Lies That Bind Us by Andrew Hart

Lies That Bind Us

From a prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author comes a chilling novel of deception under the sun…Jan needs this. She’s flying to Crete to reunite with friends she met there five years ago and relive an idyllic vacation. Basking in the warmth of the sun, the azure sea, and the aura of antiquity, she can once again pretend—for a little while—that she belongs. Her ex-boyfriend Marcus will be among them, but even he doesn’t know...

Details Lies That Bind Us

TitleLies That Bind Us
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Reviews Lies That Bind Us

  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    I’m going to be brief here, because this tale is not worth a lengthy exposition. As another reviewer pointed out, the decision to remove the sample pages feature most assuredly increases the chances of finding oneself staring in dismay at a literary pig in a poke. Such is the case here, for me.The first chapter is overwrought and overwritten, full of italics and angst, and failed to show me the alleged panic and terror this woman—we assume sh...
  • Suze
    LiesMy Kindle First Read choice for May- it is listed as Suspense, but I think it's more of a psychological thriller. The story took a totally different turn than I was expecting, very good read- entertaining.
  • Kerry Clair
    Tedious, superfluous, terrible charactersReally couldn’t stand this book. Disliked even the main character, in addition to all the characters. The story was just so overdone, the ending completely ridiculous and unbelievable. I wanted to put it down a hundred times and I should have.
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    2.5 STARSIt's revealed fairly early in the book that Jan is a liar, she lies about big things, she lies about inconsequential things. She's aware of this, yet acts affronted when people don't believe her. The book opens with Jan being shackled to a wall, her memory foggy. Then it flashes back to her arrival in Greece. It goes back and forth, but the present chapters were much more interesting, as the stakes are much higher. The flashback chapters...
  • Hester
    For those of you who actually go on vacation, I'm a broke ho, so I don't even take vacations, this is a story of why you shouldn't befriend strangers just because you come from the same country and why you shouldn't keep promises to meet up five years later. Jan is a mess, she's a liar and has been stuck in the same retail hell job for five years, maybe longer. She works long hours, her finances aren't the best she just lost out on a promotion an...
  • Lisa Dicus
    Gripping!!!Gripping, can't put the kindle down, read. I loved the way the author intertwined Greek mythology around the story line. Would highly recommend this book and the author. Onto one of his next books!!
  • Carolyn
    My free Kindle First book for May. I was surprised by how much I liked it. It presented Jan’s lying like an addiction. An interesting story of her journey to self awareness, entwined with the mystery and intrigue happening around her.
  • Nicole Patterson
    I chose this book as my May kindle first read book. It sounded interesting but I found it weird and boring. I gave it 2/5 stars because the twists were actually pretty good and I just thought it was going to end with Jan saying it was all a lie, so that was a plus that it didn't end that way.
  • Tammye
    Engulfed meI never do read a book straight through but rather just add it to bedtime reading for a few weeks until I finish. This book was different, I barely put this one down and finished it in 2 1/2 days. Great story, wonderful imagery. I felt that I was on vacation in Greece with them and I also felt their horror.
  • Liz Wright
    I ordered this book as my Kindle First book for May. The synopsis seemed interesting and I enjoy mystery/suspense stories, so I thought it would be a fun read. Other reviewers have found that the book was heavy on Greek mythology, but I found the mythology throughout the book interesting and not overwhelming to the rest of the book. The overall story, while formulaic for mystery and psychological suspense books, had parts that were different and ...
  • Dorothy Stone
    From the first page to the last you are trying to figure out who and why.This well written thriller keeps you guessing until the end. I usually figure it out well before the end but not this time. This Author knows how to grab your attention and make you feel like you are there. Would recommend this for anyone who loves a great thriller.
  • Danita
    Another review calls this a psychological thriller, and I think that's a good description. The story revolves around lies and secrets that are revealed as the story progresses. I had a hard time putting down this book because I was constantly making my own theories about how this might end, and I couldn't wait to see if I was right. You know from the first chapter that something very wrong is happening, as we find the protagonist, Jan, chained an...
  • Tracey
    This story was FANTASTIC!! Normally I dislike the back and forth between present and past tenses as it is usually used to help a terrible story. Here even if the story were told straight forward it would be a great story. I tried really hard to not get sucked in but I was completely carried away.
  • Armand Rosamilia
    This one left me guessing until the end. Intense and action-packed, this thriller was an amazing read. I will definitely be reading more from the author now, too.
  • Samantha Jungers
    This was my May pick of the month for Kindle First. My thanks to Amazon for providing me with this book.I chose this book because of my love for the Mediterranean. I had hoped it would give a vivid picture of Crete and I was hoping for a bit of supernatural something.However, that really wasn't this author's style. Yes, there was Jan's fear that her captor really was a Minotaur, but the whole time, the vibes I got were more along the lines of som...
  • E.C. Pollick Byrnes
    I'm surprised this book is ranking so low - this is one of my favorite reads of 2018! (And I'm normally a harsh critic).This is a story about lying.The main character lies to both us the readers and the other characters, and yet, she does share with us her true feelings that she hides from the other character, so we sort of trust her and yet we don't. I love characters that are multi-dimensional and have obvious flaws. I love the idea that this b...
  • Shauna Wood
