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The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide...

When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he's left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he's been kidnapped. Then Luke's older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened--even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke's mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

336 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 9, 2018

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Camilla Way

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Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London, and studied Modern English and French Literature at the University of Glamorgan. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. Formerly Associate Editor of the teenage girls' magazine Bliss, she is currently an editor and writer on the men's style magazine Arena. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in south-east London.

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647 reviews28.6k followers
December 5, 2018
For those seeking a twisty thrill, The Lies We Told might prove to be a comprehensive test of your literary-honed detective skills or it just might fail to leave a lasting impression—easily blending into the background of what’s become a saturated genre. Any guesses which door I walked through?

All of the components of a compulsive psychological thriller present—from the overly idyllic family setting, to the budding young psychopath, missing boyfriend and potential stalker—combined with a dual timeline structure that begs the reader to connect the dots, makes for a promising story. Compound those things with the fact that I enjoyed Camilla Way’s debut, and I guess you could say, I fell victim to the possibility.

At first I mistook the severed head for something else.

The hard-learned lesson here: no matter how forcefully that opening sentence grabs you by the throat and demands your attention, it’s not indicative of the entire experience you’re about to embark on. Not for this reader anyway. In fact, sometimes the difference between loving and simply liking a book comes down to execution and style, which we all know is tied to personal preference.

I hate to box myself into a corner and say all UK suspense doesn’t work for me, but it’s starting to look that way. My track record isn’t all that great, ahem—B.A. Paris, Ruth Ware, Sarah Stovell and J.P. Delany. There appears to be a clear pattern emerging for me: a dislike for the feel/pacing and the absence of an emotional connection on my part.

My biggest issue with this lie littered novel is the overarching tone. Two words: exclamation point. The entire narrative structure is driven by an overwrought sense of urgency and a level of melodrama that feels entirely too frantic and inauthentic. I’m a girl that wants some believability and emotional response when it comes to plotting, not to flail about nonsensically—rushing from one staged scene to the next. In Way’s defense, she had to do something to drum up the anxiety and suspense level, but it all felt a bit much—for this reader.

One of my biggest pet peeves in fiction, and I’m sure plenty of other readers would agree, is telling versus showing. Unfortunately, there’s quite a bit of that happening within these pages. I’ll never quite understand why some author’s choose to have one character regurgitate happenings or give voice to big revelations, rather than allowing the reader to live through those pivotal scenes themselves. For me, this type of storytelling feels deflating—eradicating any type of emotional depth; allowing the novel to bob along on the surface instead.

While Way’s sophomore offering was nowhere close to earning favorite status from me, it’s not one I would consider horrible either—more of a middle-of-the-road read, I guess? Keep your bullshit meter handy though, you're gonna need it with this cast; they’re quite deceitful.

*Thanks to Berkley for providing a review copy.*
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1,067 reviews3,609 followers
September 8, 2018
Prepare yourself to be twisted into a psychological pretzel🥨! This book has so many misdirections and dead-ends that you’ll be guessing from beginning to end! And I do mean guessing. Good luck to all of my fellow armchair detectives out there! This one will test your skills...big time!

Clara recently moved in with her boyfriend Luke and feels like finally, everything is falling into place for her. She’s happier than she’s ever been. She feels loved and life is good!

That is until she wakes one morning to find Luke’s cell phone sitting in the apartment...but no Luke! Brushing away the foggy sleep, Clara realizes he never came home last night after work.
Logically of course, her first three questions are, is he cheating on me? Was he in an accident? And why hasn’t he contacted me?

There’s a second, seemingly un-related story running simultaneously from the past regarding Beth, a wife and mother. She struggles bringing up her daughter Hannah, who is best and delicately described as... well let’s just say, not “an angel” and with NO heart of gold. (I think you get the picture.) I have to say, this part was so well done! So real. So believably chilling!

OK my Sherlock Holmes wannabes’… it’s up to you to stitch the pieces of these two stories together!
I can’t tell you how many times I thought I had it, only to be proven wrong!
Maybe I’m losing my touch? No chance – it’s just that good. Very curious to see how well you all do!!

Camilla Way does a brilliant job weaving the story-lines together. Leaving you shocked and desperate for more. If you’ve been looking for that thriller that will rock your literary world, look no further! This is it!

I highly recommend!

A twisty buddy read with Susanne!!🌸

Thank you to NetGalley, Berkeley Publishing Group and Camilla Way for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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773 reviews4,639 followers
December 2, 2018
🔪☠️ The Lies We Told is a suspenseful, secrets & lies filled thriller! 🤐

Going back and forth between the past and the present we see the unfolding of two POVs. You know the stories will collide at some point but there is so much redirection and guessing that takes place along the way. I was riveted by both stories. The opening scene was chilling! First we meet Beth in 1986, a stay-at-home mother who is struggling with her daughter Hannah. Hannah was such a tantalizing character. There is something beyond frightening about a troubled child. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, waiting to see what would happen next with her. Then we meet Clara in 2017 who is the opposite of Hannah in every way. She personified trust, hope and goodness. Unfortunately, Clara wakes up one morning to discover that her boyfriend never made it home and is missing.

As I stated, you know these two stories converge. The questions are how and why. I'll be honest and say I was feeling pretty confident about having this one all figured out. The pieces began to fall into place and then I noticed there was still about 15% of the book left. What? How? Oh yes, plot twist!

