Wife. Mother. Liar.
At first glance Emma and Lucie seem very different, but they share an unspeakable vice. Beautiful, wealthy Emma appears to have it all with a loving husband and a seemingly successful life, but a restless craving has driven her to foolish actions. Meanwhile, young widow Lucie is struggling to make ends meet while coping with a troubled five-year-old.
When the law catches up with them they soon discover what they have in common: they lie. A lot.
Punished with community service, Emma and Lucie form an intense friendship, finding an unlikely third ally in Florrie, a septuagenarian who offers wise words and a shoulder to cry on.
But the lies don’t stop. They are hiding their misdemeanours from their loved ones and neither want their shame to come to light.
As these unhealthy relationships drive them towards destruction, can they survive the fallout from their deceptions or will their lies destroy everything they love the most?
A Fascinating Read!
All lies have consequences – if you get found out!
Three women of different ages from all walks of life, meet as they carry out community service. As they meet regularly, they get to know each other better and the tentacles of friendship begin to unfurl, and we get the inside track on why each of them are there.
This is the story of having to face your fears – and a very good one it is too. I really enjoy books with several different lives entwined and this is that little bit different, and rather enthralling for a debut novel. A beautifully created tale, well written with not one but three main characters, all with very different lives but what ties them together is that they all have lied. Most of us chance our luck from time to time, but these three have the misfortune of getting caught out and having to face the consequences. A fascinating read which kept my attention all the way through, and is most definitely worth four stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s psychological fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 338 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union
- Publication Date: 13 February 2020
- Links: Goodreads
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- W. H. Smith
Louise writes commercial women’s fiction for adults as well as adventure/fantasy stories for 6-12 year olds. In May 2017 readers and reviewers warmly received her debut adult release, Everyday Lies, with AusRom Today stating: “A brilliant and compelling read that highlights Guy’s superb storytelling abilities.” Louise has since received similar reviews for her second book for adults, Fortunate Friends, released in November 2017, and A Life Worth Living released in October 2018.
In the children’s book arena, Louise is best known for her popular ten-book Minecraft based series, The Crafters’ Club, which was recently contracted by Scholastic for the US, Canadian and Philippine book club markets. Writing for 6-12 year olds, Louise draws on inspiration from her own two boys. Their interest in Minecraft sparked the idea for the Crafters’ Club and her youngest son’s love of adventure, creating potions and exploring a world of fantasy led to the first two titles in The Secret World of Curly Jones series. In addition to writing her fourth book for adults, Louise is currently working on a standalone children’s title.
Louise and her family live on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. When she’s not writing, Louise loves every opportunity she gets to switch on her kindle, press play on an audiobook or smell the crisp fresh pages of a new release from a favourite author.