Lies, Lies, Lies
Daisy and Simon’s marriage isn’t what it seems… After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. They’re a happy little family of three.So what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes—Daisy’s used to it. She knows he’s just letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And their happy little family of three will never be the same again.In Lies, Lies, Lies, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in free fall in a mesmerizing tale of marriage and secrets.

Lies, Lies, Lies Details

TitleLies, Lies, Lies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 4th, 2020
PublisherMIRA
ISBN-139780778360889
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Family, Audiobook, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Lies, Lies, Lies Review

  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this one blind - well, Adele Parks had written it and that was good enough for me. Happily I wasn’t disappointed.With a title of Lies, Lies, Lies, it’s clear that there will be secrets galore, some of them close to the surface, just waiting to be discovered, whilst others are deeply buried and closely guarded.Daisy, a primary school teacher, and interior designer husband Simon should have a great life since their marriage was completed 6 years ago with the birth of their daughter Mil I went into this one blind - well, Adele Parks had written it and that was good enough for me. Happily I wasn’t disappointed.With a title of Lies, Lies, Lies, it’s clear that there will be secrets galore, some of them close to the surface, just waiting to be discovered, whilst others are deeply buried and closely guarded.Daisy, a primary school teacher, and interior designer husband Simon should have a great life since their marriage was completed 6 years ago with the birth of their daughter Millie, after many IVF failures. However, Simon’s drinking is getting out of control, and where once upon a time Daisy would have made excuses for his behaviour, it’s obvious that it’s become an addiction, but of course Simon thinks she’s making a big deal out of nothing, and their once happy marriage begins to crumble.I won’t go into any more detail about the storyline, other than it deals with some really difficult issues including alcohol addiction, sexual violence and post natal depression. The characters are mostly flawed and not always likeable, but that adds an extra level of interest. It was a riveting read with many surprises along the way, and then came that ending. I thought the truth had already been revealed, but then right at the very end the REAL truth came out. The massive secret that I never even guessed at. Terrific! * Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for my ARC. I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange *
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  • Kylie D
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to say straight up that I did not like this book. Yes, as the title says it's about lies. The lies told by odious characters, none of which are likeable. It's about alcoholism, bullying and more. The worst part is a small child is involved. Other people have rated this book, so I'll leave it to you to make up your own mind, however I have nothing good to say about it. This book was really not a good fit for me.I received an uncorrected proof from the publisher in exchange for a honest I'm going to say straight up that I did not like this book. Yes, as the title says it's about lies. The lies told by odious characters, none of which are likeable. It's about alcoholism, bullying and more. The worst part is a small child is involved. Other people have rated this book, so I'll leave it to you to make up your own mind, however I have nothing good to say about it. This book was really not a good fit for me.I received an uncorrected proof from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. The opinions are entirely my own.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    The first half was BAD.The second half was WORSE!I had everything figured out at the 32% point, except for the "twist" in the epilogue which was so ridiculous that you could not figure it out, no matter how good of a sleuth you are. One star for the author's accurate portrayal of the downward spiral of an alcoholic. Triggers ; Alcoholism, Sexual Abuse, and the killing of an innocent kitten! I cannot say that I enjoyed ANYTHING about this slow paced story, but there are plenty of 4 and 5 star rev The first half was BAD.The second half was WORSE!I had everything figured out at the 32% point, except for the "twist" in the epilogue which was so ridiculous that you could not figure it out, no matter how good of a sleuth you are. One star for the author's accurate portrayal of the downward spiral of an alcoholic. Triggers ; Alcoholism, Sexual Abuse, and the killing of an innocent kitten! I cannot say that I enjoyed ANYTHING about this slow paced story, but there are plenty of 4 and 5 star reviews out there, so clearly you just may love it!Genre: Domestic drama/suspense NOT a mystery/thriller.Thank You to Netgalley, the publisher and author for the digital ARC provided in exchange for a candid review! U.S. Publication date: Aug. 4, 2020
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    Lies come in every shape and size. From a harmless, itty-bitty white lie, to show-stopping whoppers! And as the title would imply, this book has them all!Daisy and Simon have been living a quiet, comfortable life with their daughter Millie and their close-knit group of friends. Having just learned that Daisy may have lied to him, Simon's drinking goes off the rails, leading to a devastating accident which leaves him incarcerated for years. Now Simon is about to be released, it’s unknown if Daisy Lies come in every shape and size. From a harmless, itty-bitty white lie, to show-stopping whoppers! And as the title would imply, this book has them all!Daisy and Simon have been living a quiet, comfortable life with their daughter Millie and their close-knit group of friends. Having just learned that Daisy may have lied to him, Simon's drinking goes off the rails, leading to a devastating accident which leaves him incarcerated for years. Now Simon is about to be released, it’s unknown if Daisy will even consider taking him back? Or worse, has she moved on with an old school friend? Brace yourself! At this point the lies come fast and furious! Brain-rattling, jaw-droppers included! Told from both perspectives of Daisy and Simon the book flowed smoothly. Though the first half rolled out slowly as the story-line developed, the second half left me white knuckling my kindle! Adele Parks writes a finely-crafted, twisty thriller that provides non-stop shocking moments as each lie is revealed.Thank you to NetGalley Harlequin Trade Publishing - MIRA and Adele Parks