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Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide. Six teenagers dead. Finally, the killer behind bars. But are the games just beginning? Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the noto Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide. Six teenagers dead. Finally, the killer behind bars. But are the games just beginning? Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the notorious Bloody Heart serial killer, whose latest teenage victim escaped and then identified local high school teacher Randall Thompson as his captor. The case against Thompson as the Bloody Heart Killer is damning—and closed, as far as Gwen and the media are concerned. If not for one new development… Defense attorney Robert Kavin is a still-traumatized father whose own son fell prey to the BH Killer. Convinced of Thompson’s innocence, he steps in to represent him. Now Robert wants Gwen to interview the accused, create a psych profile of the killer and his victims, and help clear his client’s name. As Gwen and Robert grow closer and she dives deeper into the investigation, grave questions arise. So does Gwen’s suspicion that Robert is hiding something—and that he might not be the only one with a secret.


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Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide. Six teenagers dead. Finally, the killer behind bars. But are the games just beginning? Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the noto Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide. Six teenagers dead. Finally, the killer behind bars. But are the games just beginning? Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the notorious Bloody Heart serial killer, whose latest teenage victim escaped and then identified local high school teacher Randall Thompson as his captor. The case against Thompson as the Bloody Heart Killer is damning—and closed, as far as Gwen and the media are concerned. If not for one new development… Defense attorney Robert Kavin is a still-traumatized father whose own son fell prey to the BH Killer. Convinced of Thompson’s innocence, he steps in to represent him. Now Robert wants Gwen to interview the accused, create a psych profile of the killer and his victims, and help clear his client’s name. As Gwen and Robert grow closer and she dives deeper into the investigation, grave questions arise. So does Gwen’s suspicion that Robert is hiding something—and that he might not be the only one with a secret.

30 review for The Good Lie

  1. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Good Lie by A.R. Torre Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore's specialty is killers. Killers who have killed, killers who want to kill, killers who love talking about fictional kills, killers who might kill in the future but just need some talking time where Gwen mostly listens, doodling flowers on her note pad. Gwen thinks she is really good at her job, that she fills a niche in the world of psychiatry, but she's going to find out just how incompetent she really is at the important stuff.  Defense atto The Good Lie by A.R. Torre Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore's specialty is killers. Killers who have killed, killers who want to kill, killers who love talking about fictional kills, killers who might kill in the future but just need some talking time where Gwen mostly listens, doodling flowers on her note pad. Gwen thinks she is really good at her job, that she fills a niche in the world of psychiatry, but she's going to find out just how incompetent she really is at the important stuff.  Defense attorney Robert Kavin's son was victim number six of a serial killer who preys on seventeen year old, white, rich, popular, athletic young men. Each teenager was kidnapped, tortured over a six-eight week period, abused in all ways, and then killed, their bodies dumped where they can be found. As the story starts, victim number seven, about the time that his body should be found, stumbles home to his family mansion, the only boy to live through his kidnapping. After the boy identifies teacher, Randall Thompson, as his kidnapper, Kavin jumps in to defend Thompson, pro bono.  Kavin wants Moore's expertise in creating a psych profile of the killer and his victims. It's all Gwen can do to hide her excitement at getting to study all the data first hand and getting to interview Thompson. I pray I never meet a Gwen Moore...she's got some scary inner workings for her to enjoy her job so much. But then Kavin has his own secrets, things he's done and will never tell.  I read 20% of this book the first night and then finished it the next day. This story grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I managed to figure out some things but I was so wrong on a lot of them. It's a clever story with smart characters who don't always get it right.  This is a cat friendly story. :-) Publication: July 20, 2021 Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    the verdict is in - this is a dangerously riveting story. i honestly was not expecting this to be so good. i havent read anything by AT before, but im pretty sure she was predominately a romance author, so i was intrigued to see how she would handle mystery/crime. and she does it well - its a good look for her. this story is exactly my cup of tea. i would kill for a good crime fiction story, especially ones that deal with serial killers, so this ticked all the boxes for me. the characters are comp the verdict is in - this is a dangerously riveting story. i honestly was not expecting this to be so good. i havent read anything by AT before, but im pretty sure she was predominately a romance author, so i was intrigued to see how she would handle mystery/crime. and she does it well - its a good look for her. this story is exactly my cup of tea. i would kill for a good crime fiction story, especially ones that deal with serial killers, so this ticked all the boxes for me. the characters are complex, all woven together in covert ways, within good pacing and information unfolding at perfect moments. i rarely give 5 stars to mystery/thrillers because it takes so much to impress me with this genre, but it honestly doesnt get any better than this book. a massive thank you to thomas & mercer for the ARC! ↠ 4.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Virginie

    A defense attorney decides to represent a man accused of killing six teenagers. One of them was that attorney's son... Why is he so convinced of his innocence? The story begins with the latest victim of the Bloody Heart killer coming home after escaping. We also meet Gwen Moore, a psychiatrist who specializes in killers. I have to say I really liked this character and she's the reason why my rating is rounded up instead or down. She often has to face moral dilemmas because of her work and that w A defense attorney decides to represent a man accused of killing six teenagers. One of them was that attorney's son... Why is he so convinced of his innocence? The story begins with the latest victim of the Bloody Heart killer coming home after escaping. We also meet Gwen Moore, a psychiatrist who specializes in killers. I have to say I really liked this character and she's the reason why my rating is rounded up instead or down. She often has to face moral dilemmas because of her work and that was very interesting. I'm totally satisfied with this book, the first I read by A. R. Torre (I know, I'm late to the party!). The writing flowed easily, the story was fast paced and the plot mixed mystery with a bit of romance. Don't expect an unpredictable final twist, but you shouldn't be disappointed either. Let's just say I was thoroughly enthralled from the start and that I highly recommend to read it as soon as you can! 4.5 rounded up Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the digital ARC in exchange of an honest review. Publication date: July 20, 2021

