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A dark and disturbing story of how lies can change the dynamics of any relationship – irrespective of how strong it seems. Lies lead to more lies until the truth becomes entirely distorted. But lies have stories of their own – stories you don’t want to hear.

When Daisy and Simon, who have been trying to conceive for many years, are blessed with a miracle baby, Millie, life seems perfect. The perfect couple, madly in love and with the perfect child. But when Simon wants another child and discovers he’s unable to have children, everything changes. Their marriage, their life, their child, their everything, was built on lies, lies, lies – this sends him spiralling down a dangerous road fuelled by rage and alcohol.

A brilliantly written story with characters you will love and loathe.

The story is written from the perspective of Simon and Daisy who are both perfectly flawed and that’s what makes them so perfect.

To be completely honest, I only discovered this book as it was the one being read by a brilliant book club set up by the incredibly talented Clare Mackintosh. The Clare Mackintosh Book Club.

I’m pleased I did!

It was also one of the only I ever read without reading the blurb – I didn’t have much time to read it before it was due to be discussed on the group so got stuck in.

I found it a bit of slow start and at one point I didn’t think I would have the patience to complete it – but by about chapter 18, I was invested and hooked.

I loved it and loved the ending.

I did, however, feel that it was a little unrealistic at times and there was a level of perfect timing that made me lose focus.

Overall, a brilliant book – fantastic characters who I would love to read more of.

The story has some very dark elements and I did, at times, find it hard to read and I imagine that some people might be more sensitive to elements of the theme.


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