for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Wow where do I start? .... Deep breath!!! This book is like a runaway train with its many twists and turns, ups and downs, not knowing where it’s final destination will be and as exhilarating as a runaway train!!This book should come with a warning ‘ Totally Addictive - clear you’re diary before commencing” I read this in one day and absolutely LOVED it!!Simon and Daisy seem like a happy couple with their daughter Millie. They had tried to conceive for several years and she is very special to th Wow where do I start? .... Deep breath!!! This book is like a runaway train with its many twists and turns, ups and downs, not knowing where it’s final destination will be and as exhilarating as a runaway train!!This book should come with a warning ‘ Totally Addictive - clear you’re diary before commencing” I read this in one day and absolutely LOVED it!!Simon and Daisy seem like a happy couple with their daughter Millie. They had tried to conceive for several years and she is very special to them. Simon has always loved a drink but now his drinking has spiralled out of control which leads to a dangerous accident.What is there not to like about this book? There are secrets galore and you never know what will happen next, which keeps you guessing until the end. Finished this and had to take a minute to take in the ending. My head is spinning!!Will definitely be on the look out for Adele Parks next book with bated breath. This is my first but definitely not the last I will read of hers.A massive 10 out of 10 with 5 stars for this amazing story.You may have guessed I liked this book!!!Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestLIES, LIES, LIES is not a nice book about nice people. It's a surprisingly gritty, nasty little book that doesn't offer up any easy excuses or answers for the very flawed humans inside its pages. The blurb and cover for this book are a little deceptive because it makes it seem like this is going to be a mystery... and I suppose it is, but only in the sense that the dual POVs allow for some unreliable narrating as characters lie to others Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestLIES, LIES, LIES is not a nice book about nice people. It's a surprisingly gritty, nasty little book that doesn't offer up any easy excuses or answers for the very flawed humans inside its pages. The blurb and cover for this book are a little deceptive because it makes it seem like this is going to be a mystery... and I suppose it is, but only in the sense that the dual POVs allow for some unreliable narrating as characters lie to others and themselves, withholding several crucial truths from the reader until the end.Simon and Daisy have been married since their post-college days but now that marriage is on the rocks. Simon is struggling with his increasingly worsening alcoholism and Daisy has a few secrets she's hiding from her husband as she tries to hold her ill-concealed disdain for the man she married in check. The only thing they can agree on is their unequivocal love for their young daughter, Millie, who is full of light and wants to be a dancer--And then, one day, something terrible happens.I liked how this book approached the dark subjects inside with one glaring exception, which is a mild spoiler, but I'll state it here because it upset me so much: I hate it when animals die in fiction. Apart from that, I thought Adele Parks did a great job not resorting to stereotypes. It was hard to decide who I really felt more sorry for, and my emotions were in a constant state of flux until the end. LIES, LIES, LIES is ultimately a test of how far people go for the ones they love, how much they're willing to tolerate, and whether some things in a relationship are just impossible to forgive. The side characters in this book are also really interesting. They never just fade to background: all of them are involved in the plot pretty heavily and my opinions of them changed several times, too. That was pretty refreshing, since oftentimes, supporting characters can feel more like narrative props than people.The only thing that did make me raise my eyebrows a bit was how the subject of withdrawal was handled. Alcohol is a depressant and when someone drinks as much as Simon is and is suddenly forced to quit cold turkey, there is not just a danger of delirium tremens, which he experienced, but also death. It felt negligible on the part of the people responsible for the abrupt quitting to not know that and slowly wean him off of it, as I believe is more typical in situations like these.Overall, LIES, LIES, LIES was a really engrossing book and I had a hard time putting it down once I realized that it wouldn't resort to the tired old tropes and actually neatly deflected some of my expectations quite cleverly. I've seen a lot of my friends reading Adele Parks and now I know why. If you enjoy books about tautly plotted family dysfunction, like Lianne Moriarty or Jodi Picoult, I think you'll really enjoy this one. It's brutal.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!   3.5 to 4 stars
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  • Ken
    January 1, 1970
    Ever since Simon took he’s first sip of beer aged just six, an unhealthy obsession to alcohol was born.He’s dad having been a heavy drink and for the impressionable young child leads to so many ill judged choices.Now 36 and married to Daisy with daughter Millie, life couldn’t be more perfect for him.But that nagging addiction of spending time in a bar than seeing his child in the school concert just highlights how damaged he is.Whilst I don’t agree with all of Simons actions it was at a friends Ever since Simon took he’s first sip of beer aged just six, an unhealthy obsession to alcohol was born.He’s dad having been a heavy drink and for the impressionable young child leads to so many ill judged choices.Now 36 and married to Daisy with daughter Millie, life couldn’t be more perfect for him.But that nagging addiction of spending time in a bar than seeing his child in the school concert just highlights how damaged he is.Whilst I don’t agree with all of Simons actions it was at a friends party that highlights how others are not giving him the support he so desperately needs.As Daryll an old university friend of Daisy is more than happy to source drinks for him, it’s this latest drunk binge that has massive repercussions for Simon and his family.This book itself become quite addictive as I was desperate to know what would happen next.What secrets and lies does Daisy hold to allow her husband to get in that state, you’d think she’d keep more of a measure on his drinking.Brilliantly written with strong characters that a reader can deeply care for, whilst hoping that Simon can ditch the bottle it was mainly Millie that I was rooting for.This was my first Adele Parks novel, but plan to delve into more of her work having really enjoyed this!
