BOOK REVIEW: “3 Truths and a Lie” by Lisa Gardner (@lisagardnerbks)

Title: 3 Truths and a Lie (Short Story)
Author: Lisa Gardner
Publication: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 52
Source: Netgalley

3 Truths and a Lie


SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

In Lisa Gardner’s second short story, after the New York Times bestseller The 7th Month, Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases—a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution . . . and a severed leg.

With Gardner’s trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, Three Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.’s storied career. Includes an early look at Lisa Gardner’s next novel of suspense, Find Her, coming February 9, 2016.


**A copy of this book was provided through Netgalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

As a long standing fan of Lisa Gardner I was think I may be a bit bias of her work. Her character Detective D.D. Warren is, for lack of a better phrase, a bad ass police detective and women in general. But what I love so much about “3 Truths and a Lie” is it gives us a little insight into D.D.’s personality and life away from solving a case. While this short story is about her talking about a case, we get to see the inner workings of how she solved this after the fact. Not during the case like we usually get in Gardner’s works.

In ‘3 Truths and a Lie’, Gardner is doing a presentation to a room full of crime writers. Crime writers who like to believe they know everything. This fascinated me because I watch a lot of crime dramas on TV and read a lot of them, and there are so many little things wrong. These are the things D.D. points out to her authors during her seminar. Little things like DNA evidence coming back in hours when in reality it takes weeks. I feel that this story gave me a more insiders look at the research we know goes into Gardner’s work. She is meticulous to say the least.

This story was more a fun read than the suspense we usually get from Gardner’s work. Instead of sitting on the edge of our seat, I enjoyed D.D’s walk through of the case and breaking down her techniques. I felt like I was in the audience taking notes too. Gardner has an uncanny ability to draw me in to her work every single time. I feel like I’m there. So not to brag too much, but Lisa Gardner is my favorite author for a good reason. Her work is flawless, she is at the top of her game, her villains are creepy and terrifying while her characters are loveable and fierce, and… she is just a damn good writer! Five stars for this quick read! Looking forward to “Find Her” out in February!

If you have not checked out Lisa Gardner online, make sure to check out her website HERE! She has a ton of information on all her books (there are a lot if you want something to keep you busy over the holiday). She also puts up contests like her “Kill a Friend, Maim a Buddy” contest. You can get one of your friends names used in Gardner’s upcoming book! Check out her upcoming touring schedule and more! ‘3 Truths and a Lie’ is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble now! It releases officially on January 5th! Also make sure to pre-order her upcoming full-length novel “Find Her” out February 9th! I promise you will not be disappointed. My review will be out the week prior to release! So check back! Add “3 Truths and a Lie‘ and ‘Find Her’ to you TO READS list on Goodreads and leave feedback for Gardner with your thoughts on her work! Until next time!

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