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Lies Like Love

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Lies Like Love is the haunting and heart-breaking new novel from Louisa Reid, critically acclaimed author of Black Heart Blue.


'There were a few problems . . . bullying . . . a fire . . .'


I think she's verging on psychosis . . . now she's lashing out.


She's got no one else to fight for her.'

Sixteen year-old Audrey just wants to be normal.She's trying to fit i
Paperback, 457 pages
Published July 2014 by Penguin Group (first published June 5th 2014)
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Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of Lies Like Love through First Reads.

My first impressions were that it seemed really interesting, so I was very happy when I won this book!

The writing was beautiful, the imagery and metaphors worked so well with the story and it really added to the reading experience. Of course the story was amazing too, it did seem to drag just a little in the middle but it was completely worth it for the ending and it didn't subtract from my impression of the book.

Overall I defi
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid is one of those books that will stay with me for a very long time. It's an uncomfortable, unsettling and it made me feel a whole range of feelings from rage and disappointment and frustration, hope, and ultimately a sorrowful sadness. I love how emotional the experience of reading this book was for me and I was quite surprised by how much of an impact this book had on me.

It probably shouldn't have been a surprise for me though, as I knew going into this book that i
Sophie-Clare Beilken
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Monique Snyman
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid is a nail-biting novel that will hook readers from the get-go. The novel revolves around the various facets of mental illness. It might sound like a mature concept for a young adult novel, but Reid balances it out beautifully in an intelligent and eloquent manner that’s both exciting and informative. With themes that are relevant to the youth of today (bullying, mental disorders, social class, and hypocrisy), Lies Like Love is a classic in the making, and it surpass ...more
Lucy Dawson
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
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Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-for-work
I just cannot deal with books about mental illnesses. I loved the relationship b/w the main character and her little brother and I enjoyed the romance a little. That's what saved the book to me and that's why I gave it 2 stars. ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this years ago but god, it really stays with you for a long time. I remember seeing the cover and thinking, "Oh, I know what this will be about - just another boring YA romance" but I was very, very wrong. This book still haunts me and I may never trust anything ever again. ...more
Robin Stevens
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twisty and terrifying, this is a gripping thriller, and Lorraine is a nightmare creation. Ugh!
Ashley Tomlinson
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book I did not think it would be as deep as it was. It captured the life of a depressed girl amazingly well. I haven't suffered from depression but it colored depression like it was a "thing" that was doing it to the girl. Like she didn't view it as she was harming herself she viewed it as the thing was harming her, I liked that.

I 100% hated Lorraine! I don't understand how she didn't see that she was making Audrey's life more difficult. Yes, Audrey was depressed but Lo
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to say too much about the plot for fear of spoilers - suffice it to say it is a really powerful novel

Like all great books, I didn't really feel like I was reading, being so involved in the story and so caught up in what was happening to the characters - who were all believable and (mostly!) likeable.

Some of the scenes are quite shocking, and I found myself alarmed and concerned at what was happening to my new *friends*.

It highlights issues such as mental illness and thusly isn't an
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Just a few lines for this book for fear of spoiling anything if I say too much

This book is creepy, it goes to an incredibly dark place and will play on your mind for a long time after finishing it. Exactly what I have come to expect from a Louis Reid book.

Highly recommended
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such an emotional book. I wanted to read it because I enjoyed Black Heart Blue by the same author so much. This was very different but so heart-wrenching and sad. I felt so sorry for Audrey because her Mother is just so cruel and you only realise how bad she is towards the end of the book. I just wanted everything to turn out so well for Audrey and her brother, for them to escape the horror of their lives and find a better life. A very good YA novel though.
Jo Bullen
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a tense old story and I was fully gripped throughout. I did guess perhaps earlier than intended what might be going on, because I have a slightly heightened detection for disturbed stuff, but I really enjoyed it. The ending was, unsurprisingly, a bit of a let down as most endings often are.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A thoroughly depressing read, not many light notes. Similar in theme to "Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine" without the wit and humour. A good read and I would read again but it's definitely not a feel-good text. ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Didn’t understand what the whole point of the book was. Pushed hard to keep reading but just didn’t get it and gave up.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
figured out 'the secret' on page one. do not read. ...more
Chelley Toy
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I have to be honest I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. The blurb sounded mysterious and something I would enjoy, the cover being intriguing and beautiful and having met the author,Louisa Reid, a couple of times now and knowing she is always so lovely and awesome that all these things combined made me super excited to read this book! What I didn't expect was to be completely blown away by this book, its imagery, theme
Emma Rogers
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody!
I only finished reading Lies Like Love ten minutes ago but I couldn't wait any longer to share my thoughts with all of you. I can't believe I had never heard of this book before. It's gripping, thrilling and heart breaking. I've been on an emotional roller coaster these last couple of days, one I want to ride with you...

