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The Lies We Told

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,015 Ratings  ·  619 Reviews
The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide...

When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he's left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he's been kidnapped.
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Berkley
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Melissa
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
For those seeking a twisty thrill, The Lies We Told might prove to be a comprehensive test of your literary-honed detective skills or it just might fail to leave a lasting impression—easily blending into the background of what’s become a saturated genre. Any guesses which door I walked through?

All of the components of a compulsive psychological thriller present—from the overly idyllic family setting, to the budding young psychopath, missing boyfriend and potential stalker—combined with a dual ti
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Wow!
Prepare yourself to be twisted into a psychological pretzel🥨! This book has so many misdirections and dead-ends that you’ll be guessing from beginning to end! And I do mean guessing. Good luck to all of my fellow armchair detectives out there! This one will test your skills...big time!

Clara recently moved in with her boyfriend Luke and feels like finally, everything is falling into place for her. She’s happier than she’s ever been. She feels loved and life is good!

That is until she wakes one
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(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
🔪☠ The Lies We Told is a suspenseful, secrets & lies filled thriller! 🤐

Going back and forth between the past and the present we see the unfolding of two POVs. You know the stories will collide at some point but there is so much redirection and guessing that takes place along the way. I was riveted by both stories. The opening scene was chilling! First we meet Beth in 1986, a stay-at-home mother who is struggling with her daughter Hannah. Hannah was such a tantalizing character. There is some
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Debra
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

Secrets and Lies.....Lies and Secrets.....

The Lies we Told are told in two timelines. In the past time line, we are shown a Mother, Beth who slowly begins to pick up on the fact that her daughter, Hannah isn't quite like other children. As Beth struggles with Hannah and her increasing behaviors, it begins to strain her marriage and leaves her in constant fear for her new baby.

In the present timeline we have Clara who is worried when her boyfriend Luke, fails to come home from work one n
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Berit☀️✨
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOWZA! This was psychological thriller PERFECTION!

This book had me riveted from cover to cover... it was one of those books that I flew through and as I got closer to the end I wanted to slow down, because I was not ready to let this book go.... but as much as I wanted this book not to end, I needed to know what all had happened, and what was going to happen next.... because let me tell you what, Camilla Way had me completely stumped!

This book starts out with two seemingly separate storylines, T
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Compulsive, chilling, twisted—my first experience with Camilla Way’s writing blew my mind!! I must admit that for the first 75% of this novel, I had no idea what to make of anything or who to trust in the best possible way. I am firm believer that a good thriller should make me feel unsettled. I should question everything like the characters do. I should trust the wrong person. I should know something is about to happen but not be sure what it is or who is behind it. This novel had me experienci ...more
Larry H
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

"Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told?"
—Jewel, Who Will Save Your Soul

While reading Camilla Way's latest thriller, I couldn't get the above lyric out of my head, along with "Lies lies lies yeah" from The Thompson Twins' Lies. As you might expect from a book with this title, there are lots of twists and turns and times where you have no idea whom you should believe. It makes for quite a read!

In 1986, Beth begins to worry about her young daughter, Ha
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Susanne Strong
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
4.5 Stars* (rounded up)

Mystify
Mystify me
Mystify
INXS - 1982


Mystified: That my friends is the theme of “The Lies We Told” by Camilla Way. This is one captivating, engrossing and utterly wicked read and it will keep you up until all hours of the evening trying to figure out what in heck is going on and once you do?! WOWZA!


The 1980’s: Hannah is a very bad girl. She’s not like other children and frankly, neither her mother or father have any idea what to do about it.

2017: Clara has been dating Luke
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Holly  B
3.5 STARS
I love psychological thrillers and when this one was recommended by a few trusted book friends, I quickly added it. This was my first by this author and I look forward to reading more from her.

The characters were captivating and mysterious. The first chapter jumps right into the past story of Beth and her daughter Hannah (who we find out right away is quite worrisome-oh my). Hannah had me feeling very uncomfortable and some of her antics gave me chills. The two timelines of past and pre
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4.5 original stars to The Lies We Told! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5

I am double checking my review by the synopsis so I do not risk any spoilers. You deserve to have every bit of this book to discover for yourself should you decide to read it!

What you absolutely need to know:

Clara is dating Luke, and he vanishes. Most everyone believes he has just walked out on her, but Clara thinks otherwise. The small clues he left behind point to a possible stalker.

