Review: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

20th Jun 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy BlundellWhat I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Narrator: Caitlin Greer
Published by Scholastic
Pub Date: November 1st 2008
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
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3 Stars

Murder and intrigue surround a girl in this mystery set in American in the aftermath of WWII.

When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

This book. THIS DAMN BOOK!! Wow.

I don’t think there’s another story that’s ever made me felt this way. My stomach was in knots the whole. time. I finished this book and felt no closure. Even though it was given, I could not ingest it.

By the middle of this book, I had a bad feeling about everyone except Evie. Well actually, I was kind of frustrated with Evie because she was so blind. All of the secondary characters are up to no good in this book. Not one. I was left in a rage when the lies and the suspicions started unraveling.

Then there’s Evie, who is left in an impossible position. I felt rage for her as well. Also rage for the person who would never find justice because we’d never really know the truth of what happened to him.

In the end, no one would live happily ever after, but Evie would learn from it and try to make sure that her life would never be that twisted again.

Now I’ll tell you what I really loved. What really saved this book for me was that it was the audiobook. The narrator, Caitlin Greer, is just phenomenal. (Sidenote: She also narrates Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series and does an incredible job.) I loved her narration for that 1940s, post-WWII era. It was just perfect! And it made me feel like I was in that time period. Also, the imagery was really to die for if you’re a fan of this time period. All I could picture was 1950s Miami, and Havana nights, even though this story takes place in 1940s Palm Beach. It just had that feel. It was really engrossing.

I say approach this book with caution. It does not have a happy ending, because really, who could be happy in this situation, but it will inspire strong emotions from you. Trust me.

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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