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One Lie Too Many: 06/18/19
One Lie Too Many by Eileen Cook doesn't have an obvious source of inspiration like You Owe Me a Murder (2019) does, but it does give off a Twin Peaks vibe (minus the supernatural bits).
Skye Thorn knows how to do cold readings and how to play people. She also has a history of being too convincing with her lies. Though she should have learned her lesson with the Dad incident, she leads her best friend on to believing that she has the money saved to go halfsies on an apartment in New York City. When her best friend believes her to the point of canceling her dorm reservation, she gets herself involved in a money making scheme.
The scheme involves faking a kidnapping for the ransom money. Skye will drop psychic hints to lead to clues. Then the kidnapped person's family will pay the ransom and they will both have money they sorely need.
Except, like all her lies, she's too convincing. People who shouldn't get involved do get involved. Soon a small, cut and dry event has the big media outlets involved. Skye's would-be psychic mother gets involved. And the then the "kidnapped" person is found, murdered and Skye might end up being the prime suspect.
This one has a twist and I figured it out before Skye. Even with seeing the surprise ending with a bunch of chapters left, I still enjoyed the novel. My one critique and it's a minor one, is that the set up was a bit slow. After the non-stop excitement of You Owe Me a Murder, I admit to being spoiled.