Behind the Lie
Holly West has turned her life around. She’s found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is definitely a woman who has taken back control of her future.
Until she gives birth, only for one twin to survive. Holly can’t let it go.
Holly’s world is in a tailspin and suddenly she can’t trust herself...more
The story starts off with Holly.
She is pregnant with Twins. Life seems pretty near on perfect for her.... well that is until things start to go horribly wrong.
Holly met Simon her husband when she was a model. Things wasn't so glamourous for her as she was an addict and Simon made it he's mission to save her.
She gave up her life in Cornwall to move in with him. He bought her a beach home so when she needed time out she could go home ...more
Holly's life has changed drastically, where she has gone from a drug addict model to the pregnant wife of a rich doctor. Her husband Simon spotted her on the catwalk and helped her get clean and turn her life around. Now Holly West has found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is now in control of her life.
She gave up her life in Cornwall to ...more
But when she loses one twin at birth, nothing else seems to matter. She loves her beautiful infant daughter, but cannot quit thinking about her lost son.
She's in a world of depression ... until she receives an anonymous letter. The sender says that her son is not dead ... but was given to another family. She has never fully believed he was dead, but neither her husband, her best ...more
Holly used to be a model with a drug addiction. Until one day, Simon spots her on the runway and decides he wants her in his life. He helps her get her act together, they get married and are now expecting twins. Holly splits her time between a flat in London and a beach house in Cornwall. Life is good.
Until Holly gives birth and only one of her twins survives. She's convinced her son is alive and will stop at nothing to find him.
It's becoming incr ...more
BEHIND THE LIE by Amanda James is a fast-paced, gripping psychological thriller that will make your pulse quicken and your breath hitch as you become completely immersed in Holly's desperate search for her little boy.
After Holly's heart was shattered years ago, she found herself in the bright lights of London where she becomes an overnight success. Lost and hurt, she throws herself into the model lifestyle of drugs and parties, when she is unexpectedly saved by Simon, a wealthy con ...more
The cesarean scene in the prologue is poignant, hooking in my emotions and getting me 100% behind Holly before getting to know anything about her past or her relationship with Simon.
5 weeks before the birth, best friend Demi visits. They haven’t seen each other for a while as Demi has been travelling. The atmosphere between them vibrates with things left unsaid and gave me a distinctly uneasy feeling! Simon is lonely in London while Holly is staying at the ...more
Holly seems grateful to be married to successful surgeon, Simon. Holly was a successful model but found herself entangled in a life of drugs only to be rescued by Simon when he decided to marry her. Now that Holly is pregnant wi ...more
We then flash back five weeks to when Holly is told there is a problem by her husband, Simon, a consultant. Their baby boy is not growing well and he fears he is too small to survive. When she gives birth the worst happens and her son dies before she is able to see him leaving her understandably bereft, not just for the loss of her son but for the guilt that her drug dependency and bad lifestyle before she m ...more
So now she’s in a loving marriage with a husband who adores her they are looking forward to becoming parents when their twins were born. Things take a wrong turn when Holl ...more
Unfortunately, when the babies are delivered Holly is given the awful news that her son never made it. Holly is devestated and feels she is incomplete, and she never truly believes her son is dead. She then receives an anon ...more
Holly is the central character and the story begins with her giving birth to twins. Her husband is a doctor and has previously informed her that one of the twins is quite a lot smaller than the other, but she is absolutely devastated when she’s told that this twin has passed away just aft ...more
I couldn't tear myself away from this book for 3 days, I loved it.
The characters were well formed - you know how involved you are with a book when you really detest a character in a book! I winced a few times at the nastiness, screamed silently in my head to "Don't do that!" and "Don't go in there alone, you won't be safe!"
A hi ...more
It certainly won't be the last. I liked the way the author slowly developed the characters. This enabled this to develop into a very exciting psychological thriller.
I liked the two settings, central London and rural Cornwall, both of which added a sense of geographical realism to the story.
There are plenty of twists and turns along the way. Before the final reveal.
I give my thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for a copy of this book in exch ...more
An unusual whodunit with a well paced plot. Holly West marries a wealthy obstetrician and her life seems complete when she falls pregnant with twins. One twin dies at birth and Holly struggles to accept that her son has died.
The story unfolds as Holly strives to find out the truth.
Overall I enjoyed this book but Holly irritated me buts that's just me! there was no surprise twist so I knew from early on what had happened. I like Amanda James style of writing and will ...more
Holly has had a troubled past but she’s happily married to the man that saved her and she’s pregnant with twins she’s excited about her future. But when her obstetrician husband tells her that one twin is small and may not survive her seemingly perfect life starts to come a ...more
One day she receives a letter telling her that her son is alive and living with other parents. How can this be? When she talks to her friends they don’t believe her so Holly sets out on a mission to find out the truth of what happened t ...more
I guessed some of what may happen however This didn’t spoil anything for me and I wanted to read more and more to see if I was right. Interesting story. Makes you think. Characters were easily believable and I was actually left thinking ‘what if this has happened to me’
Great read. Definitely recommend and look forward to reading more from Amanda
Do you know, I really don’t like reviewing ...more
When I read the synopsis for this I thought it sounded like a really great read, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. I thought the plot was a really fantastic premise. If your child had been taken and you couldn’t prove it who do you trust? How do you get someone to believe you when you aren’t even sure yourself? I found parts of the plot a little unrealistic, but overall it was an exciting plot that was well paced.
One of the things abou ...more