Today I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. Huge thanks to Heidi Bland for inviting me onto the tour.
About this book…
DO YOU PROMISE NOT TO TELL?
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.
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 she find him before it’s too late?
Having loved Watching Edie, I was thrilled to find out that Camilla Way had a new psychological thriller on the way. And I have to say that if you also liked Watching Edie, then you are going to absolutely LOVE The Lies We Told! Once you have read the prologue, the shocking words contained within those first two pages will have you completely hooked and you will not want to put this book down until you have read the final word.
Imagine you wake up one morning and the partner you expect to be lying there beside you isn’t there. This is what happens to Clara who discovers that her boyfriend Luke is missing. She is immediately worrried as it is completely out of character for him, especially as he has an important interview that day. What follows is tense search by Clara as she digs deep into Luke’s past for clues to his disappearance.
I love a book where there are two seemingly unrelated threads running through the narrative and I always relish tying myself in knots trying to work out the connection between them. Beth’s story was equally as intriguing as the one following Clara and her search for Luke, but with a edge that literally made my skin crawl. Her daughter Hannah was one of the creepiest psychopaths that I have encountered recently and the scary thing was how those tendencies were obvious from such an early age. As a huge fan of psychological thrillers, one of my favourite debates is whether or not psychopaths are born or bred and there were plenty of moral dilemmas surrounding Hannah’s childhood (including some sort of big secret?!) for the lines to be blurred for me. Did Hannah pick up on an underlying feeling in her mother that meant they never bonded or was there something much deeper at work? Attachment Disorder is another of my interests where I found out recently that the first six months of a babies life are the most important months for their emotional responses to develop so I found it fascinating to watch this mother and daughter relationship as it changes throughout the years but how it was always dependant on how Hannah was feeling. It began to puzzle me though how this disturbed young girl could be connected to the disappearance of Clara’s boyfriend so there were plenty of shocks when the twists and turns of the plot started to come together including a big twist that I did not see coming! I think I may be in danger of losing my twist-spotting reputation but, oh my giddy aunt, this one really did spring out and shout “Boo!” at me!
Camilla Way writes impeccably, bringing together her complex and intriguing characters into a heart thumping climax that delivered on all levels for me. I was gripped as the pages flew by, completely engrossed in trying to work out how everything was going to come together and I wasn’t disappointed. And that last chapter!!!! Just as shocking as the first and left me with goosebumps as I finally closed this brilliant book with the urge to go back to the start and read the whole thing AGAIN!!
I think The Lies We Told is EVEN BETTER than Watching Edie! It has such a creepy and compelling storyline that it will keep you mesmerised for the entire time you have it in front of you. Highly recommended by me!
The Lies We Told: The exciting new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Watching Edie is out on May 3rd and can be preordered from Amazon UK using the link above (affiliates link). Thanks to Harper Collins and to Heidi Bland for my review copy of the book.
Meet the author…
Camilla Way was formerly an editor on the style magazine Arena and has written for Stylist, Elle and the Guardian.
She first became interested in the theme of toxic female friendships and the question of whether we can ever, truly, escape our past after hearing a news story about a teenage friendship that went horribly wrong.
Camilla is now a full-time writer and lives in south-east London with her partner and twin boys.