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! I cannot tell you how excited I was when I received an ARC for A.R. (Alessandra) Torre’s latest thriller. I became a HUGE fan of her writing in 2020, having read 5 of her books. She’s still got it in 2021! Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating those with violent fantasies, some of which come to fruition. While dealing with a particularly stressful situation regarding a client, the state of California is unrest due to a serial killer. The Bloody Heart Kil HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! I cannot tell you how excited I was when I received an ARC for A.R. (Alessandra) Torre’s latest thriller. I became a HUGE fan of her writing in 2020, having read 5 of her books. She’s still got it in 2021! Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating those with violent fantasies, some of which come to fruition. While dealing with a particularly stressful situation regarding a client, the state of California is unrest due to a serial killer. The Bloody Heart Killer targets male teenagers, tortures them, and leaves them for dead in a very gruesome fashion. The latest victim is able to escape, and identifies the killer as Randall Thompson, a teacher at his high school. With Randall in prison, all should be good...except Defense attorney Robert Kavin doesn’t believe Randall is guilty. Robert decides to represent him pro bono, but what makes things more complex is that Robert’s son, Gabe, was a victim of the Bloody Heart Killer. Robert hires Gwen to create a profile of the killer, in the hopes that it will help clear Randall’s name...but it soon becomes apparent that more than one person is keeping dangerous secrets. I was hooked onto this one from the get-go. It’s compelling and riveting, with fully fleshed-out characters who have intriguing secrets. I’ve said this before, but Torre has got to be one of the most versatile authors I’ve ever read. Her books range from steamy erotic thrillers (The Deanna Madden series...which I need more of!!),heartbreaking dramas (The Ghostwriter), juicy and devious thrillers (Every Last Secret), to this one...which is more of a straight up thriller (with a dollop of steam 🔥). Despite my attempts to predict the ending, I was left bamboozled! I definitely didn’t see THAT coming. Everything, including the multiple POVs, comes together successfully. I was left feeling satisfied and thrilled, with the exception of a few minor aspects in the conclusion that seemed a little too far fetched to me. 4.5 stars. Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on 7/20/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m game when Alessandra Torre decides to turn dark side, bringing out A. R. Torre identity to blow my mind with twisty, brain cell destroyer, nail chopper, heart pounder stories! Bring it out girl! I love to devour them at one sit! I’m still missing her Deanne Madden character from Girl in 6E! I’m crossing my fingers and wishing she can decide to write a new book of hers in near future! And let’s talk about this book: the story starts with a young 17 years old Scott Harden’s escape from his cap I’m game when Alessandra Torre decides to turn dark side, bringing out A. R. Torre identity to blow my mind with twisty, brain cell destroyer, nail chopper, heart pounder stories! Bring it out girl! I love to devour them at one sit! I’m still missing her Deanne Madden character from Girl in 6E! I’m crossing my fingers and wishing she can decide to write a new book of hers in near future! And let’s talk about this book: the story starts with a young 17 years old Scott Harden’s escape from his captivity. He reaches to his home, injured, but he was the first boy who got away from BH Killer who has already kidnapped, tortured, killed brutally six young boys! Scott tells the authorities the killer is Randall Thompson, a high school science teacher. And the interesting fact: one of the victim’s father, defense attorney Robert Kavin accepts to take Randall’s case because he thinks the guy is innocent. The same Robert Kavin who has one steamy stand with our heroine Gwen Moore, an aspiring, successful, smart psychiatrist specialized on patients who have extremely violent tendencies. And now Robert wants to work with her professionally to create a profile for BH killer case. Gwen was so intrigued because as a clever puzzler she wants to learn more about the dysfunctional working of criminal minds. But she realizes both Randall and Robert keep secrets from her and Scott’s mother Nita stalks her son’s each move, getting worried about incompetencies about his testimony. Could he lie about the identity of his kidnapper? What is it he’s not sharing with his family? It seems like the story looks complex: there are too many backstories including the investigation of Gwen’s patient John Abbott and his wife’s Brooke’s death! But don’t worry, all those storylines complete the whole picture with a smart signature of dark Torre style! I was always ready to expect unexpected when I read her books and the final twist was good not breathtakingly I didn’t see it coming good but it was still satisfying and the semi open end made me think we will see Gwen and Robert again near future because of their unfinished business! Overall: the psychoanalysis parts of the book was interesting and detailed which picked my interest! I guessed one of the twists but I didn’t foresee the biggest one! The pacing was remarkably keeping you focused and excited. I love the dark sense of humor of the author. There are still some hmmm okay it was way too much coincidental facts about the entire revelation which made me cut some points but I still enjoy my wild ride and I love both white side of Alessandra who writes pant melting, emotional, smart romances and dark side of A. R. Torre who tricks us with her manipulative thrilling skills. I’m giving 3.5 stars to 4 puzzling, tempting, exciting, sexy, smart, mind games stars! Special thanks to Netgalley and Thomas&Mercer for sharing this intriguing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    A web of lies. Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore and defense attorney, Robert Gavin work together to find the real BH Killer. These two have some palpable chemistry that could become a distraction. This case hits close to home for both of them. The writing flows as fingers point in different directions. The twists and tension filled scenes had me on edge and wondering who was the guilty one. Enjoyed the story telling, the flawed/flamboyant characters with their secrets, and the mystery. Some implausible A web of lies. Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore and defense attorney, Robert Gavin work together to find the real BH Killer. These two have some palpable chemistry that could become a distraction. This case hits close to home for both of them. The writing flows as fingers point in different directions. The twists and tension filled scenes had me on edge and wondering who was the guilty one. Enjoyed the story telling, the flawed/flamboyant characters with their secrets, and the mystery. Some implausible stuff involved, but it is fiction after all. Recommend for a fast read that will keep you guessing. Read in August 2021

