Synopsis from Goodreads: In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon. All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.
My (mini) take: There was a lot about There Will be Lies that I liked. Shelby was a fascinating main character. I could tell there was something unique about her from the start, and then I learned what it was, and was impressed by how her take on the world was reflected in the book's writing. The thriller elements of this were great. As I thought about Shelby's strange dynamic with her mother, I guessed that main twist, but still enjoyed watching some other plot twists play out. Those parts of the story --the psychological and thriller aspects -- were well done.
But Shelby's narrative alternated with this dreamlike/hallucinatory Native American-inspired narrative about a coyote and to be honest, I wasn't crazy about that and didn't really understand how it related to the rest of the story. I felt it might have worked well in a more literary book but in a thriller, it kept throwing the pace off for me. That complaint aside (and those coyote parts did make up a significant part of the story) I have to give credit to this book for a) complex female characters b) great thriller elements and c) good writing.
Synopsis from Goodreads: While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
I did just find A Room With a View sitting on my shelf, and I have a feeling I'll enjoy that more. But I do think that Lindner made interesting retelling choices in her first two books, so if you've read A Room With a View, you might enjoy Love, Lucy more than I did.