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.

Start Reading….

Read Excerpt Now


Sign me up to receive news about Camilla Way.

Place our blog button on your blog to let people know you are a member of this great program!

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

It stressed me out in a good way. At first it has hard to get into it, but because I knew the stories would collide at some point and I kept reading, by the end I was mentally exhausted because the story kept me thinking what was going to happen next.

When I saw "The Lies We Told" By:Camilla Way being offered from Penguin First To Read I think I nearly jumped for joy! So ...yes i was super excited about this one! Unfortunately....I just couldn't get into it! I tried a few times and then my copy expired!I can't give a book a low rating or talk it down just because I had an issue reading it! It was no fault of the author, and not a problem with the writing.Just...bad timing I guess! Much of a reading experience deals with the state of mind of the reader, and for whatever reason...I just wasn't in the right one at the time for this title!I can't wait to try 'Lies We Told' again in the near future though, so, I am currently waiting for a copy from my local library!

3.5 stars I had read Camilla Way's first novel Watching Edie for the summer Read-a-thon with my library and enjoyed it. So I was very excited to get this title through First to Read. Please don't shy away from this title because of the star rating. I think Way did a good job with The Lies We Told but I truly believe that a reader's experience with a book has much to do with timing. Back when I read Watching Edie I was primarily reading plot driven, fast paced mystery/thrillers. But since then my literary tastes have changed. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy a good thriller I have just expanded my appetite. Since being on Goodreads I have been introduced to the Tournament of Books and each year I delve deeper and deeper into the list. I realize that comparing the experimental literary fiction that is found on the TOB to a bestselling thriller is like comparing apples to oranges and I recognize that Way's intention is not to challenge the reader but to entertain and thrill. So if you are the type of reader that is looking for a hold-you-by-the-seat-of-your-pants mystery or if you just need a moment of reprieve to get lost in a book for the sake of getting lost in a book, then Camilla Way's novels may be the place to start.

Oh man. This book is suspenseful through to the very end. Clara is a sympathetic character, devoted to her boyfriend and his family and willing to dig as much as needed to find answers. If you liked "We Need To Talk About Kevin", you'll like this book. If you liked this book and haven't read "We Need To Talk About Kevin", read it. You'll be fascinated.

I'll be honest. I had a little bit of trouble getting into this one. This story goes back and forth between timelines/perspectives. There is the now with Clara and her missing boyfriend Luke. Then there is the then, with Beth and her strange daughter Hannah. I was much more intrigued with strange little Hannah than I was with Clara and her missing boyfriend. Although, I really wanted to know how these two stories would eventually come together, so that did keep me reading...

This book blew me away!! So far this is the best psychological thriller/suspense book I've read this year. It starts our from two different character perspectives a few decades apart and a majority of the time I was trying to figure out how they were related and I kept drawing a complete blank, which made it hard for me to put this book down until I had answers. This book will leave you wondering who you can trust and that's the best feeling when reading this genre. It means the author has officially done their job. Look forward to reading more by this author. ?????(5 out of 5) The lies and manipulation in this book were fantastic and entertaining.

I couldn’t put this one down! The stories were beautifully intertwined, with a new twist around every page turn. It kept me guessing until the end as I tried to figure out how all the characters were related and what their motives could possibly be. I’d definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes their suspense mixed with interpersonal drama.

It’s been a long time since I read a book that I couldn’t wait to pick up and read again, no matter how many interruptions showed up. It was the character of Hannah that was the key draw. The book is written in the first person past tense point of view of Beth Jennings in Cambridgeshire in 1986, and the third person past tense point of view of Clara Haynes in London in 2017. Both points of view show up in alternate chapters. Beth’s account, in particular, was so good, that I found myself being more than a little afraid of Hannah. I had similar feelings about Alison, Clara’s neighbor. The viewpoints of Beth and Clara were so utterly distinct, showcasing the author’s skill. Even halfway through the book, I was unable to see how the two narratives were connected. Nor could I gain any clue through an attempt to tally the timelines. There were many moments that raised the book for me above the level of a thriller. We are also reminded about people who have difficult children, about how some men have a sense of entitlement, how they force themselves upon women and then dump them later. Clara came across as naïve, getting into situations she could have avoided if she had only used her common sense. Her idolising of Luke tells us of the tendency to place those we love on a pedestal, disregarding their faults. It was a little tedious to see her so enamoured with Luke’s parents that she just couldn’t fault them for anything. Tom was one character that deserved a little more space. We don’t get to know much about what happened to his character at the end of the book. Read full & detailed review at

