The Lies You Told - a satisfying, tense, well-crafted thriller.
Sadie Roper abruptly leaves the U.S. and has returned to her childhood home in London after splitting with her husband. She enrolls her eleven-year-old daughter Robin in her old school, the prestigious, all-girls Ashams School. There’s a lot going on for Sadie. She is trying to help her daughter fit in at the school, with very competitive mothers and children. Anxious to get back to work, she is hired to serve as a junior barrister on a high-profile court case. Sadie is working to resolve a difficult childhood with a tough, judgmental mother who is now deceased and she has to deal with her anger over her husband’s betrayal.
Harriet Tyce’s The Lies You Told is aptly named as there are so many lies being told that you will need a scorecard at the end to tally them up. Each facet of Sadie’s complicated life will hold your interest. The school is a horror. The mothers are unwelcoming, cliquish and put terrible pressure on their children. The court case she is working on involves a young, male schoolteacher accused of sexually assaulting one of his students. Sadie is trying to create a happy home while she finds terrible reminders of her childhood. And her husband’s sudden sabotaging of their relationship is baffling to her. Just as Robin starts to make friends and Sadie is welcomed by the mothers, everything is not what it appears to be.
This is an entertaining psychological thriller with some good twists. Worth the ride.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: December 1, 2020 (U.S.)
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