The Lies You Told Me Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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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.
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.Read more ›
The basic plot seemed promising enough to start with. Klara is a thirty-something academic, married to nice (and boring) doctor Mark (she attributes their happiness to the fact they have nothing in common, which seems a rather strange attitude). The couple have a nice, placid life, in which the only odd thing seems to be their extreme reluctance to have children. Then, one day Klara's happiness is shattered, when she receives a mysterious communication telling her to go to a store unit in South East London, where she will find vital information about her beautiful mother Sadie (who died when Klara was a child, leaving Klara to be brought up by her kindly intellectual father). Klara goes, and finds (of course!) a diary, covering her mother's life over many years. The story then alternates between the diary of Sadie, who traces her life from her adolescence as Mary (the adopted daughter of a strict Polish immigrant and his downtrodden wife) to her glamorous rebirth as Sadie, a top model with a glamorous life - and a hopeless passion - and Klara's continuing story, in which she both turns detective to find out more about her mother, and has her own family crisis when it's clear that Mark's younger sister Elfie is having problems with her hippy sister and parents, and needs a stable home. As the story progresses, it's clear that Klara (as the book's title shows) has been told some remarkable lies about Sadie - but what is the truth, and does she want to know it?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cant say I enjoyed this. Not my usual genre, very hard going even in the last few chapters as the 'big reveal' was happening, Not a fan of the authors style Im afraid.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am half way through this book, and feel compelled to write a review as this is the slowest & most boring book I have read for years. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tiger2806
I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did, but it was a good summer holiday readPublished 11 months ago by Lellie
I enjoyed the novel. It's an interesting premise and was intriguing. I was frustrated with the lack of depth in the characters and when secrets were revealed, it felt as though... Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. Jordan
I loved the plot, and I thought the book was well written - apart from the obvious time mistake and three spelling errors. (p 206 ...'died 3 Jun 1985 ... Read morePublished 15 months ago by AlisonWriteCareer
Very much enjoyed this novel from Jess Ruston.
I loved the way Klara's interest in her absent mother's story grows, and how she copes with the increasing distrust of her... Read more