Thanks, FirsttoRead, for my complimentary review copy. I enjoyed Way’s Watching Edie and was looking forward to reading more from her. The blurb of this one intrigued me. Clara’s live-in boyfriend Luke suddenly and inexplicably goes missing. While trying to track him down, she is shocked to discover how little she actually knew about the man she loved, how much he had kept from her. From the very first line, the book grabbed my attention. It is very well-written, with vivid descriptions of settings and characters. Past events blend in seamlessly. There are two separate narrators, Beth and Clara. There are two timelines, 1986 and 2017. Finally, there are two geographical locations, Cambridgeshire and London. Initially, Beth, Clara, and their lives are separate and disconnected...until they converge. I LOVED this book! There were so many twists that I didn’t see coming. The only thing I didn’t like was the end, which felt somewhat rushed and abrupt. I thought I still had pages left, but they were discussion questions and an excerpt of Watching Edie. Still, I eagerly await her next book.

Thank you First to Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. I really was enjoying the story of Clara whose boyfriend Luke who turns up missing. After finding many emails from Luke's stalker, she enlists in the help of their friend Mac to see if they can figure out just who may have taken him. Then there is the story of Beth whose daughter Hannah enjoys harming others but hides this fact from her father to make him believe Beth is crazy. Unfortunately, I only made it half way through this book before the time period expired and I was unable to finish the book. But I will be purchasing this book so that I can see how this book ends.

This book was a fun read. It is one of those books that is hard to talk about without giving anything away. The first 2/3rds of the book really just set up the last part. The last part was punch after punch, somethings you figured out, some you had a hunch, and others left you blind sided. The antagonist while out of their mind did have a small (read microscopic) right to be upset and hate everybody. I do kind of want another book or a short story about Clara and Mac.

This was a fantastic novel! I really liked the differing viewpoints and how it all merged together. Sometimes with different viewpoints, they can become a little disjointed. I really like how the author managed to keep it seamless. Will definitely recommend to all of my friends. Very entertaining and quite the fast read!

Thanks for the galley, penguin publishers. I loved this thriller and finished this book in one setting. The structure of the two POVs was entertaining even though sometimes it felt a bit annoying to read. The Characters were very well developed and it may have been one of best elements of the book. The pace was really good it was average but sometimes went fast. t was really suspenseful and a big surprise. Great book overall, loved it

I enjoy books with varying viewpoints and found this one interesting in how it began with two viewpoints during two different places and decades. It took a while for their paths to link up, but until then it was fun to try to figure out what their connection is! The twists and turns that followed were enjoyable. Hannah’s character creeped me out! However at about the 70% mark, the story reached a climax, then had kind of an odd moment, where I felt like the book should be winding down, but it just kept going. It was a bit of a rollercoaster after that, and kind of brought me back in. It just felt like the author maybe thought of more plot lines she wanted to use but wasn’t quite sure how to fit them in so she just stuck them at the end. It was still overall a suspenseful book, and I’m curious to see if there will be a sequel!

I gave this book a 3-star rating on Good Reads. The pacing of the story kept things moving along and I was interested in Clara as a character. But I felt the character of Hannah was a caricature, one that I've read and seen many times before (The Bad Seed), so I was not invested in her. I am a fan of the dual narratives/timelines that are very popular in crime fiction today, so that worked for me. But I am not a fan of vague endings; I very much prefer a solid ending to my mysteries and thrillers.

