An unsettling, dark psychological thriller from the author of Ice Cold Alice.
In a world where internet rumour becomes real-world fact, do we ever really know anyone?
High school teacher Dougie Black is brutally attacked in school. Stabbed in front of his class by a pupil with no apparent motive, Dougie fights for his life in ICU whilst DS Lewis Gilmour attempts to unravel the events leading up to the attack.
As the doctors struggle to save Dougie’s life, social media is rife with rumours about his private life. Mr Black’s friends and family begin to question everything they thought they knew about him.
Who is Dougie Black? Why did a child attempt to murder him? How did so many years of lies lead to an horrific moment of violence?
The story is set in three parts. We start off with the horrific knife attack by student Harry Jardine on a well thought of teacher, Dougie Black. Sadly this isn’t just fiction. In the last two years there has been very similar attacks in high schools near me. It always makes you wonder why do these students do what they do.
In Half The Lies You Tell the author goes some way in to why these things happen and it makes for some shocking and emotive reading. We get to know both Dougie and Harry better and as much as I would never condone what Harry has done, my heart literally broke for both of them.
I like how the author incorporates social media and the mix of responses to the news. Everyone jumping on the band wagon coming straight out with what they think and going off hearsay. It is quite sad actually and I hope it makes people sit back and think about how damaging some of the things they say can be.
Frankie is a great character. A teacher who Dougie mentored and of who Frankie has a lot of respect for. No one really knows the man behind the teacher but students and teachers alike have always held him in high esteem. Having witnessed the attack, Frankie, like the reader is trying to get her head around what has happened.
Half The Lies You Tell is a hard hitting and powerful read that had me going through a whole array of emotions. I think it teaches the reader that in a world that is very quick to judge, we should sit back and look at the bigger picture and try and be more understanding about why these things happen. A gripping yet heart breaking read. Loved it.
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Mark Wilson is the Amazon-bestselling author of twelve works of fiction and one non-fiction memoir. He also writes Crime Thrillers under the pseudonym, C.P. Wilson
Mark’s short story ‘Glass Ceiling’ won first prize in May, 2015 on Spinetingler’s Short story competition and will be included in Ryan Bracha’s Twelve Nights at Table Six. dEaDINBURGH reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and is a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.
Mark’s works include:
Coming of Age – Bobby’s Boy.
Psychological Thriller (Novella) – Head Boy.
International Thriller – Naebody’s Hero .
Horror novels – dEaDINBURGH: Vantage, dEaDINBURGH: Alliances, dEaDINBURGH: Origins, dEaDINBURGH: Hunted
Satire: On The Seventh Day
Psychological Satire: Wake Up And Smell The Coffin
Autobiography – Paddy’s Daddy
As C.P. Wilson:
Psychological Thriller – Ice Cold Alice (Tequila Mockingbird 1) (Bloodhound Books)
Medical Thriller – The Only Truth That Sticks
Psychological Thriller – half the Lies You Tell Are true
Mark currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school and is founder of Paddy’s Daddy Publishing, a company he set up to assist Scottish authors. He writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.