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  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5☆ An Endearing and Very Thrilling Read!Lies Lies Lies is a dark domestic thriller/noir which kept me hooked till the very end!Simon was introduced to alcohol from an early age and it becomes very clear to see he has a problem!Daisy and Simon appear to be happily married but there are hidden cracks. Despite trying to hide them, everyone on the outside can see Simon's drinking is spiralling out of control.Daisy and Simon have spent years trying to have a baby, after so much heartache and failed a 5☆ An Endearing and Very Thrilling Read!Lies Lies Lies is a dark domestic thriller/noir which kept me hooked till the very end!Simon was introduced to alcohol from an early age and it becomes very clear to see he has a problem!Daisy and Simon appear to be happily married but there are hidden cracks. Despite trying to hide them, everyone on the outside can see Simon's drinking is spiralling out of control.Daisy and Simon have spent years trying to have a baby, after so much heartache and failed attempts at fertility treatment they finally conceived naturally and the beautilly charismatic Millie is born.Simon is so desperate to have another baby he bullies Daisy into attending an appointment to see if they can conceive again.But Simon is told some devastating news and his world is about to be blown apart!His drinking gets a whole lot worse! This is where I stop as i don't want to risk giving anything more away!Lies Lies Lies is exactly what this book is about, secrets, lies, deception, tragedy, heartache, is rife throughout this enthralling book.There are some difficult subjects such as alcoholism, fertility treatments, depression, but Adele has handled them with the right amount of sensitivity to still make a relevant impact.The twists and turns are cleverly plotted, the characters are superbly written, desperately flawed and not always likeable.So if you are looking for an endearing and thrilling read that will keep you turning the pages and an ending that will surprise you, then grab a copy of Lies Lies Lies by the very talented Adele Parks!Thank you to HQ Publishers for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website :-https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2019/0...
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Lies Lies Lies - oh my goodness there are soooo many lies! Adele Parks has written an absolute page turner in this book - a book that is hard to put down because you just never know what is going to happen next. You might think that you have this one all figured out - but I guarantee you have not. If you love a story that continues to surprise you right until the very end then this book is definitely one that you need to grab. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from the Lies Lies Lies - oh my goodness there are soooo many lies! Adele Parks has written an absolute page turner in this book - a book that is hard to put down because you just never know what is going to happen next. You might think that you have this one all figured out - but I guarantee you have not. If you love a story that continues to surprise you right until the very end then this book is definitely one that you need to grab. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from the HQ Book Club - Harlequin Books Australia so a big thank you to them. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review this book. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased. This book is being released in Australia July 22nd but not in the UK until September for some reason. Lucky Aussies!!Lies Lies Lies tells the story of a family - Simon, Daisy and their daughter Millie. Falling pregnant with Millie was a struggle for the couple and trying for a second is proving to be just as hard. Attending an IVF appointment changes Simons world and he starts to drink a lot more. Simon becomes increasingly more reliant on alcohol and their marriage starts to feel the strain. But it is one night after a friends party that a horrific incident occurs and both of their lives are shattered.This is a story of alcohol abuse and addiction, domestic violence, post natal depression, family and good friends. It shows the extremes that people will go for those that they love, for family and for their lives You need to read this book to understand a lot of the themes running through it and I absolutely do not want to spoil this book for anybody. I had a few gasps out loud when reading this, when the twists were revealed. I found this book to be hard to read in parts but I thoroughly enjoyed it all the same. I highly recommend this book - well done Adele Parks!
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Daisy and Simon are desperate to have children. The turmoil and stress they have to go through as they undergo tests and fertility treatment is horrendous. Finally they have a daughter, Millie. But the stress of having her has taken its toll on them and their relationship. Simon has started drinking. They are starting to drift apart. Then a starting revelation at the fertility clinic changes their lives forever.This is a story with characters who give out mixed emotions. At times I felt sorry fo Daisy and Simon are desperate to have children. The turmoil and stress they have to go through as they undergo tests and fertility treatment is horrendous. Finally they have a daughter, Millie. But the stress of having her has taken its toll on them and their relationship. Simon has started drinking. They are starting to drift apart. Then a starting revelation at the fertility clinic changes their lives forever.This is a story with characters who give out mixed emotions. At times I felt sorry for them and other times I was rooting for them all the way. The characters and storyline were true to life. Readers will either know or be the people this story is all about. (Hopefully not the ending). Obviously there is a lot of lies around this storyline that's also got lots of twists. The only person I felt truly sorry for was Millie. The story is told from Daisy and Simons point of view. I do recommend this book.I would like to thank NetGalley, HQ and the author Adele Parks for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Simon and Daisy Barnes have been married for a while, they were desperate for a child and after several failed rounds of IVF, to their joy Millie was born. She is now 6. Simon is a big drinker, he always has been but after receiving some devastating news he is imploding and his drinking is out of control. The story is told in alternate perspectives by Daisy and Simon. Daisy’s sections seem flat and a but lifeless compared to Simons but the reason for that eventually emerges. The story covers a l Simon and Daisy Barnes have been married for a while, they were desperate for a child and after several failed rounds of IVF, to their joy Millie was born. She is now 6. Simon is a big drinker, he always has been but after receiving some devastating news he is imploding and his drinking is out of control. The story is told in alternate perspectives by Daisy and Simon. Daisy’s sections seem flat and a but lifeless compared to Simons but the reason for that eventually emerges. The story covers a lot of serious issues such as alcohol addiction and sexual violence. It starts slowly and the pressure builds and eventually ramps up and how. It’s very twisty and very shocking at times until we arrive at the truth. The characters are well portrayed and there’s a good mix of those that are likeable and one in particular who is beyond vile. At times I wanted to shake Daisy as she does so little to stop Simons drinking and maybe even enables it, however, I grew to understand her better as the story unfolds. His alcoholism is depicted well and you can picture his embarrassing antics and Daisy feelings must resemble sitting on top of a volcano. There is an absolutely horrendous scene that involves a kitten which people need to warned of, the cruelty of which beggars belief and which is not necessary. The explanation for Millie’s parentage is unbelievable too and I didn’t buy into that and hence my 3 star rating. There are some very good parts to this book but the above two things spoiled the book for me.
