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In the playground it's the law of the jungle But at the school gate, there are no rules at all... When Sadie Roper moves back to London, she's determined to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. First, she needs to get her daughter settled into a new school-one of the most exclusive in the city. Next, she's going to get back the high-flying criminal barrister career sh ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 11th 2020)
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    Javier
    Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “Hell hath no fury like a school gate mum scorned”. That’s a fact. They are the scariest clique out there. Give me a serial killer to deal with any day before one of these mums on the war path.

    After the end of her marriage, Sadie moves back across the ocean to her childhood home in London with her daughter Robin, enrolling her in her old school, complying with her dead mother wishes. But the move is anything but smooth, and to the stress of the competitive parents at school she must add her new
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    Mark
    Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Having not read ‘Blood Orange’ the previous best seller by the author ( not sure why as was always one I wanted to ) I was not sure what to expect
    What I got was a good, solid psychological thriller, well written, at times scary and at others had me laughing out loud ( the chapter where the main character goes to her first PTA drinks party is delicious in its humour and I had to look away a couple of times such was the ‘oh no, that cant be happening’ farce that was unfolding )
    The books focus thou
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    Pauline
    Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Sadie and her daughter Robin have returned to her childhood home after the death of her mother. She has enrolled Robin in her old school to comply with her mothers wishes.
    Robin doesn’t feel that she fits in there and is unhappy.
    A slow burning thriller with a twist.
    Thank you to NetGalley and Headline for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Yvonne (Fiction Books)
    "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"

    Oh! my word! What can I say? I have only just released that final breath I have been holding since reading the last couple of pages of this amazing story - and I still can't take in and believe what has actually happened!

    Whilst I may not always get every detail of a story correct, I like to think I am generally a good judge of characters, in deducing which are the innocent and guilty parties. That all went out of the window with this mind bender
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    Honestmamreader
    Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
    Sadie Roper is back living in London. And, her daughter Robin is now going to the all-girls school that she once attended. Sadie hated her time there, so why would she want to put her daughter through it all now? Why did they leave America so suddenly? Leaving behind her husband?

    Whilst trying to settle back into London life, living in her old family home. There's also questions here as to why they are back in the house? It seems Sadie hasn't got much options and her hand is forced. With help fr
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    Arna
    Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
    This book basically has two plots, first is Sadie and what’s going on with her and a robin and second is a case that Sadie is working on, I love a bit of courtroom drama so I loved this!
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    This book is a slow burn but sometimes that’s needed to really build strong characters.
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    The protagonist, Sadie is waaaay more likeable than Alison was in Blood Orange so if that’s important to you, this book has you covered!
    Liz Barnsley
    Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Melanie’s reads
    Prepare yourself as I’m now going to gush about this book. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like and plenty that I absolutely loved.

    This book almost felt like I was simultaneously reading multiple books at the same time as there was so many sub plots. But not once did it feel confusing. For starters there is the mystery of why Sadie and Robin had to leave America for London so quickly leaving the husband/father behind. The court case that Sadie is a part of as a junior, of a teacher’s conduc
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    Tripfiction
    Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Slow burning thriller set in LONDON



    Sadie’s marriage has just hit the rocks in New York, so she drops everything and takes her young daughter Robin back to London. There they move into Sadie’s mother’s house – Lydia was a woman who had a very sharp and abusive tongue and has been dead several years. However, Lydia rather peculiarly stipulated in her will that the house may only remain in the family if Robin is sent to Ashams, a private school which Sadie attended. Grandmother can still control fr
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    Nic
    Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ three average stars

    This book had so much potential to be better however a couple of things let it down for me.

    There are too many sub plots that add nothing to the story and are a bit of a red herring, such as the school teacher case.

    The theme of the pressure of exams - really?

    The whole reason she returned from the UK was flimsy, then we get descriptions of a vile partner. But then at the end it’s all nicely tied up in a storyline which makes no sense.

    Julia’s character.

    The rushed end.

