Title: After the Lie
Author: Kerry Fisher
Published: April 29th by Bookouture
One little lie can make one big difference…
Lydia has the ‘right’ kind of friends, her children are at the ‘right’ kind of school and she’s married to the ‘right’ sort of man – kind, steady, reliable Mark. Her wedding business is flourishing and even though she is at loggerheads with her mother, she couldn’t ask for anything more from life.
But the truth is that Lydia has been lucky. She has been living a lie for years and Mark has no idea who he is really married to. But nothing lasts forever and the past has a funny way of catching up with the present. When the person who knows all of Lydia’s dark little secrets turns up at the school gates, his presence threatens to blow Lydia’s life apart.
What is Lydia’s terrible truth? Once the secret is out, you can’t put it back…
First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Review: First of all, what a tense read! I read it in two sittings because I needed to know it all, at once. As soon as I picked it, I was curious to know about Lydia's life, what had happened to make her and her family change their lives completely and start anew in a completely different place? It was obvious that even if they all acted as life was good, it was eating at them in the inside.
I was really surprised to read about Lydia and her mother's relationship. That woman! Seriously, how can a mother be so cruel to her daughter? Maybe cruel is not the word for it, as she claims to do it all for Lydia's own good, but seriously, give her a break, woman! This character really got on my nerves and even if Kerry Fisher tried to soften her a bit once the story got messy, I just couldn't stomach her. I have to admit though, that I loved hating her.
Lydia herself was a really complex character. It was difficult to really understand her without knowing her whole story. But as bits and pieces started to be unveiled, I also started to get her. I think she went through something really unfair but that something kind of spiraled out of control and when she found herself facing her past she just made some really poor choices. But I couldn't help root for her.
But what I loved about this novel is how with every new bit of information the story got even more complicated. The Lie continued to affect not only Lydia's and her parents' current life but also her husband's and kids'. I really had no idea how the story was going to end and its turns and twists had me glued to its pages for hours.
After the Lie is a tense and clever story that will keep you on your toes. You might think you know what's going to happen but I'm quite sure you'll be wrong. Kerry Fisher certainly keeps some aces up her sleeve with this one.
Rating: 4 stars