This psychological thriller was filled with dark secrets, lies and satisfying twists!

Thank you to Camilla Way, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the arc.
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2,283 reviews35k followers
August 27, 2018
4.5 stars

Secrets and Lies.....Lies and Secrets.....

The Lies we Told are told in two timelines. In the past time line, we are shown a Mother, Beth who slowly begins to pick up on the fact that her daughter, Hannah isn't quite like other children. As Beth struggles with Hannah and her increasing behaviors, it begins to strain her marriage and leaves her in constant fear for her new baby.

In the present timeline we have Clara who is worried when her boyfriend Luke, fails to come home from work one night. She discovers that Luke may have had a stalker and finds a bunch of threatening emails to him, that coupled with a recent break-in, causes her to fear the worst.

As the story-lines go back and forth between the past and the present. The reader is shown both women's POV and I couldn't help but feel for both women. Beth is struggling with the increasing anti-social behavior of her daughter. A child who appears to not care about anything or anyone. A child who acts out physically and who the Mother loves yet fears. Clara is struggling with learning that her missing boyfriend was not the perfect man she thought he was. She learns some truths about him and his past relationships.

It is obvious that these story-lines will collide but how? Why? Where is the connection?

This is a book which captivated me from the start. Both story-lines were captivating, but I was riveted to the past story-line with Hannah being so ark and disturbing that she made for a great character. The timelines/story-lines had a nice progression to them and they transitioned smoothly between both women's stories. This book is the prefect escape. It is fast paced, riveting and entertaining. Is all of it plausible? Not really, but it sure was fun to read!

The book does come together nicely and there is never a dull moment. I really did not want to put this one down and must give it 4.5 stars for being entertaining and interesting. For me it was a page turner which did not disappoint. The ending felt a little rushed, but overall a very enjoyable read.

Thank you to Berkeley Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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1,536 reviews9,783 followers
May 28, 2021
When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, doesn't return home one night, she hopes it is for a mundane reason.

Perhaps he had too much to drink and slept it off at a mate's flat, or he worked late and fell asleep at the office.

As the hours continue to tick by however, she suspects something more sinister may have happened to him.

Increasingly concerned for Luke's well-being, she contacts their old friend, Mac, as well as Luke's parents, to see if they have heard from him.

Unfortunately, no one has any idea where he could be. After some prodding, Clara notifies the authorities and Luke is formally listed as a missing person.

Discouraged by the lack of progress made by the police, Clara, along with Mac, begin their own investigation and quickly discovers Luke has been hiding things from them.

I had so much fun with this book. I flew through it. I couldn't put it down!

There was no boring filler to get through. This is a right and proper Adult Thriller.

The dual narrative kept the story flowing at such a sensational pace, reveals coming just when you needed them. I trusted no one. Everyone was a suspect in my eyes and that made it so exciting. The ending left me with chills.


Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I am only sorry I didn't pick it up sooner.

If you are an Adult Thriller fan, and you have been sleeping on this one like I had been, just stop. Pick this up. I would be shocked if you were disappointed!
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833 reviews210 followers
February 12, 2023
BAM! Finally a thriller that hit me right in the face, making me incredible happy to be pummeled by surprise after surprise. The POVs were absolutely perfect. In the beginning you had no idea who the mother was, and that made you pay very close attention to everything that was revealed. It wasn’t just that, though. The sociopathic child really made the hairs standing up on end. I felt chilled and unsettled and it was absolutely delicious. I needed to know where it all would end, and how the author would tie the different threads together. And boy, she delivered with an unique, believable and satisfying solution. The characters were also very well crafted. They felt like real, complex people. And the ending (after we knew all the secrets) left me wanting more!

If you love psychological thrillers, read this now!!
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418 reviews14.4k followers
October 9, 2018
Compulsive, chilling, twisted—my first experience with Camilla Way’s writing blew my mind!! I must admit that for the first 75% of this novel, I had no idea what to make of anything or who to trust in the best possible way. I am firm believer that a good thriller should make me feel unsettled. I should question everything like the characters do. I should trust the wrong person. I should know something is about to happen but not be sure what it is or who is behind it. This novel had me experiencing all of these feelings! I am a thriller-lover, and this one is right up there among my top reads this year!

About the Book

It’s the 1980s and after many years of disappointments, Beth finally was blessed with a daughter of her own. But something isn’t right about Hannah. Beth has always known it. There’s a lack of something in her eyes. Not a lack of intelligence, but a lack of emotion. A delight in the pain o others. But Beth won’t give up on Hannah. Beth believes that with enough love, any child can be healed.

In 2017 Clara wakes up to discover her boyfriend Luke never came home the night before. It isn’t like Luke to not call, but Clark soon discovers his phone is left at home, and Luke never showed up to his big interview at work. Fearing the worst, Clara begins to talk to Luke’s friends and look more into his whereabouts. Luke’s sister went missing nearly 20 years earlier, and his parents can’t survive losing another child.

But maybe there is more going on than Clara realized. As she digs deeper, Clara realizes there may be more secrets in Luke’s past than she realized. Is it possible Luke disappeared of his own accord? Or did something more sinister happen?


