The Lie by Hilary Boyd #Book Review #Penguin #NetGalley #5*


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The closer the couple, the bigger the lie . . .

Romy and Michael have it all. Over 30 years of marriage, two grown-up sons, a beautiful London home as well as a weekend bolthole by the sea. If Romy’s had to sacrifice some of her dreams along the way to support Michael’s high-flying legal career, then it’s been a price worth paying.

Until the arrival of a letter changes everything.

At first Romy can’t believe what it is saying. That Michael – an upholder of the law, with an unwavering sense of right and wrong – could do something so terrible.

But then other lies start to emerge and she starts to wonder who the man she’s shared her heart, her bed, the best years of her life with, really is.

Walking away should be the start of a new chapter for Romy.

But an urgent telephone call brings her back into Michael’s life – and propels her into the past and the allegations which ended their marriage.

Innocent or guilty? Truth or lie? How well can you ever know those closest to you?


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A First-Class Novel!       stars 5


Hilary Boyd has produced another first-class novel; Thursdays in the Park was a fantastic read but I suspect that this one surpasses it!

Romy and Michael have 30 years of successful marriage behind them; with two grown-up sons and a very comfortable lifestyle they have everything they could possibly want or need in life. Then Romy received an anonymous letter which made her view her husband in a completely different light. The more she thinks about it, the more she realises that he may not be the man she’s always thought he was . . .

This is a multi-layered story strongly demonstrating that life – and love – is never easy. As it unfolded, I found myself immersed in Romy’s life and wondered what I would have done in her place – but I have to say she handled it well and the story is cleverly planned and really well written. I consider the characters and situations to be realistic, and the outcome completely believable. This author has an understanding of human nature and possesses the skill to write an excellent tale which kept my focus from beginning to end. A wonderful book, most definitely worth a full house of stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
  • Size: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication Date: 18 February 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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  •              W. H. Smith
  •              Waterstones


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Author Bio


Hilary Boyd


Hilary Boyd was a nurse, marriage counsellor and ran a small cancer charity before becoming an author. She has written eight books, including Thursdays in the Park, her debut novel which sold over half a million copies and was an international bestseller. The film rights have been acquired by Charles Dance, who will be directing and starring.


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