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The Lies You Told

by Harriet Tyce

Thriller and Suspense Crime and Mystery

The Lies You Told Synopsis

Sadie loves her daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.

She can't tell her why they had to leave home so quickly - or why Robin's father won't be coming with them to London.

She can't tell her why she hates being back in her dead mother's house, with its ivy-covered walls and its poisonous memories.

And she can't tell her the truth about the school Robin's set to start at - a school that doesn't welcome newcomers.

Sadie just wants to get their lives back on track.

But even lies with the best intentions can have deadly consequences...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781472252791
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Harriet Tyce
Publisher: Wildfire an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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The Lies You Told Press Reviews

With The Lies You Told, Harriet Tyce proves the success of Blood Orange was no one-off. An extremely well-written and unsettling novel, it tells the story of Sadie and her daughter Robin, and their struggles to establish themselves in the law courts and schoolyard respectively. A slow-burning mystery, full of intrigue and menace, it creeps up on you until that final explosive twist. A great read. - Alex Michaelides

A breathless read - with a shocker of an ending! - Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

I read The Lies You Told in two days, barely able to turn the pages fast enough. It's spare and taut, the sense of wrongness building in chilling, skilfully written layers, with a jaw dropping last line twist. - Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs

Every bit as intriguing, well-written and addictive as its predecessor - Sara Collins, award-winning author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton

An absolute page turner with a twist you'll read twice because you can't believe you missed it - John Marrs, author of What Lies Between Us

A clever, immersive read. Harriet's writing is beautifully lucid and I found the story really compelling, giving access to the complexities of motherhood as well as the dangers Sadie faces - Kate Rhodes, author of Burnt Island

Totally addictive - I was gripped - Sophie Hannah, author of Haven't They Grown

A twisty page-turner from the author of Blood Orange - Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes

A gripping and intelligent thriller - Stylist

With lots of twists and turns, this thriller is impossible to put down - Independent

[Harriet Tyce's] intricate world-building has the ability to transplant you into the court room, laying bare the detail with cinematic narrative and gentle tension building. - Magic Radio Book Club

The perfect beachside thriller - Crime Monthly

Every bit as addictive and suspenseful as Tyce's 2019 debut, The Lies You Told is a gripping psychological thriller about friends, enemies and what happens when you unwittingly invite a threat into your life - Culturefly

The perfect sunlounger read - Heat

We were completely gripped from the first page by this brilliant psychological thriller. - Closer

An insightful look at the realities of motherhood and work, and competitive parenting, The Lies You Told is gratifyingly sinister. - The Observer

As an examination of social mores in the richer areas of north London, this is an effective and entertaining novel. But it is also an alarming study of emotional violence and the perennial conflict between daughters and their mothers. - Literary Review

I read Blood Orange and loved it but this was definitely my favourite of the two - Woman's Way

The Lies You Told is exciting and involving, and has a good twist at the end that readers will enjoy. - Mystery People

A cleverly plotted story of revenge - i paper

If you loved Blood Orange you'll adore this unnervingly realistic portrayal of a parental nightmare come true. - 17 Degrees Magazine

With The Lies You Told, Harriet Tyce proves the success of Blood Orange was no one-off. An extremely well-written and unsettling novel, it tells the story of Sadie and her daughter Robin, and their struggles to establish themselves in the law courts and schoolyard respectively. A slow-burning mystery, full of intrigue and menace, it creeps up on you until that final explosive twist. A great read. - Alex Michaelides

A breathless read - with a shocker of an ending! - Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

I read The Lies You Told in two days, barely able to turn the pages fast enough. It's spare and taut, the sense of wrongness building in chilling, skilfully written layers, with a jaw dropping last line twist. - Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs

Every bit as intriguing, well-written and addictive as its predecessor - Sara Collins, award-winning author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton

An absolute page turner with a twist you'll read twice because you can't believe you missed it - John Marrs, author of What Lies Between Us

A clever, immersive read. Harriet's writing is beautifully lucid and I found the story really compelling, giving access to the complexities of motherhood as well as the dangers Sadie faces - Kate Rhodes, author of Burnt Island

Totally addictive - I was gripped - Sophie Hannah, author of Haven't They Grown

A twisty page-turner from the author of Blood Orange - Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes

A gripping and intelligent thriller - Stylist

With lots of twists and turns, this thriller is impossible to put down - Independent

[Harriet Tyce's] intricate world-building has the ability to transplant you into the court room, laying bare the detail with cinematic narrative and gentle tension building. - Magic Radio Book Club

The perfect beachside thriller -- Lisa Howells - Crime Monthly

Every bit as addictive and suspenseful as Tyce's 2019 debut, The Lies You Told is a gripping psychological thriller about friends, enemies and what happens when you unwittingly invite a threat into your life -- Natalie Xenos - Culturefly

The perfect sunlounger read - Heat

We were completely gripped from the first page by this brilliant psychological thriller. - Closer

An insightful look at the realities of motherhood and work, and competitive parenting, The Lies You Told is gratifyingly sinister. - The Observer

As an examination of social mores in the richer areas of north London, this is an effective and entertaining novel. But it is also an alarming study of emotional violence and the perennial conflict between daughters and their mothers. - Literary Review

I read Blood Orange and loved it but this was definitely my favourite of the two. - Woman's Way

The Lies You Told is exciting and involving, and has a good twist at the end that readers will enjoy. - Mystery People

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About Harriet Tyce

Harriet Tyce grew up in Edinburgh and studied English at Oxford University before doing a law conversion course at City University. She practised as a criminal barrister in London for nearly a decade, and recently completed an MA in Creative Writing - Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia. She lives in north London. Blood Orange is her debut novel.

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