The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We Told

Camilla Way

When Luke disappears, his girlfriend Clara begins to dig into the past. She uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl.

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The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide...

A daughter
Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others...Sometimes Beth is scared of her and what she could be capable of.

A son
Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is 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 Clara find him before it's too late?


Advance Galley Reviews

Obviously from the title, so many lies that it's hard to distinguish the truth. All the lies told were self preservation for each character. I felt that Clara was just caught in the middle of the web of lies and I felt bad for her

A quick and solid addition to the thriller genre. "The Lies we Told" is a fast-paced story told in dual timelines with enough action to keep veterans of the breed on their toes and enough drama to keep the interest of even those who are only just willing to dip their toes in the proverbial pool. Perhaps its not my favorite thriller ever, but I was interested enough to break a book slump that had gone on far too long. My own issues with downloading my copy aside, I read the whole book in less than a day, on the tiny screen on my phone--so how's that for keeping and holding my interest? Easily a solid 4 stars and I eagerly await any further works by this author.

I loved that this book went back and forth in time and in point of view. I thought the writer did a good job keeping the suspense and thrills coming. I was kept guessing until the very end. I have read another book by this author and was not disappointed. I will be recommending this book to others. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

The Lies We Told is a fun thriller with plenty of twists and turns. It features a dual narrative of Clara, a woman whose boyfriend has gone missing, and Beth, a woman with a troublesome daughter. I think it’s the kind of book that’s best if you go into it not knowing much more than that. The Lies We Told truly is a page turner, and I had fun guessing what was coming next. I didn’t really connect with the characters, however, and I think that’s part of what kept it from being a truly great thriller to me. Also, the ending felt a bit incomplete. I think I understand what Camilla Way was going for with the ending, but it didn’t 100 percent work for me. Still, I would still recommend The Lies We Told to fans of thrillers, and I really enjoyed it.

What a twisted web of a story. I had no idea what to expect from this story. In fact, I'd hardly paid attention to the synopsis -- my choice came solely from the glowing reviews on Goodreads. And while I cannot say that I loved this book, it definitely kept my interest. There was a lot of intrigue, dead ends, and twists that I wasn't expecting and up until the final page, I was still shocked. Camilla Way executes suspensful writing in a manner that I don't often see with thrillers, and I really liked that the story bounced back and forth between time and perspectives. It made me hungry for a conclusion of the present and a conclusion of the past. Even though portions of the story were tied up, the ending definitely left you hanging and I wouldn't be surprised if there were another book in store for us.

This story told in two time periods is a very suspenseful read that will keep you guessing till the end. This was a very quick enjoyable read and I would recommend this book to fans of thrillers! Thank you First to Read for my ARC of this book!

This was a real page turner. From the missing Luke to the disturbed Hannah the book takes you on a suspenseful journey of twists and turns. The chapter flow from Luke to Hannah also helps to drive the story. I'd recommend it to all who love this genre.

This is a very suspenseful story, so much that I didn’t want to take a break from reading it. First there is Luke, a twenty something Londoner, well-liked and prosperous, who has disappeared. There are no real explanations for his disappearance, but there are lots of suspicious people in the mix. Second, there is Hannah, a young girl with a personality disorder that makes her very mean. With alternate chapters about Luke and Hannah, it seems possible they are connected, but there are so many other shady characters in the novel. I enjoyed this one!

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to read The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. I think Ms. Way is becoming a writer that you can depend on to deliver a "punch" - in a good way. The plot takes the reader into the life of Clara who has a boyfriend, Luke. Then Luke disappears. Clara starts to look into this and finds that Luke's family secrets may be linked to his disappearance - and the past may be more dangerous than the present. This is a really good book, hard to put down, and will keep you guessing. LIked this one alot. Recommend.

Two families stories unfolding over different timelines....there’s Beth’s deeply disturbed child Hannah. Luke, who comes from the well to do family, who goes missing, did I mention his sister went missing when she was a teenager?? Yep. Then there’s Clara, Luke’s girlfriend who’s left to figure out how everyone’s past lies unfold into the truth. Fast paced, well written web of deceit, leave you not being able to put it down until you find out what happens!!! This was my first Camilla Way book but it won’t be my last....