This book took me on a ride! From the very first chapter I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The opening sequence is positively chilling! What a way to kick off a novel—I can promise that readers won’t be able to put this book down after chapter one.

Hannah is a monster of a character. What I love though is seeing her through Beth’s eyes. Beth knows in the way only a mother can that something isn’t right. But Beth is so human! Beth acts as many of us would—certain she is seeing things that aren’t there, and hoping to “fix” her daughter by showing love, compassion, and patience. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a child like Hannah? It’s hard to even comprehend an adult being that way, but a child is a whole different story. How can someone so small already be lost??

And then we have Clara. Poor, Clara! I loved her character so much. She is the perfect mix of suspicious and trusting, hopeful and discouraged, confused and intelligent. Everyone should want a significant other like Clara. She questions the things we all would, but defaults to being trusting. She can’t turn her feelings off and on just because she has learned something new about Luke. And she is dogged in her pursuit of the truth. I was team Clara, cheering her on when she discovered new clues, and pulling the covers under my chin when she was in danger.

And then there is Luke’s family. Luke himself we don’t really see much of, because he is missing from page one of the book. But we see quite a bit of him from Clara’s perspective and we get to know his friends, family, and people from his past. Luke’s family are just outstanding characters for a thriller. They are warm and friendly—perfect from the outside. But Clara knows them on a deeper level, and she knows that they hurt too. The disappearance of Luke’s sister Emily is a shadow over this story.

They won’t speak much about Emily, but they are so haunted by her. I would imagine a disappearance may in some ways be harder to get over than a death, because the not knowing would drive you mad. You’d imagine them lurking out there, just out of reach. You’d imagine something horrible happened to them. You would never get closure. We see all of this from Luke’s family.

I want to end this by saying the ending to this book—the grand finale!—is just truly spectacular! I refuse to spoil even a moment of this ending, so I just want to leave with saying that Camilla Way has blown my mind with this ending! It is so satisfying! It was like a delicious dessert after a wonderful meal. I left with a smile on my face, and I already want to read it again!

Thank you so much to the team at Berkley for my copy of this book to review.

Book Besties Approved

And of course I want to thank my book besties! Even on my stressful days, these ladies cheer me up and make me smile. It is amazing to experience a book on your own, and even better to share it with friends. Thank you, besties, for making this another fun read! Please go visit their reviews to hear more about this awesome book!
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2,019 reviews15.7k followers
October 12, 2018
WOWZA! This was psychological thriller PERFECTION!

This book had me riveted from cover to cover... it was one of those books that I flew through and as I got closer to the end I wanted to slow down, because I was not ready to let this book go.... but as much as I wanted this book not to end, I needed to know what all had happened, and what was going to happen next.... because let me tell you what, Camilla Way had me completely stumped!

This book starts out with two seemingly separate storylines, That you know are somehow connected... but how? Clara wakes up to find her boyfriend luke’s phone, but no Luke.... where is he? Did he runaway? Was he kidnapped? Clara knows he was being stalked? But by who? And why? 30 years earlier in 1986, beth a loving stay at home mother is struggling to raise her troubled daughter Hannah... OK troubled might be an understatement Hannah is pretty much a psychopath.... her actions, words, and looks were simply chilling, and her character was portrayed so perfectly and realistically ... seriously I had chills running down my back from some of her evil looks!

So how are Clara and Beth’s stories connected? This book had my mind spinning, I had so many theories going on, most of them pretty convoluted... this was a group read with my book Besties and we were all scratching our heads trying to figure this one out... and as Camilla Way began to weave these stories together the fog began to lift and it became crystal clear.... Crystal clear that this was one Hot mess! So many lies leading to so many secrets, and so many secrets leading to so many lies....

This was a fast-paced addictive read that will keep you glued to those pages.... A book that will keep you guessing until the bitter end, if you figure this one out... my hats off to you! Strongly recommend to all psychological thriller lovers, the twists and turns in this one will leave you reeling!

*** A huge thank you to Berkley Pub for my copy of this book ***
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664 reviews12.4k followers
February 24, 2019
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I really enjoyed this author’s previous novel "Watching Edie” so I had high hopes for this novel. I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed it.

"The Lies We Told" opens in Cambridgeshire in 1986. We see right away that something is very wrong. A mother isn’t sure what she’s looking at, but it’s not long before it becomes clear what has happened. She’s horrified at what her daughter has done. And she’s even more terrified when she sees that her daughter is smiling.

All Beth wanted was to be a mother. When she finally got her miracle baby, she couldn’t have been happier. Beth and her husband, Doug doted on Hannah. They finally had their family. But as time when on, Beth began to notice that Hannah didn’t act or react like other children did. After awhile Beth couldn’t deny it…something was wrong with Hannah. It wasn’t that she wasn’t intelligent, Hannah was extremely smart. But she seemed to get pleasure from hurting others.

The reaction of pain was what motivated her.”

Was this karma or some kind of payback for the choices they made years earlier?

Beth doesn’t know what to do. She’s desperate, and desperate people don’t always make the best decisions. Unfortunately, Beth makes a decision that has devastating results. Just when she thinks things can’t possibly get worse…they do.

