Book Review: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
Release Date: 3rd May
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behaviour, the apparent delight in hurting others… sometimes Beth is scared of her, and what she could be capable of.
Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without trace, and his girlfriend Clara is left desperate to discover what has happened to him.
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 she find him before it’s too late?

I could not WAIT to get my hands on Camilla Way's latest offering. I was obsessed with Watching Edie last year, it was one of my favourite books of 2017 and The Lies We Told looked set to provide more of the same in what promised to be a twisty, jumpy, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller.
However much I anticipated enjoying this novel I don't think I could ever have predicted exactly how much. WOWOWOW. It was incredible and one of those novels that I actually miss now I'm not reading it. It properly took over my life and I absolutely gobbled it up. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen...
I love how the story was set over two timescales. I was immediately fascinated both by Luke's disappearance and the difficulties Beth was facing with her scary daughter, Hannah. The one thing I couldn't work out was how the two were connected, and as the story progressed it didn't look as though this was going to become clear any time soon...
I love stories that can keep me guessing. I imagine it must be really difficult for an author to keep their reader in the dark, whilst slowly revealing subtle clues and seeing as to whether they pick up on them. The fact that I had so many questions as I made my way through the story urged me to keep on reading at a super-fast pace (which is a rare thing for me being a fairly slow reader.) What had happened to Luke? What was going on with Hannah? What secret had Beth let slip to her daughter? Who was that creepy girl who lived above Luke and Clara? What really happened to Luke's sister? How were these two stories connected? ARGH. I needed to know the answers and I needed to know them as soon as was humanly possible.

Camilla is an exceptional writer and the fact that I don't have another book of hers to read right this second makes me sad (Please write more VERY soon Camilla, if you ever read this!) Her writing oozes suspense and unease. The characters she creates will unsettle you, and the storylines she forms will grab you and force you to submerge yourself right into the story. Plus, the opening chapter is one that will make you squirm and fill you with horror - you can't beat books that get straight on into the story and The Lies We Told does this superbly.

There's nothing better than a psychological thriller that will take you away from real life as you instead become involved in the characters problems, rather than your own. A weird form of escapism, if you will...

I am reluctant to say too much about this wonderfully twisted, atmospheric story as I don't want to give anything away. This is a novel that is to be devoured in one sitting as you race through chapter after chapter in a bid to discover what happens. Just be prepared to completely lose your life for a day or two to this book - but trust me - it's worth it.


A huge thank you to Heidi for the opportunity to take part in the official blog tour.

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