- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (22 Feb. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405928115
- ISBN-13: 978-1405928113
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 167 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Everything Is Lies Hardcover – 22 Feb 2018
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An enthralling and compelling page-turner with twists that kept me guessing. The ending is brilliantly shocking. I absolutely loved it (Claire Douglas bestselling author of Last Seen Alive)
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No-one is who you think they are.
Sophia's parents lead quiet, ordinary lives. At least that is what she's always believed.
Everyone has secrets.
Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother hanging from a tree. Her father lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death.
Especially those closest to you.
The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer. With her father in a come, it is up to Sophia to clear her mother's name. To do this she needs to delve deep into her family's past - a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there . . .See all Product description
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The protagonist of her new novel is Sophia, a twenty-six year old architect, living in London and having fun. During a night out with her colleagues, Sophia receives a call from her mother asking her to come home. Sophia is used to her mother’s needy calls so she puts her off and keeps enjoying her night. But when the next morning she turns up at her parents’ house in Suffolk, she finds her mother dead hanging from a tree and her father stabbed and barely alive. The police rules it as a suicide-homicide suspecting that her mother wanted to kill herself and when her father tried to stop her, she stabbed him. Besides the grief over her mother’s death, Sophia feels angry and confused. Her mother wasn’t suicidal so why would she do something like that?
Let me start by saying that I really liked the character of Sophia. She is strong and determined and even when she finds herself in dangerous situations, she manages to come out of them almost unscathed. I liked how the author explored the relationship between her and her mother. Sophia thinks there is something more to her mother’s death so she starts to dig in her past. She finds out her mother has started writing a book in which she recounted her life inside a cult. Even though the revelations about her mother’s past shook her and made her question everything she knew, Sophia’s feelings toward her mother don’t change.
The plot is very twisty and suspenseful. I feel cheated when a story becomes predictable, and halfway through the novel I thought I knew where this was going, who was guilty, and the reasons behind the death of Sophia’s mother. But I was happy to discover that I was completely wrong on my prediction. The ending was unexpected and it took me completely by surprise and it made me love the book even more.
Helen Callaghan created a gripping and compulsive novel in which she examines the relationship, often complicated, between a mother and a daughter. She also explores obsession, family ties, and the lengths a person would go to protect the people they love and I was completely engrossed from the first to the last page.
In any case, even if Nina’s urgent call had any genuine value, she would still need to wait until the following morning, as Sophia is out with work colleagues drinking, and in no fit state to drive.
When Sophia arrives at her parents house the following morning she is devastated to find her Mother hanging from a tree and her Father critically injured beside.
Sophia’s initial reaction is obviously shock, but the police’s insistence that they don’t need to look for anyone else in connection with the “situation” doesn’t sit well with her. There is no way on this earth that her Mother would kill herself, and most definitely not attempt to murder Sophia’s father.
As her father fights for his life in hospital, Sophia is drawn into the police investigation, finding a letter inside notebooks from her mother, that suggests all might not be as it seems.
As Sophia begins to read her Mother’s notes she realises that her younger years were not as Nina had ever described them to her. Nina was involved with rock star Aaron Kessler and some other interesting characters in her university days.
Sophia didn’t even realise that her Mother had been to university let alone of her acquaintance with a famous rock star. As she continues reading she realises that there is much she didn’t know about her Mother...
As Nina writes to Sophia; ‘Everything is lies’, ‘and nobody is who they seem.’
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