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Lies of the Heart    by Michelle Boyajian order for
Lies of the Heart
by Michelle Boyajian
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Viking, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

When readers begin the highly recommended Lies of the Heart, they are invited - like the jury - to examine the evidence in a seemingly straightforward murder trial.

A mentally disabled man, Jerry, a man the Burelli's had welcomed into their own home, stands accused of inexplicably confronting and shooting his speech pathologist, Nick Burelli. Now the widowed Katie Burelli not only must endure the protracted, excruciating, and surreal courtroom drama, but must also come to grips with the memories, perceptions, and emotions that complicate her understanding of what tragically motivated Jerry.

Now, as the compelling narrative of Lies of the Heart moves seamlessly between past and present, nagging questions overwhelm Katie: Was there some way that she could have predicted and prevented the murder? Was Jerry's relationship with the Burelli's somehow the catalyst for the tragedy? And what about Katie and Nick's deteriorating relationship prior to the murder? Does it mean that she was somehow responsible for all that happened? Does it all mean that Jerry might actually be innocent?

As a powerful exploration of relationships and self-discovery, the suspense-filled Lies of the Heart is an exemplary morality tale in which truths and lies complicate everyone's lives.

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