This is the story of Daisy, Simon and their very much-loved daughter, Millie. All goes well for this happy little family until Simon’s drinking gets totally out of control. He loses his job, upsets all of their long-time friends and then he gains some earth-shattering news, and their life goes into freefall.
After a party with many good friends at which Simon is outrageously drunk, a major disaster occurs on the drive home. Simon is arrested and spends three years in jail.
Meantime, an old friend of Daisy’s appears on the scene, making threatening and atrocious demands on Daisy and her daughter.
We learn of Simon’s time in jail through his eyes. We learn of what Daisy is experiencing through hers. It’s an interesting way to tell a story.
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. All the characters were believable, and the scenes are recognisable to most of us. Many of us have that kind of friends and share that kind of activities.
My only negative thought is the way the story wrapped up. It was a quick rush to the end, and we are left with one or two unanswered questions.
But would I recommend this book? Certainly, it’s fast-paced and at no time did I want to quickly turn the pages. I was hooked almost from the beginning.
Note – I was given a copy of this book by the publishers Harlequin Trade Publishing in return for joining their book blog tour.
Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-East England. Her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and since then she’s had seventeen international bestsellers, translated into twenty-six languages, including I Invited Her In. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, teenage son and cat.
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LIES LIES LIES
Author: Adele Parks
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Publisher: MIRA Books
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LIES LIES LIES (MIRA Trade Paperback; August 4, 2020; $17.99) centres on the story of Simon and Daisy Barnes. To the outside world, Simon and Daisy look like they have a perfect life. They have jobs they love, an angelic, talented daughter, a tight group of friends… and they have secrets too. Secrets that will find their way to the light, one way or the other.
Daisy and Simon spent almost a decade hoping for the child that fate cruelly seemed to keep from them. It wasn’t until, with their marriage nearly in shambles and Daisy driven to desperation, little Millie was born. Perfect in every way, healing the Barnes family into a happy unit of three. Ever indulgent Simon hopes for one more miracle, one more baby. But his doctor’s visit shatters the illusion of the family he holds so dear.
Now, Simon has turned to the bottle to deal with his revelation and Daisy is trying to keep both of their secrets from spilling outside of their home. But Daisy’s silence and Simon’s habit begin to build until they set off a catastrophic chain of events that will destroy life as they know it.