Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes.
What’s the book about?
The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…
Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.
Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.
All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
What did I think?
I’m a huge fan of S.E. Lynes and I was a little worried when I realised that she had taken a slightly different approach with her newest book but I should have had more faith!! The Lies we Hide is a superb, highly emotional family drama that quite took my breath away at times. This book is a tough read at times as it focuses on domestic violence but it is so much more than that. It looks at how events shape everything and everyone that they touch and have a far reaching effect. Carol was such an amazing woman and I completely understand her. S.E. Lynes fleshed out her character from the inside out and she became a real person to me and I desperately wanted her to have a decent life with her children.
The book spans a number of years, starting with a marriage proposal back in the 1960s. We then flash forward to Nicola in the present day who gets a call from her brother Graham to say that her mother has passed away. Heading home for her mother’s funeral, Nicola is able to look back at her life and we flash back again to the 1980s. It’s here that we start to unravel the truth behind Carols marriage. And it is difficult to read at times. The night that Carol wakes her children to escape the violent prison that her life has become should be the start of a better life. But the damage has already been done. It was heartbreaking to watch how Carol and her children survived after their escape. Graham especially had been affected in more ways than one and we gradually come to realise just how much as his life starts to fall apart.
I loved that although this is more of a family drama, S.E. Lynes still manages to throw in some rather shocking twists. I was completely gripped by this tragic tale from start to finish and felt personally bereaved by Carols death myself by the time I turned the final page. The sense of time and place really brought this story to life for me as a lot of it was set in places I’m familiar with so I totally got the northern mentality towards family life and friendship that formed the basis of Carols character and disposition.
I can’t remember another book I’ve read this year that touched me as much as The Lies We Hide did. It is hard hitting but heartbreaking in equal measure and it became the sole focus of my world whilst I was reading it. I absolutely loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough.
Meet the author
Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL and THE WOMEN.
S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.
Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed in 2018 by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture and THE WOMEN was released in 2019. Her new novel, the dark and gripping family drama, THE LIES WE HIDE, is published Dec 4th 2019.
Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at Amazon.it
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