Emma, Luke’s older sister, who also vanished, but twenty year
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Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
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This book had so many things that I love in a psychological thriller. First off, a true sociopath, one that is so incredibly anti-social and inherently evil that she can’t be ignored. Secondly a host of other characters, well described, that I felt I cared about and wanted to see how this would all play out.

The author had me in her hands from the first pages. The story is told in two POV’s. One in the past and one in the present. The stories flow seamlessly, seemingly in thei
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Kendall
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happy day to this addicting read <3. Go get our copy today... pub day :)

Wow... talk about a tangled web of mess!

Camilla Way definitely leaves her readers with a lasting impression! This was my first experience by this author and have heard that her first novel Watching Edie was a success.

The Lies We Told is an excellent novel demonstrating how the lies we continue to tell and bury on top of one another ends in complete disaster. I was surprised that Camilla actually threw me off with her de
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Linda
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tangled.

Kinda like the bed sheets that weave around you in tight restriction after a horrendous nightmare. Every movement, every motion just locks you in like a wayward boa.

Camilla Way pens a novel that even kicks it up a notch from her highly successful Watching Edie. You've got to grab ahold of that one. Camilla Way has a way of venturing into the demented mind and leaving sunken footsteps behind. You know she's brought you there, but you shudder to look over your shoulder to see where you've
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Carrie
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way is one of those thrillers that just keeps on piling on the layers of secrets and lies until your head spins working it all out. Told from two main points of view with one in the present and one in the past the story is one that definitely kept the pages turning.

In the past timeline Beth is a young mother that is at her wit’s end when it comes to dealing with her young daughter Hannah. Hannah is definitely nothing like other children and Beth lives in fear of just
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Liz
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Camilla Way’s latest effort is another strong psychological thriller. For those who, like me, enjoyed Watching Edie, you’ll enjoy this one, too.

There are two story lines here. In the first, a young mother, Beth, struggles with her young child, Hannah, who clearly has psychopathic tendencies. This story reminded me of Baby Teeth, especially as once again mother and father see the child differently. In the second, Clara’s boyfriend Luke goes missing after receiving a variety of odd and nasty warn
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Katie B
Dark, disturbing, but so incredibly entertaining! I don't think I have ever used the word delicious to describe a book but it fits because I totally ate this one up. This was one of those really enjoyable reading experiences and I can't wait for others to read it so I can hear their thoughts on the book.

So this book uses dual timelines to tell the story. In the present day, Clara's boyfriend, Luke, has disappeared. The book switches between that story line and the past in which Beth is having a
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Michelle
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cambridgeshire, 1980's

Doug and Beth Jennings are desperate to have a baby and after so many years and unsuccessful attempts they are over the moon when they are finally graced with a daughter, Hannah.

As time moves forward and as Hannah begins to grow Beth becomes unsettled by her daughters behavior. Hannah shows no remorse for anyone or anything. As the years tick by her behavior only becomes darker and more disturbing.

London, 2017

Clara and Luke are happily in love and have just moved into the
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
4.5 STARS

Loved this! My quick thoughts:

If, like me, you were disappointed with Baby Teeth look no further than THE LIES WE TOLD! We have another Hanna, but in this novel, she is truly a frightening, dangerous child--so much more realistic.

The mysterious tone reminds me of Fiona Barton's The Child but I like this story so much more. One of my favorites this year!

Very twisty a la Claire Macintosh. There are major reveals around the 65% mark, but keep on reading--twists abound until the last few p
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Louise Wilson
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he has left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth.

With evidence to suggest that Luke has a stalker, Clara is worried that Luke has been kidnapped by them. Luke's older sister, Emma, had also disappeared twenty years ago without trace, but now Emma has made contact with Clara, and Emma offers to help Clara with her search for Luke. Emma refuses to talk about why she disappeared, but the more Clara digs, the more she is convinced
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Gabby
So so so addicting and entertaining! I loved it! This is my October BOTM pick and it's a thriller that has two main POV's: Beth in the 1980's and Clara in 2017. Beth is the mother of this little girl Hannah, who is a rather dangerous little girl, and they aren't sure what exactly is wrong with her. Hannah's character was fascinating to me and she was very entertaining to read about. Then, we have Clara's POV in 2017, and her boyfriend Luke has recently gone missing and you are trying to figure o ...more
Mackey
Camilla Way is a new-to-me author. I went into the book unsuspecting and was wowed by its gripping suspense. 