London 2017 – Clara doesn’t want to be the kind of girlfriend who checks up on her boyfriend. They just moved in together six months earlier. But she’s worried. He didn’t come home the night before and he didn’t text or call either. He has a very important interview that day so it doesn’t make sense that he wouldn’t come home.

Clara and their mutual friend, Mac contact the police but are told there isn't much they can do at this point. Clara and Mac start to investigate on their own. Clara realizes that Luke has been keeping things from her. She starts to wonder if she ever really knew him at all….

Where is Luke?

"The Lies We Told" was an entertaining and quick read that held my attention and kept me guessing.

The story alternates between Clara and Beth’s perspectives in 1986 and 2017. Alternating chapters tell two different stories, but we see how everything relates as it all comes together. I definitely had to suspend disbelief quite a bit, but I still really enjoyed the story.

I am looking forward to seeing what Camilla Way writes next.

I'd like to thank Berkley Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
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2,484 reviews29.4k followers
October 2, 2018
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

"Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told?"
—Jewel, Who Will Save Your Soul

While reading Camilla Way's latest thriller, I couldn't get the above lyric out of my head, along with "Lies lies lies yeah" from The Thompson Twins' Lies. As you might expect from a book with this title, there are lots of twists and turns and times where you have no idea whom you should believe. It makes for quite a read!

In 1986, Beth begins to worry about her young daughter, Hannah. She and her husband had tried for years to have a baby, and Hannah's arrival was truly a blessing. But for some reason, Hannah isn't quite as loving as other children—as she grows older, it appears she almost takes pleasure in causing people pain and worry. Should she actually be afraid of her daughter, or is she overreacting?

In 2017, Clara is worried because her boyfriend, Luke, never came home the night before. She hopes that he just decided to meet up with some friends and drank too much, and is sleeping it off somewhere, but when he doesn't show up for a big meeting at work the next day, her fears start to grow. Luke had a bit of a "stalker," someone who has been sending him threatening texts and emails, but he didn't want Clara to worry about it. Has the stalker gone one step too far?

As Clara's fears grow, and she begins enlisting Luke's family and friends in trying to find him, she starts to discover that there are many secrets she was unaware of, secrets which involve Luke and his family, some of which have been hidden for longer than Luke has been alive. No family is perfect, but sometimes what you don't know about your family could prove to be dangerous.

That's all the plot summary I'll provide, even though I know some reviews give a little bit more. Suffice it to say that Way keeps you guessing, and even someone like me who suspects everyone was surprised a bit! The dual storyline trick tends to wear me out but I thought it worked for this book, as you wracked your brain trying to figure out where the connection would come. (And it does come, so don't worry!)

I've never read any of Way's books before, but she definitely knows how to ration out the suspense to keep you hooked and debating whether to devour the entire book at once or savor it slowly. (I went with the former approach—nearly finished the whole thing in a day!) She's a great writer, although I felt like the book took a little longer to wrap up than I wanted. But The Lies We Told is definitely going to be one of those thrillers you see everywhere as soon as it's published October 9!

NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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991 reviews2,762 followers
October 11, 2018

This book had so many things that I love in a psychological thriller. First off, a true sociopath, one that is so incredibly anti-social and inherently evil that she can’t be ignored. Secondly a host of other characters, well described, that I felt I cared about and wanted to see how this would all play out.

The author had me in her hands from the first pages. The story is told in two POV’s. One in the past and one in the present. The stories flow seamlessly, seemingly in their own individual plots, until everything finally comes together with a BANG!

We are first introduced to Beth and Doug who have finally gotten their wish of a child after many, many years of waiting and trying. But within a few years Beth is aware that something is not right with their beautiful, charming Hannah. I felt genuine unrest and worry for the young family of Beth and Doug. Hannah starts exhibiting strange, dangerous, cruel and worrisome behavior since the age of 3 when she intentionally seriously injures her mother. They do take her to a psychiatrist but Hannah is able to even manipulate the doctor into believing that she is alright. The parents are assured that this is just a “phase”. She is mean to other children as she is growing up and the school has had to talk to the parents multiple times about her behavior.

They now have a young son, Toby, and Beth lives in fear that Hannah will do something terrible to her brother, she has already been caught pinching and teasing him. Hannah has also convinced her father that it is her mother who is too hard on her, that she isn’t doing the things that Beth has described. This family is in trouble, but what will happen to them?

The second story is told from the perspective of Clara, a young woman who has recently moved in with her boyfriend Luke, they seem to be truly in love and have been living together happily for a few months. Then there is a night when Luke doesn’t come home, he doesn’t call. Clara reaches out to his parents and friends but no one has seen him or heard from him. She finally calls Mac, her and Luke’s best friend, and together they start to investigate further and further into Luke’s life and uncovering things that they had no idea they would find. Luke’s family, his mother and father and older brother Tom have secrets they are hiding, but what are they? Clara knows that Luke had a sister, Emily, who supposedly left the family when she was 18 and hasn’t been heard from for twenty years, or at least that is the story that she has been told, but what really happened to Emily?

There are so many secrets and lies it will make your head spin. This book kept me guessing until almost the end, when I figured out one of the main “connections” and because of that the end felt a little flat to me. It also seemed to almost be setting the reader up for a follow up? Don’t know if this is the case or not. This would have been a 5 if not for the rushed ending which left so many threads hanging, but perhaps this was the intention.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great, page turning psychological thriller.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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1,226 reviews1,276 followers
July 21, 2018

Kinda like the bed sheets that weave around you in tight restriction after a horrendous nightmare. Every movement, every motion just locks you in like a wayward boa.

