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See below for an explanation of the ending and other questions about Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera. If you have other questions that aren't already covered here, feel free to drop a comment!

Where can I find a full plot summary for Listen for the Lie?

Right here! You can find a quick recap and a lengthier version of the summary over here.

What happens at the end of Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera?

When Lucy’s memory begins to come back in bits in pieces, she realizes that Emmett is the one who killed Savannah.

At the wedding, Emmett and Lucy kiss, but Lucy doesn’t want to go further. She leaves with Savvy instead, and the two talk about moving to Los Angeles together. Emmett confronts her on the small road out of the estate and confesses his love for her. Emmett has spent his whole life pining after Lucy. Lucy rejects him and makes it clear it’s “not going to happen” and Emmett attacks her. Savvy then attacks Emmett and an altercations ensues. Emmett gets the upper hand and chases them down with a hammer (presumably he went and got it from his car). In the end, Savvy dies and Lucy has her brain injury.

Matt shows up shortly after and Emmett tells him that Lucy killed Savvy. Matt gets rid of the tree branch that he believes is the murder weapon. He tells Lucy’s father Don what happened, and Don later tells Lucy’s mother Kathleen. (This is why they all were certain she did it.)

In the present day, Lucy goes to talk to Emmett and she watches him hurt Nina when he’s upset with her, which triggers her memories. She’s on the phone with Ben when this happens. Emmett hangs up on Ben and tries to convince Lucy that her version of events is a false memory she constructed and that he simply stumbled upon Lucy (he said he left to take his dog out) after Lucy had killed Savannah.

Lucy gets into a physical altercation with him which only stops when Ben comes to find her. Emmett is arrested, and Ben lies and says that Emmett admitted to already having attempted to kill Lucy. Ben knows Emmett never admitted it to him, but he also knows that his listeners will believe it if that’s what he says.

The book ends with Emmett being arrested. Lucy and Ben make plans to meet up in Los Angeles.

What are the big plot twists in Listen for the Lie?

There some smaller plot twists, but the two big plot twists are:

1) When we find out that the murderous voices that Lucy hears throughout the novel is actually her hearing Savannah’s voice and recalling things Savannah’s said to her, and;

2) When we find out that Emmett is the one who killed Savannah. He spent his whole life pining after Lucy, and when she kisses him, but then rejects him, he tries to hurt her, and Savannah defends her. There’s an altercation and Savannah is killed while Lucy has suffered a traumatic brain injury. (See above for more details.)

What were the voices that Frankie kept hearing?

She was replaying things that Savannah had said to her, or at times, imagining Savannah being there.

Could Lucy be the real killer?

There’s definitely an argument to be made that Lucy could be the real killer and that she’s an unreliable narrator. In that case, the memories that she has exonerating her are just constructed memories, the murderous voices she heard that she’s attributing to things Savannah said are some combination of the two (actual things and constructed memories), plus her natural violent tendencies are part of her nature. See the comments for a longer discussion of this theory, or jump in with your own thoughts!

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