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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  9,078 ratings  ·  875 reviews
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
Published December 1st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 11th 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
After seeing Blood Orange’s author released a new book, I virtually gave myself a big high five ( which ended with slapping my face because of lack of coordination skills) and getting so excited to devour this book!

I’d liked to start a year with one seat, unputdownable, hands and minds are glued to the kind of book! But... yes, I found myself whistling Switzerland anthem, sharpening my Swiss Army knife... as you may imagine, I bumped into a mediocre: neither I liked it nor I hated kind of dull,
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
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadie moves back to the UK from New York when her marriage ends. She enrols her daughter Robin in her old school in London. She resumes her job working in the law profession working on a courts case defending a teacher accused of inappropriate behaviour with a student.

I had high hopes of this one as I loved ‘Blood Orange’, sadly for me this one isn’t in that category. There’s far too much going on in the plot as there are several plot line and so it becomes a crowded place. This means that a nu
Dec 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller, arc
CW: child abuse, child endangerment, kidnapping, murder of a child, paedophilia, workplace harassment, bullying.

Thank you Grand Central Publishing for a review copy in exchange for an honest review!

This book. Where do I begin? First off, I was about 170 pages in when I realized Julia, our queen of the moms in the school that’s the centre of attention here, is named “Liza” on the dust jacket. Ouch. I spent 170 pages, wondering who Liza was, and why is Julia the queen when some Liza person is sup
This is a Psychological Thriller. I have to say that this book keep me pulled into it. There is so many things going on that you just wanted to keep reading, but there was times in this book I felt that it was a little to much. The characters made this book, but they are not the characters you loved. I did feel that they where developed. The last part of this book was full of twists and turns, and it will keep you guessing. I loved all the suspense in the last part of this book. I cannot say I w ...more
Frank Phillips
Aug 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This plot was a mess. It should have stuck with the school mom melodrama. That storyline wound up falling off of an extreme cliff, but at least it had potential. The husband side plot and the trial were pointless distractions. If you don’t have enough story for a book, please don’t pad it with irrelevancies. I skimmed to the end.
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
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.
John McDermott
The Lies You Told is fairly typical of its genre in that the often unreliable narrator tells you their story leading up to the big twist at the end. These psychological thrillers for me ,are all very samey in their writing style and this book is no exception. Also,the twists were well sign posted leading me to guess quite early on thereby removing any tension from the plot.
However, it was very entertaining with some of the characters behaviour so deplorable, (especially the school gate mothers),
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This was good! I decided to read this book on a bit of a whim. I hadn't heard anything about the book or the author but I am always ready to give a thriller a try and I liked the sound of this one. Let me tell you that once I really got into the book, I was hooked and couldn't wait to find out what was really going on. This was definitely an entertaining read.

Sadie has split from her husband and is back in London living in the home s
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
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Sadie Roper moves from New York back to her childhood home in England with her daughter, Robin, after separating from her cheating husband. She is eager to move on with her law career, after putting it on hold for 11 years in order to raise her daughter. The only catch is that in order to receive her inheritance from her recently deceased mother, she must send Robin to the same exclusive school that she attended many years ago. However, things aren’t going as planned, as Robin has a difficult ti ...more
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!
This book is a slow burn but sometimes that’s needed to really build strong characters.
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!
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A completely addictive reading experience! The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce is a top-notch psychological thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on. For those that like a little nightmare before Christmas this is perfection. Thanks so much to the team at Grand Central Publishing for sending this my way.

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Oct 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been introduce to Harriet Tyce when I read and enjoyed her outstanding ‘Blood Orange’ I always intended to read more of her work. So on getting this book my hopes were high for another exciting read. Maybe this book wasn’t at the same standard as ‘Blood Orange’ but nevertheless an exciting read.

Sadie’s mother dies and leaves her to inherit the family home. The house comes with the stipulation that Sadie’s daughter Robin must attend Ashams, the prestigious private school where Sadie went.
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
Katie T
Dnf 50% - not bad, just not feeling very interested atm
Sep 25, 2021 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars
The Lies You Told follows a woman called Sadie Roper, as she, rather reluctantly, moves back to her childhood home in London after a terrible ordeal with her husband back in the states. She arrives with her ten year old daughter, Robin, to the house that carries many bad memories for Sadie, and Robin starts at the most exclusive school in London, where the pressure is really on from parents for their child to be the best.

It’s fair to say Sadie and Robin are greeted by some animosity f
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
by Harriet Tyce

If you’ve recently read and enjoyed “Blood Orange” by Harriet Tyce, you will be gripped with this, her latest suspenseful read - “The Lies You Told”.

Sadie loves her daughter Robin and will do anything to keep her safe.
She can't tell her why they had to leave their home in America so quickly - or why Robin's father won't be coming with them to London.
She can't tell her why she hates being back in her dead mother's house, with its poisonous memories. And she can't tel
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadie Roper abruptly leaves the U.S. and has returned to her childhood home in London after splitting with her husband. She enrolls her eleven-year-old daughter Robin in her old school, the prestigious, all-girls Ashams School. There’s a lot going on for Sadie. She is trying to help her daughter fit in at the school, with very competitive mothers and children. Anxious to get back to work, she is hired to serve as a junior barrister on a high-profile court case. Sadie is working to resolve a diff ...more
Mary Steven
Aug 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
harriet tyce knows how to keep me on my toes.

i read harriet tyce’s debut novel ‘blood orange’ in the first week of covid lockdowns and was immediately pulled out of my reading slump. it was gripping and captivating and immediately became one of the best books i’ve ever read.


i inhaled this book so quickly. and i would do it again.
Nov 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
As good as Blood Orange but very different. A psychological thriller with a twist I didn't see coming. ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 she sacrificed for marriage ten years earlier. But nothing goes quite as planned. The school is not very welcoming newcomers, he
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was an excellent read. Well paced and good plot. Easy to follow with the suspense building in all the right places. Definitely recommend.

Sadie moves back to her mother’s house after fleeing her marriage. There are conditions in which she must go through to remain in the house. Her daughter Robin must attend Asham Sadies’s old stomping grounds. After being treated poorly by the moms, Sadie then becomes befriended by Julia. The most competitive mother at the school. With jealousy flying, Sad
3.5 stars
Kenzie | kenzienoelle.reads
Oct 18, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. *I had never heard of this thriller until Lisa recommended as a underhyped thriller she loved. And guess what… I LOVED IT TOO!!

*I don’t want to say anything about the plot, but I was hooked from the beginning. It’s mom/daughter school drama with a darker more ominous edge and obviously lots of secrets. One thing in this book that particularly did it for me was the ending. So many times in thrillers I’m enjoying the book until the ending and the ending lets me down. But I absolutely lo
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
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
May 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
An Average book. 2.5 stars. Some areas were repetitive, some were tediously boring. The characters were not award winning, by any means.

The only two things that were of any interest in the story was the character of Sadies mom, and her dysfunctional mothering/single parenting. Obviously she was not cut out to be a mother and let Sadie know it every time and every way she could. Her mother manipulates her even from the grave. Sadies dad died early on - well, what happened? How about a peek into
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