Booze & Book Reviews

The Good Lie

By A.R. Torre

Book Rating: 4.5 out of 5 boozy stars

The Good Lie is the first novel I have read from author A.R. Torre and I was not disappointed. The novel starts off with the return of a victim of the notorious serial killer who has been terrorizing the Los Angeles area. The Bloody Heart Killer abducts popular teenage boys from wealthy families, keeps them for a few weeks, then discards their bodies to be found mutilated. Yet, Scott Harden, the most recent victim, has returned home alive and mostly well. And he knows who his abductor was...

This novel was a fast paced easy read. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Torre's pacing was perfect and I loved how she kept the story flowing with little revelations and additions to the plot throughout. Each chapter is from a different perspective, which normally I am not a huge fan of. The reason I normally do not enjoy multiple perspectives is because I always find one perspective more interesting and spend the "boring" perspectives reading just to get to the good stuff. I can happily say that this novel only featured interesting perspectives and I enjoyed all of them. The only thing I would have changed is that the perspective would have been labeled at the start of each chapter, since I was often left to guess who's perspective I was reading from.

The plot twist at the end of the novel was not one that I saw coming at all. After the big reveal I spent a few minutes flipping backwards in the book to put the pieces together and wonder how I missed that huge twist. Overall, this was a quick and fun read. I'm excited to read more from A.R. Torre!

What booze pairs well with this novel?


(From "Josh Vineyards")

Booze Rating: 5 out of 5 boozy stars

This dark novel pairs well with a deep, full bodied merlot. I found myself asking my husband repeatedly to top off my glass while enjoying this novel. Even the characters enjoy a glass or two throughout the novel. The specific brand I enjoyed was from Josh Vineyards, but any merlot will do. Just make sure you give yourself a nice heavy pour, because at the end of this novel you are definitely going to need it!