Please do excuse the lateness of this post, I’m not at all well! Thank you to HQ for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Lies Lies Lies’ by Adele Parks, and for sending me an ARC. It is an honour to be reviewing it as part of the blog tour today.
What does TWG think?
With a title such as ‘Lies Lies Lies’, I was expecting the whole secrecy and lack of honesty thing, however I was not expecting Adele Parks to take those themes and up the ante on them tenfold. This book is classed as a ‘domestic thriller’, and I have to say that it is certainly a thrilling read!
Daisy and Simon’s relationship, to the outside world, may seem typical. The couple argue, they’re stressed after a hard days work, they’re trying to do right by their daughter. Instead of communicating to each other, Simon has his own recreational way of putting his issues on the back burner and, funnily enough, Simon doesn’t think that he has an issue when he clearly does.
I have never really understood the fixation with alcohol myself. Yes, I’ve had a few drinks, gone out clubbing and what not, but I just don’t get what it is that people grab a hold of and rely on. I know alcoholism is an addiction, I’m not disputing that at all, its just I’ve lived in a house with an alcoholic who not only drank himself into oblivion, he also used his fists.
Alcohol is actually quite an important stepping stone of this book actually, and watching how much it affected the lives of Daisy, Simon, Millie, and everyone else around them, really gave me food for thought when it comes to personality changes and honesty.
‘Lies Lies Lies’ covers several important topics, most of which reader will be relating to directly or indirectly. I found several chapters towards the end of the book, to be quite uncomfortable to read. Dylan was such an unsettling force of nature, and I could see just where Daisy’s fear came from.
The topic of honesty and secrets is the big thing throughout the storyline as things aren’t always as they seem. I mean, how often do we take part in an activity whilst there is something completely unrelated on our minds, only to then create our own blinkered version of that activity afterwards? Sometimes we only see what we want to see, and sometimes we only hear what we want to hear. We even refuse to believe what is in front of us at times as we just want to ourselves from the uncertainty.
Adele Parks has done her themes justice and gave her characters the voice that they so desperately needed. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects of the storyline most, as I felt more in tune with Daisy and Simon’s psyche as things began to progress. Okay, it was an uncomfortable read at times, but the things discussed in this book aren’t meant to be comfortable.
A raw, thrilling and psychologically talented novel – I thoroughly enjoyed it!