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  • Sally Hepworth
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured Lies, Lies, Lies. I was drawn in from the first line. It was so engaging, well written, and the stakes were so high right off the bat. My kind of fiction. Everyone’s kind of fiction! The characters were so realistically flawed, the drama so compelling. It is one of those rare books that earns the title, unputdownable
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Intense!Adele Parks tells stories with gusto and with a very clever way of almost ‘chatting’ the story to you, in confidence!, the characters talk as if telling you and just you the story,when I went back to the book throughout the few days I was reading it it felt like it had waited for me and then, off it started againI LOVE this authors writing style and the abundance of words in each chapter, I also love the way although the book was dark there were many rye observations and humour The story Intense!Adele Parks tells stories with gusto and with a very clever way of almost ‘chatting’ the story to you, in confidence!, the characters talk as if telling you and just you the story,when I went back to the book throughout the few days I was reading it it felt like it had waited for me and then, off it started againI LOVE this authors writing style and the abundance of words in each chapter, I also love the way although the book was dark there were many rye observations and humour The story itself is grimly tragic, very involving and covers some uncomfortable topics, got to say though the portrayal of Simon’s alcoholism was genius, never have I understood an addiction so well and how it affects every angle of a life then when reading this AND he waskept ‘human’, his utter frustration at his situation followed by gay abandon the next was compelling, chilling and moving, Daisy, his wife has some massive issues and suffered major traumas that we find out about throughout the book, these events all lead to lies, many lies and more lies, surprises and nasty shocks that keep on coming, Daisy was at times irritating in her weakness but then when we found out why that part made perfect sense, very cleverly done by the author, I literally had zero clue what was to comeReally its a fabulous read that will at times sicken and anger you and other times endear you but will leave you with a sense of having read a fantastic book 10/10 5 Stars
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:… she’s had bouts of terrible hallucinations and intense paranoia. She threw things at me when I went into her room, she thought I was an undertaker and had come to measure her up.Born in a different era, Connie would most likely have been one of the women knitting by the guillotines during the French revolution, she had the stomach for it. She always put curiosity before sentimentality. She collected experiences.The cell smelt stale. Simon had always had a keen sense of smell. I Favorite Quotes:… she’s had bouts of terrible hallucinations and intense paranoia. She threw things at me when I went into her room, she thought I was an undertaker and had come to measure her up.Born in a different era, Connie would most likely have been one of the women knitting by the guillotines during the French revolution, she had the stomach for it. She always put curiosity before sentimentality. She collected experiences.The cell smelt stale. Simon had always had a keen sense of smell. It was one of the least useful… He wore glasses, his hearing was average, and he couldn’t remember anyone ever saying he was a total king in the sack. So, out of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch, it was his luck to get an A* in smell. Leon had been openly farting all evening… Simon longed for fresh air and a breeze.Not blackouts Daisy, time travel. I’m like Doctor Who. My Tardis is a whisky bottle. I punch through the mundane rules of time and space that you mere mortals must live with.I don’t need to worry about identity theft. No one wants to be me.My Review:This author is a wily minx! I adored and despised her as I read and adored and despised her tragic and tensely emotive and prickly storylines, which were populated with curiously compelling characters who were rather awful human beings. I thought they were appallingly weak and horrible people until about 80% into the book and it broke my heart when I realized how wrong I had been. The tale was steeped in angst, which is one of my least favorite things in the world, yet my brain was itching to know every little thing. I couldn’t put it down and wanted to hiss at every interruption to my perusal. I was on edge, tense, nibbling my cuticles, biting my lips, my shoulders up in my ears, the knots in my neck and shoulders had additional knots of their own. I was confounded by my investment and attraction to these devastating storylines full of woe. The writing was insightfully observant, cunningly evocative, and poignant with oddly alluring intrigue and bewitching word voodoo that kept me tethered to my Kindle as I navigated this maddeningly paced, taut, and complex tale with a level of tension that continued to build exponentially. Even during those unavoidable periods when I was forced to put my Kindle down, also known as adulting and sleep, I found myself ruminating about the characters. I had five pages of marked quotes. There were multiple layers to this tale as well as to the complicated cast, in addition to a series of heart-clenching and unexpected twists. It was tragic, heartbreaking, and in the end - rather brilliant.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a really good read. I liked how it had both Daisy and Simon chapters so we could see the story in both of their perspectives. The story was really good and interesting and just goes to show how one lie can escalate and turn your world upside down. It was a tense thriller and a real page turner. I can’t wait for the next Adele Parks book already.
