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Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera


Listen for the Lie

by Amy Tintera

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Keep your ears and eyes open, someone in this small Texas town is telling a story that just doesn’t quite add up...

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    Multiple viewpoints

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    Unreliable narrator

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What if you thought you murdered your best friend? And if everyone else thought so too? And what if the truth doesn’t matter?

After Lucy is found wandering the streets, covered in her best friend Savvy’s blood, everyone thinks she is a murderer. Lucy and Savvy were the golden girls of their small Texas town: pretty, smart, and enviable. Lucy married a dream guy with a big ring and an even bigger new home. Savvy was the social butterfly loved by all, and if you believe the rumors, especially popular with the men in town. It’s been years since that horrible night, a night Lucy can’t remember anything about, and she has since moved to LA and started a new life.

But now the phenomenally huge hit true crime podcast “Listen for the Lie,” and its too-good-looking host Ben Owens, have decided to investigate Savvy’s murder for the show’s second season. Lucy is forced to return to the place she vowed never to set foot in again to solve her friend’s murder, even if she is the one that did it.

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This book contains scenes that depict domestic abuse.

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Listen for the Lie



A podcaster has decided to ruin my life, so I’m buying a chicken.

I make plans for this chicken as I sit in my cubicle at Walter J. Brown Investment Services, waiting to be fired. I stopped pretending to work two hours ago. Now I’m just staring at recipes on my phone, dreaming about sticking lemons up a chicken’s butt.

It’s an apology chicken, for my boyfriend.

It’s like that engagement chicken. The one women make to persuade their boyfriends to propose? Except this is a “sorry I didn’t tell you I’m the prime suspect in my friend’s murder” chicken.

Apology chicken, for short.


I look up from my phone to see my boss standing at the door of his office. He adjusts his tie and clears his throat.

“Could you come in for a minute?” he asks.

Finally. They clearly decided to fire me this morning. Glass office walls are a strange choice always, but especially when you have a meeting with three other managers, and none of them can stop glancing over at your assistant, whom they are clearly discussing, for the entire conversation.

“Sure.” I slide my phone into my pocket and follow him into his immaculate office.

I’m struck by how pristine it is, even after nearly a year of working for him. There’s nothing on the beige walls. No boxes piled in a corner. The desk is completely bare except for the monitor and the keyboard.

Every evening, when Jerry Howell walks out of his office, he leaves absolutely no evidence that he was ever there. He probably missed his calling as a serial killer.

Of course, he’s only in his midforties. Plenty of time to take up a new hobby.

I sit down in the chair on the other side of his desk and try to put a pleasant expression on my face. One that doesn’t betray the fact that I was calmly thinking about him murdering people.

(A side effect of being accused of murder is that you spend a lot of time thinking about it. You get used to it.)

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Why I love it

This book grabbed me from the opening line: “A podcaster has decided to ruin my life, so I’m buying a chicken.” I hope that opening might intrigue you too. Listen for the Lie is an original and deliciously dark novel with a truly wicked sense of humor.

Imagine being accused of killing your best friend. Five years ago, Lucy Chase is found wandering the streets covered in her best friend Savvy’s blood. Everyone thinks she is a murderer, but Lucy can’t remember what happened. She has since moved to LA and started a new life, but then the host of a hit true crime podcast decides to investigate Savvy’s murder. Did Lucy do it? You’ll have to read the book to find out. But everything is here: small-town intrigue, family drama, clever dialogue, and a healthy heaping of twists.

The true crime podcast hook will reel you in, but it’s the unique voice that will keep you turning the pages. This book is so cleverly constructed it’s easy to forget that it is the author’s first thriller. With characters that leap off the page and an exciting new voice in the genre, this is a fast and fun read. If you are looking for an original and addictive page-turner that will keep you guessing until the end, then Listen for the Lie is for you.

Member ratings (25,215)

  • Brandi K.

    Bulverde, TX

    I loved this book and flew through it! It was fun trying to figure out what really happened the night of the murder and how all the players fit into the night in question. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Angelica S.

    Kitchener, ON

    I love how we actually get to “see” the complexity of each of the core characters in “reality” versus how others see them. Above all - I didn’t hate the main character for once!! Great read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Ann K.

    Rochester, NY

    •What to Expect• Best friends gone wrong Podcast POV Imperfect Characters Whodunnit •Rating• ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars I recommend this read! •Similar Recommended Reads• What Alice Forgot Troubles in Paradise

  • Kim W.

    Statesville, NC

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera Murder Mystery with a Murder Mystery Podcast worked into the story!!!! Loved the layout of this so much!! I truly had no idea what was going on or who done

  • Andrea D.

    Canton, OH

    Personally, this book has one of my favorite unreliable narrators. Lucy just vibed with me, and all of her struggles never made me want to bang my head against a wall like others have. ☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆

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