Happy Friyay! To start the weekend on a good note, here is my review of The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. This was my first book from the author and I was not disappointed!
Thank you very much to Harper Collins for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!
Title: The Lies We Told
Author: Camilla Way
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Date of publication: May 3rd 2018
Number of pages: 336
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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 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 she find him before it’s too late?
I keep saying reading psychological thrillers will make us all lonely paranoid people. The Lies We Told is another example of why I am right!
What would you do if your boyfriend disappeared? To me, missing cases are the hardest ones as you dig into a person’s life and discover things you should not, wouldn’t want to know. Somehow, it feels as though the victim is the culprit! And the more you find out, the more you feel the need to hear any kind of explanation from the person themselves. Except you can’t. So you rely on your feelings, your friends, family, everyone around, and eventually the police. I wish it were as simple.
Camilla Way captures the helplessness and the despair behind those cases. The hours waiting, the dread, the questions. Very quickly in the story, you are thrown into a spin that never stops moving and you have no choice but to move along. The brilliantly descriptive writing puts the perfect words on how someone may feel at every stage of a disappearance. The little worry, the panicking, the flat-out awful scenarios. Then she points out, with a vivid style, every reaction triggered by details, enquiries, everything being pulled apart to find the person. I felt I was the girlfriend looking for her beau! It was both disturbing and completely amazing to see how easily the author created an empathetic connection between the reader and the main character, Clara. I felt the unease at searching through your lover’s stuff, only to discover he has been hiding things… How are you supposed to feel in this situation?
Nobody is white as a dove and The Lies We Told is a good reminder to look into your closet. And everyone else’s! Be nosy!
What starts as a missing person case quickly becomes a massive threat on everyone involved! I must admit I was not expecting the story to go this way and I purely and simply loved it! No slow-burner here! As Clara starts wondering who she has been living with, more and more things happen, and a family secret is looming over the case, making you doubt every one. I mean it. Every One.
Clara is very easy to relate to. Your usual nice and sweet girl. Not a bomb, not an ugly duckling, she is quite happy as she is and has no idea what falls on her shoulders when this mess begins. Camilla Way’s spot-on characterization makes everyone a suspect, and every detail she offers leaves you more confused about people than the minute before. What are the parents hiding? Why is the best friend so helpful? What is wrong with the brother? Who the hell is this neighbor? Then something happens and your perspective changes. What you thought you’d spot as weird is just a human reaction. A kind gesture can only be a kind gesture. A strange look can mean a thousand things. I have another title for this story : DOUBT! Because it is all I felt throughout! Twists, turns, emotions, you get them all and the story leads you to reassess everything about someone’s life.
Another narration tells a story and the relation between present and past is too big to talk about! You just need to read for yourself and let your jaw drop as I did!
The Lies We Told is a breathtaking story about how lies can pollute every part of your life and destroy it.
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