Camilla Way pens a novel that even kicks it up a notch from her highly successful Watching Edie. You've got to grab ahold of that one. Camilla Way has a way of venturing into the demented mind and leaving sunken footsteps behind. You know she's brought you there, but you shudder to look over your shoulder to see where you've been.

The Lies We Told suggests that the human experience can be attributed to the lies and circumstances we've fallen into because of choices and severe untruths by others. Is there any accountability for ourselves as we lay our own crooked bricks upon those already cast in The House That Jack Built? Camilla Way gives you a wide berth in order to come to your own conclusion.

Our story begins with Beth and Doug praying for a child since the very early years of their marriage. They've been left with too many unsuccessful attempts. But the winds of time finally bring them baby Hannah. Their little miracle child showers them with joy beyond words. As Hannah matures, Beth eventually notices worrisome behavior in little Hannah. She's taken on aggressive displays both at home and at school. Doug is in denial, but Beth observes unsettling, willful acts by her daughter. As Hannah grows, so do the escalating problems.

Camilla Way takes us from Cambridge in 1986 to London in 2017. The storyline will revert from the past to the present. We will meet the characters of Clara and Luke who have recently moved in together. They both work in the same building of a publishing company. Clara becomes concerned when Luke doesn't come home one night. He's left his cell phone on the counter. Clara contacts, Mac, Luke's best friend. Together, they attempt to put out a wide net of Luke's previous actions and his social connections. The police don't seem to be coming up with any leads.

It is this delving and digging that forces deeply hidden secrets to the surface. Human beings tend to present themselves in a far different light than with the false faces shown to others. With Clara and Mac turning over stones, even family members drag around burdens from the past. But Camilla Way will see to it that the truth will not come easy. You've got to unbury many a grave to find the light of day in this one. Twisted, multiple diggings are in order. Your sympathies may ricochet back and forth like a loose Walmart shopping cart caught in a windstorm in the parking lot. Dizzying.....

I received a copy of The Lies We Told through Berkley Books for an honest review. My thanks to them and to the talented Camilla Way for the opportunity.
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1,159 reviews36.8k followers
September 13, 2018
4.5 Stars* (rounded up)

Mystify me
INXS - 1982

Mystified: That my friends is the theme of “The Lies We Told” by Camilla Way. This is one captivating, engrossing and utterly wicked read and it will keep you up until all hours of the evening trying to figure out what in heck is going on and once you do?! WOWZA!

The 1980’s: Hannah is a very bad girl. She’s not like other children and frankly, neither her mother or father have any idea what to do about it.

2017: Clara has been dating Luke the man of her dreams for 3 years - and she couldn’t be happier until he goes missing. One day turns to two, two to three... and so on. Frantic, Clara contacts his best friend Mac, and his parents, neither of whom have seen him. When Clara begins searching for clues she uncovers more and more about her boyfriend and it ain’t pretty!

Talk about bewitching! I did my best to figure out how these two storylines were related and well, I’m sure you can guess, I was completely mystified. This psychological thriller kept me enthralled from start to finish. The author did a bang up job with this one - intertwining both storylines and keeping me stumped up till the end. This is the second book that I’ve read by Camilla Way and I am now eagerly awaiting her next novel.

This was a buddy read with Kaceey!

Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Camilla Way for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Published on NetGalley, Goodreads and Twitter on 9.13.18.
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109 reviews303 followers
March 2, 2019


Wow, this was a decent book, I like it!

I really like if the story has many twists and turns. And yes guys, this book has a lot of unexpected secrets, and lies.
The plot is very smart, while I was reading I did not know what will happen. I was nervous about where the hell is Luke, and what’s going on with Hannah…?
I loved the two timelines, I think it made it even more exciting, especially when the past and the present met.
I also liked most of the character. Hannah was my favorite. She is such a creepy, evil kid.
However Clara was one-dimensional, I didn’t care what happens to her at all.
When the final twist came, I felt it was over explained. I hate when the author retroactively explains every little detail piece by piece. It is just unnecessary.

Anyway, it was a really gripping page turner book. I couldn't put it down.
If you are looking for a fast pace psychological thriller definitely check this out!

I absolutely want to read more by Camilla Way!
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812 reviews1,862 followers
October 3, 2018
I love psychological thrillers and when this one was recommended by a few trusted book friends, I quickly added it. This was my first by this author and I look forward to reading more from her.

The characters were captivating and mysterious. The first chapter jumps right into the past story of Beth and her daughter Hannah (who we find out right away is quite worrisome-oh my). Hannah had me feeling very uncomfortable and some of her antics gave me chills. The two timelines of past and present had me scrambling to make connections between the characters and their unsettling state of affairs. You know when you keep wracking your brain with the question.....How are these two stories connected?

The present story line has Clara on the search for her boyfriend Luke, when he suddenly disappears. I loved all the clues the author threw in. I was right there with Clara piecing everything together (or not). She becomes a bit of a detective and soon starts wondering if she really knew Luke as well as she thought. The stories she is hearing about Luke just don't ring true.

