An Honest Lie – Tarryn Fisher

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 320
Release Date: April 26, 2022

Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.
If she’s allowed to.
When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.
And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.
What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past.
This seething, gut-punch of a thriller can only have sprung from the fiendish brain of Tarryn Fisher, one of the most cunning writers of our time.


“Little girls grew into women and women grew into hunters.”

An Honest Lie is a feminist thriller novel that packs a punch and isn’t afraid to call out the patriarchy. What else would you expect from a Fisher novel?

The novel showcases FIsher’s love of women. The main, secondary, and tertiary characters are well-developed for their roles in the novel. Rainy is an easy character to identify with despite her secretive past. 

An Honest Lie has a fairly slow beginning. Readers are introduced to Rainy as she tries to fit in with her boyfriend’s friend group who have known each other almost all their lives. At the beginning of the novel, it reads like almost every other popular thriller. A slow paced and mundane deep dive into the secrets the main character is keeping. However, the novel turns on a dime once the past POV chapters begin to unfold.

An Honest Lie is told from two of Rainy’s perspectives, her past and present self. These chapters remain almost unconnected for most of the novel until Fisher starts to ramp up the tension. Fisher balances these chapters by engaging readers with red herrings and character conflicts. 

The ending of An Honest Lie is easily the best part of the novel. It’s action packed, but takes the time it needs to let character and plot points breathe. I always love an action packed ending, but climactic conversations between the protagonist and antagonist will always be my favourite.

Overall, An Honest Lie is Fisher’s best mystery/thriller novel yet. It hooks readers with an engaging plot and a strong female main character while challenging misogyny and the patriarchy.

*** I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Tarryn Fisher is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she immigrated to America with her parents at the age of thirteen. She spent the next eighteen years in South Florida, where she earned her degree in Psychology. A sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington, with her children, husband and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains and loves connecting with her readers on Instagram (@TarrynFisher, 80.2k followers). Visit her at for more information.   Tarryn is a Slytherin.






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