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    THIS is how you write a thriller! Unputdownable from the first page to the last. The Bloody Heart Killer is reliable. He kidnapped handsome, popular boys, held them prisoner for a month or two, and then strangled them, leaving mutilated naked bodies with a heart carved into their chest. Six teens murdered. And, then the seventh escapes., and identifies his captor...a teacher from his high school, Randall Thompson. So why is Robert Kavin, the still traumatized father of one of the Victims, represent THIS is how you write a thriller! Unputdownable from the first page to the last. The Bloody Heart Killer is reliable. He kidnapped handsome, popular boys, held them prisoner for a month or two, and then strangled them, leaving mutilated naked bodies with a heart carved into their chest. Six teens murdered. And, then the seventh escapes., and identifies his captor...a teacher from his high school, Randall Thompson. So why is Robert Kavin, the still traumatized father of one of the Victims, representing the accused.? Why is he SO sure that Randall Thompson is innocent? He hires Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore to profile the killer. Both are smart and observant and used to reading their clients, who are often depraved predators. And, although they are working together, it often felt like they were two boxers in a ring, pivoting around each other, throwing out a jab on occasion to see where it might land; sizing each other up with intelligent dialogue, trying to figure out what the other was holding back. 🥊 They were reading each other too. A.R. Torre writes with an attention to detail like few others. Her characters feel like “real people” who you could meet on the street the next day. Everything they say and do feels so authentic. It’s definitely one of her strengths. Fooling me, with her masterful stories of suspense, is another! 5 glowing stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Now AVAILABLE!!! Another fun discussion with DeAnn-check out her review! Thank You to Thomas & Mercer for my gifted copy through NetGalley! It was my pleasure to provide a candid review!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    5 stars for this new psychological thriller by Alessandra Torre. Six teenagers have been murdered. They have been sexually assaulted and their sexual organs have been removed and discarded like trash. So it's shocking when the seventh victim returns to his home, hurt but alive, after weeks of his absence. He was able to escape and is pointing the finger at his high school teacher, Randall Thompson! Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist. She treats the worse kind of patient. She treats the ones who have 5 stars for this new psychological thriller by Alessandra Torre. Six teenagers have been murdered. They have been sexually assaulted and their sexual organs have been removed and discarded like trash. So it's shocking when the seventh victim returns to his home, hurt but alive, after weeks of his absence. He was able to escape and is pointing the finger at his high school teacher, Randall Thompson! Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist. She treats the worse kind of patient. She treats the ones who have urges to harm others. Gwen tries to guide them into a place where they can self-control these fantasies. However, a recent client and his wife are dead and now the police want to talk to her about it. At the same time, Robert Kavin, a defense attorney, wants her to come up with a profile for the Bloody Heart Killer and Randall. There is one caveat, Robert is the father of the sixth victim and he believes the man is innocent. But how can he be sure? I have to tell you as soon as I opened the first page I was pulled into the story. There is no way you can put this book down. I absolutely love everything about it. The dark setting, the intrigue, the twist, Gwen, her job, her psych friend, her pet. Everything about it was perfect! Cliffhanger: No 5/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    A.R. Torre has done it again. This woman can write! When 17-year-old Scott Harden shows up at his home after being missing for almost 7 weeks, he becomes the first victim of serial killer, The Bloody Heart Killer, to escape. To everyone’s surprise he fingers Randall Thomspson, a long-time science teacher at his high school as the perpetrator. So why is attorney Robert Kavin, the father of the BH Killer’s 6th victim, Gabe, stepping forward to defend this man - pro bono, no less? That’s a premise! H A.R. Torre has done it again. This woman can write! When 17-year-old Scott Harden shows up at his home after being missing for almost 7 weeks, he becomes the first victim of serial killer, The Bloody Heart Killer, to escape. To everyone’s surprise he fingers Randall Thomspson, a long-time science teacher at his high school as the perpetrator. So why is attorney Robert Kavin, the father of the BH Killer’s 6th victim, Gabe, stepping forward to defend this man - pro bono, no less? That’s a premise! How could I not want to get to the bottom of this? Enter Gwen Moore, a well-known psychiatrist to the most depraved and violent minds. Her job is to get inside the minds of these potential killers and help them steer clear of their impulse to harm and kill. When Robert Kavin hires her to do a psychological profile of the BH Killer, based on the case files of all the victims, she begins to draw conclusions about who this person might be, but she also wrestles with Robert’s motivations. Are they personal or professional? It doesn’t help that the line between personal and professional is getting blurred between her and this handsome attorney. The story twists and turns from here, leaving you guessing what everyone’s motivations are and what “facts” can be trusted. I had my ideas about who might be guilty and what was going on, but kudos to Torre for shooting down pretty much all of them like ducks in a barrel! (For those who’ve never heard this saying - it’s a carnival game with plastic ducks. No real ducks were harmed in the writing of this review. 😉) Torre will be a go-to author for me after loving this and Every Last Secret. She writes characters you may not always like, but you feel invested in nonetheless. As an aside, I adore Gwen’s fellow psychiatrist, Meredith. She’s a bottle of saucy fun! The strength of this book is the characters, and the mind games that each of them are playing. If you like action - this isn’t that book, but if you like to get inside characters’ heads for a bit - try this one. I think you’ll like it! ★★★★ ½ (rounded to 5) I listened to this on Audible, while reading along on my Kindle, and the narration by Susan Dallian was fantastic. Thanks to Kindle Unlimited for this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    One of the things I love most about Alessandra's books is their compulsive nature. No matter what genre she chooses to write under, you always get a page turning, can't-put-it-down experience. The Good Lie reads like a Lifetime Original Movie, and I mean that with the highest compliments possible, because some of the most enjoyable thrillers I've ever read have followed this formula. You have to suspend your disbelief, but it's worth it for the binge-worthy reading experience, in my humble opini One of the things I love most about Alessandra's books is their compulsive nature. No matter what genre she chooses to write under, you always get a page turning, can't-put-it-down experience. The Good Lie reads like a Lifetime Original Movie, and I mean that with the highest compliments possible, because some of the most enjoyable thrillers I've ever read have followed this formula. You have to suspend your disbelief, but it's worth it for the binge-worthy reading experience, in my humble opinion. If you enjoyed the author's previous novel, Every Last Secret, then you will devour this one as well. TGL features multiple POVs that tell their own side of the story regarding the Bloody Heart Killer, or the BHK, and converge towards the end of the book. This type of story feels like we're on a train headed for a collision, and we're powerless to stop it, so we just sit back and wait for the epic explosion once all the pieces are revealed. I'll admit, I had a few concerns in the beginning, because it felt like none of these professionals acted like they would in real life, but this is somewhat addressed towards the end, which I appreciated. We get a little mystery, a little romance, and a whole lot of "hold your breath" type of moments here, which is a recipe for a read that will dominate your thoughts when you aren't actively consuming it. I really don't want to say too much, because it would be easy to spoil the entire book, so I recommend going in blind and enjoying when you need a one sitting story. Trigger Warnings (including but not limited to): kidnapping, murder, graphic violence, child abuse (off page), sexual abuse, rape (off page). *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    An honest breakdown of A.R. (Allessandra) Torre’s latest thriller, The Good Lie: Good: - The story. The Bloody Heart Killer is terrorizing the teenage boys of Los Angeles. A suspect is caught, but (gasp!) the father of one of BHK’s victims steps in to be his defense attorney. Said attorney enlists the help of a psychiatrist (who he’s also currently boinking) to do a profile on the killer since he’s sure it’s not his client. - The pacing. This is a lickety-split novel of suspense that has zero super An honest breakdown of A.R. (Allessandra) Torre’s latest thriller, The Good Lie: Good: - The story. The Bloody Heart Killer is terrorizing the teenage boys of Los Angeles. A suspect is caught, but (gasp!) the father of one of BHK’s victims steps in to be his defense attorney. Said attorney enlists the help of a psychiatrist (who he’s also currently boinking) to do a profile on the killer since he’s sure it’s not his client. - The pacing. This is a lickety-split novel of suspense that has zero superfluous pages. All meat, no fat here. - The ending. Sure didn’t see that coming! - The author. By all accounts, Ms. Torre seems to be as friendly to readers and fellow authors as she is versatile in her craft. Not so good: - My memory. I finished this a few days ago and had to re-read the synopsis to refresh my recollection of the plot and characters. Don’t you hate when that happens? ;) 4.5 stars rounded up https://www.confettibookshelf.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A.R. Torre does it again! The Bloody Heart Killer is on the loose in Los Angeles. Six 17 year old young men have been killed. Mutilated, really. Until one of them makes an escape. His finger pointed at his high school teacher Randall Thompson. Defense Attorney Robert Kavin's son Gabe was the Bloody Heart Killers 6th victim and he doesn't believe that Randall Thompson is his sons murderer. He manages to become his defense attorney even though many are questioning his motive for doing this. He req A.R. Torre does it again! The Bloody Heart Killer is on the loose in Los Angeles. Six 17 year old young men have been killed. Mutilated, really. Until one of them makes an escape. His finger pointed at his high school teacher Randall Thompson. Defense Attorney Robert Kavin's son Gabe was the Bloody Heart Killers 6th victim and he doesn't believe that Randall Thompson is his sons murderer. He manages to become his defense attorney even though many are questioning his motive for doing this. He requests that psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore put together a psychological profile of the killer. What they discover is shocking! That's all the beans I am willing to spill. This is a short book, one that can be read in a day if one is so inclined to do so, which makes discussing this book difficult without giving away the goods. Just know that this is a proper page turner. Lies, secrets, and all the juicy stuff I have come to love in this genre. At this point I think it's safe to say I'll read whatever Torre writes. 4 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for my copy. ******AVAILABLE ON NETGALLEY RIGHT NOW!!!!****** New A.R. Torre? YES PLEASE!!! I want this. I need this. I might even kill for it. 🔪 😉

