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The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…

Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her
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Published December 4th 2019 by Bookouture
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Peter
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, crime
Preservation
The Lies We Hide is a disturbing, heart-breaking and cleverly observed story of abuse and its repercussions on a family. This family drama delves into the moments that constitute the obvious physical abuse from a cruel husband, but also the malignant psychological torment and fear that affects the whole family.

Carol is married to Ted and they have a son Graham and daughter Nicola (Nicky). Their childhood has been spent witnessing their mother being beaten, leaving home and
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Ceecee
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a moving story and one I would highly recommend. In fact, thanks to the author, I stayed awake far longer than was sensible in order to keep reading and today passed on going to the gym just to finish it. So now I’m tired and unfit!! It’s hard to sum up what this story is about as it covers so many things but let’s say that it starts with the horror of domestic abuse but then shows that does not have to define you. That with love there is hope, that with a strong sense of family ...more
Mandy White
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of S E Lynes books but this one for me was very different. Not to say that I didn't enjoy it but this was a change of genre for this author. Her usual psychological thrillers have me hooked straight away and desperate to know how it ends. In The Lies We Hide the story was more emotional and character driven. I did enjoy it but it was much slower than I am used to.

The Lies We Hide is the story of a family and how they suffer a life with domestic violence. After Carol, the mother
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Debra
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Returning home for her Mother's funeral, Nicola Watson, now a successful lawyer, looks back on the life she led with her Mother and older brother, Graham. She remembers the sacrifices her mother made for her children. She especially recalled how her Mother made sure she did everything she could to ensure her daughter received a good education. She also recalls how her older brother changed after the night they fled from their father - the man who abused their Mother. That night changed ...more
Mark
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An evocative family drama!
The author writes stand alone brilliant psychological thrillers so was interested to read this and see if a change in direction would alter the writing or indeed the poignancy of this book
It didn’t!
This book ( and I am finding this review difficult as don’t want to give too much away ) is a derailed almost forensic account of, in basic terms, what domestic abuse can do to a family, not only the victim but the extended family and indeed the perpetrator and how one
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Erin Clemence
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date: December 4, 2019

“The Lies We Hide” by S.E Lynes is a little bit women’s fiction mixed with a little bit of suspense, with some family drama to wash it all down.

Thirty years ago, Carol woke up her sleeping children and packed up their lives, leaving her abusive husband behind. Now, Nicola is a lawyer trying to seek justice, and her brother Graham is trying
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Samantha Gonsalves
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Lies we Hide is an emotional, twisty and intensely gripping read! this is a book you'll find very difficult to put down. Deeply rooted in family drama this book takes us through the life of the Watson family- a normal family according to anyone else but Carol Watson and her kids. It's an emotive and powerful read that touches your heart and has the power to get you thinking.

When Carol Watson bundled up her kids Nicola and older son Graham one night and set out into the unknown, she didn't
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Philippa Mckenna
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Almost three years ago to this day, I read S.E. Lynes' debut novel, Valentina. Since then, I've read and loved every one of the four books that followed, but none of them quite managed to tip Valentina from the top spot. Until today. The Lies We Hide is probably one of - no, scratch that - it's probably THE best book I've read this year. It has everything. An amazing writing style, a realistic and fantastic storyline, characters you will absolutely love and absolutely loathe, characters you will ...more
Sara Bailey
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lies We Hide

We all have secrets, things we didn’t do, lies we told in all innocence or maybe not. Three stories, three secrets, twisted and braided together to form a perfect whole.

I won’t lie, I sobbed a good way through The Lies We Hide and for two days my life went on hold while the story of Carol, Graham and Nicola held me hostage, emerging red eyed, exhausted and elated - without a tissue left in the house. My initial response on finishing was an inarticulate, ‘Wow!'

