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The Lies That Bind - Emily Giffin

The Lies That Bind

By Emily Giffin

  • Release Date: 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,461 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this irresistible novel from the author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace. . . . 

It’s 2 A.M. on a Saturday night in the spring of 2001, and twenty-eight-year-old Cecily Gardner sits alone in a dive bar in New York’s East Village, questioning her life. Feeling lonesome and homesick for the Midwest, she wonders if she’ll ever make it as a reporter in the big city—and whether she made a terrible mistake in breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Matthew. 

As Cecily reaches for the phone to call him, she hears a guy on the barstool next to her say, “Don’t do it—you’ll regret it.” Something tells her to listen, and over the next several hours—and shots of tequila—the two forge an unlikely connection. That should be it, they both decide the next morning, as Cecily reminds herself of the perils of a rebound relationship. Moreover, their timing couldn’t be worse—Grant is preparing to quit his job and move overseas. Yet despite all their obstacles, they can’t seem to say goodbye, and for the first time in her carefully constructed life, Cecily follows her heart instead of her head. 

Then Grant disappears in the chaos of 9/11. Fearing the worst, Cecily spots his face on a missing-person poster, and realizes she is not the only one searching for him. Her investigative reporting instincts kick into action as she vows to discover the truth. But the questions pile up fast: How well did she really know Grant? Did he ever really love her? And is it possible to love a man who wasn’t who he seemed to be? 

The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth—in our relationships, our careers, and deep within our own hearts.


  • Not her best

    By Heija23
    I have enjoyed all her other books. This one was predictable and too far fetched. The ending was a disappointment. I skipped ahead because I couldn’t read anymore of the main character pining for a sociopath.
  • Masterfully empty

    By annaf2001
    Just because you can’t put a book down doesn’t mean it’s satisfying or well done. Yes, it’s compelling, but in the manner of a third-rate soap opera. Characters are caricatures, pay offs are absurd, and the backdrop of 9/11 borders on insulting, since it’s clearly a device. Shallow, above-average writing at best.
  • ❤️❤️

    By Fell Short!!!!
    Another captivating story by Emily Giffin!
  • Disappointing

    By Rissu40
    Love Giffin have read all her books. This was a disappointment from start to finish. Flickers of a good story appeared but mostly it was the main character whining and nothing happening. Don’t waste your time.
  • The Lies That Are Spellbinding

    By CAK370
    Just what you want from Emily Griffin. Read it in a few hours as it was addictive.
  • Surprise Twists. Captured by this one.

    By Morninglory619
    Great little twists. Probably the best book I’ve read from her. Loved it.
  • Page turner

    By Ckf12335
    Couldn’t put it down!
  • Love it

    By smartinez89*
    Lovely read! When doesn’t emily knock it out of the park. I enjoy her writing so much
  • Best yet

    By erincannon
    I couldn’t put the book down !
  • The Lies That Bind

    By Grammy Grigio
    Loved this book. Make sure you you don’t have a lot going on when you start reading it because you will not want to put it down. The story is suspenseful and it takes you on an emotional roller coaster. I have read and enjoyed all Emily Griffin’s novels and this is my favorite so far! It would make a great movie!