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    "A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future." - Croft M. Pentz The BH Killer is responsible for the gruesome deaths of six teenagers. When his last victim escapes and stumbles home the gig is up. Scott, the young man who escaped, identifies his captor as Randall Thompson, a local high school teacher. The community can now do a collective sigh of relief as their nightmare is finally over (or is it just beginning?)! Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore has made a career treating killers, p "A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future." - Croft M. Pentz The BH Killer is responsible for the gruesome deaths of six teenagers. When his last victim escapes and stumbles home the gig is up. Scott, the young man who escaped, identifies his captor as Randall Thompson, a local high school teacher. The community can now do a collective sigh of relief as their nightmare is finally over (or is it just beginning?)! Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore has made a career treating killers, predators and those who have impulses to kill. She is considered an expert in her field, but will that be enough? Defense attorney Robert Kavin's son was the sixth victim of the BH killer. He shocks everyone when he decides to represent Randall Thompson, the man accused of being the BH killer. Why would a grieving father choose to represent the man who may have killed his son? Conflict of interest? Kavin hires Gwen, who he met previously, to evaluate Thompson and provide him with a profile that can be used in court. As they become closer, questions are raised, by the characters plus, I had a few of my own as well. Is there a conflict of interest here? This was a fast engaging and entertaining read. I love how Torre was able to pull the rug out from under me and shock me with one reveal. The multiple POV chapters help move the book along at a nice pace while simultaneously adding to the mounting unease and tension of the book. Torre is a master at springing thigs on the reader. Characters in this book are multifaced and flawed. They have secrets and hidden motivations. Six young men have been murdered, a seventh escaped, that provides enough tension but as the characters delve deeper into the case, it becomes clear that there is so much more at play here. Another solid book by Torre. I devoured most of this book in one day. It was a captivating page turner - not in the non-stop action way but in the what-is-going-to-be-revealed way. Like her previous books, this one was well written, well thought out and jaw dropping. It has twists, turns and a shocking reveal! I love super sleuthing while I read and this one had me trying to figure out character motivations and agendas. I really felt for Scott's mother trying to help her son. I also enjoyed the interactions between Robert and Gwen. A well thought out captivating mystery thriller! Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Another fabulous thriller from one of my favorite authors. Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist that specializes in killers. She helps tame their thoughts to hopefully prevent them from killing anyone. And it has worked… for the most part. Robert Kavin is a defense attorney whose son was killed by one of the most sought after serial killers known as the Bloody Heart Killer. But when an arrest is made Robert is quick to defend the man behind bars and hires Dr. Moore to make psychological profile of this Another fabulous thriller from one of my favorite authors. Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist that specializes in killers. She helps tame their thoughts to hopefully prevent them from killing anyone. And it has worked… for the most part. Robert Kavin is a defense attorney whose son was killed by one of the most sought after serial killers known as the Bloody Heart Killer. But when an arrest is made Robert is quick to defend the man behind bars and hires Dr. Moore to make psychological profile of this killer. Huh?! A.R. Torre knows how to write a tense gripping thriller that is unputdownable. And since she is also known for her romance novels, you know there will be some heat within the pages! I ❤️ all her books – under both her pen names. I cannot wait to what she has in store for us next! Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer.

  15. 5 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    Happy publishing day! A dark, gripping and addictive crime thriller, which I couldn't put down! Me sneaking off to read.. 6 teenage boys murdered, The 7th victim escapes and points the finger at his high school science teacher.. Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist who is an expert on killers, she treats dangerous predators every day, and she's hired to profile The Bloody Heart Killer, a serial killer who kidnaps, tortures, strangles and mutilates teenage boys. Robert Kavin, a defence lawyer lost his onl Happy publishing day! A dark, gripping and addictive crime thriller, which I couldn't put down! Me sneaking off to read.. 6 teenage boys murdered, The 7th victim escapes and points the finger at his high school science teacher.. Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist who is an expert on killers, she treats dangerous predators every day, and she's hired to profile The Bloody Heart Killer, a serial killer who kidnaps, tortures, strangles and mutilates teenage boys. Robert Kavin, a defence lawyer lost his only son to The Bloody Heart Killer, so why is he representing the man accused of the crimes?! This was my second book by A.R. Torre/Alessandra Torre and I really enjoyed it! I almost gave it 5 stars because I devoured it, and felt on a high after finishing it, but I did unfortunately figure out one of the major plot points! I was a bit disappointed that one of the characters didn't even consider the thing which I figured out! However, I was intrigued enough by the other parts of the plot and the characters to keep reading, plus there was one twist which I definitely did not see coming! Full of secrets, lies and a nagging feeling that something was just not right, The Good Lie had me glued to the pages! It had an excellent, fast pace, and engaging writing which pulled me in immediately. The tension and suspense was fantastic, it just built and built! There also were multiple POVs, and I enjoyed reading them all! The characters were complex and multi-layered, and I did like both Gwen and Robert. They were both flawed, and made questionable judgements, but I felt for them, and rooted for them both. There was an element of romance, which was an unexpected surprise! I did have to suspend my belief about a certain thing, but I didn't mind, since I was enjoying myself so much! And the ending felt satisfying and shocking enough to make me smile! And did I mention that I couldn't put it down?! 🤣 A fun and addictive read, The Good Lie should definitely make your summer mystery list! I've already added two books from this author's binge worthy backlist! 🔪🔪🔪🔪 Many thanks to NetGalley UK and Thomas & Mercer for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    This was so good! I’m surprised by how much I loved this! Here’s the reading vlog where I read it: https://youtu.be/EnQ8XQSzSxQ This was so good! I’m surprised by how much I loved this! Here’s the reading vlog where I read it: https://youtu.be/EnQ8XQSzSxQ

