Blog Tour: To Tell You The Truth by Gilly Macmillan

Good morning my loves!

I hope you’re doing well! Today I am excited to be sharing with you my review for Gilly Macmillans latest book, To Tell You The Truth, as part of the blog tour organised by the lovely Isabelle at Cornerstone.

*  Thank you to Cornerstone for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Title: To Tell You The Truth
Author: Gilly Macmillan
Publication date: 25th June 2020
My rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads rating: 4.05
Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction, thriller


Lucy Harper has a talent for invention…

She was nine years old when her brother vanished in the woods near home. As the only witness, Lucy’s story of that night became crucial to the police investigation. Thirty years on, her brother’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Now Lucy is a bestselling thriller writer. Her talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring fans. But her husband, Dan, has started keeping secrets of his own, and a sudden change of scene forces Lucy to confront some dark, unwelcome memories. Then Dan goes missing and Lucy’s past and present begin to collide. Did she kill her husband? Would she remember if she did?

Finally, Lucy Harper is going to tell us the truth.

Cross her heart.
And hope to die.


We start with 9 year-old Lucy. She heads out to the woods with her brother, but only she returns. We then meet Lucy several decades later, now married and a best-selling writer, parallels are drawn when he husband disappears in a manner similar to that of her brothers disappearance all those years ago.

Lucy as a character was very interesting and while her traumatic childhood is not something that many could relate to, I found myself empathising with her in way I didn’t expect. Though my favourite character, weirdly enough, was Lucy’s best friend (I won’t say much more than that, I won’t want to spoil the quirkiest thing about said friend!).

What I loved most about this book, was the slow-burning pace of it. While that might not appeal to some, it is one of my favourite kind of thrillers. The tension is palpable! And with a stunning ending, this suspense thriller is definitely one that will have you desperate to keep reading until the very last page.

The reason it did not hit a full five stars for me was that there were still a couple of questions that I wish had been wrapped up a little more neatly, but that really is the only thing I didn’t enjoy about it.

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