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Lies that Bind: Unraveling the Secrets of a Dysfunctional Family

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A missing young woman. A grieving mother. An investigative journalist determined to find answers. 

From the bestselling author of the Sweet Tea Tuesdays and Only One Life comes a suspenseful story of three women who, in search of freedom from the lies that bind them, experience personal growth, discovery, and forgiveness. 

Ten years ago, Reese Carpenter disappeared from the
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Leisure Time Books
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Larry H
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars.

You've got to love a book that hooks you from start to finish. Ashley Farley's newest book, Lies That Bind did just that for me, so much so that I read the entire book in just a few hours.

For 10 years, Eva has wondered whether her daughter, Reese, is still alive. Eva's husband was driving Reese home from college over Thanksgiving when they were in a single-car accident and he was killed, but Reese was nowhere to be found at the scene of the accident. Did someone kidnap her? Did she
Ashley Farley is one of my favorite authors! She can definitely write characters that you will love, admire, and would want to become friends with in real life! This is an emotional story that gripped me right from the very beginning. I love that!

The story was told in three point of views of three amazingly strong women, Eva, Reese and Maggie. Each had their own stories and their reason to keep their lies going. All three characters were realistic, broken, and trying to deal with their issues o
Lies That Bind is a rollercoaster of a ride! When I have a new Ashley Farley book, I know I'm not going to get any sleep because her books are "stay up all night til you finish" good. I can't wait to see what she writes next! ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Kate Rock and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Lies That Bind
By: Ashley Farley

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
Have you ever considered the various odd and seemingly mundane bits and pieces of life improbably connecting one stranger to another? More often than not, these connections are inconsequential. Sometimes, though, they are profound and life changing. In Lies That Bind, three women, Eva, Reese and Maggie, have lived very d
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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If there's one thing I know to be true about Ashley Farley's writing style it's that she knows how to create realistic and authentic characters that capture the heart. Lies That Bind is the story of three women, Reese, Eva & Maggie who have all been dealt cards that have forced them to make tough decisions. Throughout the story we learn more about each of these women, along with several other interesting individuals. Serious issues including abuse, alcoholism and unplanned pregnancy all come int ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Ashley Farley has done it again! This is an intricately woven story of three women whose lives intersect to take you on a wild journey. We have Eva whose husband died in a car accident and whose nineteen year old daughter disappeared. Maggie who lives across the street from Eva and married a man who is not who he seems, and Reese, the daughter who vanished ten years ago. This story is told from these three women's points of view. This story is filled with secrets and lies. It is also filled with ...more
Keri Bradsher
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book to read and give my honest review.

Ashley Farley is a master at creating characters that capture your heart. The characters in this book are no different. Reese (Anna), Eva, and Maggie are three women that life has thrown curveballs at. They make you want to pull your hair out at the choices they make, but at the same time hug them and shelter them.
Lies That Bind is a look into the lives of three women who are facing hardship because of life choices. On more than
Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished up Lies That Bind by Ashley Farley last night and I’m still thinking about it as I finish up my morning coffee. This isn’t your typical warm and fuzzy women’s fiction novel. When I first glanced at the front cover, that’s what I was expecting. Just a fun, feel good story about three women’s lives. Oh boy, this novel is SO much more than that. Yes, this is a beautiful story about how three women come together, support one another and form a strong and fundamental connection. But it als ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'm conflicted on how to review this novel. I enjoyed some elements of the story, but I felt the author rushed through certain parts or skimmed over significant events that normally would leave a person feeling traumatized. And, because of this, it was hard to connect to the characters. Just an ok read for me
Susan (The Book Bag)
Ashley Farley has done it again! She has woven a beautiful, heartfelt story of three strong and independent women that will grab you from the very first words and draw you in until the very end. Her stories are always full of great characters that become like friends to me. I love reading her books but I am always a little sad when they are done. I thoroughly love my time in her worlds.

Lies That Bind is a story that will capture your attention.... and your heart. Reese, Eva, and Maggie are thre
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set aside a day to just read this! You will be engrossed in the plot at page one!

Wow! Suspense, mystery, family dysfunction, love and friendship are all yours in this novel!
I love my new friends!
Reese, Eva, and Maggie are three strong women with many similarities; each having run from life's hardships to survive.
There is so much heartache causing anger, pain, hopelessness and fear in their lives.
Will these ladies get past the trauma's they have experienced and outrun?
Can they move on when the
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
his was my first book I've read by this author and I was blown away! It was amazing and I've already added a bunch of her books to my tbr.

First I loved how the story was told from multiple points of view, the different prespectives and ways the stories intertwined added to my enjoyment of the novel.
Reese has been missing for 10 years. Her father was killed in a car accident on his way home for Christmas break after picking Reese up from College. Reese was no where to be found, it was like she v
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite Ashley Farley book. I’ve loved and enjoyed several but this one is best in my opinion. It touches on so many things. From happiness, abuse, alcoholism, death, identity stealing, rape, disappearances, unexpected pregnancy and even in my opinion taking advantage of a person who is drinking and taking something. It has a lot going on but easy to follow.