    Lies That Bind Us by Andrew Hart sounded like the perfect read as I get ready to go on vacation soon.  This book was one of the Kindle First options for May 2018.  As I read the description I saw that the book was about a group of six friends going back to Crete for a reunion of sorts and it sounded like the perfect thing to get me into vacation mode.Lies That Bind Us is about six people (three couples) who originally met in Crete (Greece) in t...
  • Kristin
    A quick summary: Jan is on a vacation to Crete, a reunion trip for old friends she met there five years before. But instead of the fun days she remembers, this time the atmosphere within the group is tense. When she wakes up chained to a wall in a dark cell, she must try to remember how she got there, and piece together a darker secret from five years ago.I got this through Amazon First Reads, so fortunately it was free. The writing itself is ave...
  • Amy
    Despite the fact it's taken me a few weeks to sit down at the computer and write my thoughts, it's not the fault of the book or the author. I broke my patella a month or so back, and my computer sits in a location at my home quite inconvenient to wiggling in with ambulation aids. I am loathe to do much on my iPad or phone, because I make so many typos anyway, and that number multiplies on those devices. It's really vanity speaking, because I like...
  • Jane
    Who wouldn't want a free vacation in Crete? In Lies that Bind Us, Jan a clerk in Charlotte, North Carolina it is a great get-away from her everyday life. She has one problem in life that causes her to fail in every area of her life; she is a liar from little to big things and people soon realize they can't trust her.She is joining friends she met on Crete five year earlier along with a new girl, Gretchen. Marcus her ex-boyfriend is one of the gro...
  • Christine G Bridger
    Tense, hold your breath dramaThe story unfolds when three couples (Brad, Kristen, Melissa, Simon, Marcus and Jan). met by chance in 1999 and end up spending their week's holiday together. They seem to get along quite well and agree to meet up again in 1999 days time to spend another weeks holiday together. This time there is also a single woman with them Gretchen. All seems well when they met up but one of the people Jan tells lies that seem to g...
  • Linda
    This book was a thriller in every sense. It is a reunion of 3 couples who met for the first time 5 years ago and hit it off. So, one of the couples takes the initiative to have a reunion in Greece but not in a hotel as last time but in a spooky and isolated mansion. There is lots of intrigue and facial impressions and one couple had broken up during the absent period and a single woman who was friends with the lead couple is there but it isn’t ...
  • Michele Evans
    Great story- had me guessing til the endThis story was well written. It told about a group of friends who met by chance in Greece while on vacation and vowed to have a reunion 1,999 days later. The main character was a pathological liar - she lied so many times it was difficult to know when she was telling the truth and it destroyed her relationships, job prospects and education opportunities.Her ex boyfriend and two other couples were to be part...
  • Anamaria
    Slow and predictable storyI’m not sure what I was expecting when I chose this book for the Kindle First read, but it wasn’t this. The story is told in two perspectives - present and past. Present is about Jan trying to escape a labyrinth, past is Jan telling the story of how she ended up on Crete for vacation. The past chapters are long and monotonous, the present chapters have no sense of urgency even though Jan is clearly trapped. None of t...
  • Christine Wang
    Slow start, but tension builds quicklyLies, betrayal, and tension sum up this story. The start dragged on, but the tension began to build quickly. This was my Kindle First pick for May. I liked the idea of a reunion and vacation gone wrong. Not everyone is as they seem and everyone is hiding something. I liked the protagonist and narrator, Jan, better than I like most the protagonists in this type of story.Writing is good and I enjoyed the descri...
  • Katie Holder
    I chose this for my Kindle First for May. This book was proof that the unreliable narrator can work. It's written in first person, and while I don't usually like that style, for this book it was necessary. The author alternated chapters with what was happening in current time, and the events that led up to the current time, so you were led along with the protagonist - ostensibly as she remembered things, because her real time is tinged with amnes...
  • Jess Combs
    In general, I really enjoyed the story.  It was super interesting and kept me guessing the whole time (which I happen to love while reading a novel).  I felt as if I knew the characters and went through everything with them (which I also happen to love).  Generally speaking, when a book gives me those two things, I'm raving about it to everyone that'll listen!  Unfortunately...I was a little put off by the opening of the book, and not just be...
  • Penny Post
    Human NatureWould you team up with 4 strangers to get a table at a restaurant? This book starts with an reunion of 6 people who meet on vacation that has them enjoying each other's company and agree to do it again in 1999 days. Socialites, actors, rich people and two every day people meet again. Picture a very old mansion in Crete hours away from the nearest town, no cell service and you rely on your host and hostess for transportation. The perfe...
  • Jackie
    Everyone at some point in their lives has a person who they think, "Why am I friends with this person?" This novel is about an entire group of those people. This novel is about a group of unlikable "friends" who get together about fives years later for a reunion of when they first met in Crete. The main character is a pathological liar (this is established early on in the book) who is offended when people don`t believe her. The story also jumps b...
  • F.J. Harmon
    An unreliable narrator, a neurotic and truth-challenged protagonist, and mysterious incarceration keeps the reader guessing. The story, related in first person female voice, is an exquisitely written novel with flashes of foible humor and sprinkles of intrigue that keeps it light while showing us a compelling story. I was captivated in the first chapter and only wish the author had ended the story three chapter sooner. He had a great climactic sc...