After the Lie by Kerry Fisher

 

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Your past will devastate your family. But your lies could destroy them. What would YOU do?

Sometimes a lie can split your life in two. There is “before”, and there is “after”. Try as you might – you can never go back.

When Lydia was a teenager, she made a decision that ruined her family’s life. They’ve spent the last thirty years living with the consequences and doing their best to pretend it never happened.

Lydia’s husband, the gorgeous and reliable Mark, and her two teenage children know nothing about that summer back in 1982. And that’s the way Lydia wants it to stay. The opportunity to come clean is long gone and now it’s not the lie that matters, it’s the betrayal of hiding the truth for so long.

When someone from the past turns up as a parent at the school gates, Lydia feels the life she has worked so hard to build slipping through her fingers. The more desperate she becomes to safeguard her family, the more erratic her behaviour becomes. But when the happiness of her own teenage son, Jamie, hangs in the balance, Lydia is forced to make some impossible decisions. Can she protect him and still keep her own secret – and if she doesn’t, will her marriage and family survive?

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review and I can honestly say this book had me intrigued from the first page – I didn’t want to put it down and when I did because I had too not because I wanted to , I was constantly thinking of what might happen next.

The characters have been written and portrayed perfectly, I especially thought how Kerry wrote about Lydia and her mums relationship with each other was fantastic and so true – even when you are an adult your mum still treats you like a child but they do it to protect you – I can totally relate to this. I loved Mabel the dog, Mabel provided plenty of laugh out loud moments throughout the story- which I think was perfect as the story touches some sensitive cases.

The comparison between how Lydia dealt with things back in the 80’s  – no Facebook or any other social media , Polaroid camera , to how things are dealt with in the present day was written really well, social media can be a wonderful thing but at the same time can be the root to all evil.

This book made me feel lucky to have a wonderful husband who I can open up to. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can’t wait to read Kerry’s next book.

 

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