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Well hello you creeptastic thriller! Wow this was so good! You have heard the hype and in my opinion it is well deserved! If you like a thriller that makes your skin crawl...gives you goosebumps and makes you super jumpy...well here you go! There's a serial killer in town and he has a type...all 6 of his victims have been high school boys..not just high school boys but ...popular, good looking and often with wealthy parents...hmmm The Blood Heart Killer kidnaps the boys...keeps them for months...t Well hello you creeptastic thriller! Wow this was so good! You have heard the hype and in my opinion it is well deserved! If you like a thriller that makes your skin crawl...gives you goosebumps and makes you super jumpy...well here you go! There's a serial killer in town and he has a type...all 6 of his victims have been high school boys..not just high school boys but ...popular, good looking and often with wealthy parents...hmmm The Blood Heart Killer kidnaps the boys...keeps them for months...then murders them and carves his signature heart on their chest...OMG...7 boys...yet one lives to tell about it...or does he?? When one of the victims father decides to defend the accused killer...I kept wondering what does he know that we dont?! I am not going to lie, this book freaked me out! It is seriously creepy but so darn good that I couldn't put it down. I thought I had it figured out but I was soooo wrong! Huge shoutout to Thomas & Mercer for my gifted copy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Chu (The ChuseyReader)

    Thanks for the buddy read Jen! I had so much fun discussing theories and ranting! :). Check out Jen's great review here! What I LOVED • Up until the twist this book is a 4 star. It was a quick and easy read that was hard to put down, I was hooked from the first chapter. It was an interesting case and I wanted to know more! • I enjoyed the cat and mouse game between Robert and Gwen, attorney vs psychiatrist! And the way they analysed and tried to figure each other out. • The part of the twist I did e Thanks for the buddy read Jen! I had so much fun discussing theories and ranting! :). Check out Jen's great review here! What I LOVED • Up until the twist this book is a 4 star. It was a quick and easy read that was hard to put down, I was hooked from the first chapter. It was an interesting case and I wanted to know more! • I enjoyed the cat and mouse game between Robert and Gwen, attorney vs psychiatrist! And the way they analysed and tried to figure each other out. • The part of the twist I did enjoy was (view spoiler)[the fact that Gwen was actually talking to the BH killer all along. (hide spoiler)] What I did not enjoy. Immensely. (Sorry to be a negative nancy) • The twist and ending. It essentially made me question the point of the whole book • Robert. Where do I begin. His actions were in no way justified or plausible. I've got many points in the spoilers below! • Gwen’s relationship to Rob. Despite being a psychiatrist, she was definitely not the sharpest when it came to Rob, how could she have possibly overlooked and accepted his actions?! • This was such a short book and in hindsight I feel like there were some wasted pages. Specific eyebrow raising moments, there’s a lot. Did you have any? (view spoiler)[ • When I play back Rob’s actions they made no sense whatsoever and were in no way justified. Rob was convinced that Gwen knew John was the BH Killer and therefore his intention was to make her confess and then kill her. BUT WHY?! There was nothing to gain by going through all that trouble to hire Gwen and get close to her. I wish he was unsure about whether Gwen knew or not and for it to become a cat and mouse game with Rob trying to find out the truth. Or even make him psychologically unstable and that he just wanted to toy with her, anything! • Why on earth did Rob treat Gwen so well given his intentions to kill her? For example he gave her a ring that meant a lot to him. Did anyone else raise an eyebrow when Rob gave Gwen the ring, slept with her and then questioned her about John? • During the reveal Rob had come to kill Gwen but he was interrupted by the detective. I was scratching my head wondering why she did not say anything and turn him in. • Gwen’s thoughts on whether Randall was guilty or not got a bit drawn out. It was too clear to the reader that it wasn’t him, so it made Gwen’s bias seem more silly to me rather than interesting. I was thinking, omg just realise it already! • The incident with Luke and the stolen keys didn’t add much to the story because we find out from Rob anyways that Randall’s MO was young girls. And the lost keys only led to Gwen running to Rob. I understand the need to throw red herrings and distractions but this didn’t really add anything to the story overall. • What happened to Rob’s dead wife?! I thought there would be a huge revelation or link but it seems the main purpose was to give Rob a sad backstory. • I've never studied law but the conflict of interests between Rob and Randall seemed too farfetched for Rob to be his attorney. Though I was willing to overlook this. (hide spoiler)] My Recommendation Overall this is a decent, quick and easy read. If you can suspend belief then easily a 4-5 star read. I can suspend belief on crazy plots, but not so much on people’s actions. Review Website | Bookstagram

  19. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    My first time reading A.R. Torre and definitely not the last. I was really hooked onto this one right from the first chapter because there is something very special about heinous and gruesome crimes which fascinates me a lot and I love reading about them. I really enjoyed reading about the character of Gwen Moore who is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating those with violent fantasies. And there is this line which she said regarding one of her patient , "She just liked the idea of being inte My first time reading A.R. Torre and definitely not the last. I was really hooked onto this one right from the first chapter because there is something very special about heinous and gruesome crimes which fascinates me a lot and I love reading about them. I really enjoyed reading about the character of Gwen Moore who is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating those with violent fantasies. And there is this line which she said regarding one of her patient , "She just liked the idea of being interesting, and the thought that she had a secret and underlying homicidal inclination was a rainy-day fantasy she had embraced with maniacal vigor." TBH I read this line like 10 times before moving on and I don't think I need to specify why I did that. A little more individual character depth would have made this book a perfect one. Multiple POVs played their role very well, building up the tension and then leaving the readers with more questions than answers by the end of every chapter. A.R. Torre is a very intelligent writer, though it's my first time reading her but I can sense her talent of creating a strong plotline and intersting unlikeable characters. I really enjoyed her writing style as well. There were several twists at the end which shocked me and some I saw coming like (view spoiler)[ John being the BH killer because right from the start he was with us, continuously discussed by Gwen and Robert (hide spoiler)] . At times I felt the ending was a little bit far-fetched which is a very common thing in thriller books. Overall a very rivetting, compelling and suspenseful. I am satisfied.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and A.R. Torre for an ARC of this book!! Now available as of 7.20!** Imagine you're a psychiatrist. You have clients, you hear their darkest fears, you try to leave your misgivings at the door when you leave the office for the day, perhaps you feel you've made a difference in the world. But now you can go home to peace and serenity. Now imagine...you're Dexter's psychiatrist. Feeling a bit uneasy yet? Such is the charge of Dr. Gwen Moore, set to meet thes **Many thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and A.R. Torre for an ARC of this book!! Now available as of 7.20!** Imagine you're a psychiatrist. You have clients, you hear their darkest fears, you try to leave your misgivings at the door when you leave the office for the day, perhaps you feel you've made a difference in the world. But now you can go home to peace and serenity. Now imagine...you're Dexter's psychiatrist. Feeling a bit uneasy yet? Such is the charge of Dr. Gwen Moore, set to meet these killers (or would-be killers) every day of the week, and figure out what makes them tick...BEFORE the worst happens. Dr. Moore thinks she's seen it all, and she nearly has, until the case of the notorious Bloody Heart Killer drops on her desk. Police think high school teacher Randall Thompson is to blame, after the BH Killer's last potential victim, Scott, manages to escape his captor's clutches and turns the teacher in to law enforcement. However, the defense has something to say about that (as they usually do) and Gwen is baffled by the choice of DA-Robert Kavin, one of the parents of the BH Killer's other teenaged victims, Gabe Kavin. What incentive could he possibly have to free his own son's killer? Robert is charming and handsome to boot, quickly winning over Gwen and convincing her to create a personality profile of the killer...and taking a piece of her heart while he's at it. Gwen obliges, but her many years of experience and one particular situation with a client have her nerves on edge. Has she encountered the killer already...or would she truly know one if she saw one? Is the BH Killer safely behind bars...or watching her every move while they calculate the next? Ever since I was first introduced to A.R. Torre, I've been hooked on her writing, and this was another fascinating premise and fast-paced ride! I loved the aspects of tortured and dangerous will-they-won't-they love she included as part of the plot and the narrative certainly pointed every which way toward the potential BH Killer! I changed my mind several times while reading, and the twists were unexpected to say the least! One in particular towards the end caught me completely off guard and while it proved to be a bit of a fake out, got my blood pumping! This is another original stunner from the creative and crafty A.R. Torre that you absolutely don't want to miss! (and I am once again glad I stayed far, far away from psychiatry as a career choice!) ❌🥼 4 ⭐