Filled with twists and dark secrets this one had me searching for answers. A solid read with a surprising end!

Thanks to Berkley for my copy! Available October 9,2018

Review will post to my blog on 10/05/2018
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638 reviews640 followers
October 9, 2018
Happy day to this addicting read <3. Go get our copy today... pub day :)

Wow... talk about a tangled web of mess!

Camilla Way definitely leaves her readers with a lasting impression! This was my first experience by this author and have heard that her first novel Watching Edie was a success.

The Lies We Told is an excellent novel demonstrating how the lies we continue to tell and bury on top of one another ends in complete disaster. I was surprised that Camilla actually threw me off with her detective skills and the ending came wayyyy out of left field for me.

What I enjoyed most about this? The dsyfunctionality and dark characters... I LOVE to see this in books. And let me tell you... Hannah is your PRIME piece of meat my friends haha.

The story is told through two storylines.... Beth a mother is struggling with her daughter Hannah who is just a tad bit off and not like other children.... than we have the present storyline about Clara and her significant other Luke... where Clara discovers that Luke has a stalker...and it takes off from there.

The storyline alternates back and forth from past to present.... with multiple POV through different characters. Camilla keeps you on the edge of your feet wondering how the storyline will FINALLY connect between these two stories. But, how, why, when... it was driving me crazy with anxiety haha!

This book was a very fast paced and easy read that I gobbled up in 2 days. There were some parts I was rolling my eyes with but overall I really enjoyed this one.

4 stars!

Thank you to Berkley for the physical copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Be sure to check out my 6 book besties reviews... Holly, Berit, Jennifer, Melisa, and Mackenzie!

Publication date: 10/9/18
Published to GR: 10/4/18
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2,122 reviews30.2k followers
October 5, 2018
4.5 original stars to The Lies We Told! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

I am double checking my review by the synopsis so I do not risk any spoilers. You deserve to have every bit of this book to discover for yourself should you decide to read it!

What you absolutely need to know:

Clara is dating Luke, and he vanishes. Most everyone believes he has just walked out on her, but Clara thinks otherwise. The small clues he left behind point to a possible stalker.

Emma, Luke’s older sister, who also vanished, but twenty years earlier, is now present and attempting to help Clara find Luke. She won’t tell anyone where she’s been or even what happened.

Somehow Luke’s disappearance in the present, and Emma’s in the past, are connected. The convergence is masterful!

Camilla Way weaves a sticky spider web from the start. I was caught in the web, feeling its tension, due to the massively addictive plot line and exceptional pacing. I took a peek at Lies We Told much earlier than when I could actually read it, and I had the shakes putting it down. I needed to pick it back up and find out what happened. I don’t get the shakes often! 😂

Huge kudos to Way! I am on board for Watching Edie and any other book she writes!

Thanks to Berkley for the physical ARC. All opinions are my own. I read this book with Berit, Holly, Kendall, Mackenzie, and Melisa, and it was a fun read to share with friends! ♥️

My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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2,020 reviews2,522 followers
October 2, 2018

Camilla Way’s latest effort is another strong psychological thriller. For those who, like me, enjoyed Watching Edie, you’ll enjoy this one, too.

There are two story lines here. In the first, a young mother, Beth, struggles with her young child, Hannah, who clearly has psychopathic tendencies. This story reminded me of Baby Teeth, especially as once again mother and father see the child differently. In the second, Clara’s boyfriend Luke goes missing after receiving a variety of odd and nasty warnings.

The two storylines also have difference POVs. Beth’s story is told in first person, while Clara’s is third person.

I don’t want to say too much and give away any spoilers. Suffice it to say the book is very topical and of the moment.

The book moves at a brisk pace and there’re not any lulls in the suspense. I knew the two stories would intertwine at some point but didn’t see how it would all come together. There are several points in the plot that require you to suspend belief, but they’re not overwhelming. It’s got a very satisfying ending.

My thanks to netgalley and Berkeley Publishing for an advance copy of this book.

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3,155 reviews1,514 followers
August 25, 2018
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way is one of those thrillers that just keeps on piling on the layers of secrets and lies until your head spins working it all out. Told from two main points of view with one in the present and one in the past the story is one that definitely kept the pages turning.

In the past timeline Beth is a young mother that is at her wit’s end when it comes to dealing with her young daughter Hannah. Hannah is definitely nothing like other children and Beth lives in fear of just what her daughter will do next.

In the present Clara is worried when her live in boyfriend Luke doesn’t come home one night. Looking everywhere and contacting all of their friends Clara just knows something is wrong but longer Luke is gone the more Clara wonders just how well she ever knew him.

In the beginning of this I really found myself drawn to the past more than the present because young Hannah is yet again another one of those children that is so dark and disturbing it’s hard to look away from what she will do next. Not that the present side of the book wasn’t intriguing, it definitely was too and both sections flowed back and forth rather easily. With great writing and a compelling plot I do think this will be one that most readers will enjoy.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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470 reviews83 followers
December 17, 2018
The lies we told by Camilla Way is a book you really need to read in one sitting or if you have a spare weekend because it's a read which keeps you flipping the pages for the want of more.
If your looking for an evil child, people who can't take responsibility and obviously lies then this is the book for you.
It's an easy ,fast ,edge of your seat,with plenty of ' oh my god ' moments with twists you don't see coming kind of read.
I highly recommend this but be aware you need time to read it as you won't want to put it down.
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1,293 reviews2,962 followers
August 17, 2018
Dark, disturbing, but so incredibly entertaining! I don't think I have ever used the word delicious to describe a book but it fits because I totally ate this one up. This was one of those really enjoyable reading experiences and I can't wait for others to read it so I can hear their thoughts on the book.