This is an
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Pauline
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Carol is a victim of domestic abuse and runs away with her two children in the middle of the night as she fears for her life.
This story is told in different timelines and by different characters and I found it failed to keep my interest.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Shalini
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book which would stay with me for a long time. A gritty tale of domestic abuse and secrets. Some families had it tough and they made sacrifices. Love bound them even when they didn't know how to show it.

Carol was abused, she left her husband, Jim came into her life. But her son Graham was lost to her. Daughter Nicky made something out of herself.

In between these lines, there was a story of a family's journey from 1984 to 2019.

Author S. E. Lynes has surpassed herself, her previous
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Romancereadingaddict
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. Anyone triggered by domestic abuse shouldn’t read this book. This book is told through the different characters. Nicola the daughter is a lawyer and seeks justice, Graham was in jail and learning t9 be “normal “after his jail time. It talks a lot about carol the mother who was married to Ted who was an alcoholic who constantly abused her. I would feel so much pain for carol and what she suffered. The twists and surprises in this book makes you think about it days after ...more
Sarah
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There is so much I want to say about this story but I don’t think even then, I could ever do it the justice it deserves.

The story itself flicks between present day and the past. In present day we meet Nicola as she comes to terms with the loss of her mum. In the past, we get to know Carol, the mum, as well as see what life was like when Nicola and her brother Graham were growing up.

For me the stand out characters in this book were Carol and Graham. Through Carol we get to see what life is like
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Audrey Gibson
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't have the words to say how much I loved this story. I know it's not a thriller but it felt like it to me, and more. I got the same nervous feelings, the butterflies in my tummy I would if I was reading a thriller. I connected with the characters from the very beginning, they felt real!

The story is based on domestic abuse but it's got so much more - grief, fear, friendship, kindness and most of all love and family.

I don't want to go into too much of the story in fear of giving away
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Louise Wilson
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol lived with her abusive husband and their two children, Nicole and Graham. Ted was a drunk, a bully and he liked to use her as a punch bag. Carol tried to hide her abuse from her children, friends and family. She eventually manages to escape with her children. Nicole is now a lawyer. Shes returned home for her mother's funeral. Graham has inherited his father's temper as well as the substance abuse. He now in prison.

The story is told from three peoples perspectives: Carol, the mother.
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Andrea Pole
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes is a powerful story of domestic abuse, the enduring and unbreakable bonds of family, and the lengths that we will go to for those we love. This is a domestic drama that will get under your skin, and will not soon be forgotten after the last page has been turned.

Nicola and her brother Graham are only children when their mother Carol wakes them in the night to flee the family home in order to escape the horrors of domestic abuse that Carol has long endured. In the
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Sheri
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like S. E. Lynes’ books, and I loved The Lies We Hide, although I’m not wild about the bandwagon-jumping “lies” title (aren’t lies, by definition, generally hidden anyway?). By the end, it seemed to make slightly more sense, but I still feel there could’ve been a much better title for a book I otherwise really liked.

Anyway... in the present day Nicola, a London lawyer, is grieving the death of her mother, Carol, after receiving the news from her brother Graham. Although the “now”
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Janice Lombardo
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant domestic thriller ! WOW!! Loved this book - almost read it straight through.

The story begins in 1968 when Carol (who is pregnant) and her boyfriend, Ted, become engaged at an amusement park.

Ted and Carol's daughter, Nicola, is now a lawyer in her 30's. She receives the tragic news that her mother has passed away. Returning to her hometown for the funeral, Nicola becomes nostalgic...

From there the story is told among a few narrators and from past and present. Some of the past (and
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Bespectacled Petal
I got a free advance readers’ copy in exchange for my honest review.

Domestic violence is one of society’s darkest secrets. What is the worst part of domestic violence is the fact that many times the victims blame themselves. They think that the violence is due to their wrongdoings.

