THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way {Review}

Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★½

The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…

A daughter. Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, 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 a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is 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 Clara find him before it’s too late?

THE LIES WE TOLD is a gripping and emotional psychological thriller, told mainly from the POVs of two women thirty years apart. Both are faced with a terrible situation. In present day, Clara’s boyfriend Luke has gone missing without a trace, while back in the 1980s, Beth is struggling to raise her very troubled daughter. But how are they connected? Secrets and lies rarely stay hidden forever, as Clara soon finds as she searches for clues to Luke’s disappearance.

This book is dark and unsettling, in particular Beth’s dilemma with her daughter, Hannah. What’s a mother to do? Ugh! I was impressed with how the author wove the many threads of this suspenseful mystery together, and just when you think things have reached a conclusion — hold on! This is the second book I’ve read AND loved by Camilla Way. Eagerly anticipating her next!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

WATCHING EDIE by Camilla Way

Watching Edie
WATCHING EDIE by Camilla Way
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Before and after. Heather and Edie. High school best friends, one awkward and lonely, the other beautiful and rebellious. Then something terrible happens, and they go their separate ways. But what happened? Fast-forward 17 years, and Edie is a new mother, alone, and unable to care for her new baby. Suddenly, Heather is there, ready to help. But after so many years apart, how did she know?

WATCHING EDIE was amazing psychological suspense. I did not want to put this book down! The story is about a friendship gone terribly wrong between Edie and Heather. An incident occurred that tore them apart, but what happened isn’t revealed until the end. Heather tells the story before “it” happened, and Edie tells the after. Alternating between the two time periods and also the not knowing “it” part kept me glued to the pages.

This was a well-written novel, sad, dark, emotional. What character can be trusted? Some great twists in this book, and when it was all said and done, I felt like I’d been punched in the gut, seriously! Gah! A great read. Haunting.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.