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  • Gloria Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    Lies Lies Lies by Adele ParksThis is a shocking story of lies and unlikeable characters and it’s an addictive page turner!Daisy and Simon have been together for years and have the most perfect, miracle six-year-old daughter named Millie. When Millie was first born Daisy had struggled big time, the doctor had called it postnatal depression.Simon reckons it’s time they should try to have another child so an IVF appointment is made. After the appointment and a startling revelation, Simon starts to Lies Lies Lies by Adele ParksThis is a shocking story of lies and unlikeable characters and it’s an addictive page turner!Daisy and Simon have been together for years and have the most perfect, miracle six-year-old daughter named Millie. When Millie was first born Daisy had struggled big time, the doctor had called it postnatal depression.Simon reckons it’s time they should try to have another child so an IVF appointment is made. After the appointment and a startling revelation, Simon starts to drink a lot more than usual and things get dark and spiral out of control leading to a horrific event after returning home from a friend’s party they attended together.There are many twists and turns in this story and lots of secrets, the relationships in this story are realistically flawed and jaw dropping. Towards the end of the story another shocking secret is revealed.I loved the writing style, the story really comes together cleverly towards the end, this was an unputdownable dark family drama of LIES, friendships, LIES, alcohol abuse, LIES, addiction, LIES, domestic violence, LIES and sexual violence.
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  • Bookread2day
    January 1, 1970
    I bought my own paperback Lies Lies Lies from Amazon.I have read many books by Adele Parks as she is one of my favourite author. I have enjoyed the other books that I have read by Adele, some of which I may not have reviewed here on Goodreads. Although the idea Daisy and Simon marriage isn't great and Simon drinks too much, and then there are secrets with lies lies lies. But I'm afraid there wasn't enough to say within this story to say I loved this book. I was disappointed with this story as I' I bought my own paperback Lies Lies Lies from Amazon.I have read many books by Adele Parks as she is one of my favourite author. I have enjoyed the other books that I have read by Adele, some of which I may not have reviewed here on Goodreads. Although the idea Daisy and Simon marriage isn't great and Simon drinks too much, and then there are secrets with lies lies lies. But I'm afraid there wasn't enough to say within this story to say I loved this book. I was disappointed with this story as I'm a real lover of fictional marriage problems and Daisy and Simon didn't grab my attention. But I'm pleased that Adele has highlighted the on growing problem of drinking far too much. And with lies lies lies.
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  • Andrea Pole
    January 1, 1970
    Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks absolutely blew me away with its deep dive into the mechanics of a dysfunctional marriage. This one is well-written, sharply observed, and so much more than your typical, predictable dark domestic drama. I could not put this down for a moment.Daisy and Simon have struggled with infertility, so when their longed for daughter Millie arrives, everything seems to, at last, have fallen into place. But Simon is quite fond of a drink, a pleasure that he cannot deny himself Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks absolutely blew me away with its deep dive into the mechanics of a dysfunctional marriage. This one is well-written, sharply observed, and so much more than your typical, predictable dark domestic drama. I could not put this down for a moment.Daisy and Simon have struggled with infertility, so when their longed for daughter Millie arrives, everything seems to, at last, have fallen into place. But Simon is quite fond of a drink, a pleasure that he cannot deny himself, even if it causes distress and anguish for his wife and daughter. One dark night, as the relationship between Simon and Daisy seems to be at a tipping point, a tragedy befalls the small family, one that will take them to the very brink, and an already fractured marriage will be laid bare and more vulnerable than ever before.This novel is a masterpiece of character development, and for this alone I was drawn in from the very start. The twists and turns that are so strategically laid out are just the icing on the cake, and I simply couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. I cannot wait to see what the amazingly talented Ms Parks has in store next.Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin - Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for this wonderful ARC.
