Lies Lies Lies: Don’t believe everything you read

What is this about?: So many lies between a couple and the consequences of them.

What else is this about?: I’m not even kidding: lies.

Blurb

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

Lies Lies Lies is a testament to the power of an unreliable narrator done right.

Or two as the case may be.

Daisy and Simon were in love once, the kind of romance you’d want. Sure, it wasn’t perfect — not when they couldn’t get pregnant — and it took years of unsuccessful doctors’ visits, before nature came through and they had Millie.

Millie is a precocious, adorable kid who is the glue that holds her parents together. If their love might be waning, it’s for Millie that they do everything. And now, when the book opens, Simon wants to try for another baby, but ever-cautious Daisy is happy with their lives, and is wary of asking for too much more of the universe.

She’s right in a way because Simon begins to suspect that Millie isn’t his.

That’s when things get interesting

Adele Parks gives expert insight into a marriage that is crumbling under the weight of things left unsaid. Daisy and Simon’s lives revolve around Millie — Daisy views her as a gift, but Simon thinks of her as a beginning. However, once the idea is placed in his head that she cannot be his child, his drinking becomes excessive, and Daisy becomes exasperated because he won’t tell her what’s going on.

Parks prefaces the book with insight into Simon’s past, shaping his character even before he is fully introduced, and contrasting that image with the man that adores Millie. She plays with perceptions wonderfully, right through to the truth of Millie’s conception.

Which brings us to Daisy

There are events that precipitated a separation between Daisy and Simon, and Daisy tries valiantly to separate her and Millie’s life in the present with that of the past. However, the past comes knocking with the introduction of a man who insists on being part of their lives.

Daisy’s judgemental side comes to the fore, you begin to get an idea of just how tightly controlled she is, how fearful she is of her secrets coming out. But, then things with this man take a turn for the worse and… well.

You’re just going to have to read the book to understand just how far the lies go.

I was thoroughly impressed with this book.

Parks begins by lulling readers into a false sense of security, before showing them just how wrong they are. And then doing it again and again. Her lies are exquisitely crafted, drawing readers in before she reminds them nothing is what it seems in this book.

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