5/5 stars - I devoured this psychological thriller in just two sittings. The suspense, plot, and twists in this book were all extremely well done. This sinister book kept me guessing till the very end. I had not read anything by this author prior to this book, but I will definitely be adding her to my list of must read authors. This is a @bookofthemonth pick for October, and trust me, if you enjoy a good thriller, you don’t want to miss out on reading this book!

This book has some twisted people in it. I don't know what to say without giving too much away. A family has a daughter who seems to be a sociopath back in the 1980s and 1990s. Then there is a couple in 2017 and the man goes missing and revelations about his character start to come to light. Of course somehow these two incidents have to be tied together. There are a few revelations. I will say it was a little hard for me to know what happened a few times because my advanced copy from Penguin Random House had the last page of chapter 1 and the last 2 pages of the final chapter so I think I missed some important items. Overall thought it was an enjoyable psychological thriller. I hope I never cross paths with a Hannah in my lifetime.

Deliciously dark psychological suspense! ??????????

If you are a fan of psychological thrillers like me than you must read this one! Camilla Way kicks off this book diving between the past & present of multiple families. Lies have been told & secrets kept that you just can't quite figure out. As you go chapter by chapter wondering about what lies & secrets this cast of characters is keeping the anticipation to get to the next chapter makes this book so hard to put down. Beth a happily married nurse with 2 small kids, her youngest son Toby & her eldest daughter Hannah is one twisted child this storyline started off giving me vibes of Baby Teeth luckily that vibe wore off quickly this was WAY BETTER! Clara can't help wondering how well she knew Luke right before he went missing he was receiving threats. With the help of Luke's childhood friend Mac she tries to look more closely into Luke's past hoping to find answers that the police haven't. You can't get into Luke's past without going into his missing sister of 20 years Emily, another page turning storyline. Luke's parents & brother have a rather odd dynamic making even family suspect. The large list of suspects in the character pool will make this one not so easy to figure out. Way not only kept me guessing who was lying, but also trying to figure out exactly what the lies were about & which family told the worst lie. There are multiple narrators for each chapter & they go back in forth in time which makes this a book you seamlessly devour. Psychological thrillers are my fave genre. Nothing makes one more enjoyable to read than having intelligent characters who react in a logical, relatable ways. There should always be atleast one sane character that sets off the insanity of other character(s). I think this book had a nice balance of both it even took it a step further by giving you a real life situation where someone can possibly snap. Camilla Way won me over as a big time fan with this one! I will definitely be checking out more of her books in the future.

Wow. This was a terrific suspense novel. I would highly recommend. It is a definite thrill-ride. The story moves back and forth from Clara's viewpoint as she searches for her missing boyfriend, Luke, and Beth's story 20 years earlier. There is one truly horrifying character in this novel that just leaves you thinking oh, my goodness! Really? The character would do that??? The stories of Clara and Beth do not immediately intersect, but of course, there is most definitely a connection. It was very well-written with multiple twists and turns. I anticipated a few of the twists and turns, but I don't think that impacted the novel's story-telling for me. I would note the style of the novel is very similar to some other thrillers out there right now, but I think it is still worth the read. I breezed through this novel very quickly and really enjoyed it. There was some really nice writing with this one, some good detail, and stylistically, it did stand out from other similar missing persons novels that are out right now.

This book was one of the better suspense books I have read in awhile. It has everything you want in a suspense novel: likeable and completely unlikeable and flawed characters, very well written with a believable plot, unexpected twists to keep you engaged and in suspense, and bonus, it's set in England (I LOVE Brit books!). There are two things that I did not really care for about this book, repeated uses of the "c" word (foul language generally does not bother me, but that one does) and the ending seemed a little abrupt to me. Overall, I would recommend.

