Thief (Love Me With Lies – BOOK#3)
Quick note: New to the series? Do you love eloquently written (yet gritty and raw) books about angst, passion, treachery and heartache (that will have you sobbing)? Do you enjoy the thrill of having a love/hate relationship with flawed characters that make you want to throw your book? Skip this review, head to my review of book#1, and start reading this trilogy now. One of the best series EVER! Plus! You’re in luck, ’cause you don’t even have to wait for the next one. The trilogy is complete. Prepare for the reading-roller-coaster ride of your life!
What. A. Book!!!! Simply FANTASTIC. A profound story unravels amidst potent drama. Beautifully written, poignant and meaningful, and now officially one of my all-time #1 favorite series.
I am a 3am book zombie, (actually a 4am one) as I stayed up until then to “text” in the dark about the book until I could finally fall asleep, and I couldn’t be happier in my sleep-deprived state. Although I did have a dream that woke me with an aching heart, and continues to haunt me a little, right now. In it, I was the jealous, overreacting one that ended up hurting someone, and especially myself, in the end. Yep. This book affected me deeply.
Maryse: This is awesome. The writing. Caleb’s introspection. His observations. For a series about lies, this was so pure and honest. … That bit about the broken pieces? Pure genius.
Yet another 5-star installment to this angsty series and an absolutely fitting finale! I read it in one sitting ’cause I couldn’t put it down. I had to know (and I got to “live” it while finding out).
Michelle: Omg loved it!!!! So frustrating at times but so worth the read!!
Ash: It. Was. Brilliant.
Sara: This was such a complicated, twisted, frustrating book… BUT I give it 5 stars!!! Go read it now
Danette: Absolutely one of the best series finales I have read. Ever. Nailed it.
EVERYTHING. Everything you guys said is exactly right.
Told from Caleb’s POV, this book is the final installment and occurs in their present… “situation” as everything comes full circle. While we review the past through his memories and perceptions, the secrets (and misconceptions) unfold. Things we wanted to know? Revealed. Things we “suspected”? Clarified. Things that infuriated us? Continued to do so. But everything was answered and from Caleb’s perspective? So much more comes to light. And it was done so via one of the most beautifully articulated books I have ever read.
She’s mine. She always has been, she always will be. We’ve been running in opposite directions for the last ten years, and we collide at every turn. Sometimes it’s because we’re looking for each other, other times it’s fate.
She has the kind of love that can stain your soul, make you beg not to have one, just to escape the spell she’s put you under. I’ve tried to break myself of her over and over, but it’s pointless. I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood.
But it’s not all roses. There were some thorns that continued to cut me, even amidst the character growth and development. These people are now well into adulthood, and are dealing with repercussions from their past mistakes. Things came to light with a dose of heavy, hard-hitting reality.
Lies, it sounds demented to want a woman’s lies. But, Olivia love you with her lies. She lies about how she’s feeling, how she’s hurting, how she wants you when she tells you she doesn’t. She lies to protect you and herself.
And as we occasionally strolled down “bad-memory lane”, I anguished, taking in all of the time lost, just for pride and spite. Fear of love (and rejection) did a number on them.
Her pain was so jagged. You couldn’t touch her without it slicing through you too. I wanted to fold myself around her and absorb the rest of the blows life would deliver.
And sure, some… things were a bit “out there”. Certain attempts at starting over some… conclusions they came to, throughout the series. Some of those drastic decisions they made. But even it it’s intense fictional drama, their lives and resulting chain reactions were steeped in such reality, that I was frustrated but never distracted from their story. My frustration was born out of excitement, passion and need, but not out of irritation. Certainly, there were moments when I wanted to yell at them to SEE what I was seeing. To STOP acting crazy!
I realize that she’s not a better person, just a better actress.
Touché. There is still fun to be had.
And yet from their eyes, in the midst of their emotional love-fog and pain, would I have assumed the same things? Jumped to those conclusions? And out of fear, refused to let love in? Or maybe not refused, ’cause love “got in” whether they wanted it to, or not. But the denial of it…
“Your heart isn’t so hard,” I say, watching the water. “You just like to pretend it is.”
I can see her looking at me out of the corner of my eye.
“You’re the only one who ever says that. Everyone else believes me.”
“I’m the only one who knows you.”
Even in growth, when the characters felt the need to atone for their mistakes, to stop hurting others and themselves… “the right thing to do” in theory, didn’t necessarily fix it. Or them. Reality is what it is, and what it is, is not perfect. And it is because of that imperfection, the consequences, the misunderstandings, the deceit and the perfectly clear truths, that I fell for these characters and believed in their plight. I could overlook their mistakes (well mostly ) and still wish with all of my heart that they might achieve their own “happily ever after” no matter how imperfect it still might be. No matter how much time was lost. No matter how many rules were broken. No matter how many mistakes were made.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. - John Powell
These characters are human. Flawed. Beautiful. Hateful. Self-centered. Self-sacrificing. And boy did they learn. So did I. Throughout each installment, everything stays on course. Missing pieces of their complicated puzzle come together. There are no loose ends. But does that mean everything is tied up neatly in a pretty bow, or is it too little, too late?
“Eventually.” She sighs. “That word is so us, isn’t it? Eventually, you’ll tell me you’re faking your amnesia. Eventually, I’ll tell you that I’m pretending not to know you. Eventually, we’ll come back together, fall apart, come back together.”
What do you think? This is Tarryn Fisher, after all. And I’m leaving you to find out on your own.
It’s gonna be SO good, I promise!!!! I’ve backtracked, re-read my review over and over again, and tried (without spoilers) to convey just how amazing this book and series is (petty reactions, treachery, deep personal introspection and all). But I just can’t do it justice. No worries. Once you read this book, you’ll get it.
Just LOOK at how much we loved it!
Sadie: Loving it so far, need to sloooow down my reading
Rosemarie: Ditched my current read…now reading Thief….where is this going???? I’m nervous!
Sally: Holy Sh*t Holy sh*t Holy sh*t Holy sh*t !!!
Maryse’s Book Blog: Looooving it!!
Sally: Woooo hooo just one clicked it! Its like Christmas in July!
Sadie: Ahhhh! This is so good!
Kirsten: I don’t want to spoil a thing, but I have to say that Tarryn’s writing just takes you there. It’s brilliant.
Georgia: I’m trying so hard not to not skip ahead (I have a little bad habit) to see what happens with them. it’s so good!!!
Sarah: LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. Realistic and true to Tarryn Fisher so many good quotes too
Jeanie: Loved it!!! Yes, it was amazing & brilliant. Is it weird to miss the characters already???
Claudia: Awesome, the perfect ending!!..book funk here we go again..What to read after that?
Lise: Claudia no kidding… I can’t even think about another book (
Maryse’s Book Blog: Ohhhhh yes. Me too. Can’t think of anything else right now, and I’m dreading the book-funk. Tarryn Fisher is an AMAZING writer!
Okay now for the giveaway.
A lucky commenter here will get THIS trilogy, in print, SIGNED!
How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below, and tomorrow night (Tuesday July 23rd, 2013) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.
The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. Sorry for my international readers, this is a open to U.S. residents only (but you’re welcome to comment and join in any time!!).