I Love It When You Lie
By: Kristen Bird
Narrators: Susan Bennett, Megan Tusing, Ferdelle Capistrano, Karissa Vacker, Brittany Pressley 🎧
Publication Date: 03/14/2023
My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)
The Williams women don’t just keep secrets...They bury them.
Just days before her 80th birthday, Pearl Williams has the gall to up and die on everyone.
Now her granddaughters must make plans for a proper send-off…all while their own lives unravel a little more each day. But Gran might not be the only one they’ll put in a grave this weekend.
Because someone has gone missing in the dark Appalachian woods. Tara, the pastor’s wife, makes a series of decisions that could scatter his flock. Then there’s June, who would do anything to have a baby of her own, even if her husband won’t. Clementine, the youngest, is entangled in an affair with her professor, desperate to ignore who he really is. Finally, there’s Stephanie, the sister-in-law—an outsider- who knows all the family dirt.
And if Gran has taught them anything, it’s how to get rid of a good-for-nothin’ man.
Meet the wild Williams women!
Set in Willow Gap, Alabama, Kristin Bird delivers a laugh-out-loud family saga of dark secrets and a cast of ruthless sassy Southern women in this highly entertaining domestic drama—I LOVE IT WHEN YOU LIE.
Pearl Williams is the matriarch of this highly dysfunctional family, and unfortunately, she died just days before her eightieth birthday!
Now the granddaughters will take over to keep the secrets buried and try and give their grandmother a proper send-off.
Meet the cast:
Tara, the eldest, has married the local Southern Baptist pastor. She is making a series of decisions that could scatter his flock.
June has become a nurse and has married a doctor. She will do anything to have a baby, even if her husband won't.
Clementine, the youngest, is still in college and having an affair with her professor and is blind to reality.
Their brother, now Willow Gap's mayor, has scandalized the townsfolk by marrying Stephanie, whose major crime is being a Northerner. She also knows all the family dirt.
Someone is DEAD. A slow burn mystery told from the POVs of the three sisters and the sister-in-law.
We know a crime was committed, but what happened?
The gals must bury a body and cover up a crime the weekend after their beloved grandmother dies. We don’t know who the body is until near the end. The drama alternates between the women’s lives and the unraveling leading up to the event.
Who is going to get what he deserves?
Intriguing. Different. A wicked blend of deeply buried family secrets, scandal, and lots of drama! A cracking Southern small-town suspense, crossing moral lines and landing smack in the gray areas.
A cast of strong women that will keep you entertained! For fans of author Alice Feeney and Mary Kay Andrews. Will we see more of these ladies in the future?
Thank you to MIRA, the publisher, for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AUDIOBOOK: Looking forward to the audiobook starring a full cast of stars who will further make this book come alive! Narrators: Susan Bennett, Megan Tusing, Ferdelle Capistrano, Karissa Vacker, Brittany Pressley (all favorites)!🎧 by Harlequin Audio
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Put Date: Mar 14, 2023
My Rating: 4 Stars
"Exceptional.... This tale of sisterhood is un-put-downable." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“I Love It When You Lie uncovers all the hidden secrets in a small southern town, where grudges and betrayals run deep. Irresistible and compulsive, this book is packed full of surprises.”
—Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
“A superb character-driven mystery positively dripping with atmosphere. I Love It When You Lie is both a propulsive twisty ride—after all, hell hath no fury like a Williams sister scorned—and a book that shines a light on women’s hidden lives and invisible labor to keep families and communities running. Bird has given us a pitch-perfect small-town suspense and the exact kind of anti-heroines I’ve been waiting for. You won’t be able to put this down.”
—Ashley Winstead, author of The Last Housewife
“A wicked blend of family secrets, sibling resentment and small-town ways. Wondering how to get away with murder? The Williams sisters know.” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Richly atmospheric and thick with tension, this tale of deadly secrets and the fierce sisters who keep them demands to be devoured in a single sitting, even as you savor each unsettling reveal."
—Heather Chavez, author of Blood Will Tell
"Bird’s second small-town suspense will have you flipping pages long into the night. A dash of murder, a sprinkle of secrets, and a full heaping of Southern charm, I devoured this book in two days."
—Savilla Mountain, creator of lifestyle blog Vogue for Breakfast
"An atmospheric thriller that skillfully unravels a sudden disappearance in the Appalachian foothills. Full of scandal, generational secrets, and strong women who aren’t afraid to take matters into their own hands, I Love It When You Lie kept me guessing the whole way through. I couldn’t put it down."
—Allison Buccola, author of Catch Her When She Falls
"I Love it When You Lie's high-tension premise hooked me from the get-go. It's a delicious slow-burn. The complexities of each character and descriptions of the location drew me in, transporting me to the heart of this small US Southern community and the mystery you'll race through to solve."
—Amanda Cassidy, author of Breaking
“There’s no family like the Williams family—and there’s no novel like I Love It When You Lie. Steeped in Southern atmosphere, this timely story of sisterhood, long-hidden secrets, and uncompromising resolve quivers with tension. Small-town suspense at its finest."
—Tessa Wegert, author of Death in the Family and The Kind to Kill
About the Author
Photo Credit: Bess Garison
Kristen has lived coast to coast, but with her extended family in north Alabama, her roots run southern deep. She teaches high school English and writes in local coffee shops near her home outside of Houston. In her free time, she likes to visit parks with her three daughters, watch quirky films with her husband, and attempt to keep pace with her rescue lab-mixes.
Growing up, Kristen lived in Virginia, Alabama, California, Oregon, and Texas. She wrote plays and short stories for anyone who would read them and eventually graduated college with a double major in Music and Journalism. A few years later, she earned a Masters in Literature and for her creative thesis wrote her first full-length novel, which she happily keeps unpublished.
As a teacher, she enjoys finding creative pairings of the classic canon and modern texts, and she promotes choice reading in her classroom. She also likes to tell other writers, including her students over the past fifteen years, the importance of extensive revisions as well as the necessity of grit—in the writing process and in everyday life.
Kristen is the oldest of four kids and is grateful to see her parents and brother and sisters, nieces and nephews often. Her husband is a musician and a worship director for a church near their home, and her daughters are amateur bakers, awesome artists, and inquisitive thinkers who love to cuddle up and read together. WEBSITE