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Fragile Lies

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  964 ratings  ·  93 reviews
His name is Michael Carmody.
He is a writer and a father.
His son is lying in a coma, fighting for his life.

Her name is Lorraine Cheevers.
She is an artist and mother.
An illicit affair has destroyed her marriage.

Michael is desperate to find the couple who left his son for dead, a victim of a hit and run.

Lorraine is desperate to start a new life for her and her daughter
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published February 13th 2015 by Bookouture (first published September 12th 2012)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I so loved the sound of this book from the blurb. I expected a page turner with tautness and a plot that sucked me in from early pages.
Instead I found myself terribly bored, frustrated and annoyed at the slow pace of the book and seeming lack of well...anything. Bland. Vanilla. Meh.

See what I mean, just look:

His name is Michael Carmody. He is a writer and a father. His son is lying in a coma, fighting for his life. Her name is Lorraine Cheevers. She is an artist and mother. An illicit affair ha
Ashton Jade Gibbs
Fragile Lies - Laura Elliot
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A huge thank you to Bookouture. They sent me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. I gave this book 3.5 stars!
"Love and hate. Two sides of a damaged coin."
Fragile Lies is a story based around the love, betrayal and their consequences in relationships that occur behind closed doors.

When an illicit love affair tears apart Lorraine's marriage, she finds herself uprooting her teenage daughter and moving to different scenery. Swapp
Renita D'Silva
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Laura Elliot that I have read and it definitely will not be the last. This story absorbed me completely, so that, by the middle of the book I was living this tale, lost to the real world. The writing is so beautiful that I will reread this book just so I can celebrate every exquisitely constructed sentence. And what a story! It grabs hold of you from the first page, not letting go until the last. Forgiveness and betrayal, love and loss, courage and cowardice, a wide spe ...more
Liz Barnsley
This was a gorgeous story in a lot of ways, great psychological depth to it, some terrifically drawn and compelling relationships and absolutely beautifully written.

I loved the way this was constructed, following an interlinked set of people, some of whom do not realise that they are held together often by a lie being told, the intricacies of the plotting make this a really terrific and heartfelt family drama with a dark heart.

I adored Lorraine – she was a very real person with whom I felt a con
Autumn Is Azathoth
Review: FRAGILE LIES by Laura Elliott

A touching literary gem with the resonances and deep motivating power of Lesley Glaister's AS FAR AS YOU CAN GO, but set in Dublin and Trabawn, Ireland rather than extreme rural Australia. Like a stone tossed at a pond, one illicit situation leads to deceit and deception, lies and concealment, and teeters on a precipice at the moment of a tragic yet avoidable accident. Morality and integrity fall away in the face of narcissistic self-interest, and eight lives
A complex and ever-twisting plot with many interconnected storylines, Laura Elliot has created a book that forces the reader to sit down, reread and carefully follow twisted threads. Life is messy and rarely proceeds in a straight line: this story mimics those odd coincidences and strange congruent factors that place people into the course for a collision.

While I appreciated the stories, and found that overwhelmingly the characters were well conceived and easy to relate to, there were several m
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Laura Elliot - do you know, I thought that name was familiar! I've just checked my kindle and her two earlier novels, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister, caught my eye a while ago, and are both sitting there, awaiting my attention. But now, new book, new publisher - Laura Elliot is now with Bookouture, Fragile Lies is published in trade paperback and for kindle on 13th February, and what an exciting partnership this is going to be. I've been totally engrossed in this book for the last couple o ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok

