Sue Watson has turned to the dark side! Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Sue’s first novel in the dark world, Our Little Lies. Many thanks to Bookouture for both the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:
Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?
What does TWG think?
I have been a fan of Sue Watson for a long time, so when it became public knowledge that the author would be taking a walk on the dark side by releasing a ‘psychological thriller’, I was a little bit apprehensive. Not because I didn’t think the author could do it, just to clarify, but because I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to read the novel without thinking of her previous books in a different genre.
As soon as I started ‘Our Little Lies’, i could tell straight away that the authors trademark, cleverly written characters with their detailed personalities and lives would be evident for the duration of the book. Sue Watson doesn’t just write the basic information for her characters, instead writing them as though their information is the most important piece to know at that very moment.
Marianne has a lifestyle which many people would love – a wonderful home, the life of Riley, anything and everything at her fingertips, children, and a husband who thinks the sun shines out of her youknowwhat…..or does he? Marianne’s husband, Simon, thinks that her mentality is verging on worrying, and he continues to ensure that she knows his concerns. By that I mean he constantly pick holes and gives Marianne reason to feel slightly off kilter.
I have seen the theme of this book in several other books before, so the skeleton of the storyline was a bit predictable, however, the way in which Sue Watson combined her characters flaws into the dark theme of the book was extremely well done! I didn’t know what to believe at times, I even thought I was going stir crazy!
I thought the grit was on point and brilliantly executed, making Marianne’s issue have more sides to it than a rubix cube. Impressive, there is no doubt about that.
Now, I thought that ‘Our Little Lies’ was more domestic noir with a brilliant psychological element to it. I have to say that whilst I am very used to this author producing contemporary fiction/romantic comedies, I was impressed by her change in direction with this book. That said, I will need to hold my hands up and say that this isn’t my favourite book from the author, but I do admire her just going for it.
‘Our Little Lies’ is a gritty, psychologically twisted novel where the flaws of the characters steal the show.
About the author.
She’s now written thirteen novels – many involving cake – and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for research purposes), and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.
Sue explored the darker side of life for her latest book ‘Our Little Lies,’ a dark, psychological thriller completely devoid of cake. She’s hoping this change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.
For more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/
Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter