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The Lies We Hide: An Absolutely Gripping and Darkly Compelling Novel

Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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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 10 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.

A gripping, emotional story of family secrets, and the strength of a mother’s love in the darkest times. The next powerful listen for fans of The Silent Wife, Kerry Lonsdale and Emily Bleeker.

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  • A. Twitchel
  • 27-02-2020

Very touching story

I love it when I take a chance on a book with so few reviews and I really enjoy it! The narrator is excellent and I fell in love with the flawed, raw and realistic characters in this book. Yes it is dark, but these characters constantly struggle to evolve emotionally throughout the story. The beauty of this book is in their fight to find their way into the light. Alcoholism, drug addiction and physical violence are at the premise of the storyline, but truly so is hope and love. I could painfully identify with Carol's constant feelings of trepidation in her marriage. There will be those who say Carol is weak, but she is NOT. She makes mistakes, as we all do, and she is often unable to see herself as worthy of love, like so many victims of family dysfunction are. But she is NOT a victim, she is a strong woman who never gives up on her family, always putting one foot in front of the other searching for the light. This is just a beautiful story of love in all forms that a we cultivate over a lifetime. READ THIS BOOK!

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  • GCS18
  • 13-03-2020

So well done

First of all, the narration was brilliant. Among the best of the 200 or more audiobooks I’ve listened to.

The story was really unusual and well thought out.
Became attached to the wonderful characters and loved how descriptive the time and place were!
Highly recommend.

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  • Rinnie
  • 12-03-2020

Realistic tale

This one struck a cord. Made me think about my Mother and all she kept inside to raise 8 reasonably successful children. I had a really peaceful uneventful childhood, however I always had a feeling of something was about to jump off when my Dad was around. Notice I have this feeling around most men. I enjoyed this book and the family's dynamic. It also had a few twists. The narration was excellent. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • E F Baz
  • 14-12-2019

Convincing and compelling

Completely gripping. I switched it off once, because I had to get some sleep, then switched it straight back on again as soon as I woke up. 'The Lies We Hide' shines a light on the horror of domestic violence. Carol and Ted who get together in a Northern town in 1968, make sense. They reflect the pressures, attitudes and influences of their time. Their story, and the story of those affected by Ted's violence, spans decades. Always routed in time and place, 'The Lies We Hide' is convincing and compelling - beautifully written and read.

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  • sindydean
  • 29-12-2019

The best book I’ve read this year

Lift yourself into the world of fear and trepidation,gripping story line, characters were well chosen, although Graham seemed an old name for a young boy.. narrator was excellent. There’s something in this book for everyone, even a touch Scottish humour from Jim. 5 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2020

Excellent Book

A good story but what made it for me was the brilliant narrator. Each character had a distinctive voice .

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  • Smithe
  • 26-01-2020

dull story and terrible accents

Gave up listening to it. The story was anything but gripping and the scouse accents were beyond terrible.

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  • Ms Gloria James
  • 22-01-2020

Weak

This was described as gripping. That being so , all I can say is it must take more to grip me than most people.
The narration wasn't good but the actual stoyline was weak and silly!

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  • V
  • 08-01-2020

Underwhelmed and disappointed<br />

Although the subject is a serious one the writing was very superficial. There was no depth to this book. Setting the scene by using product references is completely unnecessary . The accents used in the reading made it seem like a school play. I don't recommend this book.

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  • Nicks
  • 07-01-2020

Disappointing

I love S E Lynes books and have read all the previous ones - but I'm returning this one. It's a family drama story, about the lives of an abused woman, her son and daughter (who leave the husband at the beginning). But I nothing much else happens...

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  • Teresa evans
  • 07-03-2020

The lies we hide

I enjoyed this audio book it had a good storyline. Narration was good try it.

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  • Shell Baker
  • 24-02-2020

one deep and truly gripping story

Hanging my head in shame while I write this and wondering why on earth I have never read one of S.J. Lynes books before. Boy does this lady know how to write a story I am actually lost for words to describe how good this book is.

I love the author’s style of writing in this dark, atmospheric and twisty tale. Which I listened to in just two days….talk about addictive. I was hooked from start to finish. Any moment I could listen to it, I did.

The narrator has done a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life and making it feel so real. Using different accents and portraying the emotion of the character within the scene.

The story alternates from the past to the present building up a tragic story about Carol and her daughter Nicola and brother Graham. Then the two time lines are woven together….WOW just WOW!

You can feel the tension throughout the story. Keeping you on the edge of seat until the very end. And OMG what an ending! I have to say I wasn’t expecting that.

The Lies We Tell is one deep and truly gripping story and something totally different to what I normally read. Which I cannot recommend enough giving it all the stars.