Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour for The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes’
The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…
Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.
Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When Nicola returns to her mother’s home to sort out her possessions, after she had died, she comes across things that jolt her memories from childhood. She had only been 10 years old when her mum woke her and her brother up to leave in the middle of the night. The memories that her mum Carol had shared with her, began to fit together like a jigsaw, her innocence of childhood was going to crumble around her the more she dug into the past.
Susie Lynes captured the late 1960s and 70s perfectly as the story drops back to the night Ted asked Carol to marry him. She was expecting their first child, Graham, then Nicola came along later. They lived in a really nice place but Ted had a quick temper and heavy hand which made Carol a punch bag and left Graham with a stammer.
The story follows the family and how it affected all of them through their lives. Escaping wasn’t the end of it for the family it was the beginning of a completely different life for them all. The fear had been in the house where they lived but now it was straight outside their door as their lives moulded into their environment. Graham particularly had been affected the most of the two children.
There are some salt of the earth people in the story, life long friends and men that are true gentlemen but the story has a much deeper darker side, heartbreaking, tragic and desperate. This isn’t an easy story to read for its content. It is unforgettable. It is an era captured perfectly. It is what love is, unconditionally protection.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL and THE WOMEN.
S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.
Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed in 2018 by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture and THE WOMEN was released in 2019. Her new novel, the dark and gripping family drama, THE LIES WE HIDE, is published Dec 4th 2019.
Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at Amazon.it