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  • Published: 12 March 2024
  • ISBN: 9780857505712
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $34.99

Listen for the Lie

The dark comedy and whip-smart voice of You elevates the twisty suspense of Lisa Jewell's None of This is True in this read-until-four-am mystery thriller.

Am I a murderer? You tell me . . .

You probably already know about me. Lucy Chase, the woman who doesn’t remember murdering her best friend.

You probably think I did it, too. That’s OK, I get it. Being found wandering the streets covered in her blood wasn't a great look.

Believe me, I’m as frustrated as you are. I’d love to know if I’m a murderer – it’s the sort of thing you really should know about yourself, isn’t it?

And now, thanks to true-crime podcast Listen for the Lie, I finally have the chance to find out. But will I be able to live with myself if it turns out it was me?

And if it wasn’t, will digging into the secrets of the night I forgot make me the next target of whoever did?

Perfect for fans of None of This is True by Lisa Jewell and Murder in the Family by Cara Hunter.

  • Published: 12 March 2024
  • ISBN: 9780857505712
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Amy Tintera

Amy Tintera is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels for young adults. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages and sold into more than 20 territories. Listen for the Lie is her adult debut.

She earned degrees in journalism and film and worked in Hollywood before becoming an author. Raised in Austin, Texas, she frequently sets her novels in the Lone Star state, but now lives in Los Angeles, where there's far less humidity but not nearly enough Tex-Mex.

Praise for Listen for the Lie

‘Edgy and scary, thrilling and twisty, laugh-out-loud funny. I loved it!'

Liane Moriarty

'Listen for the Lie is a page-turner from the first sentence to the very last. In addition to being a world-class whodunit, full of carefully doled-out twists, Lucy is a terrific character, feisty and funny and, it turns out, brave as hell. It's great fun. Readers will rip through this one.'

Stephen King

'Amy Tintera's highly compelling voice grips you from the opening line and won't let you go. Listen For the Lie is an extremely successful high-wire act, balancing between dark comedy and darker thrills. A delight from start to finish.'

Alex Michaelides

Original and deliciously dark with a wicked sense of humor. An addictive page-turner that will keep you guessing until the end.

Alice Feeney

A singular voice that explodes off the page, Amy Tintera's writing flashes with sharp comebacks and pointed commentary as she expertly knits her web of secrets and small town lies. Hands down the most fun I've had reading about murder.

Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of The Husbands

Every so often, a book comes along that takes you for a ride--now buckle up, because Amy Tintera has written it. Listen for the Lie explores the cruelest kind of world through the eyes of a woman whose grit is only outmatched by her razor-sharp wit. This bitingly funny and subversive thriller is one of the freshest and fiercest you'll read this year.

Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

I absolutely loved this book. Funny, thrilling, relatable. Couldn't put it down. I will be shouting about this everywhere. I didn't want it to end!

Katy Brent, author of How to Kill Men and Get Away With It

Cool, smart, slick, funny, dark, sexy, sharp - I genuinely don’t remember the last time reading was this much fun. I know exactly what everybody everywhere is going to be reading come springtime; they’re all in for an absolute treat with Amy Tintera’s Listen for the Lie.

Lexie Elliott, author of Richard & Judy pick How to Kill Your Best Friend

‘Smart, surprising and very funny - wickedly entertaining’

Shari Lapena

A whip-smart black comedy thriller with a completely original voice. Superb plotting and an absolute romp of a read to boot. I loved it.

Helen Fields

A brilliantly dark subversive romp.

Daily Mail

Listen for the Lie is a razor-sharp thriller with flashes of feminist rage. Dark, original and deliciously funny.

Kia Abdullah, author of Waterstones Thriller of the Month Those People Next Door

Darkly funny and utterly engaging, I couldn’t put this book down.

Katy Watson, author of Waterstones Thriller of the Month The Three Dahlias

Listen for the Lie is hilarious, suspenseful, and so much fun that it should be against the law.

Michele Campbell, Sunday Times bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband

With a perfect blend of darkness and humour, this riveting read kept me guessing right up to the last page. Original, laugh out loud funny, whip smart, and a relatable main character with a fresh, distinctive voice – what’s not to like?

Andrea Mara, author of No.1 Bestseller No One Saw a Thing

I absolutely GALLOPED through Listen for the Lie, an unputdownable page turner with a wonderfully dark comic edge. Out next month – put it on your list!

Laura Marshall, Sunday Times bestselling author of Friend Request

The true-crime podcast hook will draw readers in, but it is Lucy's unique voice that will keep them turning the pages. An excellent takedown of small-town life and toxic masculinity.


Listen for the Lie is quite sexy, compulsively readable, and laugh-out-loud funny.

Shelf Awareness

Smart, edgy, and entertaining as heck.


Readers will be hard-pressed not to wolf down this intelligent page-turner in a single sitting.

Publishers Weekly

Original, compelling, darkly funny

Nina Pottell, Prima

This highly addictive, humorous and pacy novel is so much fun… we promise pure enjoyment’

Woman & Home

What turns this set-up into scintillating comic noir is Lucy’s narrating voice, which is as smart and sardonic about her own words and thoughts as it is about her relatives, former bedmates and other interviewees.

Sunday Times

Listen for the Lie is an edgy mystery novel whose true-crime storyline draws you in like ‘Serial’.

The Washington Post

This is the debut thriller by Tintera, whose previous books have been for young readers, and it's so assured that I can't wait to read more from her. Young readers’ loss may be thriller lovers’ gain.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune

[A] sleekly satirical novel.


Razor-sharp, original and highly entertaining. Lots of twisty, pitch-black fun in this genuine pageturner.

Catherine Ryan Howard

A readable, modern whodunnit…a page-turner that you’ll absolutely race through…should definitely make it into your suitcase.


It's a page-turner you'll absolutely race through.

Daily Express

Tintera cuts between podcast and Lucy's own appealing, sardonic voice, delivering killer one-liners.


Looking for your next page turner? Then look no further... Laced with dark humour and Lucy's whip-smart voice, this is a read-until-4am mystery thriller you'll not stop talking about.

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