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I was born in captivity… Two decades ago Marissa Mo escaped a basement prison—the only home she’d ever known. At twenty-seven, Marissa’s moved beyond the trauma and is working under a new name as a freelance photographer. But when she accepts a job covering a string of macabre murders in Portland, it’s impossible for Marissa not to remember. Everything is eerily familiar. Th I was born in captivity… Two decades ago Marissa Mo escaped a basement prison—the only home she’d ever known. At twenty-seven, Marissa’s moved beyond the trauma and is working under a new name as a freelance photographer. But when she accepts a job covering a string of macabre murders in Portland, it’s impossible for Marissa not to remember. Everything is eerily familiar. The same underground lairs. Sad trinkets and toys left behind, identical to those Marissa had as a child. And then there is the note meant just for her that freezes Marissa’s blood: See you soon, Missy. To determine the killer’s next move, Marissa must retrieve her long-forgotten memories and return to a past she’s hidden away. But she won’t be facing her fears alone. Someone is waiting for her in the dark.


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I was born in captivity… Two decades ago Marissa Mo escaped a basement prison—the only home she’d ever known. At twenty-seven, Marissa’s moved beyond the trauma and is working under a new name as a freelance photographer. But when she accepts a job covering a string of macabre murders in Portland, it’s impossible for Marissa not to remember. Everything is eerily familiar. Th I was born in captivity… Two decades ago Marissa Mo escaped a basement prison—the only home she’d ever known. At twenty-seven, Marissa’s moved beyond the trauma and is working under a new name as a freelance photographer. But when she accepts a job covering a string of macabre murders in Portland, it’s impossible for Marissa not to remember. Everything is eerily familiar. The same underground lairs. Sad trinkets and toys left behind, identical to those Marissa had as a child. And then there is the note meant just for her that freezes Marissa’s blood: See you soon, Missy. To determine the killer’s next move, Marissa must retrieve her long-forgotten memories and return to a past she’s hidden away. But she won’t be facing her fears alone. Someone is waiting for her in the dark.