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  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comLies Lies Lies, written by Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks, offers a compelling study of the nature and impact of lies on a small family unit at crisis point. Daisy and Simon, the leads of this tale, have a seemingly perfect marriage to onlookers, but their relationship is put to the ultimate test when one lie ricochets right through their once happy union.With almost twenty novels to her name, of varied genres, the latest novel from British auth *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comLies Lies Lies, written by Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks, offers a compelling study of the nature and impact of lies on a small family unit at crisis point. Daisy and Simon, the leads of this tale, have a seemingly perfect marriage to onlookers, but their relationship is put to the ultimate test when one lie ricochets right through their once happy union.With almost twenty novels to her name, of varied genres, the latest novel from British author Adele Parks is of a similar genre to her previous novel that I enjoyed last year, I Invited Her In. Lies Lies Lies is a suburban noir novel, that explores the intricacies of a marriage under the threat of issues of alcoholism, infertility and control. Daisy and Simon, the leads of this tale, have had many happy years together, but their relationship has been strained by Simon’s alcoholism and their infertility issues. They are lucky to be blessed with one child, but they long for another to complete their family. All this comes to a head when a medical professional reveals that there is no way Simon could have fathered his own daughter. Things quickly spiral out of control and soon after a terrible mistake is made, striking at the very heart of this crumbling family unit.Lies Lies Lies begins with a really interesting prologue that immediately hooked me in to latest book from Adele Parks. I actually would have liked more exploration into the background of Simon, the male lead of this story, which Parks covers in the opening of her latest novel. I was determined to get to the bottom of Simon’s problems and analyse him psychologically! He was a fascinating principal character, and although he made some ill choices in his life throughout the progression of the novel, I had an inherent need to understand him. Following the hooking prologue, Lies Lies Lies bounces around from 2016 to 2019, and it splits narration between the focus couple of this tale, Simon and Daisy. I appreciated this mode of storytelling, as it provides the reader with a direct and varied insight into a marriage under intense pressure.In terms of the themes of this novel, Parks deftly explores the impact of lies. Adele Parks looks specifically at a lie that is told with the purpose to protect someone from pain or suffering, which was an interesting angle. Parks also covers alcoholism with sensitivity and direct insight. In addition, infertility is an issue that encircles the couple of this tale, providing the audience with a sense of understanding of what it would feel like to be placed in the difficult bind Daisy and Simon find themselves in. Supporting these dark themes are sequences of harassment, blackmail, intimidation, justice, friendship, infidelity and dementia/ageing. Lies Lies Lies is certainly a full tale, defined by plenty twists, turns and unexpected moments that will leave your heart pounding in your chest.I am sure I could continue to review Lies Lies Lies much further, but I am mindful of ruining the key plot points that define this addictive new novel from Adele Parks. Lies Lies Lies is compelling, critically minded and deeply psychological. This is one solid domestic noir novel, that will capture your attention from the prologue to the final word.
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  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 Unpopular Opinion StarsOh, these reviews are the hardest to write. This one started off very slowly and depressing for me. In fact, I almost did not finish it. You should not think of this one as a thriller, it is much more domestic fiction about the breakdown of a marriage – mostly by alcoholism. Daisy and Simon are the featured characters and Simon is the one struggling (and losing) with alcohol. Things are spiraling out of control and there is a terrible incident one night after a party. 2.5 Unpopular Opinion StarsOh, these reviews are the hardest to write. This one started off very slowly and depressing for me. In fact, I almost did not finish it. You should not think of this one as a thriller, it is much more domestic fiction about the breakdown of a marriage – mostly by alcoholism. Daisy and Simon are the featured characters and Simon is the one struggling (and losing) with alcohol. Things are spiraling out of control and there is a terrible incident one night after a party. We get to hear from both Daisy and Simon, so I appreciated hearing both sides of the tale. However, I did not gain any sympathy for either character, I am not sure if this was the author’s intent or just my perception of the book. I did enjoy Daisy’s female friendships and wish that had been more of the story.The second half is slightly better, but I found this one to have so many twists (lies?) at the end that it made my head spin. One was just unbelievable. I really enjoyed her first book “I Invited Her In” – but this one left me wanting more. I know several people have given this one 4-5 stars, so it might just be me and I encourage you to judge for yourself. As always, my reviews are my own opinion.Thank you to NetGalley, Adele Parks, and Harlequin for the chance to read an early copy of this one in return for an honest review.
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  • Rachel Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Rife with implausibilities - sluggish dark domestic drama with characters I struggled to believe in.After enjoying Adele Parks previous novel, I Invited Her In, this follow-up came as a huge disappointment and proved quite a slog to actually finish, none of which is helped by several blatantly implausible occurrences immediately prior to the conclusion. Although the novel tackles some very sensitive issues it was not this that was my issue but rather the lazy characterisation and a lacklustre pa Rife with implausibilities - sluggish dark domestic drama with characters I struggled to believe in.After enjoying Adele Parks previous novel, I Invited Her In, this follow-up came as a huge disappointment and proved quite a slog to actually finish, none of which is helped by several blatantly implausible occurrences immediately prior to the conclusion. Although the novel tackles some very sensitive issues it was not this that was my issue but rather the lazy characterisation and a lacklustre pace that failed to inject any tension regardless of whatever events befell the cast.Forty-four-year-old primary school teacher, Daisy Barnes, is content with her lot having been married to interior designer Simon for sixteen years, and after ten years of trying and four rounds of IVF having finally conceived naturally. Six-year-old ballet dancing protégée, Millie, is perfect in every way and despite Daisy’s advancing age and their previous difficulties, headstrong Simon railroads Daisy into attending an appointment as a fertility clinic and considering another child. But despite Simon’s heavy drinking and her reluctance fo tempt fate, Daisy finds it easier to go along with his plan and wait for the doctor to make apparent their dwindling chances. When Simon’s storms out of his individual doctor’s meeting tense and on edge after some devastating news, he starts to question everything in his life, from his marriage to whether he is actually Millie’s father. Brooding and bitter, he is soon on a slippery downward slope to alcoholism and risking everything from his career and marriage to the child he adores..When events come to a dramatic head with irrevocable implications for their future, the fallout is messy and brutal and plays out before the reader. The unfolding novel spans three years in the lives of the Barnes’ family and alternates between chapters narrated in the first-person by Daisy with Simon’s perspective conveyed in the third- person. Both equally flawed, Simon’s stubbornness and excessive drinking make him the obvious bad guy, however Daisy is judgy and infuriatingly passive-aggressive, avoids difficult subjects and fails to clearly communicate with those that feature closely in her life and supposedly include friends of two decades. Whilst Simon’s drinking is pretty much an open secret amongst those that know him, self-contained Daisy is slow very private and Adele Parks slow unwind spools out her own convoluted backstory, that takes the story in an unconvincing direction from which is descends into melodrama and silliness with a highly questionable resolution. Readable but not entirely compelling. Billed as a domestic psychological thriller I was hoping for a realistic and emotive read, but sadly the novel was marred by numerous unlikely occurrences and some utterly bizarre reactions from characters that failed to convince.