Jane Corry (Viking)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5 stars)
The Lies We Tell is a twisty, yet thought-provoking, suspense drama that keeps you guessing till the very end.
Sarah and Tom are an odd couple, like chalk and cheese their differences often come between them, though none more so than their teenage son, Freddie. Tom thinks Sarah is too lenient with their son. And she is just so grateful to finally have a child.
Late one night, Freddie comes home shaken, and makes a terrible confession, begging his parents not to go to the police.
Now, Sarah must decide how far she’ll go to protect her son.
Even at someone else’s expense…
Firstly, I must say, I really enjoyed this book. I read it in an evening, I was hooked from the start. It spans a good twenty years, even further in parts, but Jane Corry keeps you engaged all the way through.
Seeing how Sarah and Tom’s relationship develops is really interesting, and definitely illuminates their actions and emotions later in the novel. Though, Sarah perspective is the main focus of the book – we do see the story from Tom’s viewpoint at times, but hers is most emphasised. You see her transform from a young art teacher into a mother desperate to protect her son, and really become invested in her character along the way. Her personality is constructed in such detail that it feels as though you are getting to know a real person; she isn’t based off a caricature, or an archetype the reader is familiar with, which is great to see. Sometimes in the thriller/suspense genres, the emphasis is placed on the plot and so the characters aren’t as well fleshed out. Here, the plot is intriguing, with unsuspected turns, and the characters are really well developed.
Definitely give this book a read, even if you don’t often read suspense or thrillers, it might surprise you.