30 review for Lies We Bury

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Lies We Bury by Elle Marr is an intense and suspenseful thriller about a woman that’s past is coming back to haunt her. Marissa was born as a basement prisoner. She escaped with her mother and sisters twenty years ago. She left her past behind and now goes by Claire. Claire starts a new photography assignment and starts photographing murders. She receives notes with clues leading her to crime scenes before the cops. Claire looks guilty but is trying to figure out who is behind the murders. The m Lies We Bury by Elle Marr is an intense and suspenseful thriller about a woman that’s past is coming back to haunt her. Marissa was born as a basement prisoner. She escaped with her mother and sisters twenty years ago. She left her past behind and now goes by Claire. Claire starts a new photography assignment and starts photographing murders. She receives notes with clues leading her to crime scenes before the cops. Claire looks guilty but is trying to figure out who is behind the murders. The murders seem personal to Claire with similarities to her past. Her father is being released from prison after twenty years. Is he related to what is happening now? Lies We Bury switches off between present day Claire trying to find the murderer and past day where she is living in the basement. There are complicated family dynamics in Lies We Bury. There was suspense throughout the book which held my attention. I really enjoyed Claire’s character even though she made questionable decisions, and there were many times I wished I could yell at her to stop. I recommend Lies We Bury for anyone that finds a story about two woman and thriller daughters that lived in a basement for years before escaping interesting. Thank you Megan Beatie Communications and Amazon Publishing for Lies We Bury. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    The premise for this sounded so good and, while I did enjoy the book, I thought it could have been even better. Marissa (Missy) Mo who, now goes by the name of Claire Lou, was one of three children born in captivity to three different women who were abducted and held captive by a guy called Chet. Twenty years ago, when the two older girls were 7 years old, the remaining woman captive and the three girls escaped. Naturally none of them escaped unscathed as PTSD and other issues have plagued their The premise for this sounded so good and, while I did enjoy the book, I thought it could have been even better. Marissa (Missy) Mo who, now goes by the name of Claire Lou, was one of three children born in captivity to three different women who were abducted and held captive by a guy called Chet. Twenty years ago, when the two older girls were 7 years old, the remaining woman captive and the three girls escaped. Naturally none of them escaped unscathed as PTSD and other issues have plagued their lives. Claire is the only one who seems to be able to live a somewhat normal life. When she accepts a job as a photographer for the Portland Post however, her troubled past starts leaking into the present. A series of murders in central’s Portland basements, linked by what is known as the Shanghai tunnels, all have eerie reminders of her past. A favourite toy placed strategically, a braided friendship band, a scratchy old blanket - these things mean nothing to investigators but to Claire they mean someone knows knows who she is and that someone is targeting her personally. Claire has been at great pains to hide who she is. Too much of her life already has been public property and she is suspicious of even those who mean her no harm. A journalist, Shia Tua, is writing a book about “where are they now” as the 20th anniversary of their escape, and Chet’s conviction, approaches. Claire alternately trusts him and suspects him of setting her up. She has serious trust issues, but you would wouldn’t you? She is also getting notes with cryptic clues about future victims. What with trying to stop any more deaths, fending off rabid media attention and dealing with all the memories bubbling to the surface, Claire can’t see what has been in front of her the whole time. As the book races to its chilling conclusion Claire is unsure whether she she will become the next victim or the major suspect for all the murders. One thing is clear - the answer lies in her past, if only she can unearth it. This book had a steady, if not fast, pace throughout. I thought the characters were very well portrayed and their thoughts, reactions and mannerisms all seemed very realistic (although I have no experience with such things). The story itself, while not creepy, had some eerie undertones. While you are aware that triggering events were happening to the women, these were never described and there was no gratuitous violence or abuse. In fact, if anything, I think all this careful drawing a veil over the worst of the abuses turned the story a little “vanilla”. The premise was good, everything was well done but, for me, it lacked just a little oomph and the ending... the ending didn’t quite work for me. Nevertheless a well written book that I enjoyed reading. Thanks to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Elle Marr for providing a copy to review. My opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    A twisted mashup of Room and a murder mystery, Marr’s Lies We Bury is a story that creeps into your bones, a sneaky tale about the danger of secrets and the power the past holds to lead us into a deliciously devious present. Say goodbye to sleep and read it like I did, in one breathless sitting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to the author and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. (Can also be seen on www.mysteryandsuspensemagazine.com) Marissa Mo was born in captivity, raised by three different women over the course of her early life, until she was finally able to escape with her three sisters. Now, Marissa (who has changed her name to Claire) is twenty-seven and trying to overcome the demons of her past, living in Portland and working Special thanks to the author and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. (Can also be seen on www.mysteryandsuspensemagazine.com) Marissa Mo was born in captivity, raised by three different women over the course of her early life, until she was finally able to escape with her three sisters. Now, Marissa (who has changed her name to Claire) is twenty-seven and trying to overcome the demons of her past, living in Portland and working as a crime reporter for a local newspaper. On the twentieth anniversary of her escape (which also coincides with the release of her captor, a.k.a her father, from jail), Claire begins to be taunted by a perceived stranger; notes left on her car and on her shower mirror at home taunting her with memories of her past and pieces of her childhood showing up in places she never expected. Claire begins to wonder if she will ever be able to escape her past, and when she quickly becomes a suspect in a string of murders, she knows she has to deal with her family skeletons if she wants to clear her name. “Lies We Bury” is the second novel by author Elle Marr. Her previous thriller, “The Missing Sister”, topped the Amazon charts when it was released, and I have no doubt that her sophomore novel will do the same. Fraught with tension and insurmountable suspense, “Lies” is gripping and addictive. The novel is told from Claire’s perspective, in alternating timelines (present day and twenty years ago when she was held captive) , with Claire narrating both as an adult, and as a child. Claire’s childhood description of the underground lair and her psychopathic, sadistic father/captor, Chet, is deeply disturbing, and the innocent way in which it is told resembles Emma Donoghue’s smash hit, “Room”. The tragic and heartbreaking events experienced by Claire and her sisters are painted with a child’s brush- and it instantly pulls as the heartstrings. As an adult, Claire is likable and endearing and she immediately garners sympathy from the reader. Her adult relationship with her sisters is honest, too, broken and dysfunctional and yet full of love and devotion. When Claire is targeted, many promising suspects instantly jump to mind, and it is through the creativity of Marr’s writing that so many tantalizing possibilities exist. Not only is the ending believable and satisfying, but, even better, you won’t see it coming. “Lies We Bury” is dark and compelling, and it will pull you into its web right from page one. Marr’s writing is addictive and page-turning, and I was so invested in the outcome, that I did not want to put this one down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacey-Lea