My back hurts. No, not because of the chronic pain I live with daily. I am all convoluted because of the twist and turns that this book took. On the one hand we have the missing Luke. Going back decades, we hear of a woman named Beth with the young daughter that was truly psychologically disturbed. Then we are informed that Luke’s sister Emily suddenly left her family decades ago. Do these three scenarios tie together? If so, how? In The Lies We Told, there are a lot of players. We will start with Luke and Clara. They both live and work together and are apparently very happy. However, one morning Clara wakes up to discover that Luke never came home the night before. She further realizes that he didn’t even take his cell phone. Where has he gone? What has happened? Then there are Luke’s parents and his brother Tom. There is also his best friend Mac. Readers are also drawn into the devastating story of the obviously horrifying secret Beth and her husband are keeping. There is another quite significant character in this spellbinding story, that of Hannah. Wow! As Clara struggles to figure out where Luke could possibly be, she is quite dismayed at the fact that Luke had a stalker. Yes, she knew about it to a degree before his disappearance, but it is only now that she realized how dangerous the whole situation actually was. This book is presented in multiple points of view between two timelines. As mentioned, there is Beth, her family and the incredible drama of decades ago. Then there is present day and Luke's disappearance. While reading this story there is an incredible sense of foreboding as the lies that have been held onto for decades start to unravel. We are continually brought back between the past and the present, never knowing for one second when the two will piece together. What we do learn in this utterly dark story is that so many lives were truly affected because of one situation. Without going too deep into all of these lives and their connectedness, along with the desperate search for Luke’s whereabouts, suffice it to say that if you like dark psychological thrillers that will keep you awake with wondering how it all got started and where it could possibly end, then this is indeed the book for you. This is a fast-paced, riveting story that was literally impossible to put down. This is the fifth book by Camilla Way. It is definitely one to be put on your radar. I certainly have put Ms. Way's backlist in my TBR. I want to thank Berkeley Publishing Group and First To Read for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was quite suspenseful! I loved how the story went back and forth between time and between characters before finally running into one another. I'm a big fan of books like this, and I couldn't stop reading.

I could not put this book down! I read it in 3 days. I was completely hooked from the beginning. The mystery, the way all the answers unravelled and how it wasn't an easy solve were great. The plot moved along at a good pace and the characters were extremely well developed. This is my first book by Camilla Way and I would definitely read more from her in the future. I would be interested to see if she writes a sequel to this novel. The antagonist was very well thought out and written in such a way it was easy to see how evil she was. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

Clara is living a bliss-filled life with her boyfriend, Luke, until the day her world crumbles around her and all that she is left with are lies. When Luke doesn't come home one night, Clara worries that there may be something wrong. As she begins to prob his best friend, Mac, and look through his belongings, she finds a lot more is wrong than she originally anticipated. With the help of her friend, Zoe, Mac, and Luke's parents, Clara unravels a history of lies and deceit that seems never-ending.  Meanwhile, Beth, the mother of daughter, Hannah, is struggling to decipher her strange behaviors. Unsure why her daughter seems to have no emotions and loves misfortune, Beth does her best to build a loving family. Unfortunately, the harder Beth tries, the more it seems Hannah resists... and then Hannah discovers a secret. Now, Beth worries for her family's future.  Will Beth be able to keep Hannah at bay? Will Clara eventually be able to get to the bottom of all the lies, or will her relationship with Luke be forever severed? Will the buried lies surface and ruin more lives than it already has?  If I had to describe this novel using an emoji, it would be the face with the big surprised eyes... because Oh.Em.Gee this book! Camilla Way expertly crafted her characters and built just enough tension in the plot to keep the reader continuously on edge and ready to flip to the next page, whilst hanging onto every single word. Her back and forth between past and present between chapters is a style that I absolutely love, and her switch between character narration is just another technique that really keeps the reader guessing. The idea that children with psychological challenges grow to become master manipulators who wreak havoc, as well as the idea that a mother can be scared of her young child, is one that is so heavy and can leave you in a terrifyingly empathetic state. The Lies We Told is true to the title because every single character has something to hide, and as the story unravels the pieces get put together in such a strategic way that even up to the last page I was still completely invested.

This probably could have been an excellent read. It was, what I could actually read. The first chapter had the first pages missing. I got over that and read through until the end only to find about the last 5 chapters had only the last page of each. Very, very frustrating as I was really enjoying this book. I had figured out the last twist of plot long before but it would have been nice to read it all, instead of the last page of each. So, so disappointing!!!

