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The Lies You Told Me by [Ruston, Jessica]
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'A tight, compelling study of love, obsession and breakdown. I couldn't stop reading' (Jojo Moyes)

A gripping, moving, beautifully unwound story about family secrets and dark deeds done in the name of love. I couldn't put it down (Erin Kelly)

Addictive reading (Women & Home)

Insightful about middle-class angst at its most creepy... Unnerving (Independent on Sunday)

A really gripping read (Chloe's Chick Lit Reviews)

Brilliant! (Image magazine)

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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: 1808 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Firstly I'd like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. This is the first book I have read by Jessica Ruston and everything about the cover/blurb intrigued me, it raised so many questions that I couldn't wait to find answers to. Unfortunately the storyline didn't grip me quite as much as I thought it would and it seemed to take me a while to really become involved with it.

Klara was a nice character who I felt incredibly sorry for, when she received the anonymous package that led to her mothers belongings there was a real sense of nervousness about her. I got the feeling that she had bottled up a lot of her feelings about her mother so the discovery of her diary and fresh information brought it all to the surface. I couldn't quite understand why she kept the information to herself though, it didn't make sense to me.

The diary was an interesting part of the book, I really enjoyed reading from her mother's perspective and often found myself imagining how Klara must have felt when she read those kind of thoughts from her own mother - I know I would have found it difficult myself. Another part I enjoyed was the situation with Elfie, I thought she was a lovely character and I liked what her story brought to the book.

Klara's journey to uncover the truth about her mother was a difficult one to travel, when I got to the epilogue I was surprised to encounter a final revelation - the whole book had a mysterious feel to it with all the discoveries and revelations that it contained.

There were times when the writing felt a bit slow for my liking but don't let this put you off because this may not be an issue for everyone, I guess I just prefer a faster pace when I'm reading.

This was an interesting read, great for those of you who love a good mystery!
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