Title: The Lies We Told
Author: Camilla Way
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Page Count: 336
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…
Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others…Sometimes Beth is scared of her and what she could be capable of.
Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him.
A life built on lies
As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can Clara find him before it’s too late?
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way is one of those thrillers that just keeps on piling on the layers of secrets and lies until your head spins working it all out. Told from two main points of view with one in the present and one in the past the story is one that definitely kept the pages turning.
In the past timeline Beth is a young mother that is at her wit’s end when it comes to dealing with her young daughter Hannah. Hannah is definitely nothing like other children and Beth lives in fear of just what her daughter will do next.
In the present Clara is worried when her live in boyfriend Luke doesn’t come home one night. Looking everywhere and contacting all of their friends Clara just knows something is wrong but longer Luke is gone the more Clara wonders just how well she ever knew him.
In the beginning of this I really found myself drawn to the past more than the present because young Hannah is yet again another one of those children that is so dark and disturbing it’s hard to look away from what she will do next. Not that the present side of the book wasn’t intriguing, it definitely was too and both sections flowed back and forth rather easily. With great writing and a compelling plot I do think this will be one that most readers will enjoy.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Camilla Way was formerly an editor on the style magazine Arena and has written for Stylist, Elle and the Guardian. She first became interested in the theme of toxic female friendships and the question of whether we can ever, truly, escape our past after hearing a news story about a teenage friendship that went horribly wrong. Camilla is now a full-time writer and lives in south-east London with her partner and twin boys.