• To Tell You the Truth

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Emma Fryer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (539 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The acclaimed author of The Nanny, I Know, You Know, and Odd Child Out—"a writer to watch" (Publishers Weekly)—returns with another serpentine thriller that is a potent blend of atmosphere, tarnished memories, mystery, and twisty secrets from the past.

Bestselling mystery writer Lucy Harper's talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring readers. It has also saddled her with dependents, namely her fawning husband Dan.

When Dan suddenly goes missing, his disappearance evokes dark memories that take Lucy back more than thirty years—to the day her brother vanished without a trace. That's when Lucy began conjuring stories. The police investigation revealed few confirmed details, so she created tales to fill in the gaps, to explain what happened that day her brother disappeared—and young Lucy was the only witness.

Now decades later, with the whole world watching, Lucy's past and present are colliding, and this bestselling author skilled in telling stories is losing control of her own narrative. 

Where is Dan? What happened to Lucy's brother? And is the brilliant mystery writer—an expert in devising red herrings and hidden clues—revealing all she knows about both disappearances?

With twists and turns, Gilly Macmillan reveals the answers in this clever and compulsively readable mystery sure to thrill fans of Liv Constantine and Shari LaPena.

©2020 Gilly Macmillan (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Bravo! Best book this year!

This book totally kept me engaged.... hanging on every chapter and eager to finish. It’s been a while since I’ve loved a book this much... reminiscent of Gone Girl, but different enough. Don’t hesitate to purchase! Fabulous narrator as well!

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Amazing narrator,, engaging story

Fantastic narrator. Story was very interesting. Not sure how i feel about the ending, but still would recommend to listen.

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Great book, awesome narrator.

Book was great. I did get thrown off a couple of times by the ever changing time line. Like it could be a minute or two into the chapter before I realized it and I would just start that chapter over so I would be able to fully get it. Please don't let that one fact keep you from getting the book tho, it will be worth it. The narrator is probably one of the best ones I've heard. Top five for me honestly. I wasn't super crazy about the ending. I won't spoil it, I'll just say that I like a book ending to completely tie up loose ends. I am still happy with it tho. This is the 4th novel I've listened to from this author. I'll continue checking out new work and plan to listen to all of her previous books.

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Wonderful Writing & Narration

I would listen to this book again and again solely for the beautifully crafted prose and expert narration. Lucy was such a vivid character, I felt as though I’d actually met her. Wonderful writing.

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Poor Teddy!

Are we expected to feel something for the irresponsible sibling that omitted important details to help find Teddy? This story got lost in itself, mislead the reader or thought we would forget the poor little brother lost to the selfishness of his sister. What a shame…

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Excellent book!

I never post reviews but I felt I had to with this book. It was one of the very few that I have found to be completely unputdownable! Both the writing and the narration were excellent. The tension was maintained throughout the book. Very enjoyable.

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Best book this year!

This one had me gripped from beginning to end- I highly recommend it to mystery/thriller readers.

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Excellent story that gives up on the last 10 pages

This book had me hooked at first: unusual format, compelling characters, Macmillan’s excellent writing. But the ending seems to disregard everything meaningful in the story. Not every mystery needs a “bad guy in handcuffs” ending, but the wrap up of “to tell you the truth” is unsatisfying to the point of total irrelevance. What a shame!

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treat with vivid landscape, characters, and plot

wonderful narration. features wonderful description of landscape and people. An
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Great book with lots of secrets

Loved this book!! What a great dramatic thriller. I loved all the twists and turns. This book really surprised me at every turn. It leaves you wanting more.

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