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book giveaway contest 

Jan 15- Feb 3, 2020 (Closed)


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Christine L.  Moore

Baltimore, MD  

Behind Every Lie 

Christina McDonald 



4 February 2019 

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Praise For Behind
Every Lie 

"[An] intriguing suspense novel... McDonald weaves together Eva and Kat’s narratives, which span past and present, to create a compulsively readable and fast-paced yarn that explores the lingering effects of trauma and abuse as well as the complex bonds between mothers and daughters. Readers who enjoy character-driven thrillers will be pleased.”

—Publishers Weekly


"Told in alternating narratives from Eva’s traumatic life and her mother’s mysterious past, the story twists and turns with one shocking revelation after another until it threatens to careen out of control. But Behind Every Lie, there is always a reason, and there is a satisfying ending once everyone’s hand is played out.”



"Behind Every Lie is a deep, suspenseful novel packed with family secrets. Christina McDonald has a true gift for creating characters that are so well-developed, it feels like you know them. An outstanding achievement!"

Samantha Downing, author of the #1 International Bestseller My Lovely Wife


"In Behind Every Lie, Christina McDonald brilliantly intertwines page-turning suspense with jaw-dropping family secrets. An emotionally-charged domestic thriller that is sure to please!"  

—Wendy Walker, national bestselling author of The Night Before


"A clever, tense, and absorbing novel--this tale of family secrets had me racing towards the final pages."
—Emma Rous, bestselling author of The Au Pair 


"Christina McDonald follows up her smashing debut The Night Olivia Fell with another winner. McDonald starts with a bang, then builds the action steadily, a gradual unfolding of secrets and lies that will have you constantly switching alliances. Read it like I did, in one sitting and straight through to the end, because you won't want to put this one down."

—Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife 


"Christina McDonald’s Behind Every Lie is a layered, gut-wrenching domestic thriller that explores the complexities of mothers and daughters and the secrets families keep. Smart and intense, and with more than enough twists to give you whiplash, McDonald’s beautiful, emotional storytelling will leave you breathless. I don’t think I exhaled until the end."

—Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts, ITW Award winner for Best Novel


“Christina McDonald’s Behind Every Lie is a cleverly plotted and emotionally charged page-turner about memory, trusting yourself, grieving, and letting go. Family secrets run deep in this compelling exploration of how far a mother will go to protect her child. Full of twists and turns, this is domestic suspense at its best!”

—Karen Katchur, bestselling author of River Bodies


"In Behind Every Lie, a lightning strike survivor discovers that memories are fallible, identities are fungible, and she can’t trust anyone—including herself. With nuanced and dubiously trustworthy characters, dual timelines revealing decades of secrets, and a tension-packed plot, Christina McDonald has crafted an engrossing and utterly addictive thriller. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!"

—Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told 


"Addictive and emotionally resonant, Behind Every Lie is a twisty, fast-paced thriller with secrets nestled inside secrets. Nothing is as it seems in this story exploring the sorrow and strength of brokenness, and with complex characters and a relentlessly compelling plot, you’ll be unable to stop reading it—or forget it once you do.

—Megan Collins, author of The Winter Siste

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Coming Feb 4, 2019

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Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pub Date:  Feb 4, 2020

ISBN-10: 1501184032

ISBN-13: 978-150118403

Formats:  Paperback, e-book, Audiobook, Audio CD  


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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell—an “emotionally charged mystery” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author)—comes a thrilling new suspense novel about the insidious nature of family secrets…and their deadly potential.



If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?


If you can’t remember it


Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered.  


Eva was found unconscious down the street, but she can’t remember what happened. And then she learns the police are suspicious of her.


How do you prove you didn’t do it?

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.


Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Behind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.

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About the Author

Christina McDonald is the USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books), which has been optioned for television by a major Hollywood studio. Her next book, Behind Every Lie, is out Feb 2020.

Her writing has been featured in The Sunday Times, Dublin,, and Expedia. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland Galway, and now lives in London, England with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Tango.


Christina enjoys reading, hiking and lifting weights at the gym. She always wanted to be a writer, and told her earliest stories to her two younger sisters, who were her first audience, cheerleaders and sounding board. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway.


Going to college in Ireland wasn’t part of the master plan, but happened randomly when Christina went travelling and arrived completely jet lagged at Heathrow Airport in London, caught sight of the Aer Lingus desk, and spontaneously bought a ticket to Ireland. She loved it so much she went back the following year to study.


She is currently writing her third novel.

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Photo credit: Justyna Kantecka



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An Elevator Q&A Ride with the Author

Feb 4, 2019 

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A Letter From the Editor


Dear Reader,


What would you do if you woke up in the hospital with no memory of how you got there, accused of murdering y our own mother?  This is the nightmare that Eva Hansen awakens to in Christina's McDonald's compulsive second novel, Behind Every Lie. A domestic thriller with a mystery at its heart, Behind Every Lie explores how some secrets refuse to stay hidden . . . despite how hard one might try to buy them.


Christina McDonald is a master of complicated mother-daughter stories.  As she slips between past and present, taking the reader through Eva's search for the truth and the events leading up to her mother Kat's murder, she sets off a read that is as explosive as lightning.  With the family drama of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and the thriller twist of Megan Abbott's You Will Know Me, Behind Every Lie is a gripping page-turner that only becomes more tension-filled the further you read . . . and will have you questioning your own definition of the truth.


Happy reading!


My very best,



—Kate Dresser

Senior Editor, Gallery Books  

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The Night Olivia Fell

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Behind Every Lie—Eva wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning right down the street from where her mother was murdered. But she can’t remember if she’s the murderer. AVAILABLE FEB 4, 2020. 


The Night Olivia Fell— Single mother Abi must piece together the shocking truth of how her teenage daughter ended up brain dead and pregnant.  The novel has been optioned for TV by a major Hollywood studio.  AVAILABLE NOW. 

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