The Lies That Bind - Emily Giffin

The Lies That Bind

By Emily Giffin

  • Release Date: 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,220 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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.


  • 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!
  • Loved it!

    By jenn9423
    Loved this book! Lots of twists I didn’t see coming!
  • Read it in 2 days

    By kayohhgee
    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book so fast! Could not put it down.
  • No No No

    By southernyogirunner
    Huge Giffin fan, or at least I was before her latest, The Lies That Bind. I’ve never lived in NYC but remember all too well 9/11 and this story line is absolutely preposterous, almost a slap in the face. I’m not even finished with the book but I’m so repulsed, I don’t know if I can finish it? Would return and get my $ back on general principle alone if I could.
  • Wow... just wow

    By lovethekillers
    This one is the best yet. So many twists it keep me reading the whole weekend. This has to be one of my favorites by this author.
  • Enjoyed this one - quick and easy read

    By S12387
    This was a quick and easy read. Not as gritty and more dramatic than Emily's usual but still good!
  • The Lies That Bind

    By emme girl
    Big Emily Giffin fan, but found this newest novel very disappointing. As a lifetime New Yorker who experienced 9/11 first hand, story line was totally incredulous. The City was a numbing place to live and work for months on end. Too many lives lost and shattered, but Giffin’s characters succeed in creating and ending long-standing relationships far too quickly in this environment. Some twists and turns but ending very predictable. Too many other good summer reads to waste on this one. Rik, NYC July 2020
  • Don’t bother

    By JP of the bay
    The lead character is so trite. This story could of been so interesting but it’s just not. It tries hard but doesn’t get to it. Not one of the main characters are endearing. It’s like the author has never met anyone from the Midwest before. The leads mother is right of our of a cheesy 90s sitcom. I’ve read all Emily’s book and enjoyed them so this was very disappointing.