The Lies We Hidestarted off as a domestic violence story. Nicola is now a successful lawyer with a beautiful family. However, her mother, Carol, has recently died. She now has to return home for the funeral. Nicola
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Susan Hampson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Nicola returns to her mother's home to sort out her possessions, after she had died, she comes across things that jolt her memories from childhood. She had only been 10 years old when her mum woke her and her brother up to leave in the middle of the night. The memories that her mum Carol had shared with her, began to fit together like a jigsaw, her innocence of childhood was going to crumble around her the more she dug into the past.
Susie Lynes captured the late 1960s and 70s perfectly as
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Misfits farm
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two timelines, one of a mother in the mid eighties and her abusive husband, one of the daughter Nicola in present day now grown and with a family of her own sorting out her mother’s funeral. A family having to move in the dead of night because of how the father treats the mother. The upset it causes to all of them but mostly to Graham the son who quickly withdraws into his shell. We also have occasional chapters from Richard who has just started as a prison chaplain. A shy introvert himself with ...more
Lee Husemann
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the very end. This book is done in a then and now format starting in 1968 to present day 2019 with a lot in between. Ted Watson and Carol Green get married and have two children, Graham and Nicola. Ted is an alcoholic and is very abusive to Carol and after trying to strangle her in the bathtub, she takes the children and goes to a safe house. There are several different story lines going on that are all nicely ...more
Gillian Moore
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book a million stars I would. I literally read this over two nights, barely stopping for breath. An exceptional story. It was real and moving and so powerful. My absolute favourite by one of the best authors out there.

The story follows Carol who, with her two young children have escaped her abusive husband Ted. The story alternates through past and present, showing the timeline of the couple falling in love, to the abuse, through to the family's escape. The author does a
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Tracy Fenton
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mairi
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I had read by this author and I’ll certainly check out her others. The story switches between the present and the events from previous decades. It is told from the viewpoint of the different main characters all of whom are believable and well written. Not always an easy read since one becomes involved with the emotional turmoil that has led to the present. I thought I had it all figured out and didn’t see the twist at the end coming at all.
Lizzie
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know when you find one of those books that you know you are going to love right from the first few pages? This is one of those, it's fast paced and kept me up reading nearly all night last night, I couldn't stop! I can't recommend it enough, it's my favourite read this year so far, thank you S E Lynes:)
Emma Shaw
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Lies We Hide is a story about a family trying to make it through the trials and trauma life throws their way. A story about secrets, lies, guilt and forgiveness. Of a mother’s strength and sacrifice to keep her children safe.

The story is told in three timelines: In 1984 Carol flees with her children in the middle of the night after her abusive husband, Ted, tries to kill her. In 1992 Richard is a prison chaplain trying to reach an inmate, Graham, and help lift the heavy burden of guilt he
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Emma Shaw
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lies We Hide is a story about a family trying to make it through the trials and trauma life throws their way. A story about secrets, lies, guilt and forgiveness. Of a mother’s strength and sacrifice to keep her children safe.

The story is told in three timelines: In 1984 Carol flees with her children in the middle of the night after her abusive husband, Ted, tries to kill her. In 1992 Richard is a prison chaplain trying to reach an inmate, Graham, and help lift the heavy burden of guilt he
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Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Known for her work in the psychological thriller genre, The Lies We Tell is new territory for Susie in the literacy fiction world and she definitely nails it! There are not too many books that get under my skin and stay with me long after I have finished them, but this book really got to me and will be forever engrained in my memory. I will always be shouting it from the rooftops that you need to read this book when I’m asked for a recommendation on what to read! However, *Warning* Make sure you ...more
Teresa
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…

When Susie Lynes announced that her latest book was due for release I was very excited, as I always am when she makes that announcement, as I've loved all her previous work which have all been psychological thrillers, albeit each one different to the last. This one is so very much different from her others and when I read the blurb I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle it, as the subject was in danger of dredging up the past for me but, as it's
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S E Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL.
After graduating from Leeds University, Susie lived in London before moving to Aberdeen where she worked as a producer at the BBC before moving with her husband, Paul, and two young children to Rome.
In Rome, she began to write, snatching time where she could. After the birth of her
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