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How would you feel if you found out your entire life was a lie? This was a compelling story about family secrets and lies.
Got a secret, can you keep it? Leslie Sanderson has crafted a dark family drama brimming with secrets and lies. Imagine that for 30 years you have thought your mother died in a car accident when you were young. Raised by your grandmother you have lived a pretty darn good life. Then out of the blue you receive a letter from a solicitor informing you that your mother has just recently passed away. What? That is the situation that Nell finds herself in. Hurt and confused Nell is determined to find out the truth. Where has her mother been for the past 30 years and why was she told she was dead?
Told in alternating perspectives the story bounces between Nell and her mother Sarah, the present and the past. This was much more of a family drama than a thriller. A deep dive into this family’s psyche. Nell was a sympathetic character, I really felt for her and could not imagine being in her situation. The story was a bit of a slow burn, but I really did enjoy the journey. Well told, although a little predictable.
*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***
About the Book
The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago.
When Nell was just a tiny baby, her parents died in a car crash, leaving her to be raised by her devoted grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sarah’s very recent death, it destroys everything Nell thought she knew. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her?
Nell knows she can never recapture the years with her mother that were taken from her, and fears this will haunt her forever. Now she won’t rest until she finds out why she was so cruelly deceived. But her family’s past has been kept secret for a reason, and someone is desperate for it to stay that way. How much danger will Nell risk for the truth?
If you loved The Silent Patient, The Secret Mother, and The Wife Between Us, then this addictive thriller about dark family secrets and obsession will have you on the edge of your seat.
About the Book
Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.
Lesley is the author of psychological thrillers and spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since.
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