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Lovers And Liars by [Bell, Nina]
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Lovers And Liars Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Its focus on the darker side of relationships and the shocking twists make this brilliant and sensitively written novel a winner (***** Closer)

A sensitively written portrayal of psychological abuse and how families survive it (Daily Telegraph)

Dramatic . . . daringly scandalous! (Star magazine)

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Can you ever really save a woman from the wrong man?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751543675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543674
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I was sent a copy of this book professionally and opened it with misgivings.The cover and the title both give the impression that this is a sex and shopping tale about snappily dressed young women who go around with necklaces dangling down their backs, ie not for me.
Stuck for a read on a train, I gave it a try. It is an understatement to say I was pleasantly surprised. Lovers and Liars isn't churned out shlock, it is a well-researched and sensitively written story which explores why women get sucked into, and stay in, marriages which are not overtly abusive, but become so because because a thousand tiny slights, demands, shows of temper and belittlements gradually wear down the self-respect. Of course, not only women undermine ther partners, as Bell acknowledges.
Bell is a born story teller who soon lures you into caring about her characters. Family life is her canvas and she paints a vivid picture of parent child relationships as well as those between husband and wife. She is also astute about the subtle, unacknowledged, alcoholism that underlies many comfortable lives, the homes where the first response to stress or celebration, company or loneliness, is to reach for a bottle.
This a book that could help many people understand the mechanisms dogging their own unhappiness. But it is also first-class entertainment, for Bell is never loses her sense of the comic side of even grim situations. I hope that other readers find their way past the glitz of the cover to the gold within.
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Having read and loved Nina Bell's other books, The Inheritance and Sister's in Law, I was looking forward to the latest book. Lovers and Liars has a tight and very well constructed storyline with a darker theme of psycholoigical abuse at it centre; it kept me gripped as the author has created characters I really cared about. There are suprises and twists and while the subject is serious the writing keeps the plot and characters real and growing within the story so that by the end they have changed. Great stuff, such a joy to find a writer willing to tackle this subject within this genre. It certainly had me thinking about the dynanics within my family.
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By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2010
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The book tackles the pretty difficult issue of domestic abuse, and the story becomes more apparent as the book progresses. This means the book isn't light reading at all, it can be pretty difficult to read at times because of the nature of the storyline, but it is so well written and the issue is very well approached that you don't mind so much that the topic is difficult, and I feel Bell has done a great job in tackling this issue. I can imagine that if you have been affected by domestic abuse yourself this may well be a topic you will want to avoid, but I found I had a real curiosity about how Paige was eventually going to handle her situation and whether or not things would work out okay in the end.

The characters are all extremely well written, and although I found 2 of them very unlikeable, they added an element of realism to the story and added another dimension to it. Sophie, the elder daughter of Paige and Bill, is a very spoilt child, and I was shocked at how she sided with her father against her mother all the time, and it did cause me to get quite angry and frustrated of her because she couldn't see what was in front of her eyes, but that was the whole point really. She wasn't at all likeable, I didn't agree with any of her actions and hated her almost as much as the easily detestable Bill.

I found Paige, the woman at the end of the domestic abuse, quite difficult to like at first. I didn't understand why she reacted as she did, but it soon becomes clear and I felt very sorry for her by the end of the book. It really puts across what a terrible thing domestic abuse is and how the people stuck inside the situation can't see what is going on.
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..... and NEVER trust a man who uses denial, minimisation and blame to avoid taking responsibility for who he is! I work with women and children affected by domestic abuse and this book describes the way it affects family dynamics brilliantly - especially the 'difficult-to-put-into-words', insidious affects of emotional abuse, that makes women believe they are impotent and worthless. Without exception, all the women I have met in the course of my work, tell me that the crazy making, brainwashing affect of emotional abuse, designed to attack their self esteem and confidence, is much worse than any physical assaults they may have experienced. Emotional wounds are slower to heal and more difficult to challenge legally through police and court action. These issues are superbly illustrated in this book. Bell has successfully put into words, something many women subjected to this form of abuse would struggle to verbalise and she does an excellent job to highlight the often unrecognised, plight of children caught up in such families, how unhealthy ways of relating can be learned and abusive relationship patterns re-enacted. Leaving us with the insightful message about 'trust your own feelings' - an inspired ending indeed.

I also like the signposting to services set up to help any woman reading the book, who may be ready to seek help and support, to explore their options, empower themselves with choices, maybe plan a route to safety for themselves and their children e.g. the references to Refuge and Womens Aid websites.

Never judge a book by it's cover . . . . I was reading this book whilst camping with friends recently and they thought I'd lost the plot and had taken up reading Jackie Collins novels! This book is so much deeper, darker, relevant, more meaningful, potentially educational and liberating than any JC novel. In fact, it's more than a novel.
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