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I love the synopsis for Fragile Lies. It’s simple, powerful and effective. It really drew my attention to the book and I was looking forward to reading a book full of suspense and twists but sadly, I really struggled to get into it. Fragile Lies was such a slow-burner of a novel, but I don’t even think slow-burner is the right word because it never seemed to get going for me. I struggled to keep myself interested in the novel and if it w
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a really hard time getting into the heart of this novel but once it clicked I was hooked. Lies take on a life of their own and can spiral out of control causing revenge and much resentment. It was an interesting journey through it all.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that uses 6 degrees of separation at its base. A married woman and a married man have had an affair for years. One night they are on a deserted loading dock in Dublin, in the dark, outside of the car, beginning to make love, when they hear the car being broken into. It scares them and they leave in a hurry and hit the young man. He lies in a coma. His father and mother, although not married, sit a vigil by his bedside, day after day, month after month. Everyone assumes he wi ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ecopy of this book by Laura Elliot's publisher Bookouture in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

The story begins with a couple, who have checked into a hotel, who are clearly having an affair. They have to leave the hotel suddenly after catching sight of another couple know to them. This starts a spiral of events that eventually un-ravel a tale, the depth of which nobody could even begin to guess at. Taking the reader on a journey that covers some hard
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know the expression, "Timing is everything"? Turns out it's true, at least in the world of Fragile Lies.

Michael and Lorraine meet at the worst possible time, under the worst possible circumstances. His son is in a coma, the result of a hit-and-run accident. Michael is desperate to the point of obsession with uncovering who hurt his son. In fact, he thinks he knows who it is.

On the heels of the implosion of her marriage due to an affair, Lorraine fled London with her teenaged daughter for a s
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fragile Lies by Laura Elliot is an intriguing book. It starts out in Dublin with two people who are having an affair. One night they are out having illicit sex (not in the car but nearby). When they come back to the car it has been robbed. As they are leaving someone jumps in front of the car and they hit Killian. Because they are having an affair and do not want anyone to know, they leave the scene of the accident. But who were they?

Lorraine Cheevers is an artist and her life is changing. She
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A passionate love affair that has spanned the decades devastates three families’ lives when the romancing couple are involved in a hit-and-run accident.
As Killian lies in a coma, watched over by his devoted family, Lorraine Cheevers leaves her Dublin home with daughter Emily, her marriage to Adrian in ruins and feeling likes she has lost everything she was once knew. As she settles despondently into her new country home in a small village with Emily hating everything about it, Lorraine feels no
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, The characters were unsmypathetic, the "timejumps" during some scenes just way too confusing, and more than once, I felt like I missed about 5 mins of a chapter because things changed so quickly without explanation that it didn't make sense. I just dragged myself through this book, without ever enjoying it. I'm sorry for saying it so bluntly, because the last book my Laura Elliot, "Guilty", was SO good. I hope the next one I'll read will be more my kind of thing.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mature contemporary novel that pulls you in and makes you care. What I mean by mature is not in the explicit terms, but in the construction and development of complexity. This is a read to pick up when you want to slow down. Sometimes a person can grow tired of fast-paced, or what I term, 'bam, bam, bam' reads that come at you like tennis balls out of a machine. Don't mistake my use of 'slow-paced' as boring. Nope, not at all. This is a book with complicated events mixed into complicat ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I think I have never had that before, but I’m really torn. On one hand I really liked parts of the story, where the connections between the characters were shown. On the other hand I had difficulties getting into it and finding a connection. That’s also why I give 3 stars, it’s something in the middle. Let me explain why.

