The Lies We Told

Posted 24 May 2022 by Kim in Book Reviews |

The Lies We ToldThe Lies We Told by Camilla Way
Published: 9 October 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Genres: thrillers
Pages: 302
Source: Book of the Month
Format: Hardcover
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Rating: five-stars


the blurb

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...

When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he's left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he's been kidnapped. Then Luke's older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened--even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke's mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

my review

This was such a wild ride of a book! It was my first by Camilla Way, but it won’t be my last. I was taken in from the very first page!

The story is told in alternating timelines, which for much of the book creates two separate stories. The story of the past seems unconnected to that of the present… until tiny threads begin to draw them together.

This book has all the necessary elements for a great psychological thriller. Overly perfect families, a violent and psychopathic child, twists and turns,missing ppeople, and dark secrets that have had disastorous reprecussions. There were moments that were utterly chilling, and it was those moments especially that keep me turning the pages as quickly as possible. At various points, I thought I had it figured it out, but each time a twist appeared and proved me completely wrong.

There is truly never a dull moment in this book. It was well paced and thoroughly engrossing!

About Camilla Way

Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London, and studied Modern English and French Literature at the University of Glamorgan. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. Formerly Associate Editor of the teenage girls’ magazine Bliss, she is currently an editor and writer on the men’s style magazine Arena. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in south-east London.

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