Book Review: All The Beautiful Lies

Book Summary:

Harry Ackerson is on the eve of graduating from college when his stepmother calls and says his father is dead. So he skips the ceremony and heads home to Maine.

His father had only been married to the younger Alice for a few years, so Harry doesn’t know her all that well.

Then the police say they think that his father was murdered, and Harry begins to look at everyone in their orbit. Who could have killed his affable father who everyone seemed to love?

A mysterious young woman appears on the scene and Harry begins to wonder if she was involved in his father’s life, though she denies it.

His sensual stepmother is coming on to him, and he needs to figure out who Grace actually is. He does not believe her reasons for suddenly coming to town.

Harry has a growing fear that both Grace and Alice are hiding secrets. Do they know who killed his father? Were they involved?

My Review:

This was a good read. I was interested in the story line. And shocked at the ending. It wasn’t one of those books I couldn’t put down though.

About The Author:

peter swanson

Peter Swanson is the author of four novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; and his most recent, All the Beautiful Lies.

His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science FictionThe Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.

A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat.

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5 Comments

  1. Brenda,

    YOu have been on my mind since you posted about bringing Abi home. It is so hard to loose a loved one and my thoughts are with you as you deal with the loss of your sweet girl.

  2. It sounds like a decent book. I really like a book that I “can’t put down though”—as I know you do, too.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Brenda! xo Diana

  3. I love a mystery and especially one with an unexpected twist. 4 stars is a pretty darned good review. Placing this on my library list.

    Thinking of you and wishing you good memories.