Book Review: Why Did You Lie?

WHY DID YOU LIE? | Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
11.24.2013 | Hodder
Rating: 4/5 stars


A journalist investigating an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their guests have vanished, leaving their home in disarray. Four strangers are trapped on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea with only an abandoned lighthouse to provide them shelter as they wait for rescue. They all have one thing in common: they all lied. Someone is determined to punish them.

Over the course of the last few years I’ve fallen completely in love with Yrsa’s Children’s House series and I was thrilled when this stand alone book was chosen for a book club I read with!

Yrsa immediately throws the reader into WHY DID YOU LIE? on a remote cliff surrounded by the sea where a woman appears to have murdered multiple men. Talk about a heart pounding opening! I was hooked and needed to know more, however, Yrsa doesn’t give up the details that easily and instead chooses to take the reader back in time by several days and march towards this opening scene. Each of the narratives within this story are unique and stand alone as compelling reads, however, it is the underlying need to know how they are connected that truly propelled my interest and determination to binge as much of the book as possible.

I loved what Yrsa chose to do with the ending of this story and how the final pieces of the puzzle were revealed. There is something so satisfactory about the final pieces clicking into place and that’s exactly how I felt when I finished this book. The very last pages of this story left me greatly concerned for one of our main characters, so if Yrsa wants to turn this one into a series or write a sequel, I’m all in!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s