I am super excited to share my review with you today for The Lies We Hide by S.E Lynes
Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.
Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.
All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
Hanging my head in shame while I write this and wondering why on earth I have never read one of S.J. Lynes books before. Boy does this lady know how to write a story I am actually lost for words to describe how good this book is.
I love the author’s style of writing in this dark, atmospheric and twisty tale. Which I listened to in just two days….talk about addictive. I was hooked from start to finish. Any moment I could listen to it, I did.
The narrator has done a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life and making it feel so real. Using different accents and portraying the emotion of the character within the scene.
The story alternates from the past to the present building up a tragic story about Carol and her daughter Nicola and brother Graham. Then the two time lines are woven together….WOW just WOW!
You can feel the tension throughout the story. Keeping you on the edge of seat until the very end. And OMG what an ending! I have to say I wasn’t expecting that.
The Lies We Tell is one deep and truly gripping story and something totally different to what I normally read. Which I cannot recommend enough giving it all the stars.