It took me quite a while to properly dive into the story and unfortunately I never really got there. The chapter
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fragile lies are anything but fragile. Lies are damaging to our fragile humanity. As you get deeper in the lives of our protagonist, all you see are the lives that are destroyed. Infidelity destroys the soul. Lorraine, Adrian, Virginia and Razor are friends until infidelity comes between them. In the middle of this infidelity, a terrible tragedy has happened where a father Michael Carmody seeks justice for his son. In the quest for justice, Michael pursues Lorraine under false pretense and as th ...more
Dianne Ascroft
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel I’ve read by Laura Elliot. A couple years ago I thoroughly enjoyed her novel The Prodigal Sister so I was delighted when I received a request to review this latest novel. In Fragile Lies, with clever storytelling, the author weaves together the lives and relationships of several characters into a page-turning story. These characters are brought together by a life-changing event for each of them: a hit and run accident that leaves a teenager in a coma. The victim and his ...more
Joanne Robertson
I read way too many books involving serial killers and so every so often I need a break and a book like this is just the thing I need. A wonderful relationship and family drama that makes you wipe away a tear when you have to leave such memorable characters behind when the story ends.
Affairs can have devastating effects on relationships but this affair leads to much worse-the couple involved run over a young man. Fearful of their secret being exposed they telephone an ambulance but then drive of
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
To like or not to like...I've decided to like based on the overall plot and message. My reservation is stemming from my confusion over the myriad of characters. It was difficult to pinpoint who was who when everybody knows everybody.

The story, though it mainly centered on a hit and run for which there was really no closure, also touched on the life stories of the different characters. Virginia, who remained unrelenting to the end, I don't think she found her happiness. Lorraine was better off be
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-book, netgalley
Lorraine has left the big city of Dublin for the coast after the collapse of her marriage following an affair. Michael's son Killian is in a coma after a hit and run. How are their messy lives connected? Only time will tell.

This is the second book I've read by Laura Elliot and it is written in a similar way to The Betrayal. Alternating chapters between Killian and Lorraine tell the story of Michael's hunt for the couple who left his son to die and the story of Lorraine coming to terms with the
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance

If you want a bit of everything, this book has it in abundance. We have betrayal, love, infidelity, secrets, lies and different peoples lives that are entwined, but they just don't know it.........yet.

This is a heartfelt family drama where you find people are held together by lies, sticky tape that's soon to come off........then the BOOM that follows.

We have cowards who hide behind lies, hide behind other people.

I got a bit lost in the beginning because of the complexity of the book. There are
Fiona Wilson
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2014-reads
This was a great read as it had it all! Adultery, deception, tragedy, love and betrayal.
The prologue sets the whole story up so well I was instantly drawn into it, desperate to know who had been involved and the story behind it. The author very quickly sets up the two sides of the story allowing the reader a deeper insight into the backgrounds of those involved. The way the lives of these people became entwined was written extremely well. Even though we realise very quickly that the belief of o
Rhiannon Overby
This story was so hard to get through, it moves incredibly slow and wasn’t very interesting for about the first half of the book. Many times I almost called it quits. It finally started to pick up and become interesting about 50% into the book but by that part it was just too late.

I did enjoy the bit of suspense that started building up from the beginning of the book but again, it just wasn’t enough to keep you really hooked into the story.
Steffany O'Neal
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow so so bad

I really can't understand how anyone could give this book a good review. It was a mess from beginning to end. Jumped all over the place and had too much description of absolutely nothing. I am an avid reader and I've never read anything so awful. Please don't waste your time or money. I rarely give a review but I had to for this so called book.
april lewis
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm hooked!

This is now the third novel I've had the pleasure of reading written by Laura Elliot and I wasn't disappointed. Although this book took a bit longer to get into, by the middle of it I couldn't put it down. Praises for such intricate writing!!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I never really got into this book and it took me a month to read although in that time I finished numerous other books. I just could only ever manage a chapter or two of this story at a time. The characters never grabbed, nor the storyline.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Guilty by this author a few days ago and immediately ordered this one because I was excited to have discovered a new favorite author. This book was also well written and very unusual, but I did not find it nearly as interesting.
Vicki Kirkman
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Difficult to follow

I was half way through this book before I knew what was going on. Really didn't enjoy it that much. Will probably be my final Laura Elliot book. The Wife Before Me was her best book.
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Laura Elliot is the author of six novels, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister, published by Avon HarperCollins. Her novels, Fragile Lies, The Betrayal, Sleep Sister and Guilty are published by Bookouture. Her books have been widely translated and she has collaborated on a number of high-profile non-fiction books.

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