{Book Review} Lies We Bury by Elle Marr

Posted July 21, 2021 by shooting in Book Review / 17 Comments

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on Lies We Bury by Elle Marr which was one of my book club’s picks this month! (purchase link below is an affiliate link; I get a small % of any sale)

Lies We Bury by Elle Marr is a book that I’d seen around before its release and I definitely wanted to read it. I was really excited when one of my book clubs ended up choosing it as our July read. I think, overall, we all enjoyed it, but it’s one that I really had a good time reading!

The basic premise is that Marissa was born and raised (for about 7 years) in a basement with her mom and sisters (though really the other girls weren’t blood related to her). It’s been twenty years since then, and Marissa is desperate to carve out a normal life as a freelance photographer. She gets a job taking pictures of crime scenes, which is not her idea of a good time, but things really get creepy when she starts receiving notes and seeing items from her childhood at the crime scenes. Is someone after her? Is this a taunt? Is she now responsible for keeping others safe, by following the clues?

Well, that latter question is kind of what Marissa does. The notes are clues/riddles that she is desperately trying to figure out before more bodies show up. Interspersed with the present day are chapters about life in captivity, where you slowly get to know more about this makeshift family.

One of the issues that my book club friends had was with the ultimate culprit – they wished it was someone else. I can see their point, but it didn’t bother me much. I think it’s realistic enough and definitely something a bit different. I’d definitely recommend for mystery and thriller fans!

Have you read this? Do you want to? 

17 responses to “{Book Review} Lies We Bury by Elle Marr

  1. Sort of creepy being raised in a basement and lied to. I don’t usually have a problem with the who-did-it as long as the author did a good job building the case.

  2. Jen

    Wow, it is the last week of summer vacation, and boy has it been busy!! Sorry, I am just getting over here now. Creepy and intriguing-sounding story!

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