The Lies That Bind

Emily Giffin. Ballantine, $28 (352p) ISBN 978-0-399-17895-5
Giffin’s suspenseful but sometimes unconvincing latest (after All We Ever Wanted) opens in May 2001, a week after 28-year-old reporter Cecily Gardner breaks up with her commitment-averse boyfriend. Lonely and sleepless, she makes a late-night visit to a bar, where she feels a sudden connection with an attractive stranger. They spend the night in Cecily’s apartment, agreeing not even to kiss. The stranger, Grant Smith, tells Cecily that he’s a Wall Street trader whose twin brother is dying of ALS, and she trusts him enough not to ask further questions about his life. Soon deeply in love, they spend nights and a weekend together, still holding off on sex, before Grant leaves for London, where his brother is enrolled in a clinical trial. Cecily sees Grant on September 10, the night he returns, but can’t reach him after the towers fall. When she sees his face on a “missing” poster and calls the number listed there, her certainty about him and their bond is thrown into doubt. Though the bizarre decisions made by Cecily and Grant stretch plausibility, and the use of 9/11 reads as a plot contrivance, Giffin holds the reader’s interest with solid pacing and fine style. Compared to Giffin’s past work, this disappoints. (June)
Reviewed on : 06/02/2020
Release date: 06/01/2020
Genre: Fiction
Library Binding - 978-1-4328-8084-2
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-0942-9254-0
Compact Disc - 978-0-593-21047-5
Hardcover - 352 pages - 978-0-385-68973-1
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