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How far would you go to protect your perfect life?

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every wom
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Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published October 11th 2018 by Bookouture
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Lori Hambrick I got the audio version. I made it about 3/4 of the way through and gave it up. I am curious to know the ending, but not enough to endure the last par…moreI got the audio version. I made it about 3/4 of the way through and gave it up. I am curious to know the ending, but not enough to endure the last part of the book. It was monotonous, maddening in the way the main character fought so hard for her blatantly unhealthy marriage (at least to the point I gave up on the story), and just got to be a lot of repetitive interior self-talk.(less)
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Susie Those events make sense, but you have to be paying real close attention & it’s understandable if that’s a struggle. (She did Christmas in October so s…moreThose events make sense, but you have to be paying real close attention & it’s understandable if that’s a struggle. (She did Christmas in October so she could stage it for Instagram, if I recall.) There is a lot of repetitive detail; I mean how many times is it said that hubby is attractive & desired by others? In this story, the wife’s apparent imposter syndrome, ruminating, & mental illness does get tiresome but it might be on purpose; putting the reader in her disturbed mind & make one feel trapped so as to empathize & possibly as red herring/distraction. The ending surprised me, but I’m not sure if it was worth slogging thru 99.5% of the novel to get to the resolution. (less)

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Maureen
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
On the face of it, Marianne appears to lead a charmed life. She’s married to renowned heart surgeon Simon, who also happens to be extremely handsome - they have three wonderful children, a stunning new home in the best part of town filled with the most expensive and tasteful furnishings. Wonderful isn’t it? Well actually no it isn’t, because under that very shiny and perfect veneer, lies something very dark indeed!

Marianne didn’t have the best start in life, she lost her mother at a very early a
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Kylie D
An ok thriller that sees Marianne have a seemingly perfect life, gorgeous surgeon husband, 3 fantastic children and a beautiful house and lifestyle. However, behind closed doors Marianne's husband Simon is abusive. He is controlling, and he bullies and humiliates her. He's had her committed for her mental health previously, and loves nothing more than to make life a living hell for Marianne. Then one day Simon mentions a woman he works with, Caroline, and Marianne is suddenly convinced he's havi ...more
Berit☀️✨
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
All that glitters is not gold...

Marianne has the perfect life, the perfect husband, the perfect children, the perfect townhouse... if you are a regular reader of the psychological thriller genre then you well know that everything or nothing is as it appears to be... but even Marianne has her head in the sand for the first 40% of this book... but then again ignorance is bliss!

The first 40% of this book really sets up the story, revealing to us the reader what a controlling, narcissistic, abusive,
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Pauline
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Our Little Lies by Sue Watson is a psychological thriller that takes you on a roller coasters ride of lies, manipulation and paranoia.
Marianne is married to a successful heart surgeon and lives in a beautiful home with her husband and three children. She is unable to trust her husband and imagines that he is having an affair and is insanely jealous. Her husband Simon is very controlling and cruel to her and undermines her with the children.
At the start of the book I found Marianne to be a winge
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Robin Bonne
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found Our Little Lies to be a mostly accurate portrayal of marriage to a narcissist. There were parts that had me in tears, and this was an extremely emotional read for me.

I am glad I gave this thriller a chance. The author doesn’t normally write books in genres that appeal to me, so I was nervous at the start. I’m glad she branched out into thrillers because she has quite the knack for it, and this one was good.

(TW: Domestic violence.)

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of
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Shalini
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am going to be standing alone when I post this review. But since this is my journey into the book, I have to write my honest views.

I didn’t like the book for the reasons below, and I am going to try to attach proof to my statements.

As repeatedly done in psychological thrillers of late, the male main character Simon, the husband thinks nothing while undermining his wife, Marianne, calling her unstable, and blaming her for every infraction and every imperfection around the house. In the first ha
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Jayme
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember the childhood game “Simon Says”?

Marianne appears to be living the perfect life, but you start to get the impression early on, that things are not quite so perfect when you learn that Marianne was up at 3 AM baking bread for breakfast, or when Simon calls her into the family room to show her how to PROPERLY fold the throw that is over the back of sofa...again.

Marianne had better do exactly what Simon Says, or there will be hell to pay.

Then one morning, Simon mentions another wom
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Lisa-Books Smiles
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again I CAN'T stop myself from reading domestic thrillers, it’s like putting a piece of chocolate cake in front of me and expecting me not to eat it. Not gonna happen! I ate this book up and it was delicious. Although the plot was not completely original it was still a fantastic read.
Thank you to Netgellay and the publishers for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Well Sue Watson fans, are you wondering if she can pull off a thriller genre? Wonder no more, the answer is yes! She was able to spin us a twisted tale worthy of the title psychological thriller.

