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Your Beautiful Lies [Kindle Edition]

Louise Douglas
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'Your Beautiful Lies crackles with repressed longing and I was desperate for Annie to escape from her hum drum life. It kept me guessing until the last few pages and the explosive ending took my breath away.' C.L. Taylor, author of The Accident

What secrets are you keeping?

Annie Howarth is living a restless life in a restless town. It's 1984 and for a mining community in South Yorkshire, the strikes mean tensions are running high. Then a murdered girl is found on the moors and the anxiety levels are pushed to a dangerous breaking point.

Married to the Chief of Police, Annie should feel safe – William can be secretive, though surely whatever he's hiding is for her own good.

But Annie is keeping her own secrets. Ten years ago the man she loved was ripped from her life in a scandal that still haunts the both of them, and now his return will put her family, her marriage, even her life, at risk.

An atmospheric and suspenseful novel you'll find impossible to put down, from the talented Richard & Judy bestseller. Perfect for fans of C.L. Taylor and Lucie Whitehouse.

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"Enthralling and unnervingly absorbing... Our top holiday recommendation so far this year." (Heat on In Her Shadow)

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A stunning novel about the scars betrayal can leave behind, and the lengths we'll go to to conceal them...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1357 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Your Beautiful Lies has a dark, brooding, almost menacing feel to it and is set in South Yorkshire during the miner's strike of the 1980s. Annie Howarth is married to William, the local police chief, they have a small daughter and live in one of the largest houses in the small mining town of Matlow.

Annie grew up in Matlow, her Dad works down the pit and her Mum cleans. As a youngster, Annie would look over at the house that she now calls home and imagine what it would be like to live there. Ten years ago, Annie was seeing local lad Tom, until he was found guilty of the manslaughter of an elderly lady and sent to prison.

Tom has served his time and been released, he's now back in Matlow and Annie is struggling with her innermost feelings, and then a young woman is found murdered on the nearby moors, and all eyes turn towards Tom once again.

Louise Douglas has cleverly created a woman who lives a fairly mundane, quite tedious life. Annie's day to day routines; the school run, caring for her increasingly frail mother-in-law, visiting the shops and entertaining the local vicar and Mayor become as familiar to the reader as they are to Annie, and her level of restlessness grows with each chapter.

The reappearance of Tom into Annie's life fires her up and her character becomes more rounded, although it's fair to say, she doesn't become any more likeable.

The Yorkshire setting and the 80s era are so familiar to me, and Louise Douglas has caught that small-town, everyone knows everyone else's business feeling so very well, and the reader is transported into the lives of the inhabitants of Matlow in an instant.

Your Beautiful Lies is a story of lost love, injustice and corruption.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. 21 Aug. 2014
By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I absolutely love Louise Douglas as an author. Every book I have read of hers has been outstanding, and this is no exception. I read it over two days and I could not put it down.

The book is set in a mining town in South Yorkshire in 1984 when the miners were on strike. Annie Howarth is married to the Chief of Police and her parents are a working class mining family who live in the town. The everyday lives of Annie and her family are played out against an increasingly sinister crfime in the town. First one murder of a woman who looks strikingly like Annie then another and the police are no nearer to solving the murders than they are to breaking the strike.

Annie has secrets, her husband has secrets, Annie's mother has secrets, even Johnnie Annie's brother has a secret and his unburdening to Annie sets of a chain of events that noone can predict. The twist at the end is brilliant I certainly did not see it coming and it has an ending that left me gasping. There is definetely scope for a follow up to this and I hope Louise Douglas does indeed write one. If you only read one book this year make it this one as it is truly brilliant, and I would give it ten stars if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story! 15 Aug. 2014
By Petal
A gripping story set in a small Yorkshire town during the 1980's miners strike, Your Beautiful Lies kept me enthralled from the first page to the last!

Annie is married to the local Police Chief and they live with their daughter in Everwell, the house Annie has admired since she was young. Their life appears perfect, but when a lover from Annie's past reappears, a lover who has been convicted of murder but claims his innocence, her life begins to take a different turn as they pick up their romance.

It is half crime novel half romance, but both parts perfectly meld to bring together a well rounded story packed full of tension that depicts the bleak times experienced by miners and their families during the strikes, as well as the daily minutiae of everyday life. A very unexpected ending completed this great book!

*I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy, this was engrossing from beginning to end 11 Sept. 2014
By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This has got to be a memorable read for me. Its a book that I will not forget in a hurry.

There are many things written that stood out to me either feeling in shock, awe or darn right flabbergasted.

My take on it is this:

The love of her life was accused of a crime he insists he didn't commit and that he was framed for. He is still saying this right out until the time he is released.

Whilst in prison Annie never hears from him.

She moves on with her life and marries Chief of Police William.

Right at the time I 'met' William in this book I thought him odd, insensitive and very power driven, however, we get to see why he is that way as the book moves along. He is precise in whatever he does. Even eating his meal would grate on my nerves.

There is a part in the book that sticks out among many....when he lifts her nighty up and just takes what he wants. OMG how would you react and why didn't Annie react?

Their little daughter would worry me endlessly, the pictures she draws, the obsession she has with death, crime and danger is so upsetting to read.

There are murders in this book, there is suspense in this read, it will keep you turning the pages very fast.

What I also loved about the way Louise Douglas has written this novel is how real it is. Each page was like I was watching a movie. Its was unravelling in my mind, I was sure I knew what was what.

At times I wanted to shout and shake or even knock William out! Then I got angry at Annie, for gods sake stand up to him. He wasn't a bully though out and out as you would expect.

I thought Annie's Mother was so not understanding her daughter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good book and I have liked all her others
This is a really good book and I have liked all her others. The story is interesting and well written. I did enjoy reading it.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Sybil Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put Louise Douglases book down
I can't but Louise Douglases books down, so i have to take them on holiday as nothing would get done in the house, as once i start i can't stop i usually read one in 2 day's
Published 2 months ago by anne glover
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked the sound of it not read yet. But hope it as good as other two recently read
Published 2 months ago by gizmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Your beautiful lies
As all others a very good read look forward to the next one hope it won't be to long now
Published 2 months ago by christine hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Your beautiful Lies
Well written and descriptive. Felt as though I was living it The characters were so realistic. Eventually finished reading it after midnight. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mags
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Beautiful Story
Another gorgeous book from one of my favourite authors. Her books are all completely different to one another, but they're all equally enjoyable in their own way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Love Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Story!
One of best books ever read. Really gripping storyline. This is an excellent author. Can't waot for her next book!!
Published 3 months ago by Tino
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing ...
Like one or two other reviewers I was a little disappointed with this book, having read all of the author's others. It was very bleak all through, and the ending extremely abrupt. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. C. A. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor ending
I would've liked a more thorough ending to this story. A lot of it is left to the imagination....I.e. what happened to Tom
Published 3 months ago by Em
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Slow at times but overall a good read. Annie is very likeable. Twist at the end. First book by Douglas that I have read. Will definitely read her others :)
Published 4 months ago by AD2012
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