Book of My Choosing - 2020 · Book Review · Contemporary · NetGalley · Romance

Book Review: The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

lies that bend


Title: The Lies That Bind
Author: Emily Giffin
Pages: 315

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Relationships, Honesty, Deception, Forgiveness, Love

Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine




Thank you to the NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Lies That Bind.


Getting off a relationship, Cecily is lonely and confused. At a bar, she makes the decision to call her ex-boyfriend, but then a handsome young man tells her not to. From that moment on, the spark between Cecily and this man, Grant, seems too good to be true.

Falling head over heels very quickly, Cecily thinks nothing could be better. However, when the tragedy, 9/11, happens and Grant is nowhere to be found, her heart plummets. Vowing to find out if he was taken by the attacks, Cecily learns more than what she bargained for. Perhaps she didn’t know Grant as well as she thought she did…

my reviewI was recently given a copy The Lies That Bind by NetGalley. Emily Giffin is an author that I have been curious about and wanted to read at least one of her books. After reading some of this one, I actually did remember way back when I did read another one of her books – Something Borrowed. At the time of reading that book, I actually wasn’t a fan of the storyline and did not continue the series.

I’m going to start off by saying this book was not for me…

For over a third of the beginning, the protagonist Cecily describes her feelings toward her ex-boyfriend and then her infatuation with a new boyfriend. I’m sorry to say that this type of plot point is very tedious to read for me. Not only does it portray Cecily as naive and immature, but also unlikable (at least for me). Considering she’s almost thirty, it made the bouncing back-and-forth between the two men (throughout the book) disappointing and not pleasant to read.

Then, there’s a brief moment where September 11 is brought into the story. This, I thought, would create an interesting and exciting plot point in the story. Unfortunately, it was just a device to get Cecily to meet someone to begin the cycle of lies that surround this character, and to make Grant disappear. Therefore, it was a part of the story that I became less invested in once I realized what it was being used for. In general, I thought 9/11 in the book was used in a disrespectful way, especially to those who were truly affected by this tragedy.

Afterwards, when lies surface, as they usually do, the pace did pick up some. Throughout most of the book, I was just waiting until all the lies would come out and for those who needed to know the truth finally did. However, the thrill of people knowing the truth evaporated as the ending was coming to a close and left me feeling unsatisfied. I did not agree with Cecily’s choice and frankly it just seemed unrealistic.

Overall, though I can see others enjoying this read as a romance/”chick lit,” I can safely say that these types of stories aren’t for me. As I had also read Something Borrowed from Emily Giffin and remember having similar feelings, I do not plan on reading more from this author.

My Rating

2 stars


I’m not sure who to recommend this to. Perhaps those who would like to read a romance/love triangle and don’t mind the protagonist being naive in her decision-making would enjoy this read.

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