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Everyday Lies

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  53 reviews

Wife. Mother. Liar.

At first glance Emma and Lucie seem very different, but they share an unspeakable vice. Beautiful, wealthy Emma appears to have it all with a loving husband and a seemingly successful life, but a restless craving has driven her to foolish actions. Meanwhile, young widow Lucie is struggling to make ends meet while coping with a troubled five-year-old.

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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Go Direct Publishing (first published April 27th 2017)
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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Lies. Big lies or little lies – they are a normal part of our lives, affecting the relationships we have with our friends, family and with ourselves. Louise Guy, a fresh voice in Australian women’s fiction, brings us Everyday Lies, a powerful story about three women and the web of lies they weave into their everyday lives.

Louise Guy places two very different main protagonists at the head of her first venture into Australian women’s fiction, or a genre better
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Phrynne
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Everyday Lies is a story about people starting out with small lies which then grow and have enormous consequences. The book is written in alternate points of view of Lucie, a single mother with a small son, and Emma who seems to have everything except what she wants the most.

I enjoyed it on a certain suspended belief level as an interesting story, but on another level it was all a bit too sweet and easy. In the end both women give up what are actually serious addictions much too easily and
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Rachael
I really enjoyed the intertwined stories of Emma, Lucie and Florrie.
The book covers many themes such as illness, alcoholism, grief, abuse and loneliness. This isn’t my normal reading genre (contemporary woman’s fiction), but it was well written and a timely read for me considering one of the themes.
I especially liked the Australian setting.
3.5*, it would have been a 4 if not for the twee, fairytale ending.
Jenn J McLeod
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louise Guy has done a terrifc job bringing the threads of Everydays Lies together to make it a very satisfying read. She's hit on a topic that is trending right now (domestic situations where the characters are far from perfect) and included a thread very familiar with me. (I was a Loss Prevention Officer in a former life! And I encountered such situations.) The characters in this story are also not stereotypes. At one point I thought, 'ah, yes, here come the nice guy'. WRONG! He was not so nice ...more
Lily Malone
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book of two characters leading very different lives. The way in which their lives intersect I found to be original and a fun twist.
It was Emma's storyline that I liked most. Hers was a simpler story for me, whereas Lucie's story had more of a train-wreck feel to it. I can identify with the single mum persona, doing her best to be 'Mum' and 'Dad' to her boy, having financial troubles and trying to keep everything together, whilst hanging out for 'wine o'clock'.
Florrie's
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Maggie
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great debut women's fiction novel from Louise Guy. Everyday Lies is an excellent read which takes us into the lives of Emma and Lucie, two women who not only lie to their friends and families, but to themselves. They are unexpectedly thrown together when the house of cards they have built tumbles, and they find themselves paying a penalty they did not anticipate. With excellent characters who the reader will find easy to relate to and a compelling storyline, this is one women's fiction readers ...more
Theresa Smith
Everyday Lies, by Louise Guy, is a fabulous addition to an already booming year for Australian Women's Fiction. You are at once drawn in by the cover, that striking broken glass of red wine set against a white backdrop, and trust me, from there it just goes from strength to strength.
The novel is arranged initially as following two women in their 30s, both leading very different lives and with no connection between them whatsoever. Circumstances spiralling out of their control lead them to meet
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Sarah Belle
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were very authentic with problems that were realistic, which made it a refreshing read. Louise Guy has woven the stories well, alternating chapters for each character. At the end of each chapter I was tempted to skip ahead and see what was going to happen, which is not normally something I do!
The everyday struggles of the two main characters was a refreshing read in as much as they weren't idealised representations of fabulously wealthy-mega successful
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Kylie Kaden
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Often it's the lies we tell ourselves that cause the most damage - that is the theme overarching this fresh new fiction from Sunshine Coast writer Louise Guy. After mastering pace and plot with her successful children's series, it was great to see this fresh new Aussie author tackle adult fiction.

I love this writer's humor and clean prose, a great example of what I think fits within domestic noir - a fast growing genre that uncovers life is not always as it seems behind the white picket fence.
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Angala Fox
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was a great book. I loved how the author told the story of these two women. Definitely a must read.
Taryn Bashford
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the Aussie setting and felt like I was there. A feel-good, warmhearted story that's perfect for summer reading. And love that cover!
Amber Myott
2.5 ! This book received heaps of fantastic reviews which was why I was encouraged to read it .
There was nothing really wrong with this book it was all just a bit blah ! And the " all wrapped up in a big bow "ending was a little corny for me.
AusRomToday
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louise Guy's foray into women's fiction, Everyday Lies, is a brilliant and compelling read that highlights Guy's superb storytelling abilities.

Tackling the notion that there are consequences regardless of sometimes too easily accepting the lies we tell ourselves (and others) was never going to be an easy feat yet Guy presented this aspect of the story seamlessly. The characters were relatable and you could certainly empathise with them both and their respective situations. The addition of
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Kathryn
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story of friendship that just didn't quite work for me, but plenty of other readers seem to like it.
Anne Moorhouse
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I received an advance copy of Everyday Lies to review I was pleased to see Louise Guy had switched from very successful children’s author to women’s contemporary fiction. And she has done it very well. This book grabs the reader’s interest from page one and the story continues to flow smoothly through the lives and problems of the two main characters, both of whom are hiding a secret which could ruin their lives.
I found myself warming easily to the characters. Emma, the trophy wife, feels
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Debbie Smith
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given the opportunity to read a pre release copy of this book by author, Louise Guy, but at the time I was unable to take advantage. Instead, when I had more time, I bought my own paperback copy from the River Read Bookstore and I'm glad I did. I have read a couple of Louise's children's books and found them enjoyable and was curious about her adult fiction. I found the story of Emma and Lucie very enjoyable. The further I read, the more connected I became to the characters and the ...more
Sandra
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I've read from this author. She has a way with her style of writing that engages you with the characters & their stories. As with Fortunate Friends the characters are linked in some way. In this case it was quite a bit different & at times amusing. Add in an elderly lady & it makes a rather unique tale.
Aside from the humour there is more with Emma & Lucie than they reveal to the public. Both have a secret which in effect caused them to end up in their
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Maggie Siciliano
3.5

