It began with a family gathering – it ended in a bloodbath.
When the Harrington family rent a private island to celebrate their dad’s 70th birthday, old lies resurface, resulting in a murderous revenge.
Ben Harrington is stuck.
He’s recently separated from his wife of over twenty years, leaving his almost adult son and daughter feeling angry and betrayed.
What’s more, his daughter Alice has cerebral palsy and he can’t forgive himself for letting her down when she needed him most.
Ben left the family house due to an ill-advised fling with Laura resulting in an unplanned pregnancy.
But all that is the least of Ben’s troubles.
It’s his dad Tony’s 70th birthday and he and his wife Susan have invited the family over to a remote tropical island in order to mark the occasion.
That should be cause for celebration, but there are terrible secrets lurking in the Harrington family which are about to burst out into the open – siblings Steve, Ben, Gaby and Richard are all caught up in this web of deceit.
So Many Lies follows the story of the Harringtons through a series of life-changing lies, dating back to 1979, and as the story builds towards the big celebration, so does the gravity of the lies which brought the family to where they are when we meet them in the book.
Thought your family was screwed up? Wait until you meet the Harringtons …
Ben is quite weak in character. Having had a midlife crisis, he ends up throwing away a happy marriage and family life and is now with the woman he had a fling with, with a new born baby in a loveless relationship. His life isn’t going anywhere and financially he is pretty screwed. His dads birthday comes as a bit of welcome relief. A little family holiday on a private island, even I was a tad envious.
The story flicks between past and present so we get to know more about the Harringtons. From the outset, Ben’s parents are the pillar of the community with a young family and a thriving business. We get to learn more about each family member. As well as a few of their lies. Well I say a few, heck this is one family that is full of them!
The title without a doubt fits perfectly for what is within this books pages. Things get really interesting when all the family come together on the island. Ben ended up surprising me and is definitely something of an anti hero. I loved getting to know this family better as well as the dynamics within it.
So Many Lies is one warped and compulsive read. The lies start coming thick and fast and I couldn’t get enough of them. It makes for some seriously gripping reading that both thrilled and excited me. A highly recommended psychological thriller that will have you racing through the pages to see how it will all end.
My thanks to the author for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
So Many Lies is available to purchase from Amazon.
Paul Teague writes thrillers, sci-fi and non-fiction books.
Writing as Paul J. Teague, he is the author of the Don’t Tell Meg and Morecambe Bay trilogies as well as several standalones such as Dead of Night, Now You See Her (with Adam Nicholls) and So Many Lies.
Paul is a former teacher, DJ, waiter and BBC radio producer, presenter and journalist.
Thriller website: https://paulteague.co.uk/