    Over
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    Abbie
    Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
    After the breakdown of her marriage, Sadie decides to move back to London from America after her daughter Robin is accepted in the prestigious school. However, things do not get off the a great start when Sadie offends one of the other mother's at the school gate. They set out to make Sadie's lives hell, well until they find out Sadie used to attend the school herself. In a complete 360, they accept her into their circle. But is all forgiven? Or is this just a case of keeps your friends close an ...more
    Jo Furniss
    Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Toxic friendships and tiger mums, this novel deep dives into the fraught politics of the school gate. A gripping and shocking read, with a satisfyingly twisty climax.
    Emma (escapetothebookshelf)
    This book got off to such a good start for me, but unfortunately by the end I found the subject matter extremely disturbing and disappointing. Sadie moves back to London with her daughter and tries to get her career back as a barrister and settle her daughter into a new, high-flying school. But the school does not make Sadie or her daughter feel welcome at all, and all of the mothers seem to only be concerned with competition. At the same time, Sadie is also working on a case of a scandalous all ...more
    my bookworm life
    Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
    After really enjoying Blood Orange and it being in my top 10 of last year I was really looking forward to reading this one, sadly it was a let down for me. I missed the darkness, and the tensions and the unpredictable nature of events. This for me was just a slow paced family drama with some thriller elements sprinkled in, but mostly the thing that i felt let down about was the slow pacing. I liked how the secondary story line had a connection to the main, I thought that was cleverly done and a ...more
    Georgie Redshaw
    May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    When Sadie moves back to London, she's determined to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.
    First, she needs to get her daughter settled into a new school - one of the most exclusive in town. Next, she's going to get back the high-flying criminal barrister career she sacrificed for marriage.
    But the school doesn't welcome newcomers.

    Firstly, thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for a prerelease e-book copy of this book.

    Well I was expecting big things from Harriet Tyce’s new novel due to m
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    Linda Hill
    Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Coming back to London from America isn’t the panacea Sadie hopes!

    What a thoroughly gripping, unpleasant and compelling book The Lies You Told is. I had a horrible feeling of dread throughout so that by the time I’d finished reading it I felt quite wrung out.

    I have no idea how Harriet Tyce’s mind works to write like this, but as the plot advances, threads tie up and reveals happen, there’s a sensation of having been taken into a story that begins innocuously enough, before slamming the reader int
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    Emma Shaw
    Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    "Can you tell the truth from the lies? “

    Chilling, addictive and surprising, The Lies You Told is a sizzling domestic thriller that I had me hooked from beginning to end. The author had me transfixed, unable to put the book down to sleep like I should and spent every minute I wasn’t reading thinking about it.

    Sadie was a great protagonist. She was likeable and relatable, trying to stay strong and hold it all together while feeling like she is falling apart on the inside. She has a lot to deal wit
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    Dana
    Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, 2020
    My usual complaint about the blurb on the cover of so many books - there is too much information setting out the story. Having said that the story moves along quite quickly but I am not sure which plot is supposed to be the primary one - the court case or Sadie's change in circumstances which require her to send her daughter to a school she hated as a child! The behaviour of the mothers at this school and what they will do to progress their children is so extreme I found it hard to accept. Also ...more
    AtomicBooks
    Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Brilliant

    I enjoyed the author’s first book but I think this one’s even better! It interweaves several storylines perfectly towards its brilliant finish. A brilliant psychological thriller.
    Sarah W 🍂🍁🌧🌬
    Firstly thank you to Netgalley and Headline publishing for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is a very well executed psychological thriller, and the tension mounted up with every passing chapter. There were lots of little threads that slowly came together as the book went on.

    Il be picking up blood orange by this author after reading this 👍🏻
    Hanlie
    Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Brilliant!!

    I love the style of writing and storytelling. I found myself rushing through the pages to see how it will play out and what an ending!! My mouth is still hanging open.
    A must-read!!
    BookEater
    Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley and Wildfire for an early copy.

    There were lots of different things going on in the novel, too many different things which ended up diverting from the main storyline.