This was a fantastic read. So full of twists and turns it kept me guessing clear through to the end. Fabulous!

This was the first book I've read by this author and I can't wait to read more. I just finished reading a book and decided to start reading this before going to sleep, that was a mistake because I couldn't put it down! I'm not very good at writing reviews but I do know a great book. Thank you First to Read for giving me the an opportunity to read an advanced copy. I highly recommend this book!!

I love this book! I couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. The ending blew me away. I love when I am surprised by the story. This book is full of twists and turns. It starts with a disappearance, and it just snowballs from there. The more I learned the more I wanted to know. This is a great book!

This was quite an enjoyable thriller. Although there were only a few twists I didn't see coming right away, the pacing and characters were engaging enough that I didn't mind. At this point it must be exceptionally tough to write this type of psychological thriller. There are SO MANY of them, and readers are virtually programmed to expect mind-screws and herky-jerky contortionate plot twists - and let's face it, if you know SOMETHING is coming, it's not often that tough to figure out at least the broad-brush strokes of what that something is... Still, the writing was easy-going and the back-and-forth in narratives kept me guessing about connections for a while, and once the reveals came the action flowed fairly quickly and tightly, and that kept me engaged and eager to see how it would all tie together.

This book was amazing! With many twists it kept the book interesting and wanting to know what was gonna happen next.

The Lies We Told was my first book by Camilla Way and it won't be my last. Within the first few chapters, I was immediately intrigued and interested in how the story would unfold. Way does an excellent job of keeping the reader engage and constantly wondering what would happen next. There are twists and turns throughout the story and a bit of a surprise at the ending. I couldn't wait to see how everything tied together. If you're looking for a great psychological thriller, I highly recommend this one.

This was my first ready from this author and I had high hopes for this book as the synopsis sounded very interesting. Unfortunately, this book and I didn't get along. I wouldn't say that I disliked it, just that it was ok. The story was very slow to grab my interest and I almost put it down without finishing it. When things finally started to click into place, the story did pick up, but the end portion of this book I feel was either misplaced in the story line or wasn't quite necessary. I knew going into it that we would be bouncing between at least two different story lines, but that still confused me a bit. I wasn't curious about any of the characters, and I didn't find the story suspenseful at all. Maybe it's because I read a lot of mysteries that this didn't quite grab my attention, but I'm beginning to think that psychological suspense is just not a genre for me.

Clara lives in a world where there are so many lies, it is hard to believe the truth. Camilla Way does a fabulous job of weaving a web of so much deceit that it is hard to tell who the spiders are and who are their prey. Clara has the dream boyfriend, or does she? Luke vanishes and the search to find him reveals secrets and lies that span over 25 years and derails nearly a dozen lives with scandalous affairs, kidnapping, and even murder. The author did a fabulous job bringing us many multidimensional characters that we could both love and hate. I truly fell in love with the character Mac, the idyllic best friend that everyone loved. He is the perfect example of there being more to a person's character than meets the eye. I absolutely loved this book. It is not often that I am unable to be shocked by an ending, but Way has achieved that goal. I suggest this for anyone who loved "The Woman in the Window" or "Girl on a Train". I will say though that this story was more fast paced than either of those.

This was a good thriller that kept me on my toes. It had some twists in the story line and was not predictable. I found the characters to be interesting. I would recommend this to a friend.

This was an interesting book. I'm one of those people that usually figures out the end long before I get there, but there was so much going on in this story, I hadn't figured it all out. That is a good thing. It was an interesting story with lots of twists, but it was still a book I could put down for a while, then pick back up and just keep going. The story is told from two points of view, which gives it more depth. When you think you've reached the end of the story, it keeps going, then goes a little further, and one step past that. It does tie up the loose ends. It definitely makes you want to get to know people better than we normally do.

This book was a quick read and definitely kept you interested. I enjoyed the dual narratives. I was impressed with the ending.

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.


More to Explore

  • Watching Edie

Copy the following link