Way definitely kept me guessing until the end with this mystery/thriller. I enjoyed her storytelling, using two seemingly disconnected narrators from two different periods. This book definitely had a quality that kept you turning the pages and her writing style was clear, direct, and easy to read. The mood of the book is definitely a dark one but that was part of what appealed to me at the moment. I did get a little confused sometimes when chapters started mid sentence but I think that was meant to add to the mystery of it, it felt very post-modern.

This novel had me hooked from the beginning. There are two stories told in alternating chapters. I was eagerly anticipating and trying to guess when the stories would intersect. There were so many twists, turns, surprises and dead-ends throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this wild ride.

This book is a very entertaining read. The suspense keeps you wanting to read. The story is told in two time periods, by two different narrators. How do these two seemingly different story come together? Starting in the 1980s Beth has a daughter named Hannah who appers to have no emotions or empathy. There are numerous incidents that have Beth terrified of what her daughter is capable of. And the other story is present day Luke goes missing, and his girlfriend (and family) are frantically trying to find him. Well written, and keeps you guessing!

1988, Cambridge: parents fear their 8 year old daughter is a pyschopath when she blithely commits random acts of violence. They are living a lie that could tear their family apart & separate them from their other child. 2017, London: Clara has moved in with Luke, the man of her dreams, when he disappears and police fear the worst. When she discovers he hasn't been telling her the whole truth, she wonders who he really is and what else he has been hiding. The reader is as tense as Clara waiting to hear news about Tom's disappearance. As the story switches between the two stories the reader is left guessing: what's the connection? Suspense builds as both stories unwind. Following wicked twists and turns, the awful secret is revealed, and the desparate search for Luke intensifies to a startling conclusion.

This was a really quick read and very enjoyable. The story is told in duel timelines, and it works really well. I was really anticipating the moment when the two timelines intersected. The ending was both surprising, but it suited the story being told.

I love the structure of Camilla Way's novels. This story bounces back and forth between 2017 with the disappearance for Luke and the 80s and 90s with the childhood of Hannah. Her back and forth with time and narrator keeps the story interesting and flowing. The other thing I love is the fact that only about three or four characters are blameless in the story. The rest of them get what comes to them in the end.

As usual, another excellent deliver from Camilla Way. I dare compare this author, who is among my favorites and on my go-to list, to the late and so missed Ruth Rendell. These are novels exquisitely written, with attention to detail, that slowly untangle before your eyes. All that in magnificent prose and the best dialogues you can find. We start with two different stories that apparently have nothing in common until they intertwine in a terrible way for the characters. I specially liked how we could get to meet each character so well, which makes we better equipped to understand (not to justify, but to understand) their actions, their perspectives. What was done in the past was horrific and the consequences even worse. One act, one decision in the spur of a moment will make so many lives hell in the future. I strongly recommend this book, as all of Camilla Ways' other works. This is an author that goes beyond literary and beyond mystery, creating something unforgettable in each book. I'd like to thank First to Read and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

You get drawn in from the very first sentence. The author's approach using two storylines covering two different time periods worked really well here. When she converged the two storylines, the story then moved at a breakneck speed; twisting and turning and backtracking. I didn't dare to stop reading. Psychological thrillers are my favorite genre and this did not disappoint!

Twists and turns abound in this new novel by Camilla way. An anxiety ridden (in a good way!) and suspenseful plot interweaves several tales of dysfunctional families and relationships that have truly gone off the rails. I thoroughly enjoyed her story arc and the characters she created within it. I look forward to her next book!

"The Lies We Told" by Camilla Way was a page turning psychological thriller! The novel is told through two different time frames by either Clara or Beth and their stories blend perfectly. Twists & turns throughout and an unexpected ending!! Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy.

This book held my attention from chapter 2. I did not like ch 1 at all even though I get it was needed to set up Hannah and her real personality. It was fast paced and I flew through it. I liked Clara. Her character was quite likable.The book ending wrapped things up nicely and some of my guesses turned out to be true or very close. I do wish Ch 32 was the ending as that chapter was so well written, it would have been a perfect way to close the story.

