Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but … ‘should she be scared?’
Fans of Girl on the Train and I Let You Go, who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller with a final twist to put their jaw on the floor, will love Our Little Lies.
I am a huge fan of this authors books. She writes the most fabulous stories and I know I am always guaranteed the best reading experience. When I saw that she had written a book outside of her usual genre and one of my favourite genres, well I was beyond excited. There is always that little niggle though at the back of your mind as to whether they can carry it off or not. Well shame on me for even having that little niggle as she well and truly nailed it!
This is very much a mix of dark domestic noir whilst also being a psychological thriller. Marianne I didn’t envy at all. From the outside she looks like she has it all. On the inside though things are sadly very different. She is someone who just wants the best for her family. Nothing she does though seems to please her husband.
Simon, my dislike for him grew throughout the novel. Straight off you can see what he is. I felt sorry for Marianne and the children as they are just like some little trinkets, there for the purpose of being on show. He had me question if he actually loved anyone other than himself.
Our Little Lies drew me in and the further I got into it the harder it got for me to put it down. I had no clue as to what to expect with this being so unlike the authors other novels so just had to buckle up and see where she was going to take me. There is a gripping tension that builds and builds so that I ended up racing though the pages to see how things were going to end for Marianne. I kept thinking I knew where she was going only to be knocked side ways and eagerly reading more to so see what other shocks and surprises were in store for me. An absolute page turner of a read that sent my heart racing. Bravo to the new queen of psychological thrillers.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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She’s now written thirteen novels – many involving cake – and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for research purposes), and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.
Sue explored the darker side of life for her latest book ‘Our Little Lies,’ a dark, psychological thriller completely devoid of cake. She’s hoping this change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.
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