The Lies That Bind

The Lies That Bind

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"It's 2 AM on a Saturday night in the spring of 2001, and twenty-eight-year old Cecily Gardner sits alone in a dive bar on New York's Lower East Side, questioning her life. Feeling lonesome and homesick for the Midwest, she wonders if she'll ever make it as a reporter in the big city--and whether she made a terrible mistake in breaking up with her longtime boyfriend Matthew. As Cecily reaches for the phone to call him, she hears a guy on the barstool next to her say, "Don't do it--you'll regret it." Something tells her to listen to him, and over the next several hours--and shots of tequila--the two forge an unlikely connection. That should be it, they both decide the next morning, as Cecily reminds herself of the perils of a rebound relationship. Moreover, the timing couldn't be worse--Grant is preparing to quit his job and move overseas. Yet despite all their obstacles, they can't seem to say goodbye, and for the first time in her carefully-constructed life, Cecily follows her heart over her head. Then Grant disappears in the chaos of 9/11. Fearing the worst, Cecily spots his face on a missing person poster, and realizes she is not the only one searching for him. Her investigative reporting instincts kick into action as she vows to discover the truth. But the questions pile up fast: How well did she really know Grant? Did he ever really love her? And is it possible to love a man who wasn't who he seemed to be? The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth--in our relationships, careers, and deep within our own hearts"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399178955
Branch Call Number: F GIFFIN
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 18, 2021

Mixed feelings on this book. I have loved Emily Giffin books in the past, Something Borrowed is my favorite but I had a tough time getting through the story. I really really don't like it when someone is withholding secrets and you just know it has to erupt into heartbreak. However, as the writer has done in the past, the story does come to a nice ending and left me happy I did read to the end.

Nov 24, 2020

I must be losing my taste for Chick Lit in general and Emily Giffin books in particular because I found it tough to maintain interest. The story was plotted around 9/11 but didn't do credit to it. I could see the ending all the way through so it wasn't that much of suspense. It may be good to curl up with the book and a cup of tea and read it but don't hope for too much.

Nov 09, 2020

What did I just read? Typical EG novel, entertaining enough to keep you flipping the pages - but that conclusion? No. The book uses 9/11 as a plot line, but it's far from being about the emotion of September 11th and ended up being more of a Jerry Springer (even referenced in the book) story. Far fetched, disrespectful and unsatisfying ending.

JCLJenV Oct 26, 2020

A story that begins in the Spring of 2001 with a single woman in New York City. I loved this novel.

Oct 08, 2020

This was my first Emily Giffin read and will be my last.

I was wary of reading a book with a tie to September 11, 2001 because at that time I was working as a 911 / police dispatcher and took many calls from people who were afraid, reporting things they thought they might have seen as well as "normal" emergency calls. Even 19 years later I remember that day and the tenor of those calls. But I was also looking for a love story with a happy ending to read. While it kinda was a small town romance type of sort of happy ending, the rest of the book fell well below my expectations.

I'm sure there were people having affairs that died on September 11. Adultery is nothing new and I don't see it ending. There's always going to be someone who engages in it. But to use September 11 and the deaths that occurred on that day and after from effects of the towers falling as the backdrop for a story where there are lies and cheating is inappropriate. Giffin could have just had a "normal" plane crash or even an earthquake or hurricane rather than an act of terror perpetrated on our country to tell the story. Aside from a weak story that read more like a boring women's fiction than a love story, the use of September 11 turned me off on the book and on Giffin. It was a cheap cash in on a tragic day which has and will continue to define us.

Sep 13, 2020

I didn’t care for this book. Kind of an unbelievable storyline. Too many short conversations throughout the book. Made it choppy. Didn’t have much depth to the plot for me.

Sep 02, 2020

I gave this book 1 star: I was SO engrossed for the first 2/3rds of the book and it was an interesting and easy read. Then a turn in the book made me - not kidding - audibly gasp (at 3:00 a.m. in the morning!) because it was so unrealistic. I would pass on this one and read another of Emily's books.

Jul 26, 2020

Saturday afternoon started and read through. Story and characters interesting enough to keep going until the end. First book in a very long time that I’ve read all the way through in one sitting.

Jul 13, 2020

Another great novel written by Giffin, incorporating the events of 9/11, true and deep love vs want, and intertwines into the timelines and characters of her earliest reads. As a true fan of her work and effortless reading, this was yet another page-turner and light afternoon read.

Jun 22, 2020

Book #23 for 2020 was The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin. This was my first Emily Giffin book.
It’s hard to give this book a rating. I liked the first half; the second half had a lot going on. There is a plot point involving 9/11, which upset a lot of people. I found the second half of the book to be kind of a mess, there was so much going on, and none of the characters were not particularly lovable. The best summary I can give of the story is that Cecily and Matthew broke up after he couldn’t commit after years of dating. Soon after, Cecily meets Grant in a New York bar and they have an immediate connection. They begin a whirlwind romance and then 9/11 happens. Grant goes missing, and then the “Lies” in the title start coming out of the woodwork. I guess I would give it 3 stars and hope that my next Giffin book is better!

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