The Lies We Told by Camilla Way #bookreview

I’ve finally caught up on Camilla Way’s book, The Lies We Told, I’m sharing my thoughts on my blog today.

BLURB

DO YOU PROMISE NOT TO TELL?

A DAUGHTER
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.

A SON
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?

MY THOUGHTS

The Lies We Told has been on my TBR pile for a long time. I loved Camilla Way’s novel, Watching Edie, which I read a few years back now, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to catch up on her books. This novel is a dark, twisty and a creepy psychological thriller.

Camilla Way cleverly weaves together several strands which kept me invested in the plot. In 1986, we meet Beth and Doug who have just welcomed home their new, longed for daughter, Hannah. But not everything is as it seems. Beth notices something odd about her daughter very early on. Things begin to get even more concerning when Hannah becomes violent. But what is the root cause of this behaviour? Fast forward to 2017 and Clara’s boyfriend, Luke goes missing, and there is evidence that foul play may have been committed. But how are the different strands linked? What secrets have been buried for so long? 

I thought the flashback scenes to when Hannah was a young girl were really taut and utterly terrifying. You could see the discontent she has for her parents, especially for her mother, Beth. She does have a better relationship with her father, but that is because he isn’t around all the time to see what she is like. This is when I felt frustrated for Beth. Beth is at her wit’s end, trying to work out what is wrong with Hannah. She desperately wants to know what she should do to make things better between them. Hannah really stole the scenes here. She was so unpredictable.

When we move forward to the scenes in 2017, when Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, I could instantly see that something was very wrong. His parents are extremely worried, and this makes Clara nervous. What are Luke’s parents hiding from her? Soon she begins to learn devastating secrets which Luke has kept from her. But that is nothing compared to the hard-hitting truths that are about to come.

Camilla Way keeps the twists coming. Just when I thought everything had all been wrapped up, she delivered another twist which knocked me for six. I loved how she brought everything together. It was plotted out so well, and everything made sense as both strands in the story came together. Early on in the book, I had no idea how they would cross paths, but Camilla Way pulled them together in a very clever way.

The Lies We Told is disturbing, dark and chilling. Hannah is one of the most complex, thought-provoking characters I’ve come across in a long while. Now all I need to do is catch up on Camilla Way’s latest book, which I am planning to do as soon as possible.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication date: 3rd May 2018

Print length: 384 pages

The Lies We Told is available to buy:

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