The Lies We Told is the story of two families - one who has a daughter, Hannah, who never has been quite normal. In fact, she has sociopathic tendencies that worsen the older she gets. The second family has a son who is missing and his girlfriend is trying desperately to find him - hopefully before it is too late. The intersection of these two families is where our story lies. Each family
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Melisa
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a huge fan of Watching Edie (definitely recommend!) and was thrilled to hear that Camilla Way was coming out with a new book. A big thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book.

Clara’s boyfriend goes missing and a series of events occur that keep getting in the way of her investigation. There are layers upon layers of unexpected turns that begin to unfold and the reader is taken on wild ride along with the main character.

There are two timelines with different characters and I had absolu
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Theresa Alan
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun novel because of the multiple mysteries going on. In one story line, Beth’s very young daughter, Hannah, is misbehaved to a scary degree. If you’ve read Baby Teeth, Hannah reminded me of the daughter-out-to-get-her-mom from that book. Beth and her husband have a huge secret. We, the readers, know there is a secret, but not what it is.

In alternate chapters, we’re transported up to 2017, where Clara and Luke are madly in love, but Luke just mysteriously disappears one night even thou
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Dennis
I really wasn't expecting to fall head over heels with Camilla Way's The Lies We Told , but ladies and gentlemen, I DID. Every once in a while, a book comes along that completely captivates you—hook, line, and sinker, and I didn't know that it was going to be The Lies We Told . Wow—what a thrill of a ride!

Clara is at her flat in London, waiting for her boyfriend Luke Lawson to arrive from work, but he isn't responding to her text messages. After she notices that Luke's phone was left at home
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Zoeytron
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

I'm really on the fence about this one, rating-wise.  There was something about the plot that really drew me in, because I kept grabbing my Kindle to read a bit more when I should have been doing other things (I can do that because I am big).  My problem was that I struggled to find common ground with any of the characters.  With only a couple of exceptions, I didn't care one way or another how they would be affected when all was said and do
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Book of Secrets
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars → THE LIES WE TOLD is a gripping and emotional psychological thriller, told mainly from the POVs of two women thirty years apart. Both are faced with a terrible situation. In present day, Clara’s boyfriend Luke has gone missing without a trace, while back in the 1980s, Beth is struggling to raise her very troubled daughter. But how are they connected? Secrets and lies rarely stay hidden forever, as Clara soon finds as she searches for clues to Luke’s disappearance.

This book is dark and
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Nazanin
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, thriller, mystery
4 Stars

Well, I was reluctant to read this book but when my bestie Karla suggested a BR with her I thought why not! And guess what? It was reaaally good! We had good discussions, guess some right and some wrong and let me tell you we had so many theories from the start!! I really enjoyed it but I didn’t like the way it ended! I wanted the guilty one to suffer a bit more! But the way it ended it was like they were happy and it wasn’t a punishment for them at all! It bothered me so much!

Told in dua
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Felicia
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had me hooked from the very first line.

"At first I mistook the severed head for something else."

This story is told in two narratives in alternating chapters:
1. from the past featuring Beth and her psychopathic daughter Hannah and
2. from present day, following Clara as she searches for her missing live-in boyfriend Luke.

For the first 75% of the book the reader is left trying to piece together the mystery of how these two seemingly unconnected stories are related.

The chapters featuring
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Amy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m just going to start this off by saying that if you’re a fan of the genre I’m calling this a must read. Go ahead and move it to the very top of your TBR because this has every single element needed in a psychological thriller to satisfy fans, it was consuming, addictive, sharply written and had more plot twists than a cheap garden hose. It was SO good you guys!!

This is told via alternate points of view and also two timelines. One is Clara whose boyfriend goes missing and the other is from som
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Maxwell
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2018
I was totally surprised by this book. It was the ultimate page-turner. I definitely didn't know what was happening for the first 3/4 of the book, but once it all connected I was completely surprised and satisfied. A solid thriller with good writing and a gripping plot.
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Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London, and studied Modern English and French Literature at the University of Glamorgan. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. Formerly Associate Editor of the teenage girls' magazine Bliss, she is currently an editor and writer on the men's style magazine Arena. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in south-eas ...more