Emma, a wealthy stay at home housewife, and Lucie, a widowed and struggling single mom, couldn’t be more different. When some bad decisions land them both in community service, they form an unlikely friendship with each other and Florrie, a woman in her seventies. Together, they face some hard realities about their lives and stop lying to themselves.

This was a read now from Netgalley and it was a pleasant surprise. Each character was flawed but likable, and Florrie was so funny! The
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
All lies have consequences - if you get found out!

Three women of different ages from all walks of life, meet as they carry out community service. As they meet regularly, they get to know each other better and the tentacles of friendship begin to unfurl, and we get the inside track on why each of them are there.

This is the story of having to face your fears - and a very good one it is too. I really enjoy books with several different lives entwined and this is that little bit different, and rather
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Louise
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
EVERYDAY LIES weaves together the stories of women brought together by court-ordered community service. Shoplifting Emma is beautiful, wealthy, married to a successful man who seems to adore her. Broken-hearted, penniless Lucie was caught speeding. Their stories are woven together in a compelling, surprising, and no-holds-barred way that kept me breathless until the end of the story. Until the too-perfect, too-pat, too-saccharine end, I would have likened Guy's story to Liane Moriarty or Sally ...more
Patricia
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having loved Fortunate Friends from Louise Guy and emailing her to say how much I enjoyed it, I was keen to get Everyday Lies and see if I could discover Louise's favourite character. I definitely wasn't disappointed. The novel flows with well written words and lovely, believable characters, thrown together through unusual circumstances. The friendships that bind these people who probably wouldn't have met if the circumstances that brought them together hadn't happened are beautifully explored ...more
Lori Reade
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyday Lies

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the story being told by Lucie and Emma in opposing chapters. The premise of the book was very unusual and interesting. The idea of people meeting during community service for their “crimes” shows how people from very different walks of life can become true friends. Life is made up of relationships. Whether Casual or Deeply personal, everything you do and each person you meet along the way has the possibility of becoming a relationship. Everyday
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Tracy
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, the debut 'grownup' book from children's novelist Louise Guy. I'm so glad Louise decided to branch out. This story is captivating. Each of the main characters has a secret, something they don't want their family and friends to know about. The friendship between the Emma and Lucie is one of the best parts of this book.
I don't want to give away spoilers, but the way all the threads of the story come together is just delicious. I loved this book and am looking forward to reading
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Tess Mackay
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, the debut 'grownup' book from children's novelist Louise Guy. I'm so glad Louise decided to branch out. This story is captivating. Each of the main characters has a secret, something they don't want their family and friends to know about. The friendship between the Emma and Lucie is one of the best parts of this book.
I don't want to give away spoilers, but the way all the threads of the story come together is just delicious. I loved this book and am looking forward to reading
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Kerry Henderson
Louise and Emma both lead very different lives but find themselves together doing community service and become friends. They finally start to see their lies aren't helping and it's time to be honest.

I was given this in exchange for an honest review and I enjoyed the story. The two main characters are so different but relatable. There are some real issues in this story that are faced though it's a more light hearted look at them. The story was simple but well written and the ending was as
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Gail Atkins
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, lies, friendship and the family bond is the base of this book. Daniel and Emma live in the fast lane but to Emma it lacks something. Lucie is a widow and is struggling to cope with her son's behaviour.
A run in with the law sends them both on Community Service; it is here that they meet Florrie and a strong friendship soon develops.
Over time their past is brought to the forefront for all of their lives and the problems need to be resolved before the friend's can move forward.
This is a
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Michelle
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I was intrigued by this book from the description. I couldn't wait to start it. I have to admit the first couple chapters I was a bit unsure, but as I kept reading I really enjoyed it.

I loved the characters and their unlikely friendship.

I would definitely recommend this book - stick with it if you're unsure at the very beginning - it's worth it!
Michelle
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I was intrigued by this book from the description. I couldn't wait to start it. I have to admit the first couple chapters I was a bit unsure, but as I kept reading I really enjoyed it.

I loved the characters and their unlikely friendship.

I would definitely recommend this book - stick with it if you're unsure at the very beginning - it's worth it!
Rena
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were flawed with vices. The story follows two women Lucie and Emma and how simple small lies end up growing nad having a huge impact on their relationships. It was well written, the characters were well developed with believable challenges. Each character had something they held back which changed the perspective of qhat and why things were done in their lives.
Linda Joannides
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read with well crafted and unpredictable but totally relatable characters. The dual storylines with alternate chapters are compelling. All those little lies - lies to their family, their friends and especially to themselves. Lies that change and shape their lives - you have to keep reading to find out what happens next to each character. A real page-turner and highly recommended for fans of Australian Women's Fiction. An outstanding debut novel.
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Louise writes commercial women’s fiction for adults as well as adventure/fantasy stories for 6-12 year olds. In May 2017 readers and reviewers warmly received her debut adult release, Everyday Lies, with AusRom Today stating: “A brilliant and compelling read that highlights Guy's superb storytelling abilities.” Louise has since received similar reviews for her second book for adults, Fortunate ...more
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