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Happy book birthday week to Adele Parks & LIES LIES LIES! Happy to be a part of the book tour for this thriller! Dark and twisty thriller with a surprising plotOn the surface, Simon and Daisy's marriage looks perfect. He's an architect, she's a teacher, and they are parents to their beloved daughter, Millie, brought into the world after many years of trying to have a child. But looking beyond the perfection, you see the strain. Simon drinks too much, embarrassing Daisy and even Millie, though sh Happy book birthday week to Adele Parks & LIES LIES LIES! Happy to be a part of the book tour for this thriller! Dark and twisty thriller with a surprising plotOn the surface, Simon and Daisy's marriage looks perfect. He's an architect, she's a teacher, and they are parents to their beloved daughter, Millie, brought into the world after many years of trying to have a child. But looking beyond the perfection, you see the strain. Simon drinks too much, embarrassing Daisy and even Millie, though she may be too young to truly realize it. Their friends typically look the other way, expressing sympathy but not offering much help. Until the night of a friend's party, where things get out of control, and their lives change forever. "Millie was a miracle. Conceived without any medical intervention. A miracle. She saved us." This was my first book by Adele Parks, and I found she sucked me into the story from the very beginning. For me, the plot was easily the star here. This was a twisty thriller that kept me guessing, often wondering which path it was going to lead us down next. While I had an inkling about one particular plot point, others took me by complete surprise, which was fun. I always love a mystery that keeps me on my toes and goes down completely unexpected paths. "People with secrets rarely sleep soundly. Fact." One strength of the book is the fact that it's told from both Daisy and Simon's perspectives. Neither are particularly sympathetic, but it's easy to get caught up in their worlds. Daisy comes across as a doormat, who cannot stand up to her alcoholic husband. And Simon, of course, a drunk who endangers his family on a regular basis. You want to shake some sense into both of them. But there's certainly a twisted web of lies and secrets behind the foundation of this couple. Nothing is as it seems, and as time goes on, you can start to at least understand some of their motivations. Overall, I enjoyed this one. I welcomed a different plot, which had some surprises in store. The ending was a bit ambiguous, but overall still a solid read. 3.75 stars, rounded to 4 here. I received a copy of this book from Harlequin/Mira and Netgalley in return for an honest review. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb
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  • Ona
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful read. It began a little slow paced but picked up significantly towards the end. Parks writes plot twists that you should have seen all along but somehow didn't and they just keep coming one after the other. And the suspense escalates in a way that's not too fast and not too slow. The style is easy and full of talent. Although, the antagonist could stand to be a bit more developed, I really enjoyed them. Also, maybe the motives of some of the characters didn't seem enough to justify t A wonderful read. It began a little slow paced but picked up significantly towards the end. Parks writes plot twists that you should have seen all along but somehow didn't and they just keep coming one after the other. And the suspense escalates in a way that's not too fast and not too slow. The style is easy and full of talent. Although, the antagonist could stand to be a bit more developed, I really enjoyed them. Also, maybe the motives of some of the characters didn't seem enough to justify their actions. But, overall, this is a great read. I would recommend if you're someone who likes a nice, drama filled thriller with great characters.
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  • Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS.This book took me by surprise in the best way possible. I was expecting the typical domestic thriller going in to it, but it was WAY darker than I thought it would be. There were quite a few surprising and shocking moments, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would say this book is definitely more of a domestic suspense, so don’t go in to it expecting a fast-paced thriller. Overall, it was an entertaining read and would recommend it for an easy read. {TW: Infertility, Alcoholism, Rape, Anima 3.5 STARS.This book took me by surprise in the best way possible. I was expecting the typical domestic thriller going in to it, but it was WAY darker than I thought it would be. There were quite a few surprising and shocking moments, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would say this book is definitely more of a domestic suspense, so don’t go in to it expecting a fast-paced thriller. Overall, it was an entertaining read and would recommend it for an easy read. {TW: Infertility, Alcoholism, Rape, Animal Cruelty/Death, Assault}
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Lies Lies Lies’ focuses on some serious and important subjects: the desperation felt by infertile couples; the destruction caused by alcoholism; domestic abuse; the horror of incarceration. And Adele Parks is successful in her exploration of all these miserable circumstances through her brave and uncompromising storytelling.Why is it then that I have only given this novel three stars? Perhaps because the central character, Daisy, is under-developed. I couldn’t appreciate exactly why it is that ‘Lies Lies Lies’ focuses on some serious and important subjects: the desperation felt by infertile couples; the destruction caused by alcoholism; domestic abuse; the horror of incarceration. And Adele Parks is successful in her exploration of all these miserable circumstances through her brave and uncompromising storytelling.Why is it then that I have only given this novel three stars? Perhaps because the central character, Daisy, is under-developed. I couldn’t appreciate exactly why it is that Simon, her husband, is utterly devoted to her. For much of the novel she is very passive, lacks any ambition, is judgemental and uncompromising when she needn’t be whilst, at the same time, is not strong enough to tackle her husband Simon head-on about his drinking problems. Her devoted sister and girlfriends are all feisty, funny, caring and loyal. It’s not as if Parks can’t write about women; it’s just that she has found it difficult to portray an introvert with any real conviction.Simon, on the other hand, is far more plausible. Parks’ depiction of his destructive descent into alcoholism is chilling. Everyone he knows and everything that he does is damaged by his relationship with the bottle. From this perspective, ‘Lies Lies Lies’ is a salutary read, reminding us all that social drinking can so easily become very unsociable.The author is clearly skilled in the art of plotting. Throughout the novel, just when the reader thinks that all is clear, another possibility emerges and the narrative changes direction. However, that said, the ending felt contrived – a plot decision to shock and surprise the reader rather than information which reinforces character or theme. The final pages feel merely sensational in contrast to the earlier carefully crafted prison scenes or the compellingly written despair of the domestically abused woman.My thanks to NetGalley and HQ, Harper Collins Publishers for a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Adele Shea
    January 1, 1970
    This book was brilliantly written. Adele Parks had the ability to grab you from the start of a book right to the end.