    The cover drew me in and the content kept me reading. Lies We Bury follows (Marissa) Claire Lou as she attempts to navigate adulthood while ignoring the complexity of her past. That past being that she was born to a captive woman in a basement and spent the first seven years of her life hidden from the world. As a protagonist Claire isn’t exactly likeable but that’s what makes her a little bit more relatable/believable. She’s guarded, she has a lot of walls and the girl needs therapy (don’t we al The cover drew me in and the content kept me reading. Lies We Bury follows (Marissa) Claire Lou as she attempts to navigate adulthood while ignoring the complexity of her past. That past being that she was born to a captive woman in a basement and spent the first seven years of her life hidden from the world. As a protagonist Claire isn’t exactly likeable but that’s what makes her a little bit more relatable/believable. She’s guarded, she has a lot of walls and the girl needs therapy (don’t we all?). My main annoyance with Claire was how little she thought things through and how quick she was to make assumptions, especially when she was so clearly wrong. The main aspect that I loved of Lies We Bury was the structure of the ‘dual mystery’. We not only follow Claire in her present as she tries to uncover the murder who seems hellbent on framing her and tormenting her but also her past and those years she spent in the basement with her family. There was enough intrigue in each storyline that I was never slowed down or bored in either one. While I did catch on to the ending a little early on, the way it all played out was still exciting and ‘gasp enducing’, if you will. I wasn’t prepared for it to go down quite like that (iykyk). Really well written and thought out, definitely a thriller/mystery to add to the reading list! *ARC provided by Net Galley for an honest review*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    I read the blurb about this book and was instantly hooked. I thought it sounded like a really promising thriller, but I’m not sure it lived up to my expectations. That being sad it wasn’t a bad book, I did enjoy it but I just hoped for a little more. The premise was great - the narrator was born in captivity as her father kidnapped women and impregnated each of the three. This led to interesting family dynamics that continued when they escaped when Marisa (who goes by Claire through most of the I read the blurb about this book and was instantly hooked. I thought it sounded like a really promising thriller, but I’m not sure it lived up to my expectations. That being sad it wasn’t a bad book, I did enjoy it but I just hoped for a little more. The premise was great - the narrator was born in captivity as her father kidnapped women and impregnated each of the three. This led to interesting family dynamics that continued when they escaped when Marisa (who goes by Claire through most of the novel) was 7. Claire has moved back to the Portland area and gets a job as a freelance photographer, but she soon finds herself getting creepy notes from someone leaving bodies in the underground tunnels of Portland. The twists weren’t that surprising I had figured out the killer pretty early on in the book. I think part of what disappointed me as the character narrator was not developed as fully as it could be and she was not a very likeable character. It was hard to feel engaged in the story because of this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Well friends ... here I am once again with an unpopular opinion. Maybe it's time for me to take a break from thrillers? 🤔 Last year I read The Missing Sister and it just wasn't for me at all. When Lies We Bury arrived from the publisher I was hopeful for some redemption. Unfortunately here I am posting the same outcome. This one didn't work for me either. The first 100 or so pages of the story are slow. I didn't connect with any of the characters. And while the synopsis sounded interesting I wasn Well friends ... here I am once again with an unpopular opinion. Maybe it's time for me to take a break from thrillers? 🤔 Last year I read The Missing Sister and it just wasn't for me at all. When Lies We Bury arrived from the publisher I was hopeful for some redemption. Unfortunately here I am posting the same outcome. This one didn't work for me either. The first 100 or so pages of the story are slow. I didn't connect with any of the characters. And while the synopsis sounded interesting I wasn't really invested in the story until the last 60ish pages. On to the next one.... Many thanks to MBC Books and Thomas & Mercer for my review copy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This was just an OK read for me. It centers on Claire (formerly known as Marissa), who was born and raised in imprisonment until she was 7 years old, and 20 years later is awaiting the release of her captor while trying to escape her past. She takes a job as a photographer for a local paper when strange murders start occurring that look like they have something to do with her past. The storyline of this book was really interesting to me, but I had difficulty connecting with the characters. Claire This was just an OK read for me. It centers on Claire (formerly known as Marissa), who was born and raised in imprisonment until she was 7 years old, and 20 years later is awaiting the release of her captor while trying to escape her past. She takes a job as a photographer for a local paper when strange murders start occurring that look like they have something to do with her past. The storyline of this book was really interesting to me, but I had difficulty connecting with the characters. Claire's decisions felt inconsistent to me, vacillating between trying to escape detection to freely admitting who she really was. This juxtaposition made it difficult for me to understand who she really was. There was also a lot of talk about how she was doing so much better than everyone else, but she didn't seem all that healthy to me, nor did the rest of her family seem that bad off. Maybe it was just a lack of detail into each character that made me feel this way. This story did have some twists, but I figured out almost immediately who the villain was, and it never wavered and ended up being correct, which was a little disappointing. That being said, the story was extremely fast-paced and even though I held onto what I thought was really happening, the various red herrings did hold my interest. All in all, OK read but I just didn't fully connect with the characters, and wish I would have been more surprised as the story unfolded.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dea

