Book Review: The Lies We Hide

The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…
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, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.
Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.
All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a read! I could not put this book down. I binged this book cover to cover and I am pretty sure I didn’t breath the whole time. It was one of the most gripping and emotional reads I have experienced in a long time. 

The abuse and despite in this book is heart wrenching. I cried so much hoping that the mother and her children would escape this hell. This was my first book by S.E. Lynes and I really need to add them to my list of future authors to look out for. I spent so much of this book in absolute tears and terrified. 

There really should be a disclaimer on this book about the abuse. It can be really hard to get through and very very triggering. The way it is written is so raw and real it is like you experience it yourself.  

I love that the dual perspectives in this novel are past and present. It makes you see how a family really can rebuild after years of domestic abuse. 

Thank you so much to S.E. Lynes, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this book. It was such a suspenseful ride and I look forward to learning more about this author.
Cover art and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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