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    Amazing read!

    WOW! This book was a stunner. I am a huge fan of unreliable narrators, and Marianne was a great one. With her history of mental illnesses, anti-depressant fog, and extreme irrational jealousy, you could never quite tell if her paranoia about her husband was real or compounded by her issues. When Marianne finds evidence of an affair between her husband Simon and a young colleague, Caroline, she slowly starts to unravel. She obsessively checks Caroline's social media, putting two and two together until she realizes that her husband is unequivocally cheating with this woman. When a sonogram appears on her Instagram, and Caroline reads in their email exchanges (that she's hacked into Simon's computer to see) that they plan on having Marianna committed to a mental hospital so Caroline can move in, she loses it. Marianne plans a surprise party under the ruse of celebrating Simon's promotion, then publicly humiliates the cheating couple by calling them out in front of their colleagues and friends. When Caroline turns up stabbed to death in her home the very next day, following a visit from Marianne, the cops immediately decide that they have their suspect. The story seems wrapped up - but the last few chapters throws a couple curveballs that you will NOT see coming! I was shocked. The story was fast-paced and incredibly enjoyable to read. I loved it!
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    Love it

    Yeah totally i'm fascinating and i enjoy reading it
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    Our little lies

    I really enjoyed this book! If you like domestic psychologicol thrillers, it'll be right up your alley. Really hoping Sue Watson writes another one!
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    A good suburban thriller

    This book explores the myth of "perfect families" and delves deep into concepts such as love, motherhood and marriage. What is a normal marriage? What does a normal mother look like? How normal is "normal"? Part romance, part suburban thriller, the topic will appeal to the readers of Liane Moriarty and Harlan Coben. Although the crime fiction part of the book comes right at the end, this read is a page-turner from the beginning.
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    A thrilling story sure to remind you of Gaslight.

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars Marianne is a stay-at-home wife to a brilliant heart surgeon named Simon. They have three children. Inasmuch as Marianne once had a successful career, she relishes her role as a wife and mother. On the surface. Deep down, she is a battered woman who is experiencing problems on many levels. Simon is a controlling husband, and that is putting it mildly. He controls her so much that his thoughts become her thoughts. Almost to the degree that she actually thinks LIKE him, thus doubting and even forgetting her own original thoughts. Our Little Lies made me think of the movie Gaslight, with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. In the film, the husband systematically tries to drive the wife out of her mind. As a matter of fact, the term “gaslighting” has come to mean to psychologically manipulate someone into believing that they have lost their mind. So intrigued, I stopped reading the book to watch the 1944 classic! Then I stayed up immediately afterward and read the book through. There are obvious and numerous differences, however. The primary difference is that there is another woman embroiled here. You see, Marianne has spent ten years married to Simon. She has believed herself to be leading the ideal life. Her life is enough. She should be happy in her life. But as the story evolves we see that she is anything but a happy woman. She has spent years devoted to her husband and family. The problem is that he has made her doubt herself time and again. She often wonders whether or not it is illness, herself, medication, or could it be something even worse. What is that worst? There is another woman, Caroline, a fellow surgeon of Simon’s. Marianne just knows that she is not imagining that her husband is having an affair with Caroline. I want to mention the point in the story where I begin to sense a strong connection to the film. There was the occasion when Simon arrived home from work before Marianne and the children got home from after-school activities. Dinner was not ready and she was quite alarmed that he might be angry. She reminds him that she didn’t expect him that early because he had surgery scheduled for the day. He pretty much says: Really? One word, and he then has her believing that maybe he didn’t tell her that he had surgery. That is just one example of how he has her doubting she heard him correctly, even going so far as to gently driving the doubt home. Can I stop to say at this point that I really did not like the smug, charming, irresistible Simon? He called her paranoid. He undermined her in front of the children. How did I feel about Marianne? I felt very drawn to her, as she was emotionally broken, living with apparent paranoia that she was unable to control. At some point Marianne meets Caroline, and when this happens she is absolutely certain that her husband is not being faithful to her. Maybe it is true that her entire life has been a lie. "As Simon often says, ‘I’ve given you everything, but everything isn’t good enough for you, is it Marianne?’" Well, the tables turn, and I just have to quote from the book again briefly - “Welcome to my world, Simon. #GaslightingForGirls.” She wakes up. But, is it too late? What ensues is a thrilling plan of action that will change the very fabric of Marianne’s life. I was captivated by this book! Although it was very difficult to witness the awful abuse that Marianne had to endure, I just kept replaying the movie in my mind. I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for the “A Ha” moment. Oh, it had to come? But would come before it was too late? As riveting as Our Little Lies was, the true shocker was the twist at the end. While this psychological thriller is my first read by Sue Watson, it will certainly not be the last. Very well done. Trigger warnings: mental health, domestic violence. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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