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The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We Told

by Camilla Way

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When her boyfriend disappears, Clara must sort through his family's web of lies to discover where he went—and if it's too late to save him.

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When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he's left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he's been kidnapped. Then Luke's older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened—even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke's mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

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The Lies We Told

Cambridgeshire, 1986

At first I mistook the severed head for something else. It wasn’t until I was very close that I realized it was Lucy’s. To begin with, I thought the splash of yellow against the white of my pillow was a discarded sock, a balled-up handkerchief perhaps. It was only when I drew nearer and saw the delicate crest of feathers, the tiny, silent beak, that I fully understood. And suddenly I understood so much more: everything in that moment became absolutely clear.

“Hannah?” I whispered. A floorboard creaked in the hall beyond my bedroom door. My scalp tightened. “Hannah”—a little louder now, yet with the same fearful tremor in my voice—“is that you?” No answer, but I felt her there, somewhere near; could feel her waiting, listening.

I didn’t want to touch my little bird’s head, could hardly bear to look at the thin brown line of congealed blood where it had been sliced clean from the body, or at the half-open, staring eyes. I wondered if she’d been alive or dead when it happened, and started to feel sick.

When I went to Hannah’s bedroom, she was standing by her window, looking down at the garden below. I said her name and she turned and regarded me, her beautiful dark eyes somber, just a trace of a smile on her lips. “Yes, Mummy?” she said. “What’s wrong?”

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Why I love it

“At first I mistook the severed head for something else.” The first sentence of this book had me SHOOK. I was so intrigued that I didn’t stop reading until I reached the last page! The Lies We Told contains two heart-pounding, twisty plots—and I could. Not. Wait. To see how they came together.

Cambridge, 1980: Beth and her husband tried for years to have a child until they were finally blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Hannah. But as their little bundle of joy starts to grow up, it appears she might be a little ... disturbed?

London, 2017: Clara has the perfect life ahead of her, until her boyfriend doesn’t come home one night. Where could he be? And could his disappearance have anything to do with his sister, who vanished twenty years earlier?

This was exactly the deliciously disturbing mystery I was looking for! The book contains a creepy, soulless villain—in fact, the most evil character I have read in a long time—delivered in a drama-filled thriller full of secrets and lies. Told back and forth between past and present, Way perfectly teases out the pieces of the puzzles, so that just when you think you might know what is happening, everything gets turned around again. Perfect for readers of Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena, The Lies We Told is a high-octane mystery that will have you racing through the pages.

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Member ratings (10,779)

  • Kaylee R.

    Litchfield Park, AZ

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The book hooked me in from the beginning. I can’t lie I loved the past chapters more then the present, but who cares it was so good. That ending was so amazing and terrifying at the same time.

  • Amy R.

    Mesa, AZ

    Such a fast read that left my skin crawling. Half the time you’re rooting for the characters, half the time you’re yelling at them why are you so dumb?! Then the last five chapters you’re going WHAT?!

  • Gabrielle T.

    Creve Coeur, IL

    I couldn’t put this book down! I usually take about 2 weeks to finish a book with my crazy schedule, I finished it in 5-6 days. I’m not a book expert by any means but this book was seriously consuming

  • Kellen H.

    Mingo Junction , OH

    It was a great book to read! I couldn’t put this book down! The twist and turn of the book really drew me in so deeply I couldn’t stop reading until it was done! The ending was good but wish it didnt!

  • Asia A.

    Denver, CO

    Goodness I don’t know what took me so long to read this book! It was full of twists and turns and kept me guessing. It is definitely one of the what’s done in the dark will come to light type of books

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