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The Lies That Bind

The Lies That Bind

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After just being dumped, Cecily falls hard for a man she's just met when he disappears without a trace on 9/11.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Doubleday Canada, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780385689731
038568973X
Characteristics: 315 pages

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tammygfarmgirl
Apr 08, 2021

I thought I had it all figured out. It is simply a romance, so all the flips of the plot were quite unexpected. I quite enjoyed it!

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JEbbett
Jan 18, 2021

Mixed feelings on this book. I have loved Emily Giffin books in the past, Something Borrowed is my favorite but I had a tough time getting through the story. I really really don't like it when someone is withholding secrets and you just know it has to erupt into heartbreak. However, as the writer has done in the past, the story does come to a nice ending and left me happy I did read to the end.

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writermala
Nov 24, 2020

I must be losing my taste for Chick Lit in general and Emily Giffin books in particular because I found it tough to maintain interest. The story was plotted around 9/11 but didn't do credit to it. I could see the ending all the way through so it wasn't that much of suspense. It may be good to curl up with the book and a cup of tea and read it but don't hope for too much.

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4pril21
Nov 09, 2020

What did I just read? Typical EG novel, entertaining enough to keep you flipping the pages - but that conclusion? No. The book uses 9/11 as a plot line, but it's far from being about the emotion of September 11th and ended up being more of a Jerry Springer (even referenced in the book) story. Far fetched, disrespectful and unsatisfying ending.

JCLJenV Oct 26, 2020

A story that begins in the Spring of 2001 with a single woman in New York City. I loved this novel.

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Ginamarguerite
Oct 08, 2020

This was my first Emily Giffin read and will be my last.

I was wary of reading a book with a tie to September 11, 2001 because at that time I was working as a 911 / police dispatcher and took many calls from people who were afraid, reporting things they thought they might have seen as well as "normal" emergency calls. Even 19 years later I remember that day and the tenor of those calls. But I was also looking for a love story with a happy ending to read. While it kinda was a small town romance type of sort of happy ending, the rest of the book fell well below my expectations.

I'm sure there were people having affairs that died on September 11. Adultery is nothing new and I don't see it ending. There's always going to be someone who engages in it. But to use September 11 and the deaths that occurred on that day and after from effects of the towers falling as the backdrop for a story where there are lies and cheating is inappropriate. Giffin could have just had a "normal" plane crash or even an earthquake or hurricane rather than an act of terror perpetrated on our country to tell the story. Aside from a weak story that read more like a boring women's fiction than a love story, the use of September 11 turned me off on the book and on Giffin. It was a cheap cash in on a tragic day which has and will continue to define us.

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Betz50
Sep 13, 2020

I didn’t care for this book. Kind of an unbelievable storyline. Too many short conversations throughout the book. Made it choppy. Didn’t have much depth to the plot for me.

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mladcani
Sep 02, 2020

I gave this book 1 star: I was SO engrossed for the first 2/3rds of the book and it was an interesting and easy read. Then a turn in the book made me - not kidding - audibly gasp (at 3:00 a.m. in the morning!) because it was so unrealistic. I would pass on this one and read another of Emily's books.

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jmcjanssen
Jul 26, 2020

Saturday afternoon started and read through. Story and characters interesting enough to keep going until the end. First book in a very long time that I’ve read all the way through in one sitting.

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mkhoch925
Jul 13, 2020

Another great novel written by Giffin, incorporating the events of 9/11, true and deep love vs want, and intertwines into the timelines and characters of her earliest reads. As a true fan of her work and effortless reading, this was yet another page-turner and light afternoon read.

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