  21. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... If I had to use just one word to describe A.R. Torre that would be versatile. So far I've only read three of her books, and all three have been completely different but equally engaging. The Bloody Heart Killer has been terrorizing the city of L.A. for months, having already killed six young men. Dr. Gwen Moore is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treating people with violent tendencies. Robert Kavin is an attorney grieving the Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... If I had to use just one word to describe A.R. Torre that would be versatile. So far I've only read three of her books, and all three have been completely different but equally engaging. The Bloody Heart Killer has been terrorizing the city of L.A. for months, having already killed six young men. Dr. Gwen Moore is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treating people with violent tendencies. Robert Kavin is an attorney grieving the loss of his only child. When the seventh victim of the BH Killer manages to escape Gwen and Robert's paths come together in an attempt to discover the killer's identity. I love when a thriller makes me think and keep developing theories, and The good lie certainly did! By 80% I was still thinking of new ones but I could never fit all the pieces. Once all is revealed you realize that the whole plot worked like a well oiled machine with every piece of the puzzle in place. The shocking ending I never saw coming was another point in its favor. It is clear from the start that several characters are hiding secrets, the question is why would they do that. I loved Gwen and Robert's relationship and how you can't never be sure who's playing who, as both of them are holding back something from each other. The short chapters and alternating POVs made of this an absolute page turner. Although a key aspect of the premise was a bit far fetched (I doubt that would even be possible irl), this is fiction, and if that's what it takes to have an absolutely riveting story I'll gladly turn a blind eye. I'm already anxious to see what kind of story A.R. Torre comes up with next. Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    JaymeO

    Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychologist who specializes in violent tendencies and obsessions. A serial killer named The Bloody Heart Murderer is caught when one of his victims escapes and identifies him. Dr. Moore is approached by the charismatic and powerful defense lawyer, Robert Kavin, to write a profile of The Bloody Heart Murderer. She jumps at the chance of a lifetime. Never mind that they just recently sleep together and it is a conflict of interest. When she learns that he will also be his defe Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychologist who specializes in violent tendencies and obsessions. A serial killer named The Bloody Heart Murderer is caught when one of his victims escapes and identifies him. Dr. Moore is approached by the charismatic and powerful defense lawyer, Robert Kavin, to write a profile of The Bloody Heart Murderer. She jumps at the chance of a lifetime. Never mind that they just recently sleep together and it is a conflict of interest. When she learns that he will also be his defense attorney, she questions his motivations. Why would he defend the man who recently kidnapped, abused, and murdered his own son? This is the second book that I have read by A.R. Torre and I am hooked! Dr. Gwen Moore is a fully developed character that intrigued me from page one. It is obvious that Torre has done her research on the subject matter and the plot comes across as authentic. Although a grim subject matter, I truly enjoyed reading every page of this book! I couldn’t wait until the final reveal to see how it ended. While the twists are very clever, I did wind up predicting most of them correctly. That said, I still felt satisfied with the conclusion. I am really looking forward to reading more from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer publishing for the ARC of The Good Lie by A.R. Torre in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    THIS is how you write a thriller my friends!!! This is a thriller that has climbed up my top reads for 2021!!! I've always been such a huge fan of A.R Torre. Torre once again leaves her readers with a dark, gripping, and addicting read from start to finish. Who is the Bloody Heart Killer? 6 teenage boys have been murdered and the seventh victim escapes and points to his own high school Science teacher. Let's meet Dr. Gwen Moore.... a psychiatrist that is an expert on treating dangerous predators. D THIS is how you write a thriller my friends!!! This is a thriller that has climbed up my top reads for 2021!!! I've always been such a huge fan of A.R Torre. Torre once again leaves her readers with a dark, gripping, and addicting read from start to finish. Who is the Bloody Heart Killer? 6 teenage boys have been murdered and the seventh victim escapes and points to his own high school Science teacher. Let's meet Dr. Gwen Moore.... a psychiatrist that is an expert on treating dangerous predators. Dr. Moore is hired by Robert Kavin a defense lawyer who's own son was a victim to the BH killer to build a profile on this BH killer. But, of course nothing is as it seems in this story. Dark menacing plot that begins to fall apart at the seems. Something is not right...... and of course Torre has twists and turns up her sleeve that will leave you with whiplash. Highly recommend for thriller lovers!! Loved it! Thank you so much to Amazon for my copy. 4.5/5 stars Pub date: 7/20/21 Published to GR: 7/18/21

