Daisy and Simon have been together for years, and life is good. After years of infertility treatments, they have their longed-for daughter Millie. She’s everything they dreamed of and more. Simon is determined to give Millie a sibling. Daisy feels that sometimes it’s best to not tempt fate. But Simon can be pushy… and usually gets what he wants.
He also drinks a bit too much – and we see why through a flashback to his childhood – but Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. But Simon has a secret – and it’s causing him to drink more. Until one night at a party thing spiral horribly out of control. The next thing Simon knows he’s waking up in a jail cell. And their happy little family of three will never be the same again.
In Lies Lies Lies, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall. It is a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets. It’s difficult to write a review of Lies Lies Lies without giving anything away. I want to rave about this book. I want to talk you through it. But there are so many unexpected twists that completely change the direction of this heart-thumping story, that to share too much would ruin the absolute pleasure of reading it.
I can say that Adele Parks is a master plotter – Lies Lies Lies grabs you on page one and doesn’t let up. There’s plot twist after plot twist, and most you won’t see coming. Her writing is polished, and the pacing perfect. Often, it’s what the characters aren’t saying to each other that drives the tale.
Also, the book explores some dark and complex themes – it’s not a light read, despite being a fast one. Parks digs into the marrow of a crumbling marriage, of infertility, of alcoholism, of abuse, of parenting and pain and of how love can be so awfully challenging over the years. And ultimately, she produces a gripping and heartbreaking tale about lies.
Told from both Simon and Daisy’s perspectives, and with a cast of strong, well-written characters, Lies Lies Lies is a timely, compelling and utterly absorbing read. Filled with surprises, it’s heartwrenching, but ultimately hopeful, as the dark corners of Simon and Daisy’s marriage are blown apart. Don’t start this one late at night – you won’t put it down until you’re finished.
About the author:
Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North East England. Her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000, and since then she’s had seventeen international bestsellers, translated into twenty-six languages. She’s been an ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa Book Awards, and is a keen supporter of The National Literary Trust. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, son and cat.