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The Lies You Told por Harriet Tyce
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The Lies You Told (edição 2020)

por Harriet Tyce (Autor)

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Título:The Lies You Told
Autores:Harriet Tyce (Autor)
Informação:Grand Central Publishing (2020), 384 pages
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between 2.5 and 3 stars. the tension builds nicely in this one, although the time jumps were a little hard to track in the audio. (i wasn't always 100% sure if we were going forward or back, or if we were in the present. i think this would probably have been clearer in print.) the general discomfort with the situation grows, and not being sure who to trust keeps the reader going, and going faster and faster, by the end.

i do think there's a little too much going on here, though. the added subplots of the trial and husband seemed extraneous, and really don't add anything. it's enough to have the enormous tension of the school situation and the exams and competitiveness of the girls and moms on top of sadie and robin moving back to a new (to robin) area and the remnants of sadie's mom's issues hanging over their heads. the rest takes us too off track of the main issue, and there are other ways to keep zora in sadie's life. and no need for andrew at all; he could have died, they could have been already divorced, whatever.

but the central part is well done and full of tension and just the right amount of twisty. i'd definitely read her again. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Mar 5, 2021 |
There's one in every organization, school, workplace and more. A bully. I do find them hard to read. And Tyce has truly created a horrid bully in Julia. She's head of the PTA and most of the other school gate parents are her sycophants. The children's behavior is also influenced, and Sadie's daughter Robin is treated shamefully at the prestigious school. Why not leave the school? Press for change? Well, Sadie has come back to her home town and is living in her deceased mother's home. Their relationship was fractious and to own the home and fulfill the will, Robin must attend the school. Hmmm..... a bit of a stretch for me. Sadie has also left her marriage. Okay, that fits, but he makes an appearance later on that was again a bit of a stretch for me.

I had read Tyce's debut novel Blood Orange, and my main problem was with the protagonist. I do like Sadie better, but still have issues with her choices. As in the previous book, Sadie is a barrister, one trying to get back into chambers after many years. I grew quite irritated with her when she made some questionable choices.

I don't doubt the bullying part of the plot - I can absolutely imagine it. But, the cruelty shown to both her and her daughter in the beginning doesn't seem to ring any alarm bells and again, I questioned Sadie's subsequent choices. I have to mention here that I think Robin was the character I enjoyed the most - and she seems to be the only well adjusted character.

There's a lot happening in The Lies You Told - a bit too much in my opinion. The court case, disappearing and reappearing husband and the dead, evil mother was overload. The bullying plot line was enough. Tyce comes up with a action filled run to the final pages and a nice little twist at the end. The Lies You Told was just okay for this listener.

I did choose to listen to The Lies You Told. The reader was Sarah Durham. She has a lovely voice, pleasant to listen to and well enunciated. She speaks with a British accents that is easy to understand. She uses different voices - Julia's is particularly well done. ( )
  Twink | Jan 15, 2021 |
This was good! I decided to read this book on a bit of a whim. I hadn't heard anything about the book or the author but I am always ready to give a thriller a try and I liked the sound of this one. Let me tell you that once I really got into the book, I was hooked and couldn't wait to find out what was really going on. This was definitely an entertaining read.

Sadie has split from her husband and is back in London living in the home she grew up in. She did not have a good relationship with her mother, or really any relationship at all in more recent years, but her mother has left her the house under one condition. In order to stay in the home, Sadie's daughter, Robin, must attend the elite school that Sadie attended as a child. Robin is a great student but Sadie and Robin don't feel welcome at the school and the other mothers seem hostile at times. Eventually, everything changes and Sadie and Robin are suddenly part of the inner circle but should they trust anyone? On top of it all, Sadie is working a very complex case as a barrister which only adds to the stress of her situation.

I had no idea who I should trust in this book. The clique of mothers at the school was just horrible and I couldn't understand why they were so unwelcoming towards both Sadie and Robin. The competitive attitude was rather extreme and there were questions about what kinds of things had happened to other students. I wanted to know what was going on with the case Sadie was working on and what was causing her marriage to fall apart.

I thought that the book was very well written. There are some short chapters spread throughout the book that show the reader a glimpse of the future so it quickly became apparent that things would fall apart before everything was over. There were so many things going on and I liked the way that we learn things at a perfect pace to keep the interest level high on every topic. This was one of those books that I found really hard to put down since it kept me guessing until the very end.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a very well-crafted thriller that had plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. I would definitely read more of this author's work in the future.

I received a copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Dec 30, 2020 |
Sadie can’t take much more. Her husband has pretty much kicked her out and has shown he no longer wants to be with her. That can only mean one thing, an affair. She has fled back across the ocean to London, back to her childhood home she hated. Her daughter has to start at a new school, the same Sadie went to, and did not like. And she has not worked in almost a decade, having been a stay at home mom and her old law firm has just informed her that they have no positions open or need for her services no matter how good she was before she left for the states.

Being the new person back in town, she can’t seem to do anything right. All the mom’s look down on her, her single parenting and that she does not seem willing to do parent volunteer things, and Robin is getting targeted at school. She also still has memories from her childhood that creep up and living in this horrid house does not help things.

When things come to blow at a school event, Sadie finally confronts the one mother and one line has made everything turn around. She is now accepted into their circle, Robin now has friends and her old friend has offered her a position on a high profile case. A teenager girl is accusing her teacher of having had a sexual relationship with her and they, as the defense need someone to fine tooth comb all social media, text, cell phone, and email records to see what they can prove.

But as Sadie digs into the case, and Robin becomes part of these other girls lives, things are not adding up to how they appear. There are whispers of a past murder. There is whispers of this teenage girl being a faker but yet something is irking Sadie… there’s something she can’t quite grasp but she knows is there, and an unexpected visitor shows up on her doorstep with quite the bombshell of what really had been happening.

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the free book, it was such a good thriller! Many twists, and story lines and you had no idea what was coming next. Very good read! I will be looking up Blood Orange to read as well. ( )
  Chelz286 | Dec 17, 2020 |
I was anxious to read this book by the author of Blood Orange but this one failed to hold my interest though it is well-written and had some good plot twists. I did finish it then passed it on to a friend. The subject matter may be too sensitive for some readers. ( )
  ewhatley | Dec 15, 2020 |
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