Lydia has spent her whole life living a lie. She’s married to the right kind of man, her kids go to the right know of school, her business is winning awards making her life seem perfect from the outside but now her past is catching up to her. She’s never shared what happened to her at thirteen, her husband doesn’t know, her children don’t know and now her secret is coming back to haunt her.
For thirty years Lydia’s family has held the secret and covered up the truth. Now the one person that could let the secret out has moved into town and shown up at her children’s school. In fear that her world is going to shatter around her Lydia begs that the truth stay buried before her world falls apart.
After the Lie is a bit of a mix of a psychological thriller with a whole lot of family drama. I was completely hooked as soon as I started to read this story. Wonderful writing and such an intriguing plot of how one lie can snowball into so much more.
The characters in this story seemed very real. Lydia’s parents did what they could to protect their little girl years before but the outcome of the events has turned into so much more. Lydia herself has her own issues from what had happened and struggles the entire read trying to cope. I have to say though I loved the humor thrown into the mix with the family dog Mabel, she may have ended up my most liked character in the story completely stealing the show with her antics.
There’s also a very real and very good message mixed into this story once the reader learns all about what happened thirty years before. Lydia spends a good deal of the book trying to teach her kids what she learned herself the hard way years before and you can’t help but feel for her as she can’t tell her family why she is so upset about certain things.
Overall, wonderful writing and an engaging page turner, definitely one I’d recommend!
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.