As always I am honoured to be a part of the promotion for Susie Lynes. Her latest book, The Lies We Hide, deserves to win awards and should be read by everyone! Thanks to the author and to Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this tour.
And it is a double honour to be one of the bloggers kicking off this tour!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…
Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.
Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.
All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
When Susie Lynes told me her next book was going to be something a little bit different from her past psychological thrillers, I was intrigued but I knew that it was something that I definitely wanted to read. And I can confirm that she did not disappoint in any way at all. In fact I’d say this is probably Susie’s best piece of work to date. She honestly just gets better and better with each book.
The Lies We Hide is a dark and brutal tale of domestic abuse and the ripple effects that follow Carol and her family as she plucks up the courage to leave her husband. It will push you into the abyss but it is also a story of hope, of courage and humanity. It is a story that will touch you like no other.
The blurb tells you what you need to know about the plot line so what can I add to this? I feel I can’t do justice to this book with a review but I will try my very best.
I can tell you as I always do, this woman has magic flowing from her fingertips, she takes the thoughts in her mind and turns them into something absolutely magical. There’s emotion, passion and depth. Every single word earns its place on that page and she evokes such strong feelings in me as a reader, it can be totally overwhelming at times. But in a good way!
It switches effortlessly between past and present and draws out all the emotions. I felt as though I was each of the characters as I read. Stepping inside their heads was painful; my heart ached for each of them all the way through the book.
It’s emotive; death, grief, guilt, domestic abuse, relationships and sacrifice of are all laid out in their full ugly and raw glory for the reader to explore. But it’s so much more than an exploration of themes; reading this book is an immersive experience. I deliberately read slowly, I wanted to savour every single page, every word. I was bereft when it came to the end.
Susie Lynes may have actually broken me with this one. Her writing always connects with me on such a personal level, I feel as though she is writing for me…yep I know that sounds super creepy but it’s not meant to be, it is just my very inadequate way of trying to demonstrate just how powerful her writing is.
It provoked some very deep thoughts, it made me weep and each character’s story and life is a part of me now. I hope this book teaches people not to judge what they don’t know or haven’t experienced; to look behind the situation and to listen and to hear. I hope people read this book and love it like I do. Reading this book was not “just reading” it was an experience…an experience I will never forget.
A message for Susie…
“I’m forever glad we met in Leeds over an in depth discussion on the merits of chips. But most of all, I’m forever glad that you write. Thank you hen, from the bottom of my heart”
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About the author
Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL and THE WOMEN.
S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.
Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed in 2018 by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture and THE WOMEN was released in 2019. Her new novel, the dark and gripping family drama, THE LIES WE HIDE, is published Dec 4th 2019.
Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at Amazon.it
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