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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  238 reviews
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 mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, a ...more
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Published December 4th 2019 by Bookouture (first published November 29th 2019)
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Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, netgalley
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 returning
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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 everythin ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: A creak on the landing. She curls up. The water swishes loud in the tub; she cringes at the noise. Ted. He's woken up. He's woken up and he's-

The bathroom door flies open. Ted. Eyes bloodshot and wild, blind but seeing, a look full of hate aimed only at her. His nose wrinkles, his hand shoots out in front of him, a starfish of fingers. She shrieks, folds herself smaller still, arms over her head, eyes closed. The smell of whisky goes up her nose, whisky and smoke, sweat and pubs. This i
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
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 pa
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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 person
Louise Wilson
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. Richa
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Compelling, complex, disturbing, and deeply emotional. S. E. Lynes has written an evocative story about love, strength, resilience, in the aftermath of domestic abuse. As someone who was married to and emotionally abusive alcoholic this book was both realistic and heart wrenching. A lot of the book dealt with the impact abuse has on the children and this is something I personally struggle with and feel guilty about every day. This book really stripped things down and took a real and authentic lo ...more
Erin Clemence
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Kat Dietrich

The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes
is a a work of fiction.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

On the night of her girlfriend's wedding, Carol meets Jim, a kind and decent man.  Jim will be in and out of Carol's life for a long time.

On that same night, Carol takes her two children,  1
S.E. Lynes has taken a departure from her usual thriller genre with this powerful work of literary fiction. When I was just barely half-way through this novel I knew it would be on my 'Best of 2019' list for sure. Brilliant!

It was the outstanding characterization that makes this novel a five star read. Told from three different points of view, each is told with such empathy and deep understanding that you feel you know the characters personally.

Carol's story was heartbreaking, and all too real.
Samantha Gonsalves
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 kn
Audrey Gibson
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 spoil
Karen R
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A story about domestic abuse, strength and survival told from multiple perspectives and timeframes. I felt compassion for Carol, the mother of two children and victim of domestic violence and held my breath when Ted, her abusive husband entered the picture. I was hopeful all would turn out well for Carol and her children.
Philippa Mckenna
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 accomplis
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 book
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 w
★★★ 3.5 stars

I really should have paid more attention to the genre when requesting this book. But to be honest, all I saw was the name S.E. Lynes and quickly (and incorrectly) assumed it was another psychological thriller, that the author is synonymous for. Instead THE LIES WE HIDE is a somewhat dark family drama more in line with chick lit genre. But don't be fooled - it is not a "feel good" fiction story. It is dark, evocative and even a little gritty.

1968: The story opens with a young teenage
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
Lisa Aiello
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
What a haunting read. No, I don't mean that in the spooky sense, but rather the feelings it left me with. Carol is a wife and mother, in the grips of a emotionally and physically abusive relationship. After a last straw incident, she escapes with her children. But the things they saw and endured have shaped them, and they carry their fear and shame and guilt and pain with them into their future. Things don't suddenly get better just because they break away. In fact, this is where their real stru ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Motivations are mysterious things; what we do and why."

Just finished this and must say that my thoughts are all over the place. First of all, as I am used to S.E. Lynes writing psychological thrillers, I was not at all expecting this dark domestic drama full of sadness that permeated through the narrative as it dealt with spousal abuse, drug addiction, imprisonment and death. A bright light that did shine through, however, was the stress on the importance of family love and the certainty that f
Susan Hampson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Andrea Pole
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ye
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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” sectio
Louise Beech
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a departure for Lynes in terms of genre, but not in terms of the high standard of writing and the compelling way she weaves a story. These things were both here in abundance, and with the intense themes and complex characters, this made for a stunning and affecting book. It touched me profoundly, perhaps since I have experienced a lot of it. The intelligent and sensitive exploration of redemption, forgiveness and survival make this a truly unforgettable book.
The Book Gawdess
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 Hide started 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 kn
Joanne Robertson
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of S.E. Lynes and I was a little worried when I realised that she had taken a slightly different approach with her newest book but I should have had more faith!! The Lies we Hide is a superb, highly emotional family drama that quite took my breath away at times. This book is a tough read at times as it focuses on domestic violence but it is so much more than that. It looks at how events shape everything and everyone that they touch and have a far reaching effect. Carol was such an ...more
If commanding literary novels give you a buzz, then you must read The Lies We Hide, the latest novel written by S. E. Lynes. I have read some of this fabulous author's earlier work, and even though this is very different from her usual thriller genre, I knew I was still going to be in for a treat with this one and it was stunningly good!

In The The Lies We Hide, bestseller S. E. Lynes explores the darkest corners of physical abuse from a savage husband, and the malevolent psychological torment th
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S. E. Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of 'intelligent and haunting' psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, and CAN YOU SEE HER?
Formerly a BBC producer, she turned to novel writing after the birth of her third child.
After her MA in Creative Writing, she became a Creative Writing Tutor at Richmond Adult Community College and now combi

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