Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks


About the Book

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies Lies Lies Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets.

What I thought

With themes of alcoholism and sexual violence, this book was at times difficult to read.  I would often get so far in the book and then have a short break from reading it to read something a little lighter.  It was, nevertheless a compelling read, leaving you always wanting to know more and wondering what the hell might happen next.

Daisy and Simon are OK together with their six year old daughter Millie.  Simon’s drinking is not always easy to live with but they get by.  Simon loves his daughter very much as does Daisy.  They struggled to have children but following on from years of fertility treatment Daisy amazes them both by becoming pregnant and Millie is the happy result of that pregnancy.  Simon isn’t satisfied though, he longs for another child and so makes tentative enquiries about the likelihood of them having more children.

This tends to be the start of all their troubles and after receiving not so good news Simon turns to the bottle even more in an attempt to drown out his sorrows.

As the title suggests much of the story involving this little family is based on lies.  Not always deliberate bare faced lies, not lies intended to deceive but to save on heartache and hurt.  The trouble is most of the lies backfire and end up causing far more hurt and pain than they were ever trying to hide.

I’m not going to say any more about the story, there are many twists to it, some I guessed and some I didn’t.  It is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Daisy and Simon.  It means the reader sees both sides of the story.  I felt as much empathy for Simon as I did Daisy.  I think the writing is brilliant.  In fact I don’t think I’ve ever found a book so stressful to read.  There were times when I’d put the book down because I didn’t want to know what happened next.  I kind of had an idea of what was coming and just didn’t want to know, as if by not reading and putting the book down it would stop the story unfolding any further.

An absolutely brilliant, riveting book that keeps the tension up right the way through from beginning to end.  I don’t think ‘enjoy’ is quite the right word to use where this book is concerned but I am so glad I read it, it was a sad, often heartbreaking read full of surprises and ‘oh no’ moments where I’ve literally dragged my hands through my hair in despair at some of decisions made especially by Simon.  It has to be a resounding 5 stars for this book.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

The book is due out for publication on 5 September in paperback and also on Kindle.

With thanks to the publishers HQ via Netgalley for an ARC of the book

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