Book Review: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

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Title: The Lies We Told
Author: Camilla Way
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: October 9, 2018

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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?

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This novel is told using two timelines. The present day story is about Clara looking for her boyfriend, Luke. At first, people think he’s left her and will show up again soon, but Clara knows Luke has been receiving some threatening messages. The past timeline is about Beth and her daughter Hannah. Hannah is a disturbing child who gets pleasure from inflicting harm on the people in her life. Both timelines involve secrets, and some are much more daunting than others.

The characters are well developed and very intriguing. Clara is a normal woman who has her life turned upside down when her boyfriend goes missing. As we learn more about Luke, he seems like a cad, but still, he is missing, and what the heck happened to him? In the second timeline, Beth is upset with her daughter’s behavior, and at a complete loss as to how to handle raising Hannah. Hannah though. Wow. She’s one creepy kid. Total sociopath.

A twisty psychological thriller that kept me guessing. The story does get a little too twisty toward the end, but, overall, this is a great read. Mysterious, dark, and suspenseful.

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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