Friday 9 April 2021

Lies Lies Lies - Adele Parks

Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it?

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies Lies Lies, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets.

What did I think?

Oh my goodness!  What a ride!  If Lies Lies Lies was a fairground ride it would be a fast-paced rollercoaster, a twisty helter-skelter and a jaw-dropping ghost train all rolled into one.  I raced through it so quickly I felt like I had to stop for breath at the end; it is literally breathtaking!

It is such a difficult book to review as I don't want to give anything away about the highly addictive and stunning plot so I'll just mention a little bit about the characters.  Simon is an alcoholic and whilst I found the prologue about his childhood very amusing, there's nothing funny about him single-handedly destroying his life.  Simon's wife Daisy has seen his drinking get progressively worse and it's about to rip her family apart.

When something major happens about a third of the way through the book I thought I'd missed something but I didn't want to stop reading to check as my eyes were the size of saucers and wouldn't tear themselves away from the page.  It was only when I read that particular passage again on finishing the book that I realised Adele Parks is more wily than a fox.

Not just a brilliant psychological thriller, Lies Lies Lies is also a stark reminder about the dangers of alcohol.  I know most of us like a drink, myself included, but when an enjoyment becomes an addiction it's really important to confront it rather than make excuses or sweep it under the carpet until it becomes too late.

Lies Lies Lies is more gripping than a strip of velcro, twisting and turning like an excitable snake as all the lies and secrets are revealed.  An absolutely brilliant piece of fiction and one I won't forget about in a hurry.  Very highly recommended.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC through NetGalley; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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