 as a back-drop for this so-called romance was absurd and hurtful to those born before, say the year 1990. This book may be appropriate for teenagers, but this idea was atrocious for anyone that was an adult that year. Yes, the characters were young, but the buying market s The Lies That Bindby Emily GiffinI am going to apologize to all you book lovers right this very minute. I read this as an ARC, and so I did not deplete my book-buying budget on this hot mess.The authors' audacity in using 9/11 as a back-drop for this so-called romance was absurd and hurtful to those born before, say the year 1990. This book may be appropriate for teenagers, but this idea was atrocious for anyone that was an adult that year. Yes, the characters were young, but the buying market still relies on those with the most cash, does it not? I am thoroughly insulted by this usage of a tragedy to push product.The characters were one-dimensional, did not grow, and had no meaningful relationships to add insult to injury. What links they did have, seemed to be tossed together at the writers' whim and didn't mesh. Cecily just seemed to 'bang' anything that was handy and called it love.The ending? Trite, cliched, and thrown together just so there could be a HEA.My apologies to the publisher, but I can't give you anything less than honesty.
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  • Chum
    January 1, 1970
    Awful. Don't buy
  • Khadra Hassan
    January 1, 1970
    Waste of money. Over dramatic
  • Connie Terrell
    January 1, 1970
    The book was just terrible. The plot was awkward at best. I lost complete interest after the first few pages. However, I painfully managed to finish reading it. I do not recommend it whatsoever. I wish there was a rating below one star! I think the author need to go back to the drawing board!!
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