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
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Lies That Bind Us

  • Kylie D
    A riveting thriller that sees our protagonist, Jan, travelling to Crete for a holiday reunion with friends she met there 5 years before. After a few days of catching up, including some heavy drinking and partying, Jan finds herself waking up in a dark cell, chained to a wall, with no idea why. The novel is told in alternate chapters, going between Jan's imprisonment and the events of the reunion holiday leading up to it. Which of her glamorous fr...
  • Joey R.
    3.5 Stars— “Lies That Bind Us” by Andrew Hart was a Kindle First selection that I put off reading because the premise of the book sounded weak. Despite the fact that “Lies” starts off ridiculously slow, my opinion of the book changed about halfway in as I found myself fully consumed by the very well drawn characters whose phony outer shells come off to reveal damaged, interesting people. The book is told from the perspective of Jan (ano...
  • 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.
  • Kevin Dowson
    Well, I gave it a day or so before reviewing and it still isn't much easier. I tortured myself over whether it was a 3 or 4 star book, in the end I rounded down to 3 stars, but it was marginal.The plot is good and fairly novel. There are twists, but to be honest I could see the outline of the climax and pretty much guessed the culprits from a little over halfway through. Some of the lesser twists were a bit of a surprise, but that predictability ...
  • 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 characters, 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 ...
  • Debbie
    3.5 starsWhat a strange trip - I stopped and started this one many times but kept picking it back up. I had to figure out what was going on in this seeming innocuous story that ended up being suspenseful and somewhat psychological. Sometimes it felt like the author had just taken a class on Greek mythology (Crete, Minotaur) and wanted to incorporate it into a book - fiction, mystery, suspense but at times wasn't sure how to go about it - or perha...
  • Julie Parks
    This felt like a bad copycat of Girl on the Train. Even the cover if you squint your eyes and look at it from afar.Just read go on Amazon and read the sample...only Chapter One at that, it's like it's trying to copy the style and Rachel's chain of thoughts. It's distractingly close, too. Only, Girl worked because we'd never read anything like it. Now everyone wants to be the next Girl.This book is supposed to be twisty and unexpected but I guesse...
  • 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...
  • Chelsey Burch
    Sorry, but I couldn’t get past the 20% mark. The writing was mediocre and the dialogue had me continuously rolling my eyes. I can deal with some pretty meh plots but I can’t handle cheesy dialogues... I don’t know any adults that actually speak this way.“You missed the drinkies!”*Ex-boyfriend sees ex-girlfriend in a towel walking down the hallway* “Hey stranger! I was just going to... is the bathroom free?”Girl: “Yes. It’s right...
  • 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...
  • Debby
    Audiobook Review:First time read for this author and it seem like it was going to be an okay story. However, I had a hard time following it. This was one that started off good and got confusing somewhere in the middle and made its way back to good in the end. This is a story where the major charactor is a liar who reunites with her friends in the Greek Islands. and decides to put on a "pretend" once again. However, pretending goes wrong and her s...
  • 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.
  • Marina
    I nearly ditched this book quite early on. I was interested in the opening of the book – manacled woman in a dark room – but bored by the interspersed story of six characters who were both uninteresting and unbelievable. I starting skipping through the book, just to get to the juicy bits. A sudden revelation ((view spoiler)[ that our heroine is a compulsive liar (hide spoiler)]) slowed me down, had me backtracking to check I hadn’t missed a...
  • Dawn Gaskin
    I have tried, twice, to slog along and get into this book, but I can't do it. I'm giving up. Jan, the main character, is so unlikable that I didn't really care who put her where she is, or if she will ever get out alive. Once I found out that everything I'd learned about her life, her job, etc. to this point had been lies, and that Jan is a habitual liar, I'd had it. Life is too short to waste time reading about a character I dislike so much.
  • Erika *and her little dog too*
    This book was... unexpectedly good.I picked this up as a Kindle First Read back in 2018 (if the date I first shelved it is to be believed), and it's been pushed further and further back into my Kindle library. Forgotten. Unloved. Unread. Until now.I could not put this book down. Admittedly it starts out a little slow. The introvert in me kept wondering why a) you would make friends on vacation, and b) you would plan another vacation with these ra...
  • 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.
  • Renee
    Another book im not sure how i feel about. It kept my interest and i was motivated to get to the ending. I felt a disconnect with the characters tho.. i really didnt like any of them. They were all terribly flawed. Im sure that was the intention of the author. I would recommend tho..its a page turner for sure but didnt feel the love....
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rhonda
    I really enjoyed this book, but am giving it 4 stars because of the many inconsistencies in it. This story is exciting and original, and delves unexpectedly into the psychology behind people's actions. The author also weaves greek mythology into the story is a nice touch. Each chapter alternates between the main character, Jan in the present (who is chained in a cell, with no memory of how she got there,) and Jan a week ago in the past (who is re...
  • Natasha O Vance
    Really great thriller - creepy, suspenseful and a satisfying ending. I didn't like the protagonist until almost the end of the book and at first I thought I wouldn't like the book, but I got sucked into the story and wanting to know what happened. Glad I kept reading.
  • Heather Fineisen
    This story of a pathological liar who reunites with friends in the Greek Islands doesn't really flow or come together. The last two chapters were the best part of the book. The mythological parallels don't really work and the suspense is lacking.Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
  • 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...
  • Imelda
    I have mix feelings about this book. It is a good book, it had a good story and I actually liked the main character despite her flaws. It was a slow start in the beginning and there were some parts of the book that I found a bit...boring. But as I kept reading, about half way through, I found myself getting drawn into the story and to the few surprises in it. As I near the end, I couldn't put it down.
  • Elise
    Why did i read that?Half way through and I was heavily skimming already, I begged for someone to tell me how it ended because I was just curious enough to want to know but not curious enough to actually read to find out. But in the end, I did and it was every bit as asinine as I thought it would be.
  • Donna Hines
    Jan reunites with her Crete friends for a reunion which includes her ex boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong?Yes, well nobody knows Jan has a dark secret not even her closest friends. A life full of lies, till the lies come crashing down, and threaten to jeopardize the whole can of worms."You can't run away from your past."Someone surely has a bone to pick with Gretchen. I mean seriously who tears up someone's clothes?Jan claims mom and sister...
  • Kirsty
    I received a copy from Net Galley.This book follows Jan who goes on a reunion holiday. Five years she went on holiday with her then-boyfriend Marcus. Whilst on holiday they befriended another two couples and spent the rest of the holiday together. Five years later and Jan is invited to a reunion. The holiday seems to be going well but one day Jan wakes up chained in a dark room. The story has alternating chapters of Jan's imprisonment and her hol...