Published by Berkley on October 2nd 2018
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Secrets and Lies…..Lies and Secrets…..
The Lies we Told are told in two timelines. In the past time line, we are shown a Mother, Beth who slowly begins to pick up on the fact that her daughter, Hannah isn’t quite like other children. As Beth struggles with Hannah and her increasing behaviors, it begins to strain her marriage and leaves her in constant fear for her new baby.
In the present timeline we have Clara who is worried when her boyfriend Luke, fails to come home from work one night. She discovers that Luke may have had a stalker and finds a bunch of threatening emails to him, that coupled with a recent break-in, causes her to fear the worst.
As the story-lines go back and forth between the past and the present. The reader is shown both women’s POV and I couldn’t help but feel for both women. Beth is struggling with the increasing anti-social behavior of her daughter. A child who appears to not care about anything or anyone. A child who acts out physically and who the Mother loves yet fears. Clara is struggling with learning that her missing boyfriend was not the perfect man she thought he was. She learns some truths about him and his past relationships.
It is obvious that these story-lines will collide but how? Why? Where is the connection?
This is a book which captivated me from the start. Both story-lines were captivating, but I was riveted to the past story-line with Hannah being so ark and disturbing that she made for a great character. The timelines/story-lines had a nice progression to them and they transitioned smoothly between both women’s stories. This book is the prefect escape. It is fast paced, riveting and entertaining. Is all of it plausible? Not really, but it sure was fun to read!
The book does come together nicely and there is never a dull moment. I really did not want to put this one down and must give it 4.5 stars for being entertaining and interesting. For me it was a page turner which did not disappoint. The ending felt a little rushed, but overall a very enjoyable read.
Thank you to Berkeley Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.