- Expected 6 Aug 2020
The truth can hurt
But a lie can hurt more...
The new tense and emotional moral thriller from the Richard and Judy and international bestselling author of The Guilty One.
Marie and Lorraine have been best friends since college. They've been through everything together and trust each other with their lives. So when Lorraine, a single mother, needs a much-needed night away without her children, she calls on Marie and her husband Sam to look after them. They're godparents, after all. What could go wrong?
While Marie and Sam believe the children to be asleep, however, the unimaginable happens, and Marie finds baby Theo lifeless in his room.
The police are called. Statements are taken. But the biggest nightmare for any parent is about to become a whole lot more complicated. Because a lie has been told. A great big whopping one.
And out of Marie, Sam and Lorraine, it's clear that one of them isn't telling the truth...
This is a whip-smart and thought-provoking moral thriller, exploring the themes of parenthood and friendship, and the murky grey areas between right and wrong.
Praise for Lisa Ballantyne:
'One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year' Richard and Judy
'Thought-provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read' Rosamund Lupton
'Moving, insightful' Guardian
'Grips like a vice' Daily Mail
'A tense and moving story that I will remember for a long time' Rachel Abbott
'Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling' Lee Child
'A page-turner with real emotional depth' Daily Express
'Thought-provoking and clever' Gilly Macmillan
'This tense psychological thriller focuses relentlessly on the way its characters cope as stress piles up and the mess deepens' Sunday Times
'I couldn't get this book out of my head. It kept me up all night and guessing the whole way through. I loved it' Jenny Colgan
'An outstanding work of fiction' Daily Record