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One More Lie

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  955 ratings  ·  130 reviews

How do you live with yourself as an adult when you were convicted of murder as a child?

And when you can't remember the crime...

Charlotte wants a fresh start. She wants to forget her past, forget her crime – and, most of all, forget that one terrible moment.

It’s the reason she’s been given a new name, a new life. The reason

Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Cornerstone Digital
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Gripping, chilling, & sinister!

ONE MORE LIE by AMY LLOYD is an engaging, dark, suspenseful, and thrilling psychological suspense novel that immediately grabbed my attention and held taut right to the very last page. I was hooked right from the very first page and was racing through those pages as fast as I possibly could to see exactly who was deceiving who. The short chapters definitely helped to make this a fast-paced and quick read whilst ratcheting up the intensity level as the story pro
Brenda - Traveling Sister
4.5 Stars

One More Lie is a fast-paced, suspenseful engaging and chilling read. From the very first pages, I was hooked wanting to know about the tangle of lies that lead to one more lie.

The premise of this story is disturbing and chilling here with the thought and reality of children so young committing crimes. I was fascinated by the unhealthy and toxic relationships here between the characters at a young age and the impact it had on them after a crime was committed. Amy Lloyd did push that un
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating disturbing psychological thriller that had me fully immersed in the mind of an unreliable protagonist crippled by anxiety, fear, isolation, lack of social skills and emotional maturity. Asks the pertinent question of whether or not you believe child murderers are born pre-disposed to kill or are shaped by the environment they grow up in? And also, if those who take a life can ever be redeemed? I won't deny that I found some parts tough to read, but Amy Lloyd handled difficult subje ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
One More Lie is the second book published by author Amy Lloyd and having read her first I was extremely curious how the second would be. Both of the books are fictional stories based off real life crimes and I was a little iffy on the first but still intrigued but in my opinion this one got even better.

One More Lie tells the story of Charlotte, a woman now in her late twenties that has just been released from prison. The twist with Charlotte’s story though is she doesn’t actually remember whethe
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Disturbing and Shocking!
This book tells the story of ‘Charlotte’ and Sean, 2 adults released back into the world after serving time, time for a murder, a murder they committed as children, they murdered a child, a disabled child
The story cannot help but be uncomfortable reading due to the nature of the story,,both are not likeable in any shape or form, yet the story is fascinating as it is abhorrent as it unfolds and goes from then to now and you learn more and more what really did happen that d
A psychological thriller that examines the mind of an unreliable character who is struggling with anxiety, grief, and fear.
Charlotte and Sean at the age of 10 were convicted of murdering their classmate. Charlotte spends time in jail for the crime but doesn't remember doing so and has blocked the event out. Recently on parole, Charlotte is trying to put her life together and moves into a halfway house while keeping a job. Everything seems fine for Charlotte until she continues to think about Se
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Amy Lloyd’s The Innocent Wife so much I couldn’t wait to dive into this next book, although with caution, not wanting to be disappointed like I’ve been so many times before (I’m referring to you Caroline Kepnes!). And to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised Amy managed to capture my interest with this story just as strongly as she did it with the plot of her first book. As disturbing or shocking as it was, it let me wonder from the beginning to end, and that alone deserves all my stars!
Mandy White
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One More Lie by Amy Lloyd had me staying up way past my bedtime reading. I was sucked into the story from the very beginning and curious to see how it was going to play out. I read and really enjoyed Amy's first book so I was keen to get hold of this one too. The subject isn't an easy one to read about but it was handled really well by the author. With a main character who is suffering memory loss it is hard to know what the truth is.

Charlotte is finally free from prison. As a child she was conv
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
A fascinating look at how your upbringing can both determine your life and shape it in ways you least expect.

Lloyd's psychological thriller, One More Lie was both interesting and horrific at times. With an unreliable narrator both from, not one, but two point of views, it keeps you on edge guessing who the bad guys are or if the bad guy even exists.

With memory loss, denial, and an upbringing that was less than stellar, both MCs keep you wondering which one is evil and which one was an angel an
Liz Barnsley
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One More Lie is a pacy and addictive psychological thriller, with themes of memory and responsibility, following Charlotte and Sean as they attempt to put the past behind them.
There’s a childlike quality to Charlotte and a confrontational layer to Sean and the author keeps you wondering about where the responsibility lies for the horrific events of years ago.
This is a novel of layered personality, nature and nurture and is cleverly plotted to keep things edgy until the truth is revealed.
Great wr
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of One More Lie by Amy Lloyd from NetGalley for my honest review.

When Charlotte was a little girl she and her best friend, Shaun were convicted of the kidnapping and murder of a young boy. There were people who blamed Shaun and people that blamed Charlotte but more than anything everyone felt sympathy for the mother of the son.

Charlotte is now on parole and ready to move forward and put the past behind her. She has a new identity and is living in a halfway house but has
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book some time out and read One More Lie, I promise you won't regret it. I'm just like some other readers, it's left an imprint on me, I'm still thinking about this book. No one knows Charlotte's real identity, she's just been released from prison along with Sean. The headlines in the paper read evil duo realeased from prison. Charlotte has to wear an electronic tag. She is extremely lucky to have been given a job, therefore Charlotte has the opportunity to put the past behind her, but will she ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
With the intro before the main plot began, I was expecting something more regarding the new identity, cosmetic surgery party but this was never addressed throughout the read, which was a bit of a let down. However, I quickly managed to forget about this once I became engaged in Charlotte's story.