Marianne Wilson has the world at her fingertips. Living a posh lifestyle with her cardio thoracic surgeon husband Simon and their children.

Marianne's sole job in life is to be a homemaker, the "perfect wife" to Simon aka Dr. Wilson. Of course Simon deserves dinner on the table waiting for him every nigh
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Selena
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-copy of Our Little Lies by Sue Watson from Netgalley for my honest review.

Marianne has the perfect life. She has a beautiful home in a beautiful neighborhood, a handsome husband and three beautiful children. Her husband, Simon is a surgeon and provides for his families lavish lifestyle. But one day Simon talks about his new co-worker, Charlotte. It is the way he says her name and speaks about her that puts Marianne on edge. She becomes very suspicious and decides to learn mor
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Amy
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5/5

Did you catch the authors name at the top of this post? Yes, it’s Sue Watson, the same lovely lady who writes romantic comedies that make me laugh hysterically one minute and then swoon the next. Little did I know that she has a dark side, she’s not all cakes and champagne, she went very dark for her latest book and it was amazing!! I’m even more in awe of her than I already was, she is fabulous at both genres and has an even bigger fan in me than I was before.

This had a slow burning style
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Heather W
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. I am really sorry to be posting a negative review on the day the book will be published, however, this is definitely not for me. Lovers of domestic dramas will love this book, and will probably want to look away now.

Starting with the characters, I hated all of them! The main character Marianne was unbelievably contradictory when it came to her internal dialogue - She talks about how nasty Simon is to her (more on that
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Lou
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our Little Lies is Sue Watson's first foray over to the dark side but she is by no means new to the publishing scene. Having written plenty of feel-good women's fiction books, this is her debut psychological thriller. It does play around with tropes but most thrillers do. Here, the story follows Marianne who appears to have everything, including the perfect life and surgeon husband. But appearances can be deceiving! To say she has issues would be an understatement, not totally of her own doing, ...more
Full of Lit
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5⭐️⭐️ I can see most people love this book. It's a taut psychological thriller that has you guessing from the start.

However, it didn't work for me. After getting 20% into the book, I thought I was going to lose my mind from reading the word perfect repeatedly.

Simon had to have everything perfect. My perfect family. Our perfect house. I think we all got the point after the 10th perfect.

With the protagonist, Marianne, I didn't know what to think. First I thought her husband was a jerk, then I w
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Chloe
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
To an outsider it may seem as if Marianne leads a perfect life , an attentive handsome t surgeon husband Simon ,perfect three kids , a beautiful home but looks can be deceiving. In actual life though Simon is a controlling narcissistic who drives great pleasure in putting Marianne down. So when Marianne hears him utter another woman’s name she is determined to find out the truth about their relationship but sometimes the truth is better left untold

Our Little Lies is a dark psychological thrille
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Gary
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another addictive psychological thriller my one of my new favourite authors Sue Watson. Yet again Sue Watson invents another unattractive character that makes this book an addictive read. This time it is Simon the husband with a roving eye.

Marianne appears to live a life to die for, a beautiful house in a much sought after street and three wonderful children that she adores. Her past life though was far from happy, losing her mother at an early age she grew up in foster care. But now she is marr
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Sarah
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I am a huge fan of this authors books. She writes the most fabulous stories and I know I am always guaranteed the best reading experience. When I saw that she had written a book outside of her usual genre and one of my favourite genres, well I was beyond excited. There is always that little niggle though at the back of your mind as to whether they can carry it off or not. Well shame on me for even having that little niggle as she well and truly nailed it!

This is very much a mix of dark domestic
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Julie Parks
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Think of it as a dark domestic thriller and you won't be disappointed.
Perfect for fans of hidden truths that coexist under the same roof as well as fictional paranoia-holics.

Thank you NetGalley for this copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Jayme
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Do you remember the childhood game “Simon Says”?

Marianne appears to be living the perfect life, but you start to get the impression early on, that things are not quite so perfect when you learn that Marianne was up at 3 AM baking bread for breakfast, or when Simon calls her into the family room to show her how to PROPERLY fold the throw that is over the back of sofa...again.

Marianne had better do exactly what Simon Says, or there will be hell to pay.

Then one morning, Simon mentions another wom
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Eva
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You may be familiar with Sue Watson from her Ice-Cream Café series but now, Sue has decided to join the dark side. Our Little Lies is is her first psychological thriller and holy guacamole, is it tense or what? Answer, yes, yes it is.

