A huge thank you to Hera books, Netgalley and the author for the ARC for review.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
New beginnings. Old secrets…
Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple. Successful, beautiful and very much in love. Until a year ago – and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.
When their baby died, a part of them died with him. Now they’re trying to rebuild themselves, moving to a stunning house in rural Cornwall. But someone knows all their secrets – and will stop at nothing to disturb their fragile peace.
Theo and Pilar are about to learn that you can try to hide – but you can never outrun your past.
An unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller that will hook you until the final shocking twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Wife Between Us will be captivated.
My Last Lie is the story of Theo and Pilar who have just moved to Cornwall following a terrible tragedy in their lives. The couple are clearly both hiding something from each other and there is an underlying tension from the beginning as they are just about to find out that you can run but you can never hide from the secrets you try to keep.
This novel is beautifully written, I got a very real sense of place, finding myself in the heart of Cornwall and village living. I could almost smell the country air, see the small village and indeed imagine myself in Theo and Pilar’s home. It is not a fast-paced read and if I’m honest I did find the pacing frustrating at times. I felt as though something was missing in terms of building the suspense. There were some hints, some of them real and some of them red herrings but I was left wishing there had been a bit more intensity to them throughout the book. It meant that when the revelations came they seemed a little too neatly sewn up for me.
Pilar and Theo were not the most likable characters and I found myself struggling to connect with them. But you know you don’t need to “like” a character to enjoy them right? I certainly trusted neither of them, definitely unreliable narrators. They were a little bit middle class for me and at times I found them a little bit patronising in their behaviour towards some of the other characters. There was something very cold and aloof about them and definitely no evidence of raw and very real grief I’d have expected from them given the tragedy they had experienced.
There were a number of other characters in the novel some of whom were more likable than others. I particularly enjoyed Mrs. Bellows who owned the village shop. She was exactly what I imagine a small village shopkeeper to be like, knowing everything and everyone. I also loved Flo and her mother Janet. These were two characters whom I really connected with and wanted to know much more about them. I’d love to hear their story!
My Last Lie is a well-written novel with some extremely beautiful and descriptive narrative. It provides a fabulous sense of place and while it didn’t tick all of my personal boxes it would be perfect for those who like their crime and psychological thrillers on the intense and cosy side and perhaps not so much for those who prefer a faster pace in their reads.
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