I read this author's first book, Watching Edie, and absolutely loved it. It was a very slow sort of quiet book, with major creep factor, that just pulled you right into the story. This book - very different feel. This one is much more of a steady, frantic pace. Both were serious page turners all the way through but so very different in feel. In this one there are two POVs, which normally aren't my thing, but the author does a great job in creating a different voice for each. Also done so very well is the clue dropping and misdirection and as you read and think you know what is going on, with the next chapter you begin to doubt yourself and before you know it you are going right down a different path. Camilla Way might just be my new favorite author. Trigger warning: the very first scene is animal abuse, but then it's fine from there.

This is a great read-in-a-day thriller. I love the dual perspectives/times. Lots of twists that keep you wanting more. Your opinion of the characters will change as you read, nobody is quite what they want you to think. I loved it and will be looking for more by this author. This was the first book of hers I've read.

This was my first book by Camilla Way but it sucked me in from the beginning. I wasn't sure how the two stories would merge together but I liked how they did. There were quite a few twists and turns along the way and the blinding halt of an ending caught me off guard. I highly recommend.

I loved this book. Two different stories going on here which I knew would converge at some point and I anxiously read on to see where and how the two stories were connected. WOW, what a thrilling read this was with so many twists and turns, so many lies that were told that impacted so many lives. And what a twisted psychopath Hannah is. Definitely recommend this book.

I was brought into this book on the first page, and devoured it as quickly as I could. I loved the two competing story lines, each equally as engaging, and kept guessing how they would ultimately come together. When they finally did, it didn't disappoint! I'm hoping Camilla Way comes out with a sequel!

***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary of THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way in exchange for my honest review.*** I received an ARC of this book, and let me just say that I was skeptical. I usually can figure out all of the twists and turns in psychological thrillers and find myself bored halfway through. Let me just say... this was NOT the case here. Up until the last paragraph, I was shocked. So many times throughout the book, I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor. The story's structure in being told from Beth's perspective in the past about her young daughter and Clara's perspectives in the present about her missing boyfriend is both confusing and intriguing from the beginning... and you just have to buckle up from there. I am impressed with the way that Camilla Way wove such complicated plot lines to meet in such unexpected ways. Every time I thought I had an answer, there was either a twist or a complication that flipped this story completely on its head. From the opening line (one of the most disturbing) to its final breath, this book had me hooked!

LOVED this book! Highly recommended. Lots of twists and turns, even at the very end. It started off a bit slow, but then really built up the tension and intrigue. Clara's boyfriend Luke mysteriously disappears in 2017 London. Many years before, Luke's sister Emily also went missing and was never seen again. In a parallel story from thirty years before, Beth worries that there's something seriously wrong with her daughter Hannah, who's becoming more violent and hostile by the day. How will these stories intersect and why? What's the deal with Luke's seemingly perfect family and mysterious brother Tom? Clara and Luke's best friend Mac try to unravel the mystery, but things quickly start to get darker and more dangerous. Clara also finds out some bad things about Luke that she never suspected. Will she be able to rescue him in time? If you like a good twisty British thriller, this is the book for you! Just coincidentally, I'm also reading the author's other book Watching Edie. I didn't realize it was the same writer until I checked to see what else Camilla Way has written. Happy to now be able to get back to Watching Edie. I really look forward to Camilla Way's next book! ***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary of THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way in exchange for my honest review.***

***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary of THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way in exchange for my honest review.*** Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. In 2017 Clara’s boyfriend Luke goes missing nearly thirty years after his sister Emily ran away. In 1989, Beth is raising seven year old Hannah, a budding sociopath. Readers will assume these stories intersect, but won’t know until over halfway into THE LIES WE TELL. The first sentence of the story “At first I miss checked the severed head to something else.” might the most attention grabbing introductory phrase that’s ever been written. The next chapters were slow to catch up to the excitement building to nonstop twisters and revelations. My head was spinning. THE LIES WE TELL has few heroes. Nearly everyone lies, some for reasons understandable, others to protect themselves, others because they’re down right evil. You won’t know who and why until the very last page.

 


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