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Lies we Bury by Elle Marr. I absolutely adored this book and my heart broke for these characters. The story is told before/after style. There was a great balance to the story telling that kept you guessing about how both timelines would play out. The character development was great, and as a photographer myself, I loved the photography elements of the book. This book would be a great fit for anyone who enjoyed Room by Emma Donoghue.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Johnna Whetstone

    Holy cow, wow! What an emotional, thrilling read! Completely heartbreaking, but also darkly thrilling! Well written, with development of characters done in a manner that really lets you get involved with them! I found it to be a bit dark, and possibly triggering for some, so if you are one that has triggers, you may want to see if this one will cause problems! Lots of suspense, lots of emotions, and of course thrills and shocks! Highly, highly addictive and unputdownable, grab your copy ASAP, it Holy cow, wow! What an emotional, thrilling read! Completely heartbreaking, but also darkly thrilling! Well written, with development of characters done in a manner that really lets you get involved with them! I found it to be a bit dark, and possibly triggering for some, so if you are one that has triggers, you may want to see if this one will cause problems! Lots of suspense, lots of emotions, and of course thrills and shocks! Highly, highly addictive and unputdownable, grab your copy ASAP, it’s not one to miss! Will use low amazon reviewer number on release date and spread around platforms!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Verant

    Whoa! Hold on to your seats, readers. This book will grip you and hold you in a vice and you won't want to put it down until you're finished. Part ROOM, part murder/mystery/thriller, Marr deftly weaves the past and the present together, creating a spectacular story filled with tension and chills and so much emotion...well, I was "captured" and holed up in my room until I finished it. Whoa! Hold on to your seats, readers. This book will grip you and hold you in a vice and you won't want to put it down until you're finished. Part ROOM, part murder/mystery/thriller, Marr deftly weaves the past and the present together, creating a spectacular story filled with tension and chills and so much emotion...well, I was "captured" and holed up in my room until I finished it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mehva

    This book drew me in right away, a smart, damaged, spunky and determined heroine. she with her family escape from a nightmare situation and as an adult, keeps getting clues to murder that are related to her. As she tries to figure out the murderer and prevent more deaths. And not get herself set up as the killer. I did guess it part way through and there was one section that was confusing for awhile, as to who was speaking. It did become clear, IOverall a very good read and will read more by her

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Duran

    A twisty and heartbreaking thriller, LIES WE BURY is one of my favourite reads of the year. There is so much depth, emotion and mystery rolled into this story about facing our pasts and refusing to let them define who we are. After escaping the basement prison where she lived until she was seven, Marissa has spent the past twenty years trying to reinvent herself and move on from the trauma. When she secures a job as a freelance crime scene photographer for a Portland newspaper, her past comes bac A twisty and heartbreaking thriller, LIES WE BURY is one of my favourite reads of the year. There is so much depth, emotion and mystery rolled into this story about facing our pasts and refusing to let them define who we are. After escaping the basement prison where she lived until she was seven, Marissa has spent the past twenty years trying to reinvent herself and move on from the trauma. When she secures a job as a freelance crime scene photographer for a Portland newspaper, her past comes back to haunt her as she covers a series of macabre murders that all feature dark underground locations just like the one she was born into. LIES WE BURY takes readers on a fast-paced, heart pounding journey where everything, and everyone, can be questioned and nothing is what it seems. This book is ROOM with a mysterious and murderous twist that doesn’t let up until the “I never saw that coming” conclusion. Marr’s writing is atmospheric and crisp, with characters that get under your skin. I was hooked from page one and didn’t want to put it down. This is a must add thriller to your shelves. Thank you to the publisher for the advance reading copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Thank you Netgalley for this eARC. I started this book but put it down, twice. I gave it another chance and tried to read it for 3 days but ended up Dnfing it at 49%. I was interested in the past story but as the book progress I lost all of the interest so maybe it was writing and pace which made it hard for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Schneider