  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhh this book is one of those that should not have been classified as a thriller, as it is definitely more of a domestic drama. I think the alternating perspectives between Daisy and Simon provided an interesting way of telling the story since we were able to see both sides of the situation and how both were flawed in their communication. I don’t think I liked either of them, or any character really. The title really says it all as you are never sure what the real truth is until the very end. T Ahhh this book is one of those that should not have been classified as a thriller, as it is definitely more of a domestic drama. I think the alternating perspectives between Daisy and Simon provided an interesting way of telling the story since we were able to see both sides of the situation and how both were flawed in their communication. I don’t think I liked either of them, or any character really. The title really says it all as you are never sure what the real truth is until the very end. The pace was odd and I felt like it took a good 100 pages for me to be even slightly interested in the story since I was just waiting for something to happen! Overall, it was readable but I was left feeling disappointed and bored. Also so many parts just did not make sense and were not realistic at all?
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say I found this a bit of a chore to get through. I guessed all but one of the twists and didn’t warm to any of the characters. I don’t think this author is for me as the last book I read by her wasn’t my thing either. Being generous with a 3!
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Look out for my review during my stop of the blog tour on August 3rd!!
  • Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
    January 1, 1970
    Lies.They can make you.THEY CAN BREAK YOUSometimes they come back to hurt you…. Lies Lies Lies is the second, and latest, domestic noir title from bestselling author Adele Parks and, in my rather humble opinion, she has truly nailed the genre with this one. Just published with HQ Stories, Lies Lies Lies is described by Marion Keyes as ‘gripping, moving and elegantly written’. It really is a very solid thriller with an abundance of tense and dramatic twists that just keep the reader gripped.Ma Lies.They can make you.THEY CAN BREAK YOUSometimes they come back to hurt you…. Lies Lies Lies is the second, and latest, domestic noir title from bestselling author Adele Parks and, in my rather humble opinion, she has truly nailed the genre with this one. Just published with HQ Stories, Lies Lies Lies is described by Marion Keyes as ‘gripping, moving and elegantly written’. It really is a very solid thriller with an abundance of tense and dramatic twists that just keep the reader gripped.Marriage is the perfect backdrop for a domestic thriller and a not-so-perfect one is even more ideal. Simon and Daisy have struggled for many years to have the child they both wished for. After numerous consultations and medical procedures, they are both surprised and delighted when Daisy is pregnant and little Maisy is born. Their life is complete. But as time passes Simon hankers after another child. Daisy is content with Maisy but Simon wants a bigger family, a sibling for Maisy. Daisy struggled emotionally through the early years of trying for a baby and she is not ready to face these feelings again. Daisy wants to move on with their lives, just the three of them. But there is a problem…Simon is a functioning alcoholic. Daisy has gotten used to Simon’s sessions. Over the years his drinking has spiked but he always settles back down to a measured level of consumption. He works hard, lets off steam occasionally and Daisy accepts this. At times Daisy covers for him and as a reader I could feel myself getting extremely frustrated with her behaviour. Daisy is a primary school teacher. Simon is an interior designer. They have a great circle of friends, they have good jobs but something is lurking in the background, a shadow that hides waiting to be discovered.Simon’s drinking escalates to new levels and Daisy is initially lenient, excusing his terrible behaviour. But Daisy is completely unprepared for a turn of events that takes place one evening at a friend’s house, something that will change their lives forever…I will not and cannot say anymore about the plot of this book as to do so would take from the suspense and the drama. Adele Parks has written a heart-thumping fast-paced, tense thriller. But she also tackles the important societal issues of addiction, abuse, obsession, depression and much much more, making this, at times, quite a tough read. Every single one of the characters in this novel is important to the plot. Their individual stories weave in and out of each other’s lives with relationships and friendships tested to the max. We get a behind-the-scenes look inside prison and the challenges faced for many inmates. We are drawn deep into the story as lives unravel and truths are finally exposed.Lies Lies Lies is a captivating tale. Forget anything else in your day as your time will be completely devoted to peeling back the layers of this complex drama and unearthing the tragedy that lies beneath. Adele Parks has written a truly riveting and addictive read. Lies Lies Lies is packed tight full of secrets and lies, of fear and of despair. A book that will hook you right in….
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