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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 1970sSee all Product description
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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.
Jess Ruston has a real gift of creating believable, sympathetic characters, that even if we don't actually `like' them, we feel a connection with their lives and a need to hear their story. Her writing is well-crafted, well-paced, and the attention to detail and ability to examine the dark side of people and situations, gives depth both to the story and the characters. She is also able to deliver a complex and gripping storyline which twists and turns enough to hook even the most difficult reader.This is the first book I've read by this author, but I look forward to reading more of her complex family thrillers.
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. The other side we read about is Sadie, Klara's mother, with parts written in the form of Sadie's diary. I found these parts particularly compelling, I always wanted to know what Sadie would reveal next and she was such a complex character so I enjoyed her parts, they made the story that much more thrilling and gripping for me. There was a lot of suspense, and many issues are explored, including lies, secrets, family and relationships - I cannot explain how fantastic this novel really is!
The Lies You Told Me is a truly gripping and addictive story that you won't be able to put down. It is dark, with many secrets to be uncovered, as well as a few fantastic twists and turns. Jessica Ruston has written an excellent novel and I can't wait to read more from her.
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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