    Since I loved the author’s previous novel, THE MISSING SISTER, I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of LIES WE BURY, and could not put it down. Both dark and heartbreaking, it is a story about facing the haunting pain of our past and not letting it define us. Marissa Mo spent the first seven years of her life as a captive in a basement prison. Now twenty-seven, she is smart, damaged, and working under a new name as a freelance photographer. When she takes a job with a Portland newspaper, sh Since I loved the author’s previous novel, THE MISSING SISTER, I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of LIES WE BURY, and could not put it down. Both dark and heartbreaking, it is a story about facing the haunting pain of our past and not letting it define us. Marissa Mo spent the first seven years of her life as a captive in a basement prison. Now twenty-seven, she is smart, damaged, and working under a new name as a freelance photographer. When she takes a job with a Portland newspaper, she finds herself covering a series of bizarre murders that are all nightmarishly familiar to her, and her past comes back to haunt her. The story is terrifying and atmospheric. Deftly, the author weaves the past and present together, creating a fast, heart pounding thriller where everyone is suspect, and nothing is what is seems. The characters and writing are wonderful, as is seeing how this courageous character faces the fears of her past and learns to reinvent herself. It’s a fabulous read – well done and five stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this early release in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    Lies We Bury showed up in my mailbox unannounced twice and I gifted my extra copy to my best friend… who read it and sent me a bunch of text messages about how good it was. So naturally, I had to read for myself — what a suspenseful, twisty, and dark story. Talk about a page-turning and well-plotted thriller! Fast-paced and instantly engaging, I read this in one afternoon because I just needed to know and really enjoyed this one. I didn't know who to trust and found myself surprised with the rev Lies We Bury showed up in my mailbox unannounced twice and I gifted my extra copy to my best friend… who read it and sent me a bunch of text messages about how good it was. So naturally, I had to read for myself — what a suspenseful, twisty, and dark story. Talk about a page-turning and well-plotted thriller! Fast-paced and instantly engaging, I read this in one afternoon because I just needed to know and really enjoyed this one. I didn't know who to trust and found myself surprised with the reveal at the end. ARC provided by the publisher for my honest review. This has not affected my opinion nor the contents of my review. Quotations are from an unfinished proof and subject to change upon final publication. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elle Marr

    Thank you for finding my sophomore thriller. If you're about to read, keep an eye out for references to Portland icons, themes inspired by true crime headlines, and deeply loving, conflicted family relationships. Thank you for finding my sophomore thriller. If you're about to read, keep an eye out for references to Portland icons, themes inspired by true crime headlines, and deeply loving, conflicted family relationships.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was well-written and did a decent job of transitioning between the past and present. I liked the ending and that it ended on a hopeful note. Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    M. Reads Books and Fics

    I did not realize this was also an Amazon first reads? Usually I choose the thrilller, and I saw I had this on my shelf. I decided it was time to give it a read. I thought this book was okay, but it did not blow me away. Perhaps it was because I have been reading too many of the genre. I just thought it was bland, and I did not feel myself wanting to pick it up the way I do with most books. Overall, it was not terrible. It just did not stand out to me the way I like books to do, but this author I did not realize this was also an Amazon first reads? Usually I choose the thrilller, and I saw I had this on my shelf. I decided it was time to give it a read. I thought this book was okay, but it did not blow me away. Perhaps it was because I have been reading too many of the genre. I just thought it was bland, and I did not feel myself wanting to pick it up the way I do with most books. Overall, it was not terrible. It just did not stand out to me the way I like books to do, but this author does write well. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC, shared for review purposes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This story kept me up. Full of action and twists and turns, I could barely keep up. I was totally pulled in from the beginning, and I'll try to tell you how without giving anything away. The story goes back and forth between Marissa's past, and what she remembers of it, and the present, where she's trying to start fresh as some murders pop up. And she has people harassing her. Also, her relationship with her family is strained and she doesn't trust anyone really. What I loved about Lies We Bury i This story kept me up. Full of action and twists and turns, I could barely keep up. I was totally pulled in from the beginning, and I'll try to tell you how without giving anything away. The story goes back and forth between Marissa's past, and what she remembers of it, and the present, where she's trying to start fresh as some murders pop up. And she has people harassing her. Also, her relationship with her family is strained and she doesn't trust anyone really. What I loved about Lies We Bury is how it maintained that creeped out, amped up feeling you can get from a really good suspense story. And every time a bit more was unravelled, I was surprised. The end was great and intense, and I would totally read more by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Lewis

