Shocking, dark, addictive - THE LIES YOU TOLD is the latest compulsive thriller from Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of BLOOD ORANGE.
'A jaw dropping last line twist' Lisa Jewell, #1 bestselling author of The Family Upstairs
'Impossible to put down' Independent
Sadie loves her daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.
She can't tell her why they had to leave home 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 ivy-covered walls and its poisonous memories.
And she can't tell her the truth about the school Robin's set to start at - a school that doesn't welcome newcomers.
Sadie just wants to get their lives back on track.
But even lies with the best intentions can have deadly consequences...
'I read The Lies You Told in two days, barely able to turn the pages fast enough. It's spare and taut, the sense of wrongness building in chilling, skilfully written layers, with a jaw dropping last line twist' Lisa Jewell, #1 bestselling author
'I adored Blood Orange and therefore could not wait to get my hands on The Lies You Told. It is a triumphant encore, every bit as intriguing, well-written and addictive as its predecessor' Sara Collins, award-winning author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton
'An absolute page turner with a twist you'll read twice because you can't believe you missed it' John Marrs, author of What Lies Between Us
'Totally addictive - I was gripped' Sophie Hannah, author of Haven't They Grown
'A twisty page-turner from the author of Blood Orange' Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes
'A gripping and intelligent thriller' Stylist - round-up of must-read books this summer
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We loved Harriet Tyce’s utterly intoxicating domestic noir Blood Orange. A year on, she might have just raised her own bar. With The Lies You Told, Tyce carefully unspools the harrowing story of Sadie, a mother who is determined to protect her daughter Robin from terrifying family secrets. The skill in Tyce’s writing often comes in what she doesn’t say: she’s confident enough to allow space, and for the growing sense of unease to build insidiously. Very deliberately, she builds tension and intrigue before allowing a masterful crescendo. This is a masterclass in modern thriller writing.
Sadie Roper, the narrator of this engrossing psychological thriller from Tyce (Blood Orange), returns to her native London, along with her 11-year-old daughter, Robin, after she and her husband break up in Brooklyn. The provisions of Sadie's late mother's will state that she can claim a small inheritance and her childhood home only if she sends Robin to Asham Girls School, the same school Sadie attended. Despite the bullying Sadie endured at Asham, she agrees to the will's terms and enrolls Robin. Robin's new schoolmates are mean, but the girls' highly competitive mothers are worse. When Robin goes missing, the police arrest a mentally unstable mother on suspicion of kidnapping. Meanwhile, Sadie returns to the job as a criminal defense lawyer she gave up 10 years earlier for marriage. In her emotionally vulnerable state, she becomes dangerously attracted to a handsome teacher accused of molesting a student. More than one suspicious death raises the ante as multiple twists keep the pages turning to the satisfying conclusion. Readers are sure to look forward to Tyce's next. \n