With The Lies You Told, Harriet Tyce proves the success of Blood Orange was no one-off. An extremely well-written and unsettling novel, it tells the story of Sadie and her daughter Robin, and their struggles to establish themselves in the law courts and schoolyard respectively. A slow-burning mystery, full of intrigue and menace, it creeps up on you until that final explosive twist. A great read.
A breathless read - with a shocker of an ending!
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.
Every bit as intriguing, well-written and addictive as its predecessor
An absolute page turner with a twist you'll read twice because you can't believe you missed it
A clever, immersive read. Harriet's writing is beautifully lucid and I found the story really compelling, giving access to the complexities of motherhood as well as the dangers Sadie faces
Totally addictive - I was gripped
A twisty page-turner from the author of Blood Orange
A gripping and intelligent thriller
With lots of twists and turns, this thriller is impossible to put down
[Harriet Tyce's] intricate world-building has the ability to transplant you into the court room, laying bare the detail with cinematic narrative and gentle tension building.
The perfect beachside thriller
Every bit as addictive and suspenseful as Tyce's 2019 debut, The Lies You Told is a gripping psychological thriller about friends, enemies and what happens when you unwittingly invite a threat into your life
The perfect sunlounger read
We were completely gripped from the first page by this brilliant psychological thriller.
An insightful look at the realities of motherhood and work, and competitive parenting, The Lies You Told is gratifyingly sinister.
As an examination of social mores in the richer areas of north London, this is an effective and entertaining novel. But it is also an alarming study of emotional violence and the perennial conflict between daughters and their mothers.
I read Blood Orange and loved it but this was definitely my favourite of the two
The Lies You Told is exciting and involving, and has a good twist at the end that readers will enjoy.
A cleverly plotted story of revenge
If you loved Blood Orange you'll adore this unnervingly realistic portrayal of a parental nightmare come true.