Day 5 of the blog tour and it’s time for me, TWG, to host Amanda Reynolds and her latest novel! Trust me – I most certainly am NOT ‘Lying To You’ ;). Big thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
You’d know if you were lying to yourself, wouldn’t you?
When Jess Tidy was Mark Winter’s student, she made an accusation that ultimately saw him sentenced to three years in prison. A jury found him guilty, but he always maintained his innocence. Now, Jess’s mother’s death has brought her back to the village where she grew up, and where Mark still lives with his wife. And the truth about that night ten years ago which nearly destroyed them both is finally going to come out.
What does TWG think?
I have to apologise in advance for such a vague review, but, due to the nature of the storyline, I am having to be extremely careful with what I write as I don’t wish to give anything away.
Jess Tidy is back but, despite the several years of radio silence, a lot of people won’t be putting out the bunting to welcome Jess back to the village – even though she didn’t want to go back in the first place! The death of Jess’ mother has brought her childhood back to the forefront of her mind. All Jess wants to do is give her mother a respectful send off, re-pack her bag and go back to the place that she now calls home. Simple enough, right?
When the author makes it clear what the situation was with Jess, straight away I sided with her. I’m only human after all! But, as the storyline progressed and more things came to light, ‘confusion’ became my middle name and I had absolutely no idea who to believe. As the storyline is told from different viewpoints, each character explains the situation in the way that they have perceived it after all this time, taking readers even further away from the truth.
What an intense read! The storyline made my mind spiral out of control the more of it I read, telling myself to not believe a word that was coming out of anyone’s mouth, yet I had to find out the truth whatever that may be! The lead up to the truth was full of grit and questionable circumstances – Amanda Reynolds words engaged me with such force, I couldn’t help but be impressed. The pace of this book was on point for the majority of the book, yet I did feel that there were a few too many twiddle my thumbs moments half way through. However, the author soon rectified that with several red herrings, a little more spoon-feeding information, and another dose of grit.
A very cleverly written, suspenseful, and highly addictive read which is bound to make you go stir crazy trying to work out the truth.