The Lies We Hide – S.E. Lynes / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SELynesAuthor 



The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…

Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.

Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.      
All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.



My Review

When I see this author’s name come up, I think psychological thriller straight away, but she had me there. It was not what I had expected (because I don’t read blurbs, remember 😉 )

Not what I expected is certainly not synonym to not good. It was heartbreaking and Carol was found herself and her family in very dire situations. But she never gave up even if she, more than once, hit rock bottom. 

A mother is like a lioness. She will protect her children even if they have crossed a line, but sometimes it’s the child who sees the clearer picture …

You can make a u-turn if you want to. You deserve a second chance even if you think you don’t. Your children are important, but so are you.

A fascinating story that takes you to the past and back again until every secret is revealed. 4 stars

Thank you, S E Lynes and Bookouture.


About the author

Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL and THE WOMEN. 

S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola. 

Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed in 2018 by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture and THE WOMEN was released in 2019. Her new novel, the dark and gripping family drama, THE LIES WE HIDE, is published Dec 4th 2019.

Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at


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