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Our Little Lies: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist by Sue Watson

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 316 Pages.

Published: 09 October 2018 by Bookouture

ISBN: 9781786817501

EAN: 9781786817501

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, 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 she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got 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 begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but... ‘should she be scared’?


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Very Intense

This is a very intense psychological thriller. Marianne has a seemingly perfect life with her cardiologist husband, Simon, a teenager step daughter and six year old twins. She has a wonderful house, children at private school and everything she could want - or does she? The old saying about what goes on behind closed doors is very relevant. Marianne becomes paranoid when Simon lingers on a colleague's name, Caroline. Is he having an affair or is she just being jealous? Is Simon gaslighting Marianne and putting her down at every occasion or is she really having mental health problems? It is for the reader to decide for themselves but be ready for a few twists just when you think you have it all worked out!

This is a very intense book. I was sucked in and found it a real struggle to put down. Who is to blame - Marianne or Simon? At first glance Simon seems very devious but Marianne can be too.

The author was very clever in the way that she sucked the reader in. The suspense builds to almost unbearable levels as the reader worries for the characters - and most of all the children! The construction of this book has to be admired.

I have used the word intense for this book because at times I found it a little much for me. I found myself drawn into the book and feeling the emotions of the characters, mainly negative, and had to force myself to take a break. The emotions of the characters were so strong that they affected me as if I was living this myself or with a friend. Maybe an extreme reaction but I really needed to take a step back before coming back to the book when I was less involved with the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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