#BookReview: Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Reviewer: Annie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Crooked Little LiesSummary:

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.


We are introduced to a wonderful cast of characters living in Hardy’s Walk, Texas. Everyone has issues revolving around them, from injuries, to family struggles and drug addiction. Talk about a wild cast!! I will just tell you a little bit about Lauren and Bo.

I was drawn in right away when Lauren Wilder comes across Bo Laughlin on a road he should not be walking on. Her concern for him captured my heart right away. She wanted to find him help…but, did he need help? Was it her place to seek help for him?  So many questions will run through your mind as you read this book. Right from the beginning to the end.

Then, shortly after their brief encounter Bo goes missing!! This story is full of suspense and shrouded in mystery. Did Lauren have anything to do with Bo going missing?  She may have to find out on her own, as she is stuck right in the middle of the investigation. What happened to Bo?

Lauren is trying to recover from an accident that affected her both mentally and physically.  Her memory was often wrong, and she sometimes does not even trust herself. Neither does her family. She becomes addicted to pain pills, which certainly do not help with her feelings of being trusting or trusted. How far would you go for someone in your family that is dealing with something like this? Did her family go too far, or not do enough?

This book is chuck full of tough decisions.  A lot of questions will arise as you turn the pages. It was definitely a “thrillingly-haunting” read.  This family is so very interesting. They will stay with you.

I loved how Barbara Taylor Sissel shows that lies; even little ones, can wreak havoc within a small town and the families that live there. What an eye-opening message.

Better think twice before lying, about anything…Big OR Small.…This book truly gives you so very much to think about, especially once you have put it down.  At the end of the book there were questions that the author answers and questions for discussions.  So, I highly recommend this book for any Book Clubs.  Or, if you just want to chat about it with a friend.

This was a book that I would have enjoyed in one sitting!  It is hard to put down.

I need to read Barbara Taylor Sissel’s other books.  So, I am heading over to Goodreads now to check them out.

5 Stars

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