Title: Lies Lies Lies
Author: Adele Parks
Publication: August 4, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.
In Lies Lies Lies, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Adele Parks is no amateur and has 20 books available according to her website. I was surprised I had never heard of her, me being an avid mystery and thriller reader. Lies Lies Lies sounded like a great way to start on her novels. Domestic thrillers really interest me and adding a psychological twist always makes them more interesting. I really expected to love this book.
I want to start by saying the story is interesting. I think the plot line could have been great, but the way the story was plotted out made it more frustrating than intriguing. The characters were all well plotted out and developed, even the best friends of the main characters all had their quirks or flaws to their characters that made me think of people in my own life; the friend that is always planning gatherings, the one who tries to be nice to everyone, but you can see her annoyance in her eyes. I loved their quirks.
My biggest issue was the layout of the story. The first half of the book read just like an average life for a family with some pretty deep problems. Interesting enough, but for a novel? Not really. I felt like the story was written up to a point and then the author figured out that the story was lagging and added a huge twist that really didn’t jive with the rest of the story. It didn’t feel as though it was plotted out and instead just wrote and realized it wasn’t as exciting so added some almost unbelievable twists and turns. Every single major point in this book was later on told to be a lie to the reader and not what it seems. Which sounds like it COULD be good… but it came across as trying to hard to make the story more interesting.
I wished some of the bigger twists were written in to a really thought through story with these characters. It would have been far more interesting to me and not felt forced.
I do love the characters and their developments so I will definitely be trying out another Adele Parks book to see if I love one of her other ones. I definitely see why she has done so well as an author. Lies Lies Lies just didn’t speak to me. I always encourage readers to try for themselves though, because you may love it! Unfortunately this one just wasn’t for me.
STAR RATING 2/5
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