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  • fast satisfying read

    This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Nell was told her mother, Sarah, died when she was a baby and receives a letter 30 years later, that her mother has died. Her grandmother, Lilian, that raised her, has lied to her. This book is written in the present (a few chapters at a time), then flashes back in time to tell Sarah's story (1 chapter at a time), and then a few letters from Lilian are sprinkled in. This is a well written, easy, fast read. Nell goes back to Seahurst to confront her grandmother, to get answers, only to find out she has moved out of her home. A man has moved in, claiming to be her cousin. She is met with hostility, break-ins and vandalism. Who is trying to scare her away? I thing about Lilian, she is not your typical loving grandmother. She is wealthy and not overly affectionate. I won't say this was a predictable story, although some of it I did guess before it was revealed, but I would recommend this book.

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  • A good read

    A fun family drama with suspense and mystery surrounding the main character Nell and her grandmom Lillian. Author Lesley Sanderson has written about a family well enveloped in secrets, hidden in past, soon winding its way into the present. Nell got a call from the lawyers about her mom's death a few days ago. But her mom had died 30 years ago. So said her grandmom. Why did she lie? Having read nearly all of the author's books, I was happy reading this quiet number. A slow driven plot, the story showed me Nell's puzzlement over her family. I liked her determination as she went about slowly digging into the past one photograph after another. Few shocks held her still, but the gutsy gall was quite keen to get to the truth even when pranksters and stalkers tried to halt her journey. The story seemed familiar, therein laid my comfort. I wanted a stress-free book and this ticked all my requirements. A good breakfast read.

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  • An emotionally charged gripping read

    Do you believe everything that you’re told? If you answered yes, then that might change at the end of this book. Lesley has done an incredible job at crafting a story that will have you questioning everything! A family saga, that at the helm, is the matriarch, sitting high on her throne, who has been hiding one life changing secret. I was instantly invested in this book from the first paragraph of the blurb. From that alone, I knew that Lesley was onto a winner with this storyline and I could not have been more right! As I began to read, the rest of the world fell away as the story of this family saga, vividly came to life in my mind. I immediately connected with Nell and was on the journey with her in her quest for the truth. My heart went out to her and through Lesley’s writing, I felt every emotion that Nell did, as each shocking revelation was revealed. Nell’s mother Sarah was also a standout, who broke my heart into a thousand pieces with what she is put through. Lillian, Nell’s grandmother, is the puppet master who pulls the strings and although extremely unlikeable, she has been perfectly written. The structure of the book alternates from the past and present which I always enjoy and is where the reader is given insight into Sarah, her relationship with Lillian and the events which lead to the ultimate betrayal. I also found it really interesting how Lesley dropped little hints along the way, which had the reader always a step ahead in the story. A risky move, to still keep the reader engaged but one that really works with this story and does not hinder the enjoyment of it in any way. I Know You Lied is an emotionally charged gripping read that will captivate you from start to finish. Lesley’s skill as an author continues to grow and she has outdone herself with this book. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review I Know You Lied which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lesley Sanderson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of I Know You Lied which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • A fast read

    3.5 stars I Know You Lied (originally titled What We Hide) by Lesley Sanderson is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Nell is living in London when a solicitor informs her of her mother's death.  He must be wrong.  How can this be?  Her mother died when she was a child. Her Grandmother Lilian, who raised Nell after both her parents died in a car crash, had lied.    Why would she do this, and why would her mother have abandoned her? Nell travels back to the seaside town in which she was raised, to find answers to her questions.  But the secrets go back many years, and there are reasons that Lilian kept them from Nell. My Opinions:    This book centers on obsession, on families, and on secrets and lies. The story was told from different perspectives and time-lines.  In this way we found out what really happened with Nell's Mom, as well as her Grandmother's thoughts. The pace was good, as was the writing.  Although there were no real shocks, the story remained interesting from start to finish.  It may have been a little bit rushed at the end.  It was a fast read.

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  • Fast paced psychological thriller!

    Nell has always believed that she is an orphan. Raised by her cold, imperious paternal grandmother Lilian, she was told that her parents died in a car accident when she was a baby. Then, out of the blue, a lawyer contacts her about the reading of a will. Her mother’s will. The mother she thought has died years ago. Distraught because she has lost years of her mother’s life, Nell returns to the home she fled at 16 to confront Lilian. She finds her home occupied by only her supposed cousin Adam who is doing repair work. Lilian is in a nearby home for the elderly. Adam reluctantly lets her stay in the house Nell believes he assumes is his inheritance. Although made uneasy by mysterious and threatening happenings, Nell visits Lilian looking for answers. Some of those answers are found in the diary written by Nell’s mother Sarah. Others are found in letters written by Lilian. The truth is both sad and unpleasant. I Know You Lied is a fast paced psychological thriller until the final chapters. I had the feeling that the author was just trying to wrap things up quickly and I would have enjoyed more of the earlier suspense. However, this is a great, one sitting only read. 4 stars. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lesley Sanderson for this ARC.

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