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Sunday, October 7, 2018

REVIEW: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way @berkleypub @CamillaLWay

The Lies We Told
by Camilla Way

Thank you to Berkley Pub for this advanced copy.
A fan of Camilla since Watching Edie, I was thrilled to review this one - see what I thought below.

Publisher:  Berkley Pub
Publish Date: October 9, 2018
336 Pages
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery

When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he's left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he's been kidnapped. Then Luke's older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened--even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke's mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

My Review:

Camilla gives us the same format in this book as she did in <I>Watching Edie</I>.  Past to present stories that ultimately end up coming together for that final reveal.  There's not a whole lot new here in terms of a new thriller - we get lies, dysfunctional families, secrets that come to the surface and the suspending of belief that I do not mind doing for most of the books that I read.  However, throw in that creepy kid and it doesn't matter how many times I read this kind of storyline, I am intrigued - and I certainly was fascinated with Hannah.  Both storylines had me hooked, actually.

Here's the thing - when it did seem to jump the shark just a little bit - I mean, people can only get away with so much... right?? - I didn't mind. I also love that a little inkling I had did come to pass... but yet not in QUITE the way I thought it would so I was surprised but not but either way oh so happy about it.  Hahaha.  

The ending did throw me off for a bit - I kept trying to turn a page that wasn't there.  Sometimes I like these types of endings - other times I don't - I'm torn in how fully I feel about this one.  That's all I'm going to say so as not to spoil anything but it's also a nod to the author that I just wanted to know where it would continue to go - GIVE ME MORE STORY! **shakes fist** I'd totally read a book that's all from Hannah's POV.... ahem ;)

This is a fast and addicting read that certainly makes you want to be careful what you wish for - and never underestimate someone's desire to want to fuck your world up.


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