If you are looking for an easy read with a little romance and a little mystery, you might like The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin. I read it in two days – it would be a great “patio read” or “rainy day” read.
The setting is New York City in the summer before 9/11. Cecily Gardner is a twenty-eight year old reporter who has just broken up with her “perfect” boyfriend. She meets Grant Smith in a bar and feels an instant connection with him. Their friendship and relationship continue to build through the summer and then the terrible terrorist attacks of 9/11 occur. Cecily loses Grant in the tower collapse and then begins discovering that he was not at all what he seemed. She must come to terms with the love she had for him and also with the secrets that he kept from her. (I liked the character of Cecily, but I loved her gay best friend, Scottie – he seems the most honest of all of the characters in the book.) The story explores the search for love, acceptance and being true to oneself.
Sometimes I don’t want a book that requires me to think too deeply – I want an easy “get-away” story to spend the afternoon reading. The Lies That Bind fit the bill perfectly. The story is a little predictable, but was still an enjoyable read.
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