Marianne seems to have it all. She’s married to a successful surgeon, has three wonderful children and lives in the most delightful house in a wonderful neighbourhood. Until the day, her husband mentions a colleague called Caroline. There is just something about the
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Denise
Oct 11, 2018 added it
"Our present is informed by our past, the fears, the insecurities -- the loss"

I dare you to put this psychological drama down once you've started! The narrative, driven by the voice of Marianne Wilson, creates incredible tension and a sense of foreboding as the story evolves. Marianne -- wife to Dr. Simon Wilson, "the dashing and brilliant cardiac surgeon", stepmother to 17-year-old Sophie, and mother of 6-year-old boy twins -- has been married for 10 years. The family lives at the prestigious N
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• Jodi Bibliophile •
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Considering it didn't have the most original twist that I was looking for, I actually enjoyed this book. There were a few endings I felt would have mad it so much better but all in all I have a marvelous time reading it. ...more
Steve
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointed in this book. Sounded so good but found all the characters so unlikeable that I really didn't care what happened to them. ...more
Julie Lacey
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping read and I really enjoyed it.
Marianne seems to have a fabulous life with her handsome surgeon husband Simon, but all is not what it seems.
Simon does as he wants, with who he wants and then accuses Marianne of ‘imagining everything’ and is angry at her for even daring to question him.
He made my blood boil whilst reading the book and his nastiness made me uncomfortable.
I won’t say too much more as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, but I can say that the book delivers an e
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Kylie
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I had a love hate relationship with this book. I'm so sick of weak door mat women that have no self worth. I feel like I've read alot of books with this type of character lately. However it did get better. ...more
Ali
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars only.
There some really good parts, and I liked the main character. But first it was going too slow with virtually nothing happening. Then it picked up but the ending felt rushed and bleak.
Karen
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well what a change of genre for Sue Watson. From Lemon Cakes to the dark side!

To outsiders, Marianne and her successful, handsome surgeon husband Simon might seem to have the perfect life and marriage. Three lovely children, a beautiful house and a lifestyle to envy, however not everything is as it seems.

Marianne wants to be the perfect wife. She cleans and cooks and looks after the children so that her busy husband Simon isn’t bothered by the minutiae of domestic life. After all, he never stops
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Renita D'Silva
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every single one of this wonderful author's books and when I saw that she had made the switch into psychological thriller genre I was thrilled, to say the least! This author is amazing, she writes with heart and this although a different genre for her, was no different. This was a carefully crafted, exquisite gem of a book. The book unfolds in one way and gradually the story is revealed, the twists taking you by surprise. I loved this amazing book and as always with this author, was ...more
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was super excited to learn that one of my favourite authors was mixing genres. Sue Watson has historically written VERY funny books that I am a huge fan of. To learn she was releasing a thriller made me kind of nervous..... Turns out I was worrying over nothing. So when I read the synopsis I admit I was surprised as it didn't sound that....you know...thrilling! Again turned out I was wrong and boy was I in for more than one surprise. First off Marianne is front and centre as the woman married ...more
Tapasya
The book begins with the main character, Marianne giving us a picture that she is not good enough as a wife and a mother. Also she thought that her husband, Simon was such a saint man who has to bear a wife like her (Even though it’s clear that he is least interested in his family life)

The story was becoming stagnant and giving a bit of a repetitive feel. I kept waiting for something big to happen. Something to breathe some life back into this story. It was a lot of talk, but not much action.

The
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Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written eighteen novels, many have been translated into several languages. Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her thrillers OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, THE EMPTY NEST, THE SISTER-IN-LAW, FIRST DATE and her latest, THE FOREVER HOME.

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“said he was attracted to the way I lived my life, the way I’d dance easily, laugh loudly, fill a room with colour; but instead of sitting back and enjoying the butterfly, he caught it. He framed me like a butterfly, pinning me into his frame, but the pins that hold the butterfly in place are not easily visible, and no one can see I’m being held down. Over the years the butterfly has faded – he’s stripped me of everything that made me what I was, and now he’s left with this dull, colourless woman who’s scared to say what she really thinks. And I can’t dance any more. It’s hard to reconcile the person I once was with the woman I am now, standing helplessly in my beautiful bedroom with handmade oak wardrobes and gold silk eiderdown. The only reason I get out of bed in the morning is my children; they are my reason to live, and without them I don’t think I would survive. Things have never been perfect between Simon and I, but until Caroline, my life was bearable, but now I see her curling up on our king-sized bed. She’s lounging seductively on our sofa, arms around the boys, my boys, and she’s in my kitchen serving breakfast. This woman wants to take over my husband, but she’ll also take over my life,” 1 likes
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