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    – 2.75 stars This book was .... average. But that's fine, cause I didn't expect anything less after reading Project Hail Mary . I knew every book I'd read afterwards wouldn't give me that same serotine rush. ↠ The plot of a psychiatrist trying to figure out the murders of six teenagers was overall pretty fine. I think it was just exceuted in a very boring way, cause at no point in the story did I think it was thrilling. The heroine was never in any danger, even at the end it was kinda lackluste – 2.75 stars This book was .... average. But that's fine, cause I didn't expect anything less after reading Project Hail Mary . I knew every book I'd read afterwards wouldn't give me that same serotine rush. ↠ The plot of a psychiatrist trying to figure out the murders of six teenagers was overall pretty fine. I think it was just exceuted in a very boring way, cause at no point in the story did I think it was thrilling. The heroine was never in any danger, even at the end it was kinda lackluster. ↠ After reading The Good Lie, I'm convinced that everyone of us would make a better psychiatrist than Dr. Gwen Moore. Girl, that was really embarassing how clueless you were the whole time. All the wasted money of patients who went to her therapy lessons for help... I'm standing with these victims. 😔 ↠ I don't know if it's because in my teen years I've read as many psychological thriller books as the amount of romance book I've been reading now or if the book was just predictable, but I guessed the killer pretty much the at the beginning. The FBI is really missing out on not having me on their team. ↠ I can't believe i'm going to say this, but I wish there was like no 'romance' in this book at all, cause it was dry af at best. Everytime Gwen and that defense lawyer got it on (sorry I already forgot his name) I was shaking these dumbasses that there is still a mystery to solve. ↠ The last couple of chapters were a bit rushed due to the short lengh of this book. A.R. Torre could have easily written a couple of more chapters, which would have been beneficial to the characters and story overall. ↠ *looks at my notes to see if I have anything else to rant about the book* ... no that's it. So far the review is very negative and the reason why I'd still gave The Good Lie 2.75 stars is, after Project Hail Mary I'd started a handful of romance books and felt them all unfinished at around 15% which is unusual for me since I'm a notorious finisher when it comes to books, especially shitty books. If I have one talent, then it's pushing myself to finish books, but for some reason I couldn't. The Good Lie was interesting enough to keep my attention. The writing is good. The pacing overall is pretty alright and it's not the worse bedtime story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Six teenage upper class boys have been murdered. The Bloody Heart serial killer just happens to let the last one escape. Gwen is a psychiatrist that just happens to have an unusual clientele. She specializes in some whacko's. She treats the guy that wants to murder his wife and people like the snobby Karen who wants to stab her one-upping sister in law. Little Miss Gwen had a one night stand though. With one of the murdered teenage boys daddy. Who happens to be a high powered criminal defense att Six teenage upper class boys have been murdered. The Bloody Heart serial killer just happens to let the last one escape. Gwen is a psychiatrist that just happens to have an unusual clientele. She specializes in some whacko's. She treats the guy that wants to murder his wife and people like the snobby Karen who wants to stab her one-upping sister in law. Little Miss Gwen had a one night stand though. With one of the murdered teenage boys daddy. Who happens to be a high powered criminal defense attorney. This was me reading...... I'm not spoiling anything but they end up trying to help the old guy accused of the murders. And things start twisting everywhere. Everyone is lying. I'm going with a 3.5 stars for this book. Why? Well I liked it but I did not love some stuff. One thing I liked is that my current reading speed is about a book every two months. I read this one in a few days because the author CAN write her butt off. I wanted to see where she was taking this. So yay to my loser ass for reading real fast!! Then boo to my loser ass for wanting more. I wanted more insight to these characters and I felt like it just wasn't there. For none of them. And the romancy part? It was just pretty people banging other pretty people. I think it would have worked out better with no bang bang. I don't even know myself anymore saying that. *bleck* All the bitching aside. It's a good read and hell yes I'll read anything this author puts out. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.5 blockbuster ending stars - now available for your next read! This author is now a favorite! This one kept me on the edge of my seat and the ending blew me away! I was not on the right track at all. It’s so fun when an author does that. For characters in this one we have Gwen – a psychiatrist who treats people with violent tendencies. There’s also attorney Robert, still suffering grief from losing his son. We know that both Gwen and Robert are hiding things from each other and from us. And we ca 4.5 blockbuster ending stars - now available for your next read! This author is now a favorite! This one kept me on the edge of my seat and the ending blew me away! I was not on the right track at all. It’s so fun when an author does that. For characters in this one we have Gwen – a psychiatrist who treats people with violent tendencies. There’s also attorney Robert, still suffering grief from losing his son. We know that both Gwen and Robert are hiding things from each other and from us. And we can’t forget about the Bloody Heart Killer – a serial killer who has claimed the lives of six young men. The victims are all good looking, popular teenagers. BHK deposits their mutilated bodies with a heart carved in their chests. The shocking twist is that the seventh victim has escaped, and he’s identified the killer. Maybe even more surprising is that Robert decides to represent the accused. What does Robert know? Can Gwen help him find the killer? She creates a profile of the killer, but something seems off. This one built the tension until a powerhouse conclusion! All the clues were there, but I did not put them together. Can’t wait to see what this versatile author writes next. This one made for a perfect buddy read with Jayme as we threw around our theories! Thank you to Thomas & Mercer for the copy of this one to read and review. This one is definitely worth putting on your list!

