Author: Laura Wolfe

Publication Date: November 9, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

News spreads fast. Gossip spreads faster. Deadly secrets spread fastest of all.

Jane Bryson obeys the rules. A long-standing science teacher at Ravenswood High School, she lives a simple life with her husband Craig and Moose the black Labrador. When free-spirited new English teacher Elena Mayfield joins Ravenswood, Jane’s excited to have a friend who is ready to challenge authority, and Elena’s soon shaking things up.

When Elena starts a controversial club, Jane is ready to support her. When Elena begins an illicit romance with a colleague, Jane is there to help her shield her secret. When people begin asking questions about Elena, Jane backs her all the way.

But the morning after the annual fundraiser, Elena’s body is found crumpled on the soccer field.

It soon becomes clear that not everyone found Elena charming and funny. A thousand people were at the fundraiser: there’s a town full of suspects and a long list of motives. Who was angry with Elena? What had her curiosity and rule-breaking uncovered? Who wanted to shut her up?

Who has told lies they would kill to hide?

A totally gripping psychological suspense novel that you won’t be able to put down, She Lies Alone is a compelling thriller that will keep you turning the pages. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware and The Woman in the Window.

Book Review

She Lies Alone by Laura Wolfe is a great thriller with a high school setting.

Elena is found murdered in the high school soccer field the morning after the big school fundraiser. She is a new English teacher at Ravenswood this year. Elena doesn’t follow rules. She lives by the theory it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. This doesn’t always work out for her. Elena starts a poetry club without getting it approved by the principal. She starts a relationship with another teacher, Nick. Nick is known for dating women for a short time.

Elena quickly becomes friends with Jane.  Jane is a chemistry teacher in the classroom next to Elena’s.  Jane always follows the rules and never does anything questionable or against the rules.  Jane is always trying to keep Elena from getting in trouble and encouraging her to follow the rules.

She Lies Alone caught my attention from the first page.  The book starts out with Elena’s body being discovered and then goes back seven weeks to explain leading up to the murder.  She Lies Alone is told from the perspective of Elena and Amy.

Amy is a new office employee.  She starts the job to make money after getting divorced. Amy’s daughter, Phoebe is having a difficult time with the divorce. Phoebe quits the tennis team and stops hanging out with all of her friends. Amy wants Phoebe to go back to her old friends and the way she used to be. Amy finds threatening notes in the mailbox and is convinced they are from Phoebe’s old friends. I never understood why Amy would want Phoebe to be friends with girls threatening her. Amy tries to catch the girls leaving the notes.  Will Amy figure out who is actually leaving the notes? Is someone threatening Phoebe? What secret is Phoebe trying to hide?

I found it very interesting how the book was told from Jane and Amy’s perspectives.  The reader gets to learn about Elena from the people around her.  Jane is her closest friend, but Amy she rarely interacts with.  Phoebe spends more time with Elena especially during poetry club.

I enjoyed the fact that Phoebe was such an important part of the story. Phoebe is dealing with typically high school problems like losing friendships, trying to figure out who she is and her parents’ divorce.  How Phoebe handles situations is interesting. She is emotional but always trying to hide her emotions and keep things from everyone including her mom.

Elena has upset a lot of people including the principal, her boss, and students. Everyone always suspects the boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. Who killed Elena?

I loved the formatting of She Lies Alone. The reader finds out Elena was murdered and then gets to learn about her while trying to figure out what caused her to be murdered.

I recommend She Lies Alone to thriller fans.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for She Lies Alone.

About the Author

Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets, was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime and the SCBWI.  

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