This book starts out strong and keeps building until you find out everything you could possibly want to know about each c
Melissa Borsey
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ashley Farley is such a wonderful storyteller. This book is filled with emotion and suspense right up until the very end. Well worth the read. I thank the Author for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to wait between Ashley Farley books as each one is better than the last. They all become my favorites! I really enjoyed the ladies from this one and the various struggles they were faced with. This one has a lot of suspense with an abusive husband, a missing daughter, alcoholism and the journey through the lives of these women; once seeming weak and now learn to be strong. Enjoyed every minute of it! Thanks to the author for the ARC for my honest review.
Bambi Rathman
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Farley is a wonderfully gifted creator of stories that draw the reader in and then holds them through every page to the very end. The title alone has a mysterious essence to it and made me wonder what kind of lies can a character keep that would bind them. I was ready to open this book and see what this mystery is all about. I have read several of Ashley Farley's books and looked forward to this one knowing it would be a great read. And a great read it was.

There is no slowing down in this
I haven't been having a lot of luck lately in picking any really good mystery books lately. Even those that get a lot of stars seem to be average or below. I somehow came across this and thought from the beginning that this finally might be a book that was finally interesting and one that I could stick with and you know what? I was right, finally! This wasn't really a murder/mystery but I truly did enjoy this new read by a new author. It says on her website that the author writes "about women fo ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by the author I definitely plan on reading more of her books. After reading this one Ashley Farley gained a new fan in me.

This was a great read that I flew through in two nights. The story goes back in forth from present time to 10 years in the past. The chapters alternate between the 3 main character’s Reese, Eva, and Maggie. Each of these ladies have made decisions that have altered their own lives and the lives of other characters forever. These choices have n
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is my favorite book by this author! I have enjoyed all of her books but something about the little bit of mystery regarding Reese put it over the top for me. I didn't want to put the book down and even managed to read a chapter or two during slow times at work. I did stay up a little to late the first night, I should have started the book earlier that evening.

The women in this story have much to overcome - alcoholism, unplanned pregnancy, fear, abuse, and so much more. The answers are never
Katie P
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author Ashley Farley and Kate Rock Book Tours for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

Ashley Farley writes amazing stories, and in those stories, amazing characters. Lies That Bind tells the stories of three women - Eva, Reese, and Maggie, and all three have their own struggles and story, yet are connected. Eva is struggling with the death of her husband and disappearance of her daughter 10 years ago, and Maggie moves in across the street. They become close, and as Maggie
Judy Christiana
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Farley is a tremendously gifted author! Lies That Bind is a very emotional story centering on three strong women. They each face different issues, but their lives become interconnected. I was engrossed in the story from the beginning and I wish I could have read it straight through, as it was difficult to put it down and carry on with life. The characters of Eva, Reese and Maggie were on my mind when I was not able to read. That is a sign of a great book, when the characters remain with y ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three women have made choices in their lives that seem to be right for them, but are in reality lies.
There is Eva, a mother barely holding on after her husband dies and her teenage daughter Reese disappears. Reese, the daughter who chooses to disappear for reasons of her own. And finally, Maggie who marries quickly on the rebound to a man she thought she knew and loved.
Alcoholism, abuse and teenage angst are all in this book by Ashley Farley.
As the lives of Eva, Maggie and Reese become intert
Anne Wolters
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan, as I am, of Ashley Farley's books, you will notice this book is a little different than her others. From the first few paragraphs I was totally hooked and as I got further into the book absolutely loved the element of suspense. This is about Maggie, an investigative reporter, and a newlywed who moves across the country with her new husband. It's about Eva, a wife and mother who struggles with addition and it's about Reese, a teenage girl who simply disappears for ten years. The ...more
Stephani Beltran
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever finished a book and then dreamt about it after? 🙋🏻‍♀️ no, just me? Haha well this book by Ashley Farley did just that for me.

I was hooked from page one with all of the suspense/mystery and of course family dysfunction. I felt connected to the three strong characters; Reece, Eva and Maggie with each their own hardships and how they interconnect with one another. I wished I could have read it in it’s entirety in only one sitting because it was so hard to stop reading but now I wished
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Farley has done it again - written a book with realistic characters in a story that you can't put down until the last page is turned. This one kept me up way past bed time and it was well worth the lack of sleep to see how it all ended.

All three women in this novel are written very realistically with good and bad parts to their personalities. They are all broken by different things in life but they are all the same as they struggle to find their way back to normalcy in life. This book dea
Linda A.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Family, Forgiveness, Love

This was another excellent read by Ms. Farley. She has a way of creating characters that you really care about them. However, I have a hard time accepting a daughter allowing her mother the mental agony of not knowing what happened to her daughter for ten years. I understand the bad relationship between mother and daughter, but allowing her mother to go through the death of her husband and a missing daughter was cruel. This is still a great read, as are all of Ms. Carey'
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Farley created a dynamic story filled with so much emotion. I rejoiced with her characters as well as cried alongside them as events unfolded. My favorite part of this book was the characters. The ladies of this book found themselves in hard times, and every time I predicted their reaction I was happily wrong. Lies that Bind is an incredible story of overcoming abuse and rebuilding an authentic life. I would love a sequel!
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg, Ashley Farley does it again. Make sure you have time to read as you will not want to put this book down! This is a story of 3 women, Their lives intersect and how the deal with issues alone and together. Family,friendship,love and forgiveness all balled up in a great story. I hope there is another book coming, maybe more than one???
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review and this review is my thoughts and feelings about this book.
Sammy Allen
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this book in a day and a half! Found it to be so fast paced, and engaging. I was invested in the story, and curious to see how it would unravel. This was definitely an action packed mystery thriller. Highly recommend!
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It was very hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed the story being told from various perspectives. Highly recommend!
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Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her bestselling Sweeney Sisters series has touched the lives of many.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she's lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the

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