Saturday, March 26, 2022

Review: The Lying Club by Annie Ward (Blog Tour)


About the Book

Author: Annie Ward

ISBN: 9780778389408

Publication Date: March 22, 2022

Publisher: Park Row Books

Book Summary: 

From the acclaimed author of Beautiful Bad comes an explosive new novel of revenge, murder and shocking secrets—where the victims aren’t who you might think. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Lucy Foley, and Liv Constantine. 

Three women. Two bodies. One big lie… 

A tangled web of lies draws together three women in this explosive thriller of revenge, murder and shocking secrets.

At an elite private school nestled in the Colorado mountains, Natalie, an office assistant, dreams of having a life like the school moms she deals with every day. Women like Brooke—a gorgeous heiress, ferociously loving mother and serial cheater—and Asha, an overprotective mom who suspects her husband of having an affair. Their fates are bound by the handsome assistant athletic director Nicholas, whom Natalie loves, Brooke wants and Asha needs.

But when two bodies are carried out of the school one morning, it seems the tension between mothers and daughters, rival lovers, and the haves and have-nots has shattered the surface of this isolated, affluent town—where people stop at nothing to get what they want.

My Review

Natalie Bellman lives a quiet life as an office assistant at a private school in Colorado.  She often comes in contact with the wealthy mothers of the students at her school.  She knows she could never be like them.  Then, she falls in love with the school’s athletic director and everything changes. 

Brooke Elliman wants what is best for her daughter.  As far as she’s concerned that would be getting her daughter into a good soccer program.  For that she needs the help of the handsome athletic director, who Brooke wouldn’t mind getting into bed with - especially since her husband left her. 

Then there’s Asha Wilson.  Her daughter is in direct competition with Brooke’s.  Asha will do anything to get the athletic director on her daughter’s side.  Meanwhile, she’s also wondering if her husband could be cheating on her. 

The tension between all three women increase when two bodies are taken out of the school.   

I was immediately drawn right into this story.  I was hooked from the Prologue. Throughout the entire book I was trying to identify the good guys from the bad guys.  Not an easy task with a cast of characters so secretive, scheming and conniving.   

It’s a twisty, sometimes soapy, drama that reminded me of Big Little Lies right from the start.  I can easily see this book played out on a movie screen.  It kept me captivated until the last page.  Just when you think it’s all figured out, it’s really not.  

This is a new-to-me author, but she’s on my radar now.  I will be on the look out for more books by Annie Ward.


For reading challenges:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2022
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2022
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2022


FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Author Bio

Annie Ward is the author of Beautiful Bad. She has a BA in English literature from UCLA and an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starring Adam Scott, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She has received a Fulbright scholarship and an Escape to Create artist residency. She lives in Kansas with her family.

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