So this book uses dual timelines to tell the story. In the present day, Clara's boyfriend, Luke, has disappeared. The book switches between that story line and the past in which Beth is having a difficult time (that's putting it mildly) raising her daughter Hannah. While you could say the main mystery would be what happened to Luke, there were so many other things that keep you guessing throughout the book. Definitely a lot of layers to the story.

Now would I say the story is perfect? No. I do have some slight problems with some of the stuff that happened near the end of the book. However, it did not affect my overall enjoyment of the story which is why I am giving it 5 stars. I picked up this book wanting to be entertained and it definitely delivered. This for sure is one of my favorite books I have read this year. Highly recommend giving this one a try if you like mysteries.

Thank you to Berkley for sending me an advance copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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309 reviews2,369 followers
November 14, 2018

Loved this! My quick thoughts:

If, like me, you were disappointed with Baby Teeth look no further than THE LIES WE TOLD! We have another Hanna, but in this novel, she is truly a frightening, dangerous child--so much more realistic.

The mysterious tone reminds me of Fiona Barton's The Child but I like this story so much more. One of my favorites this year!

Very twisty a la Claire Macintosh. There are major reveals around the 65% mark, but keep on reading--twists abound until the last few pages. This is great storytelling by a fabulous author.

The audio is perfection! Definitely worthy of your valuable Audible credit!
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1,228 reviews26.6k followers
March 26, 2022
So so so addicting and entertaining! I loved it! This is my October BOTM pick and it's a thriller that has two main POV's: Beth in the 1980's and Clara in 2017. Beth is the mother of this little girl Hannah, who is a rather dangerous little girl, and they aren't sure what exactly is wrong with her. Hannah's character was fascinating to me and she was very entertaining to read about. Then, we have Clara's POV in 2017, and her boyfriend Luke has recently gone missing and you are trying to figure out what happened and how these two timelines are connected.

This book was surprising as hell. I've read a lot of thrillers and I thought I had this one figured out, I made several predictions and I was wrong every time. I was so addicted to this story and the writing I found it very hard to put down. I felt so much for Beth and her struggles with her daughter and feeling so hopeless with trying to get help for her. I also was captivated by the mystery of Luke's disappearance and trying to figure out what happened.

This book was packed with plot twists and it has everything I look for in a good thriller! It even had some creepy, (spooky/paranormal) feeling scenes that gave me chills which made it perfect to read at this time of year in my opinion. I can't wait to read more from this author!

Book one of the Spookathon is complete!
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878 reviews1,272 followers
September 11, 2018
Cambridgeshire, 1980's

Doug and Beth Jennings are desperate to have a baby and after so many years and unsuccessful attempts they are over the moon when they are finally graced with a daughter, Hannah.

As time moves forward and as Hannah begins to grow Beth becomes unsettled by her daughters behavior. Hannah shows no remorse for anyone or anything. As the years tick by her behavior only becomes darker and more disturbing.

London, 2017

Clara and Luke are happily in love and have just moved into their first flat together. Everything is going just perfectly until the day Luke doesn't return from work. Clara is desperate to find him but in doing so she uncovers a plethora of secrets and lies.

These two seemingly unrelated stories will intersect in the most twisty of ways.

I read Camilla Ways, Watching Edie, and enjoyed it very much so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of this one and it did not disappoint. While I suspected some of what was happening I will say that the very last twist really dropped my jaw..I hadn't expected that at all and isn't that why we're all so addicted to these psych thrillers? Yes, yes it is!

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you, Goodreads!
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2,745 reviews1,616 followers
June 15, 2018
When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he has left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth.

With evidence to suggest that Luke has a stalker, Clara is worried that Luke has been kidnapped by them. Luke's older sister, Emma, had also disappeared twenty years ago without trace, but now Emma has made contact with Clara, and Emma offers to help Clara with her search for Luke. Emma refuses to talk about why she disappeared, but the more Clara digs, the more she is convinced the two incidents were connected.

What would you do if your boyfriend went missing? I would probably pick up the pieces and move on. Good job we are not all the same. The book seems to have two different storylines being told, but then they are joined together as the loose ends are tied up. One story is set in the 1980's in Cambridgeshire and the other is set in 2017 in London. I was quickly drawn into this gripping, fast paced tale. I do like the authors style in writing this book. I do recommend this book.
Profile Image for Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill.
539 reviews619 followers
July 29, 2020
**** Deal alert......Kindle deal....$1.99*****

OMG! I flipping loved this book! I don't know if I can even convey just how much I loved it! I had purposely not requested this as an ARC because I was trying to cut down on the TBR pile. Except I ended up caving in and ordering it. Hands down one of the best books I have read this year.

Every so often you start a book and you just know it is going to be one of the few that stand out from the rest. That is how this was for me. There were two really suspense filled stories going on with alternating chapters. Clara and her boyfriend Luke had recently moved into together and suddenly Luke goes missing. Little by little Clara finds out some disturbing information regarding Luke. Did Luke leave on his own accord or has he met a deadly fate?

