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My Lies, Your Lies: The emotionally gripping new novel for 2020 from the bestselling author

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With each chapter, my curiosity increased until the reveal exploded the story and turned it upside down.

This page-turner challenges readers to evaluate their own lives and choices, and what really matters most. Susan Lewis’ description of Freda Donahoe’s house in its remote location fuels the feeling of isolation where there’s nothing to do aside from ruminate on your own thought, which is how we meet Freda at the beginning of the novel; a woman who’s done nothing but dwell on the situation and her thoughts on it, for years. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. There is a small cliffhanger left in, in the closing lines, which I think you’d only realise was a cliffhanger if you’d been paying attention to the details of stories told within the main narrative arch, but it’s very clever. You can bet if there was a mad woman running around threatening my family she would not be out of my sight.My only issue was that this was a fairly lengthy read and I think it could have been a tad shorter but hey, it just gave us more time to spend with some interesting people and mystery that keeps you guessing. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

Great characters, a heartbroken Joely on a train ride to a virtually unknown ghostwriting assignment. I'll be clear, Marianne 'consented', she was in love with David (or 'Sir' as he is referred to throughout, like this is an ageplay BDSM novel), but that does not make it ok that David had sex with her. I would like to thank NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and the author Susan Lewis for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I think most of the novel was intriguing and kept my attention, however there were a lot of unnecessary parts (or even just responses from characters) that felt a bit too implausible or unrealistic. Keep going with this story if like me the first chunk feels a little draggy and droll like, do not give up. There's also Holly, a teen who adds some comedic relief, and for a change, it's nice to have some witty teenage comments thrown in a fairly serious book.

But now she's ready to tell the story that has haunted her for forty years - about a 15-year-old girl falling madly in love with her teacher. Yes there were uncomfortable parts, a 25 year old teacher grooming his 15 year old pupil and the abuse that followed but in some ways it alerts the reader to how the abuser snares his young victim and remember she was a child even though she was promiscuous and fell in love with him. But now she’s ready to set the record straight and right a wrong that’s haunted her for forty years. As the story of Freda’s past unravels, it spins Joely into a dangerous world of secrets and lies she could never have imagined, causing her to question everything she thought she knew about her family. The memoir sections are written like amateur porn and I kept thinking THIS IS ABOUT A 15YR OLD GIRL.If you are looking for a gripping read to distract you from everything then I thoroughly recommend this one! But now she’s ready to tell the story that has haunted her for forty years – about a 15-year-old girl falling madly in love with her teacher. But I don't ever want to forget that I read this implausible rape apology of a book or forget the name of the author who penned it. It carried on being interesting with the introduction of Freda, a formidable elderly woman, virtually living as a recluse in the Valley of Rocks at Dimmett House.

Born in England and having resided in France and the United States for many years, she now lives in Gloucestershire, England. Full of drama, intrigue with so many twists and turns, I promise you'll be surprised and captivated right to the end. The student is referred to as 'a Lolita' at one point, the way Lolita is often referred to erroneously as some kind of seductress and not a child who is exploited by a middle aged man.This was a quick read that everyone enjoyed and would consider reading something by this author again. It started so well, The story captivated me, I could not wait to read until about three staves from the end. But it gave us as readers, food for thought that there is more to the story than one might at first think.

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