Lies That Bind
by Giffin, Emily

Forging an unlikely connection with a stranger at a bar who warns her against resuming a dysfunctional relationship, an aspiring reporter investigates when the man goes missing on September 11, 2001.

At the start of Giffin's latest, following All We Ever Wanted (2018), Cecily Gardner is out late one night in May of 2001, trying to recover from heartbreak. She wanders into a dive bar in Manhattan, and nearly calls her ex-boyfriend, until she's interrupted by a handsome stranger. Cecily is immediately taken with Grant, and the two chastely spend the night together. Over the course of the next few months, Cecily gets to know Grant, who is focused on caring for his brother, Byron, who is afflicted with ALS. Cecily and Grant's feelings for each other deepen, and then the unthinkable happens on 9/11, and Cecily can't reach Grant, who works in one of the World Trade Center towers. Cecily is left reeling, and then two more things further shake her world: her ex comes back into her life, and she discovers a missing-person poster with Grant's picture on it. As she learns who is searching for him, Cecily discovers how little she knows about Grant. Giffin keeps the twists and turns coming fast and furious in her absorbing new outing. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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