    What happens to us after we experience life altering trauma? This book takes readers on a journey of four women after having been victimized and held captive for years. Part mystery and part family drama; highly recommended

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    A twisty, horrifying thriller that hooked me from the start and intrigued me to the shocking end. Fascinating characters, heart-wrenching emotion, and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommend!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    Marissa was born in captivity. Until 7 years old the basement was her whole world. She called 3 women Mama and had two little sisters. One day they managed to escape and Marissa had to learn just how big the world really is and that her father is actually a kidnapper and a rapist. Twenty years later it is the anniversary of their escape. Marissa (now Claire) starts to receive strange messages from someone who knows who she really is. That someone is killing people and wants to play a twisted gam Marissa was born in captivity. Until 7 years old the basement was her whole world. She called 3 women Mama and had two little sisters. One day they managed to escape and Marissa had to learn just how big the world really is and that her father is actually a kidnapper and a rapist. Twenty years later it is the anniversary of their escape. Marissa (now Claire) starts to receive strange messages from someone who knows who she really is. That someone is killing people and wants to play a twisted game with Marissa. She has to find out who is behind all this and stop the killings. But how does she do that when she spent such a long time hiding her true identity from the world? I was hesitant going into this book. I didn't enjoy Elle Marr's previous novel, The Missing Sister. It took me a while to get into Lies We Bury, more than half of the book, but after that I did end up liking it more. The main source of frustration was Marissa herself. Few people tell her that she handled her dark past way better than the rest of the women but I don't think so. She just hides it better than others. On the outside she might seem in control but on the inside she is quite a mess. Now, the portrayal of someone who went through hell was done well in my opinion. Because of course Marissa would not be okay after something like that. Nor would her sisters and mothers. But being in her head while she investigated the mystery was still a pain. She was suspecting everyone except for all the right suspects. Because I figured out the whodunit pretty early on and it was quite obvious I think. I liked the ending though and the hopeful feeling it left for the future of these characters. So I settled on 3.5* on this,not a bad book in the end. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    3 stars This is my first Elle Marr novel. She has written one other novel “The Missing Sister” which reviewed mixed reviews. Readers seem to love or hate it. When I saw one reviewer described this story as “Room” (by Emma Donoghue) meets mystery, murder, and twists. I thought this sounds like something I would like. I love psychological thrillers with twists and Little Jack in “Room” was great! Story of Marissa Mo now Claire Lou was born in in a basement while in captivity; (Thus the “Room” con 3 stars This is my first Elle Marr novel. She has written one other novel “The Missing Sister” which reviewed mixed reviews. Readers seem to love or hate it. When I saw one reviewer described this story as “Room” (by Emma Donoghue) meets mystery, murder, and twists. I thought this sounds like something I would like. I love psychological thrillers with twists and Little Jack in “Room” was great! Story of Marissa Mo now Claire Lou was born in in a basement while in captivity; (Thus the “Room” connection.) Marissa/Claire has been trying to move on from her seven year trauma. Now has a job as a freelance crime scene photographer for a Portland newspaper. Her past comes back after a series of murders happen in locations similar to what she experienced. Story has a dual mystery ~ past and present. Although the story had me wondering and hoping for that this nightmare would end for Claire; it was a bit disappointing for me. I am sure it was the “Room” connection. That story was about how 5 year old Jack and his mom survived a horrible situation but also there were funny situations that happened many times throughout the story; THERE is nothing the least bit funny in this story. Want to thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer Publishing for this early release granted to me in exchange for a honest professional review. Opinions expressed in this review are my own. Publishing Release Date scheduled for April 1, 2021