The POV goes back and forth from past to present and also through Sean's eyes at various moments. Charlotte's main line has her a bit of an unreliable narrator as she cannot remember the past to reconci
(3.5) I was taken by surprise by how much I enjoyed this. I admit I picked it up because a) I needed something easy to read and b) the ebook was 99p; I assumed it'd be at least mildly enjoyable because I liked Lloyd's debut, The Innocent Wife. At first glance, the premise here seems rather less original. There's recently been a boom in UK thrillers about people who committed terrible crimes when they were kids – the inevitable result of a generation of emerging crime writers who grew up with the ...more
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
This is the first book I read by this author. I found it to be increasingly engaging. The twists and turns and unexpected events throughout the story result in a read that it’s hard to put down. This book has all the hallmarks of a great suspense book: interesting premise, excellent character development, flowing dialogue and unexpected twists. I really enjoyed the protagonist, not despite her flaws, but because of them. The author chose to develop the protagonists flaws as a result of her tragi ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One More Lie is about a woman named Charlotte. She want s to forget the past and move on. Only she can’t. She sees a therapist and has an ankle bracelet living in a halfway house. She wants to forget Sean her friend from the past. But she can’t because somehow he contacted her. She finds herself remembering more and more of her past and finding out it’s not easy to escape what she has done
Christina McDonald
A pacy mystery with a catchy hook and an intriguing premise. The characters didn't develop much, but if you like flat character development and an interesting plotline, this is an easy read that I finished in one day.
Book of Secrets
Jun 23, 2019 marked it as its-me-not-you-dnf  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. Unfortunately I'm stopping at 25% as the story and characters just aren't clicking with me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'm struggling with this one. Maybe it's having a child as the supposed murderer? Just a bit too depressing for me at the moment, will pass for now.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, friendship, lies, manipulation, justice.

Content Warning: suicidal thoughts, domestic abuse

Review to come but I couldn't put it down.
Melissa In The City
This book had me from the first page and didn't let go until the last word.
*May cause paranoia

The characters were so well built and the scenes were so incredibly and darkly set.
Thank you #Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review, which is I loved this book and could not put it down. Finished it in one day. Highly recommend!
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amy Lloyd does not write about easy topics and her books may not appeal to everyone. In fact, I’m not sure how I ended up with two of her books on my kindle but clearly the kindle fairy didn’t wave her magic wand and put them there! However, I thought this one was a lot more thought provoking than her previous book even though it deals with the unpalatable theme of child killers. The book is told principally from the perspective of ‘Charlotte’ and less so of Sean. It’s very hard to feel much emp ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“I try not to think of the worst thing. The thing I still haven’t told anyone. The thing that squirms and scratches at the inside of my skull.”

One More Lie is a disturbing, creepy, sinister slow burn with deliciously increasing suspense that ends with a startling punch-to-the-solar-plexus kind of twist.

I was so mind-blown by the author's capability to create an eight-year-old like Lilly with such precision, and building her up into the woman she is today. Amy Lloyd created this fascinating chara
Such a fast read, kept me totally interested throughout. It was more creepy and disturbing than a real mystery though.
The problems I had with it:
As with a bunch of books I've read recently, there's just NO way that kids this young could pull something off like this. I didn't find much that was happening to fit with their stated ages. Maybe I'm wrong, but it just wasn't believable to me.
I thought the punishment for the crime(s) didn't really match their ages and their actual involvement. You can
Sherri Thacker
I’m really not sure about this book. After reading it, It did leave me a bit confused as to what just happened so I’m giving it 2 stars. Didn’t love it and I I didn’t hate it.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The lure to this novel is the same as the lure to Lloyd’s previous novel, The Innocent Wife, and that’s the ‘ripped from the headlines’ nature of the story. A childhood spent in prison – the very idea of children committing a serious crime creates a warped curiosity in us because it’s so against the status quo. And what Lloyd does in this novel is feed into that curiosity. We want to know what Charlotte did, and why, how; we want to like her as an adult so we can forgive her actions as a child.

Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One More Lie by Amy Lloyd is a suspenseful, character-driven mystery.

Charlotte Donaldson is on parole again and this time, she wants to make sure she does not endanger her freedom. Living in a halfway house and wearing an ankle monitor, she is uneasy in social situations. Due to her long time in institutions, Charlotte does not do well without a strict, regimented schedule. Despite her anxiety, she begins her new job and continues seeing her therapist, Dr. Evelyn Isherwood. The one thing Charlot
Kathleen Gray
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you overcome your past? Charlotte and Sean were convicted of killing a disabled child when they were children themselves- 10 years old. Now they've been released and given new identities. Charlotte's worked through some of her issues (bad childhood even before the murder) but she does't remember what really happened. This one raises some uncomfortable questions. It also moves back and forth in time- which works well in this case because it builds the tension and questions in your mind. Thank ...more
Marc Bougharios
3.5 stars

I have heard so much about The Innocent Wife and haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, but I wil look into after reading this novel.

Charlotte and Sean have both done things in the past. They have paid the price, but now they are out of prison and are starting their new lives. But it's hard to keep the past locked up when it's full of secrets...

A job well done to Amy Lloyd! I always love novels that have multiple timelines because I enjoy the switching back and forth between past and
Shannon Dyer
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2019, arc
Eerie! Review to come at AAR.
Heather LitChick4ever
This book switches between two narrators and also moves back and forth between then and now. This is a slow burn style of psychological suspense novel up until the big reveal very close to the end of the book. I found at some points, the book jumped around a bit too much for me and the plot was difficult to follow. I felt some parts of the novel could have been left out without greatly affecting the story overall.

I was a tad bit disappointed in the ending. The author handled some difficult subje
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