Doug and Beth are raising their daughter Hannah. They are terrified of Hannah who is exhibiting sociopath behaviors. They are worried of what she might do next or if she will reveal their secret that they thought was buried in the past.

Hannah is down right terrifying! If she were my kid, trust me I would be locking my bedroom door at night for fear that she would do something crazy to me in my sleep. She really was that disturbing.

At this time of year I start to compile my top 10 list of books I have read, as many of you do. This defiantly is in my top 5!! I flew through this book and simply could not put it down. This was my first Camilla Way book, now excuse me as I go order my copy of Watching Edie! I can't recommend this book enough!
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324 reviews515 followers
October 5, 2018
I was a huge fan of Watching Edie (definitely recommend!) and was thrilled to hear that Camilla Way was coming out with a new book. A big thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book.

Clara’s boyfriend goes missing and a series of events occur that keep getting in the way of her investigation. There are layers upon layers of unexpected turns that begin to unfold and the reader is taken on wild ride along with the main character.

There are two timelines with different characters and I had absolutely no clue how the two were going to converge. I was definitely blown away by the reveal and didn’t see it coming. And may I just say, Hannah is going down as one of the creepiest characters ever!

This was a @6bookbesties read - Be sure to check out reviews from Kendall, Mackenzie, Holly, Jennifer and Berit.

3.5 stars
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750 reviews
November 18, 2018
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way is just that... Lies Secrets & absolute heartache it chilled me from the very first page to the Very last page its compulsive, addictive & a page turner. loved Beth Her character was strong @ had a sad past the pacing was right up there & the tension kept going at 100 miles an hour. I loved Watching Edie but this book had my heart pounding, Miss Way has upped the ante with this book. This was twisted in a way that you actually at times felt sorry for Hannah , her character was well written she was born bad. This book goes back to 1986 then moves forward to 2017.

Clara recently moved in with Luke she was so happy until one day she wakes up & Luke disappears she is totally bewildered to why he would just go, she tells Luke's best friend Mac & like her is shocked, its not until Clara finds out that Luke has been getting viscous emails, photos sent through the mail that someone has been watching him, to the point just doing the mundane things like getting into a car... Why would someone do that?

Meanwhile Beth had always thought something was wrong with her daughter Hannah from the day she was born, she just has a vacant stare that sends chills down Beth & Doug's spine , she is a manipulator, scary & very dangerous this was at age 3 Doug at first didn't quite believe Beth's stories she told him it wasn't until she was pregnant again & Toby was born that things started to spiral out of control.

Its not until Hannah overhears a phone call that things change with Beth she becomes neurotic & fears her secret will be revealed by Hannah, but Hannah just smiles at her, she knows she has Beth over a barrel.

We find out that Luke's sister Emily suddenly disappears at 18 never to return again, until one day Emily meets Hannah (AKA) Becky that a whole lot of red herrings stars to emerge That could destroy them all.


I absolutely loved this book it was dark very unsettling but compulsive reading I just had to know everything about each character there was so much going on it made my head spin at times, there was one OMG moment that threw me for a loop which I didn't see coming. Miss Way has a unique style that I love especially Hannah's character & the subject of Psychopathic children.

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774 reviews1,472 followers
September 5, 2018
I really wasn't expecting to fall head over heels with Camilla Way's The Lies We Told , but ladies and gentlemen, I DID. Every once in a while, a book comes along that completely captivates you—hook, line, and sinker, and I didn't know that it was going to be The Lies We Told . Wow—what a thrill of a ride!

Clara is at her flat in London, waiting for her boyfriend Luke Lawson to arrive from work, but he isn't responding to her text messages. After she notices that Luke's phone was left at home, she checks her computer to see if he's contacted her through email. When Clara checks her inbox, she notices that Luke has indeed emailed her, expecting to be home at a normal time. As Clara's suspicions grow, she contacts Luke's family, friends, and the police. As the investigation develops, evidence starts suggesting that Luke had a stalker, and a darker past than Clara ever realized. Luke's sister Emily had disappeared when he was a kid, and the family just erased her from their memory. As the investigation gains nationwide appeal, Emily she shows up to assist Clara in her search for Luke, but refuses to sit down with her family. Clara wants to find her boyfriend, but the dark secrets of Luke's family begins to come to the surface.

The Lies We Told is a story that you you must go in blind . I may have even told you too much, but I'm promising you that it's worth it. The mystery behind Luke's disappearance was cleverly written, with minor red herrings along with way, but nevertheless strong and convincing. It's rather difficult to stump me with new thriller-mysteries because the genre is so over-saturated, but The Lies We Told is here to slay!

The story juggles two POV's—one coming from Clara's perspective, while another twenty years prior. Both POV's are masterfully written, and convincing. Most of the characters in this story are unlikable, but multifaceted. I devoured this book in one sitting, but didn't plan to! #WhatAreChores The Lies We Told is kind of like if Zoje Stage's Baby Teeth and JT Ellison's Lie to Me had a love child. It should be on your TBR list, and you can thank me later after you fall in love with. Thank you Berkley Publishing for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. The Lies We Told will be released October 2018!
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