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Lies We Bury is Elle Marr's second psychological thriller. I was eager to read it because it is situated in my home town of Portland, Oregon. The narrative included our very own Shanghai Tunnels. The book started very slow for me but the lure of Portland kept me reading. I was glad I did. It grew into a great novel. Marissa Mo spent her childhood in captivity. Twenty years later, she is living with the scars of that dark childhood. She has changed her name to Claire and taken a job with a local Lies We Bury is Elle Marr's second psychological thriller. I was eager to read it because it is situated in my home town of Portland, Oregon. The narrative included our very own Shanghai Tunnels. The book started very slow for me but the lure of Portland kept me reading. I was glad I did. It grew into a great novel. Marissa Mo spent her childhood in captivity. Twenty years later, she is living with the scars of that dark childhood. She has changed her name to Claire and taken a job with a local newspaper. Her first major assignment is to investigate a series of murders in the Shanghai Tunnels, a piece of Portland's history still alive in both fact and fiction. Claire is excited about the job. Until she realizes she is being followed. Someone is leaving her notes on her car and in her house. She has no idea who nor has she seen anyone suspicious. Lies We Bury is told in two story lines. Marissa is the child in captivity and Claire as a young woman.. Her story from a child's point-of-view are both horrific and heartbreaking. It is so real. Verging on adulthood, Claire is a composed, articulate 27-year-old doing the best she can. She finds balance between her dysfunctional past and a day-to-day normal life. The reader clearly understands her desire to ignore her childhood and ∫the frustrating realization that she can't. Her own ghosts have found her, again. She has to deal with them and do her job as a reporter. The deeper Claire gets into the newspaper's assignment to the serial killer story, the more she becomes a suspect in those very same murders. This is where the novel finally starts to stand out and it was hard to put down. Marr's skills as a writer and novelist begin to shine. The wrap up is so credible, the reader will not see it coming. I live in Portland and can attest to the fact that Elle Marr has the city right. The Tunnels were originally built by Chinese workers when Chinatown was the center of the business trade. Eventually it was used by sea captains who needed workers for long voyages and men were “shanghaied” as replacement sailors. Today, they are open for guided tours and of interest to both locals and visitors. Marr does a beautiful job describing my city with the eye of a photographer. With all the right things Marr does in this novel, Marr has not reached her peak as a writer. All the elements are there to make a five-star book but she didn't make me care enough about Claire. I didn't like her....she was the narrator but she was almost a third person storyteller. The fact that this is only Marr's second novel is encouraging but her characters need more depth. There is a big difference in having a great story with characters who make it happen and characters who are great in themselves. And, I am eagerly waiting for her next novel to see if this happens.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Olson

    The premise of this book was really good. Three girls born into captivity with three different moms escaped their captor, Chet, 20 years ago. Now, when Chet is due for parole any day now there is a string of murders all occurring in underground tunnels in Portland. Marissa, (or Claire as she’s calling herself now) finds herself photographing these murders as a freelance job for a newspaper. She’s tried so hard to move forward from the travesty that was her life until she was 7 years old but her The premise of this book was really good. Three girls born into captivity with three different moms escaped their captor, Chet, 20 years ago. Now, when Chet is due for parole any day now there is a string of murders all occurring in underground tunnels in Portland. Marissa, (or Claire as she’s calling herself now) finds herself photographing these murders as a freelance job for a newspaper. She’s tried so hard to move forward from the travesty that was her life until she was 7 years old but her past is coming up to bite her. Is she the next victim? The murderer? Being framed? There were a lot of characters in the book which was sometimes difficult to follow, but I couldn’t tell where the story was going to go! The dynamic between Marissa, her sisters Jenessa and Lily, and her mom was odd but that’s to be expected after what they went through. There’s one part of the ending that I thought could have been elaborated on and seems like a plot hole to me. It was a little slow in the beginning and middle, got faster at the end but overall it fell a little flat for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I kept thinking this was a YA book the way it was written (all telling details). Granted I don’t know what it would be like to be born in captivity but having read “Room”, I feel like that book was a bit more realistic. It was a little too Lifetime movie-ish for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    2.5 stars At least one MAJOR plot hole, plus a lot of other little things that just didn't make sense. The ending seemed rushed. 2.5 stars At least one MAJOR plot hole, plus a lot of other little things that just didn't make sense. The ending seemed rushed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    This book is great. well written and intriguing, though the story is slow to start its very interesting. I cant wait to read more from the author!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    There is almost nothing better than stumbling across a book and it being really good. This is what I did with Lies We Bury by Elle Marr. The horrendous story of how Marissa Mo escaped a dungeon basement where her father kept her locked up for years. 20 years on, her father is to be released from prison and horrendous murders start happening in front of her. What is going on? I loved the shift between past and present all told through her own perspective. Would definitely recommend.

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