    I love the idea of a completely toxic school environment (in a novel, obviously) that creates psychopath mothers and fathers, and a scary environment for everyone. I also really liked the atmosphere in the book, with the air of mystery and the background of conflicts which makes the new house a terrible place t
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    Sally Abram
    Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    So after reading Harriets first book i knew i wanted to read this one. It was not a disappointment. I was guessing the whole way through the book and i didmt see the twists and turns coming. The ending literally floored me with shock, i genuinely didnt see it coming. I kinda wanted the story to carry on but at the same time i feel like it ended really well. Definitely recommend this book
    Michelle
    Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I hadn’t realised this book was by the best seller of Blood Orange, which I haven’t read but seen a lot of hype about, so had no expectations for it being so good.
    I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t wait for the time in the day to allow me to pick it up again to continue the story of Sadie and her daughter Robin. The writing was gripping , flowed well and was fast paced. Characters were relatable and I’m actually missing them now I have come to the end.
    There are two main stories – both of wh
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    Emily
    May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Having absolutely loved and raved about Blood Orange, I was so excited to read the authors next book. So I'm really disappointed to not enjoy it. Like Blood Orange, there is a legal aspect to the plot which is a really interesting element (although unlike in BO, feels a bit...pointless?). Sadie as a protagonist is a really likeable character and you really feel for everything she's been through and continues to go through while being a really great mum to her daughter Robin. All the other charac ...more
    Áine Toner
    Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I read Blood Orange and loved it but this was definitely my favourite of the two. Sadie and daughter Robin move from the States to London, where Sadie is from. She manages to enrol Robin in her old school where the mothers are interested only in academic prowess and being best. Sadie returns to work as a junior criminal barrister and loves it. But Robin is struggling, the mothers are blanking them both and strange things are happening. When the tide turns, will Sadie be able to see what’s really ...more
    Victoria
    Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    I had high expectations for this book and there was lots of potential within the plot but sadly this never came to pass.

    Whilst well-written, the novel is a thriller with no tension, half baked plotlines that add nothing to the story (inheritance/Andrew/legal case) and a main character with no personality who exists solely to progress the narrative. Add in an ending that is cliched, forced and predictable and unfortunately you end up with The Lies You Told .

    Not recommended.

    Thanks to Headline/Wild
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    Yvonne (Fiction Books)
    "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"

    Oh! my word! What can I say? I have only just released that final breath I have been holding since reading the last couple of pages of this amazing story - and I still can't take in and believe what has actually happened!

    Whilst I may not always get every detail of a story correct, I like to think I am generally a good judge of characters, in deducing which are the innocent and guilty parties. That all went out of the window with this mind bender
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    What Do I Read Now
    Harriet’s second book The Lies You Told is out on 20th August and certainly delivers the goods again after the huge success of her previous book Blood Orange. Sadie Roper has been forced out of a loveless marriage by husband Andrew. Forced to leave America shes back home in the UK again. After the death of her mother and the stipulations in her will means she has no choice but to go back to the childhood home she left 15 years ago.

    She brings with her, Robin, her daughter who she would literally
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    Amanda
    Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I absolutely love discovering new authors.  Harriet Tyce is certainly a new author for me.  Although I have to say that I already have her debut novel 'Blood Orange' on  my ever expanding 'to be read' mountain but I haven't had chance to read it.....yet.   'The Lies You Told' is Harriet's second book and I loved every single minute of it but more about that in a bit.

    I wasn't quite sure what to make of Sadie, who is the mother of Robin.  Sadie is a bit of a complex lead character and it's obvious
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    “Thoughts creep in of time earlier than that, a darker night some months before, the old barrister who thought that young female pupils were his for the taking, his for the groping. I had to struggle hard, kick him harder still before I was able to break free. I stop at the place where it happened, to the left of the stairs, wiping my hands down my skirt. Nearly two decades ago but still fresh in my mind.” 1 likes
    “I go upstairs into Robin's room, lying down on the small bed. I want proximity to the daughter I love, not the mother who hated me. But until my daughter is home, I will never have the proximity I want.” 0 likes
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