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The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain
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Jun 01, 12

Read in May, 2012

After reading the blurb I was really keen to read this book. I've enjoyed all the Diane Chamberlain books I've read before, and so was confident I'd enjoy this one just as much. Initially, I did. I really liked how I was reading from Maya's point of view, and then from Rebecca's. However I felt that the story took quite a while to get going. The blurb reveals that Maya goes missing, but this didn't happen until well over 100 pages in. Whilst I enjoyed the story up until this point, I felt that the blurb suggested all this would happen sooner.
I don't want to to spoil the story for anyone, but I personally found the ending disappointing. There were definitely a few twists, and admittedly I did not see them coming. Yet the last few pages were too neat and "tied up" for me. Whilst it could be seen as a nice happy ending, it seemed completely unrealistic, and this is a shame, as I did enjoy most of the story overall.
I've awarded it three stars because, whilst I did enjoy the story and was compelled to read on for most of it, the ending was a bit of a let down, and given all that had occurred in the story up until the end, there was an opportunity for the ending to be powerful and memorable, but unfortunately I do not feel it was.
Yet I do believe it is a book worth reading if you enjoy a bit of mystery and suspense, but it is definitely not a fair representation of Chamberlain's talents as a writer.
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Wendy Percival I'm currently on page 119 and was feeling like you, Stephanie, that things feel like they need to get going a bit! I'll keep at it, though, (and see if I agree with you about the end) as I find her writing style very comfortable to read.


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