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- File Size: 1405 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (29 April 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BAWSUNK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 220 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After the Lie: A gripping novel about love, loss and family secrets Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Narrated by Lydia - wife, mother, successful event planner, reluctant rugby club fundraiser - this book takes you straight into the heart of her family. Her husband is Mark - a kitchen fitter who takes pride in his work but maybe isn't as pushy as he could be in the selling, laid back peacemaker at home, steady, gentle and loving. The teens are the most "real" individuals of that age I've come across in a long time - thirteen year old Izzy is full of the contradictions common at that age, sassy and smart-mouthed, but likes to be tucked into bed at night, sixteen year old Jamie typically uncommunicative, experimenting with how far he can bend the boundaries of parental control.
The other significant family member of the immediate family is Mabel, the family dog, who sidesteps (at speed) every futile attempt at control - and is the source of many of the laugh-out-loud moments in the book. (Is there an award for dogs in books I wonder? If so, Mabel should run away with it...) Then there's Lydia's lovely and slightly fragile father and - deep breath - her mother. Lydia's mother Dorothy is a magnificent creation - in the right at all times (over the most minor things as well as the major), outspoken, loud, non-PC, difficult, infuriating and totally blinkered about the effect she has on others.
Lydia's voice is quite wonderful - she switches from funny to furious, through sad, happy, frightened and confused, in such a recognisable way that you feel you know her. Actually, you really do know her - she has that great "everywoman" quality that at some point will most definitely have you nodding and saying "that could be me".Read more ›
After the Lie is the story of Lydia. Lydia is carrying a secret, has been for over thirty years, but for the most part her life can carry on perfectly fine without the danger of the secret being discovered. Her husband Mark doesn’t know. Her children Jamie and Izzy don’t know. Lydia and her parents have been living the lie fairly comfortably until a familiar face appears and poses the threat that will destroy everything. I was dying to know the secret right from the moment I turned the first page.
I loved the pacing of this book. It was so suspenseful. I wasn’t sure when we would find out Lydia’s secret and how shocking it was going to be. Once I did learn Lydia’s secret, I was then eager and completely consumed with finding out what was to come next. From the start, Lydia’s voice and the way she is telling us this story completely dragged me in. She was a very engaging character to read from and her voice stood strong so every time I picked this book up, I could slot right back into the story and the chaos that was poor Lydia’s life.Read more ›
Have you ever told a lie? No, I don’t mean a ‘no I didn’t eat the last biscuit’ type of lie or a ‘no I didn’t just trip my little sister up’ lie. I mean a lie that could have the power to change everything. Have you? Interesting. Before I read this book, I asked myself exactly the same question as I have just asked you, to get into the zone of the book purely based on the title. After the lie is a story about betrayal. A story about family and the strength that is within. Lydia has made mistakes in her life, after all, she is only human. However, does she have to ‘pay’ for the mistakes she made as a teenager, for the rest of her life? Will the betrayal be brushed off as ‘teenage years’?
Lydia has tried to get on with her life with her husband and two children but when opportunities arise for several members of the family, it could threaten the black cloud that has loomed over Lydia’s head for many years. Is there about to be a storm? Or will they be dancing in the rain?
As soon as you begin reading the book, you’re swept into Lydia’s life and her emotions, her world becomes yours for the duration of the story. If you’re anything like me you will start wondering for the word go. Well, if you’re a total book nut then you’ll be pretty nosy and curious when it comes to any book. Correct? Thought so. Every page had me thinking to myself ‘what happened?!’. Then, once that question got answered within the story, my thoughts switched to ‘are you for real?!’ in response to many of the characters! Obviously I’m not going to say which ones, but I did sit with my hand over my mouth in shock. To be fair though, I sat like that throughout the book! The only character I will mention is Mabel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter recommended this book - I read it on holiday and couldn't put it down.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this in a few days. Nothing like my usual thriller, but a good read none the less. I found the main character rather frustrating, but the other characters had more... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Anja Webb-ingall
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read all of this author's books and have loved them all. The plot of this one was really gripping and the characters so real I feel as if I... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Hazel Williams
I liked all of the characters and found them all very realistic. The story was a good one and I liked the way the past caught up with the present.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
What an absolutely addictive story. Through trying to cover up something that happened thirty years ago, which is totally accepted these days, families lives are now put in to... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Margaret Anderson
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