I picked up Lies Like Love from my library, not really expecting much as the blurb gave very little away. Lies Like Love was more than a book, it was about love; love between a m
This was not what I expected. I thought it to be about a clingy boyfriend smothering his girlfriend but nope I was wrong.

Initially I was wondering about the extent of Audrey's depression. She talks about seeing "The Thing". Creepy? Yes. How it hurts her and her fear of water. The story starts with the family Audrey, Peter her little brother and Lorraine her mother moving into the Grange. They left their old home due to a fire and Audrey's condition. Sixteen year old Audrey wants normal and even
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who want to read about mental illness. Fans of contemporary and realistic fiction.
I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

'She thought I would just sit there like Madison; she thought she could pull a sting in my back, make me say the words she'd decided a good girl would utter. She thought she could say Leo was a rapist. She thought lots of things and all of them were wrong'

Audrey's mother has moved her and her brother, Peter, to a new place down south. They call it the Grange. Across the road lives Leo. Both Audrey and Leo want to be normal. To be free. Audrey
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid is an emotional story full of disturbing, discomforting themes; a book that will linger on the mind long after the final page is turned.

The story alternates between two character’s perspectives. The first is Audrey, a sixteen year old who has just moved to a new home and school after being in and out of various treatments for depression amongst other things. She lives with her little brother, Peter and her
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to write a coherent review for this book. Lies Like Love is one of those books I loved so much that I just flailed at the keyboard for about four hours and wrote absolute rubbish that did it no justice. You know what I’m talking about, right?

I’m going to be vague about what actually happens because I think this book is one of those where you’ll get the best experience if you know as little as possible. However, I can talk about the characters, writing style, and everything el
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, hell of an ending!

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Penguin*

This is probably one of the darkest books I've read that deal with mental health issues and it was perfect. I felt like Louisa Reid really captured the darkness and the fear of what having a mental health illness is like and she does it in such an unpredictable way. Lies Like Love is such a hard hitting read and I'm finding it incredibly difficult to put my thoughts into coherent sentences. I don't know how I c
Soma Rostam
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. The blurb is a very vague one that intersts the reader. Although there was a LOT of potential, this book didn't live up to all of it.
Audrey is new into the secluded area that she has to call her home, the creepy house that she has to live in, and Peter (her brother) that she has to care about. But the only bright light in her life is Leo and his strange behavior. But her mom has different ideas about how Audrey's life should be, and she is
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like to read about mental illness
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I read the rest of the poem, then shut my eyes and saw the bird, Hope, come to life; I felt it stir inside me, just a flutter.

Lies like Love is Louisa Reid's second novel and I was given this novel in return for an honest review through NetGalley. First off, I can't begin to describe how much I love this book. It has a really interesting premise that revolves around depression and mental illness and how it affects the people who ha
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow - this was a surprise.

Told in Three Parts, this is the story of 16 year old Audrey Morgan, who has suffered with depression since she was 13 years old. "The Thing", as she calls it, could consume her at any time - and it has led her down a path of self-harm and fear before. In a bid to start afresh, Audrey's mother Lorraine moves Audrey and her 5-year-old brother Peter to a flat in an old building called The Grange. Lorraine is hoping that the move will help Audrey and the family to get back
Romance Readers Retreat
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was not a love story. What it did do was break my heart and I really don't know how to feel now that I have read it.
It's basically a Young Adult/Psychological Thriller Novel and is told from Audrey's and Leo's point of view. It is also set in the South of England.
The subject matter is pretty heavy and based around 16 year old, Audrey's mental illness and after her mother relocates herself, Audrey and her little brother Peter, Audrey meets 17 year old Leo, who lives close by with his Au
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
*4.5 stars*

I had no knowledge of this book before I accepted this blog tour. I read the synopsis, it sounded cool, that was that. I was sort of expecting something like Dangerous Girls but quickly realised it wasn't. And for that, I was glad; this book is absolutely incredible!

Told in dual perspective, we see Audrey and her family move to a new house, after something terrible has happened. Everything is kept close to the chest; very quickly, I got the impression that Audrey has issues but it was
3.5~4 stars.

Man, that was a dark and twisted read. I can't say I really enjoyed it exactly, but I don't think we're supposed to. It tackles a rare psychological disorder that I don't think I've ever seen done in a YA novel before.

MAMMOTH SPOILERS: (view spoiler)
Zara Stubbs (thebook-addict)
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Wow this book was powerful.


A strong and emotive story of the struggle of Depression and self harm, this book is incredibly poignant and at times painfully vivid.
I think it's important for people to read this book, to get an insight into living life through mental illness. It's definitely an eye opener.
Audrey's struggle is portrayed in such a realistic way, without adding an air of beauty and romance to the issues, which is often done in books dealing with such issues, a
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