Review // The Good Lie by A.R. Torre

November 25, 2021

The Good Lie by A.R. Torre

William S. Burroughs once said that no one owns life, but anyone who can lift a frying pan can create death. He was right. Killing is the easy part. The act of living—of finding happiness in life—that’s the hard part.

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The Good Lie by A.R. Torre

The Good Lie by A.R. Torre

Release - July 20, 2021
Genre - Mystery/Thriller
Primarily Singular POV - 1st person
Heat Level - 1.5 / why is this author afraid of the heat?
Format/Source - ebook borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 254 pages
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer

Six teens murdered.
A suspect behind bars.
A desperate father.
In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide.

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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My Two Cents

3 "Everyone's messed up" stars

After reading a review from Deanna at A Novel Glimpse, something pushed me to add this book to my tbr. From there, it was inevitable that I would borrow it from KU. When I was looking for something different, I picked it up. And now I'm here. At the end. And I don't even know where to begin!

All of the characters were messed up. ALL OF THEM!
While I expected some of them to be, because Gwen was a psychiatrist, I didn't expect even the doctor to have so many problems.

There was one character who deserved a ton of praise... Nina. That lady was the real detective of this novel!

I was able to predict most of what happened. Maybe not all of the details, but I wasn't left surprised by the end. It was obvious, but I did enjoy the journey.

My biggest issue with this story was the endless minutiae of Gwen's life. Not a direct quote (obvs), but it was something like this: I walked to my dresser. I grabbed a barrette. I put the barrette in my hair. I put my bangs to the side. No, I don't like that. I put my bangs to the other side. LMAO!! So freaking accurate!!

There's murder, there's mystery and a bit of a thrill to give it a bump. The writing was exceptional. The characters are... a mess. If this book sounds like your thang, read it.

About the Author

A.R. Torre is a pseudonym of Alessandra Torre and is her dark alter ego. While Alessandra enjoys spicy romances, A.R. love twisted stories filled with secrets, suspense, drama, and danger.

Alessandra/A.R. is a multi-time Goodreads Choice Nominee. Her books have hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Charts bestseller lists. Over a million readers have enjoyed her novels in more than thirty countries.

In addition to writing, Alessandra teaches online courses to aspiring and published authors via She hosts an annual conference and has built a community of over 40,000 authors.

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  1. I'm happy I inspired you to pick this one up! Everyone was messed up, right? It was nuts. Have you read her Every Little Secret? I think that one is in KU and I thought that one was even better than this one. Thanks for giving this one a try and me a shout out.

    1. I'm happy you did too and you deserve the shout out for recommending it! 🌺
      And if you think Every Little Secret is better than this, I'll definitely be trying it!!

  2. Awesome review, Natalie! ❤ I was really curious about this one. I recently read Every Last Secret by this author and gave it a 3, too. I don't have a problem with all unlikable characters if it's a thriller, but if there is no surprise twist payoff or satisfying ending, that's where it loses me. I may try it one day, but I'll probably wait a awhile.

    1. Thankss Jess! 🌺
      I'm going to read Every Last Secret, hoping I enjoy it a bit more than this one. This one was good, it's just that it got bogged down with inane details. I don't have a problem with unlikable characters in thrillers too, as long as the story is driven. I need that to balance everything out :)

  3. Sounds like such an interesting premise, but that writing though....sounds so details in the little things. haha Glad you enjoyed the journey that is within it though.

    Great review.

    1. Thanks Renee! 🌺
      Yeah, it was the details that did me in lol


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