Don't. Trust. Anyone.
It was supposed to be a fresh start.A chance to forget the past and embrace the future.But can you ever really start again?Or does the past follow you wherever you go…Steph and Mark have just moved house, trying to find a way forward after all the secrets, lies and betrayal.But starting over isn’t always easy. Especially when someone will go to any lengths to make sure you never forget…
Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall is published in paperback by Carina on 20 October 2016, and is the author's second novel. Her first book, Between You And Me was published in April.
Tell Me No Lies is a super-charged, fast-paced cracker of a read. The reader is warned; "Don't. Trust. Anyone." from the outset and that certainly is the case, just when you think you've totally sussed out the characters and the plot, there's an industrial sized spanner thrown into the works that changes perceptions and beliefs and kind of messes with your head.
This is a domestic thriller, there's no crime to solve, but there's plenty of mystery. Steph and Mark and their small son Henry are trying to start again. Their marriage has cracks galore, with betrayals and hurt dominating Steph's narrative. This is their chance to mend their relationship, to put the past behind them and to move on.
However, someone else has got other ideas. In the beginning, it's subtle and Steph isn't sure if she's being paranoid, but she's sure that someone is watching. The little 'gifts' left on the front porch, the things that go missing, the things that she can't remember doing or saying; all of these, combined, post questions that Steph cannot answer.
Don't. Trust, Anyone; that statement doesn't just apply to Steph, it applies to the reader too. Is Steph a reliable narrator? When things emerge about her past, the reader starts to question Steph's side of the story, and that's the cleverest part of this story. That constant niggle of disbelief that will not go away.
Lisa Hall has a vivid imagination. Her ability to get into Steph's head with the first-person narration is very clever, and although there are times that I wanted to scream at Steph, there are also times that I felt a huge sympathy for her.
Tell Me No Lies is a quick, but quite addictive read with some fabulous characters and a well thought out plot. Lisa Hall is a welcome addition to the domestic, psychological thriller genre.
Lisa Hall loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl - either that or a librarian - and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it).
Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long suffering husband.
She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.
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