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The Lies You Told Me

The Lies You Told Me [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Ruston
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A gripping psychological exploration into the secrets that lead us to lie to those we love, this dual narrative is set in London in the present day and in the swinging 1970s

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1350 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755383648
  • Publisher: Review (31 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HKGM48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jessica Ruston's bestselling debut novel, LUXURY, was published in 2009 by Headline Review and was named Debut of the Year 2009 in the Elle Magazine Literary Awards. Prior to that, she worked as a freelance writer and editor while studying for a BSc in Psychology. She is the author of two non-fiction books as well as a number of screenplays. Her second novel, TO TOUCH THE STARS, is published by Headline Review in 2010.

Jessica's freelance journalism includes a weekly fiction serial for The Lady called COME FOR DINNER, features for Grazia, Red, Scarlet, the Guardian online and Mslexia, as well as book reviews for Mslexia, The Lady and The Spectator.

For more information about Jessica including upcoming events, please visit her website,

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Jessica Rushton's latest book grabbed me the moment I turned the first page with the postman delivering a package to Klara. Klara doesn't immediately open the package but once she does she finds a key and a mysterious letter telling her that the sender had kept it safe for her mother for the last 24 years. The letter was simply signed N.R.

Klara has not seen her mother since she was a very young child, one day she left and a few years later her father broke the news that she had died while in America. Full of grief he hadn't wanted to discuss her mother with her, is Klara about to discover the truth?

This is quality woman's fiction, theories about memories; what makes them, what triggers them and questions about how reliable they are. The feelings of being the odd one out, with different examples walking through the pages of this novel and the deep seated need held by all of us to know who we are and where we come from.

The writing and the pace of the revelations meant that this book made an impression outside the story held within it. The characters were so real I felt I knew some of them, probably because I have met versions of them, and the story though emotional wasn't without its moments of wry humour, some of the older generation are really horrendous , nuggets of truth aplenty this is certainly a book I will recommend to my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - I couldn't put it down! 13 Jun 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
When Klara was little, her mother disappeared, and all Klara has of her mother's life are the stories that her father has told her, about how her mother Sadie was.... Suddenly, Klara receives a key and a note from someone called `N.R.', with the key leading her to a store room. Inside are fragments of her mother's past, along with a diary that she kept many years ago. As Klara starts to read, she realises that the mother her father had told her about and the woman in the diary pages don't match up, leading Klara to question everything she knows...

I'll admit, I have never read a book by Jessica Ruston before, but it most definitely won't be the last. I was hooked from the very first page, quickly drawn in to the story...and even at the beginning I had so many questions buzzing in my mind. Why did Klara's mother disappear? What happened to her? And later on I had even more questions - What is the truth about all of this? Who can Klara trust?

Jessica Ruston has written a fantastic story that I could not tear my eyes from. I was racing through the pages because like Klara I desperately wanted to know what was going on, what had happened to her mother and in what direction the novel was going to take me. At times I made guesses and thought I was right, only to be completely surprised when a twist was thrown at me. I liked that the novel was mysterious, Jessica doesn't give away all of her secrets at once, instead unraveling them throughout the novel, and I really enjoyed guessing and trying to work things out for myself.

The novel is written from two sides. First we read about Klara, her life she has now and the moment she has the key and the note, going on to discover her mother's diary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, enjoyable and entertaining 15 July 2013
By Gilly
Format:Kindle Edition
If I'd seen this book on the shelf in Waterstones, the cover may well have attracted me to find out more even if it had been in the woman's fiction area and not something I would usually pick up. I wasn't sure what to expect to be honest, but I'm delighted to say I was more than pleasantly surprised.

The central theme of the story is secrets and lies. How one deception leads intrinsically to another, and the author does a very competent job showing that the sins of the parents do echo down into the lives of their offspring.

Klara Mortimer has had a difficult childhood. Not difficult in the clichéd sense of the word, but difficult as she was raised without the love and protection of a mother. And the feeling that her mother's disappearance has never been fully explained, leads to a multitude of insecurities in adulthood.
When an anonymous letter containing a key arrives, Klara is led into a journey back into her mother's life and discovers truths she would have preferred remain secret. Her spiralling obsession into finding answers takes her to some dark places, where she begins to believe her whole life has been a sham and she can trust no one. She turns against her husband, Mark - and her father, Henry who she feels has betrayed her in his desire to protect her.

It's clear that her mother, a model who renamed herself simply `Sadie' lived a rollercoaster life in 1950s London. But the hazy memories Klara has of Sadie before she disappeared, and the stories her father has related over the years, do not seem to tie up with the discoveries she makes about her mother.
The reader is compelled to turn the page, sharing Klara's need for the truth, and the conclusion of the story was unexpected, emotive and satisfying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 2 July 2013
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I hadn't read anything from this author before I am so glad I picked this one. A great story about a girl and her father and the story of how and why her mother left. This led us to a glamorous past of her mother becoming a model .
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