Review: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

3 Stars

This book. THIS DAMN BOOK!! Wow.

I don’t think there’s another story that’s ever made me felt this way. My stomach was in knots the whole. time. I finished this book and felt no closure. Even though it was given, I could not ingest it.

By the middle of this book, I had a bad feeling about everyone except Evie. Well actually, I was kind of frustrated with Evie because she was so blind. All of the secondary characters are up to no good in this book. Not one. I was left in a rage when the lies and the suspicions started unraveling.

Then there’s Evie, who is left in an impossible position. I felt rage for her as well. Also, rage for the person who would never find justice because we’d never really know the truth of what happened to him.

In the end, no one would live happily ever after, but Evie would learn from it and try to make sure that her life would never be that twisted again.

Now I’ll tell you what I really loved. What really saved this book for me was that it was the audiobook. The narrator, Caitlin Greer, is just phenomenal. (Sidenote: She also narrates Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series and does an incredible job.) I loved her narration for that 1940s, post-WWII era. It was just perfect! And it made me feel like I was in that time period. Also, the imagery was really to die for if you’re a fan of this time period. All I could picture was 1950s Miami, and Havana nights, even though this story takes place in 1940s Palm Beach. It just had that feeling. It was really engrossing.

I say approach this book with caution. It does not have a happy ending, because really, who could be happy in this situation, but it will inspire strong emotions from you. Trust me.

Book Info

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Narrator: Caitlin Greer
Published by Scholastic
Pub Date: November 1st 2008
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: HistoricalYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Murder and intrigue surround a girl in this mystery set in American in the aftermath of WWII.

When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

17 Responses to “Review: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell”

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    Katie Tuccelli

    What an interesting, intriguing review! I totally want to read this now, Jess, if only to get an idea of how you felt and why. Thanks for the great review! :-)

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    The narrator can make or break a book. Look what Jim Dale did for the Harry Potter series. I think he did something like 200 plus voices. Another example is Robert A. Heinlein’s book Starship Troopers. Lloyd James read the first edition and Scott Brick read the second edition. It’s not that Scott Brick is a bad narrator, but he failed to capture the essence of the book the way Lloyd James did. By the way the book is a fantastic story. The movie was fun but it is not the same story.
    Scott Brick reads a lot of Orson Scott Cards books and he does a great job.

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    This sounds like an interesting book. I haven’t listened to an audiobook before since I can read books so much faster, but this may be one I have to listen to.

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    Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

    Hmm. Normally, I’m not a big fan of books without a happy ending. But the setting of this one sounds too intriguing for me to pass it by completely. Guess I’m going to have to stick it in the maybe TBR pile. Thanks for the review though!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

       Thanks, Natalie! I didn’t know what to expect going into this book but it definitely was unputdownable, or unstoppable in this case, lol. It’s just one of those books that gets under your skin.

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    I listened to this book on audio as well, and I reviewed it way back when I started my blog. The ending of this book made me wish I had a physical copy to throw across the room. It irritated me so much that I didn’t even think about reading Blundell’s follow up. 

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

       Haha! Yes! I wanted to hit something when I finished this!! I might consider picking up Strings Attached, but only because it has high ratings. Though I hear it doesn’t have a happy ending either. :/

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    I LOVE historical fiction and this one sounds totally amazing! And yay for an “older book!”

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    April C

    I read Blundell’s other book…. Strings Attached, which doesn’t have a happy ending but I really liked the writing style, so I think I am going to still read What I Saw And How I Lied, just to try the writing out despite the crap ending.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      This book was so hard for me to review because the writing, which led to this being an amazing audiobook, was fantastic! The story was engrossing!! But, omg, these characters!! My heart still speeds up when I think about them because they made me so angry!!

      Since I know you’re a audiobook fan like myself, try this one! It was really great. :)

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    Hmmm, I’m glad I read this review. This book’s been on my radar for years now (I just randomly saw it on Amazon and added it to my wishlist). Now I know a little better what to expect. You’ve got me intrigued but also kinda scared, lol!

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