Today I’m reviewing another of my most anticipated reads of 2018, The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. Did it live up to Watching Edie? Read on for my thoughts
Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behaviour, 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 trace, and his girlfriend Clara is left desperate to discover what has happened to him.
A LIFE BUILT ON LIES
As Clara digs into the past, she realises 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 she find him before it’s too late?
What a deliciously twisted psychological thriller The Lies We Told turned out to be. I raved about Watching Edie when I read it, but this one is even better. The author draws the reader in with a spine chilling opening and from that moment on I read on in horrified fascination. I was so engrossed in this twisted tale before I knew it I was half way through the book. Told in two halves The Lies We Told begins with the disappearance of Luke, the big question is why? As girlfriend Clara digs into his past looking for answers, she find things that maybe best staying hidden. Then you have Beth troubled by the behaviour of her young daughter Hannah, how or what connect the two?
I do love a troubled character in a psychological thriller and they don’t come much more troubled than Hannah, psychopath alert! she’s one twisted and complex character. The thing I found chilling was Hannah’s mum Beth sharing childhood memories of a very troubled and disturbed child. As the reader you see the warning signs, hells bells even Beth can see them, as I read these chapters I felt an overwhelming sense of foreboding that made my stomach churn. The rest of the characters are a mixed bunch and most of them are pretty unlikeable for various reasons which I’m not going to go into as I would be entering spoiler territory. Needless to say they all bring something To The Lies We Told and although I never liked them I was fascinated by their story.
The thing I loved about The Lies We Told is the way the author seemingly presents the reader with two different stories, each intriguing in their own right, but then when you least expect it Camilla Way brings both stories together in the most shocking way. My mind went into over drive as I tried to work out how the two connected, but like any good author Camilla Way plays her cards close to her chest, never giving to much away, at times I found this made the tension unbearable and I did have one of those “shall I take a quick peek at the ending?” moments to put me out my misery. I’m so glad I didn’t as the surprises and twists lurking in this well told story were definitely worth the wait. Compelling and addictive I would highly recommend The Lies We Told if you are looking for a very twisted psychological thriller.
Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (3 May 2018)