  27. 4 out of 5

    TJ ☾

    -3.75 stars- Song: I Thought About Killing You - Kanye West 💡 the mystery kept me super interested, i guessed a couple of things but never the killer 💡 the heroine was a little off... in an intriguing way (view spoiler)[ by the end i was embarrassed tho (hide spoiler)] 💡 the romance was kind of awkward but that's fine, this book isn't a romance 💡 the clues and anticipation were best part The truth is, wanting to harm or kill someone is a common part of the human mental circus. While there are -3.75 stars- Song: I Thought About Killing You - Kanye West 💡 the mystery kept me super interested, i guessed a couple of things but never the killer 💡 the heroine was a little off... in an intriguing way (view spoiler)[ by the end i was embarrassed tho (hide spoiler)] 💡 the romance was kind of awkward but that's fine, this book isn't a romance 💡 the clues and anticipation were best part The truth is, wanting to harm or kill someone is a common part of the human mental circus. While there are some moral saints out there who have never wished ill on anyone, twenty percent of human beings have weighed the pros and cons of killing someone at some point in their lives. Five percent have the moral flexibility to act on the possibility. A tenth of a percent obsess over it, and the best intentioned of those seek psychiatric help with their fixation. My clients were the best of the worst, and I felt a fierce sense of duty to protect them while treating their most honest confessions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Hunka Munka...... This one has teeth. The Good Lie demonstrates exactly why A.R. Torre strikes a match and sets fire to every storyline she's ever written. And this one bites back with its creative and harrowing jaunt into those dark creepy places and hangin' webs tucked inside the mind of the Bloody Heart Killer. We find ourselves in upscale L.A. where six high school seniors have been brutally murdered. Most of them come from well-to-do families and the majority of them were athletes. I'll hand o Hunka Munka...... This one has teeth. The Good Lie demonstrates exactly why A.R. Torre strikes a match and sets fire to every storyline she's ever written. And this one bites back with its creative and harrowing jaunt into those dark creepy places and hangin' webs tucked inside the mind of the Bloody Heart Killer. We find ourselves in upscale L.A. where six high school seniors have been brutally murdered. Most of them come from well-to-do families and the majority of them were athletes. I'll hand off the descriptors of the corpses to A.R. Torre. Disbelief sets in when one of the newly abducted young men escapes and finds his way home. His mother and the police try to get Scott to describe the surroundings from where he was held. Scott's story keeps changing details and the puzzle pieces don't quite fit together. But Scott insists that a retired teacher abducted him in a parking lot. Said teacher is arrested, but he proclaims his innocence. The sand starts to shift beneath our feet when Robert Kavin, defense attorney, represents the teacher. Robert Kavin's son, Gabe, was one of the victims of the Bloody Heart Killer. How can this be possible when a box of evidence is found in the teacher's house? A.R. Torre kicks this one up a notch and introduces us to Dr. Gwen Moore, a psychiatrist who specializes in individuals with violent tendencies. Murderers are just her thing. But Gwen doesn't always go by the book. We'll come face-to-face with some of her current patients who move within very thin walls of sanity. Robert Kavin hires Gwen to assist him in creating an archetype for the Bloody Heart Killer. Believe me, from here on out, we'll be entering into a circus of demented players. You've got to hand it to A.R. Torre. She has a tendency to carve out characters with personalities like sharp-ended sticks. Nothing seeps through the cracks until the final curtain. Be assured that The Good Lie will take you on a rough, rough ride to the very end. No matter how brutal the circumstances, A.R. Torre can still inject humor in her wonky dialogue and comebacks to break the tension. The Good Lie should definitely be marked as one to read. Bravo, A.R.Torre. Remarkably good. I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Thomas & Mercer and to A.R. Torre for the opportunity.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    My thanks to A.R. Torre, Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley. I would love to bash all over this story! But, I just cant. It's everything I didn't want it to be. The shrink and lawyer were too clever by half! That's what made this a "must read!" I understand all the clever devices that authors deploy. I'm usually along for the ride. This was fun! Even by my standards. No not funny. But..well, you'll see. I was happy ☺ to read the half arsed end! My thanks to A.R. Torre, Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley. I would love to bash all over this story! But, I just cant. It's everything I didn't want it to be. The shrink and lawyer were too clever by half! That's what made this a "must read!" I understand all the clever devices that authors deploy. I'm usually along for the ride. This was fun! Even by my standards. No not funny. But..well, you'll see. I was happy ☺ to read the half arsed end!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Gwen is a psychiatrist who specializes in patients with violent tendencies and ideations. Wracked with guilt over suspicions she failed one leading to disastrous results, she finds her way into a bar and soon enough into bed with a handsome stranger. It turns out this handsome stranger Robert is a hotshot defense attorney whose son happened to be the sixth victim of The Bloody Heart Killer, a serial killer who has been terrorizing the city by abducting, mutilating, and killing teenage boys. Inte Gwen is a psychiatrist who specializes in patients with violent tendencies and ideations. Wracked with guilt over suspicions she failed one leading to disastrous results, she finds her way into a bar and soon enough into bed with a handsome stranger. It turns out this handsome stranger Robert is a hotshot defense attorney whose son happened to be the sixth victim of The Bloody Heart Killer, a serial killer who has been terrorizing the city by abducting, mutilating, and killing teenage boys. Intended victim number seven has just escaped, and identified a high school teacher as his captor. There’s only one problem: Robert doesn’t think the teacher did it, and he’s willing to go as far as representing him in court to prove it. He hopes to bolster his case with Gwen’s professional expertise, showing that the psychological profile of the serial killer is not a match to his client. Gwen can’t fix the mistake she made with her patient, but perhaps she can help to avoid another tragedy. After all, if Robert’s client didn’t do it, there’s still a serial killer on the loose.  How can Robert be so sure his client is innocent? Would the victim lie, and why? What is the good lie, and who is the one telling it..? As you can tell from the synopsis, you need to prepare yourself to suspend some disbelief here. The plot revolves around an appeal lawyer’s dream. The father of a victim is the one responsible for making sure the accused gets a fair defense. Oh, and he’s sleeping with an expert witness. Conflict of interest, haven’t heard of it. Professional ethics, what are those? But if you can get past that, this is a lot of fun.  One of the high points for me was the initial cat and mouse game between Robert and Gwen as they both try to figure out what the other might be hiding and what their true intentions are. I also loved when Gwen’s narration touches on psychopathology. It was fascinating, felt well researched, and fans of things like the show Criminal Minds will feel right at home during those portions. (If only Gwen’s actions weren’t often those of a love-sick teenager with the world’s worst read on people) There were also a fair number of red herrings and things that kept me on my toes and wondering when and how they’d come back into play. This was a buddy read with Joanna (you can find her review here) and neither of us wanted to put it down. It was so much fun bouncing theories off each other and trying to decide which shady person was the most shady. Unfortunately, we had just as much fun ranting to each other about our mutual dislike of the ending. I have to say, I think some of our theories would have made for a more interesting twist/resolution. As written, if you take a moment after finishing to think about it, a certain character’s actions make absolutely no sense. This was one of the most egregious examples I’ve seen in a long time of: “well if they didn’t have this nonsense convoluted plan, there would be no book, so….”  This paragraph contains spoilers, so skip to the last one if you’d like to avoid those! (view spoiler)[Y’all, why is no one talking about the fact that the reveal means everything prior makes no sense and has absolutely no logical reason for happening. It simply does not stand up to any kind of scrutiny whatsoever. I know it’s thriller fiction, and clearly I was aware I’d have to suspend disbelief, but things need to, at minimum, make sense. I have some real problems with a certain person’s actions here. There were, at very least, 3 times when they should have called the police/given them info and didn’t. And they had the gall to accuse someone else of not doing enough/knowing all along!? Where, my friend, is your guilt that you had suspicions for weeks and said nothing, while another boy was suffering??? I’m still angry about it. And especially angry at how the hypocrisy and lack of remorse on this person’s end is never addressed. Am I supposed to give them a pass because they have a sad backstory? And then looking hot and giving a gift makes it all better??? A gift that reeked of love-bombing and manipulation the first time it showed up no less. Gross. I found myself absolutely appalled at the last line of this book and what it implied. This was also my second thriller in quick succession where I found myself assuming my initial correct guess about the big baddie had to be wrong because it was just too obvious. (hide spoiler)] Pretty much *everyone else* loved this though, so I'd recommend it for when you’re just looking for something fun and unputdownable. I can’t turn off my brain sometimes and have a habit of overanalyzing thrillers, so as always: take my deep dive critiques into them with a grain of salt. The entire set up of this book is based on the world’s biggest conflict of interest, so this may be a case of me not adjusting my expectations enough to be able to lighten up and just go with the flow at the end. I do think this could have easily been something I really liked with a few changes.

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