Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan
Sophia lives in London.Her parents, Nina and Jared, own a garden centre with a cafe in remote Suffolk. Nina is an anxious woman and often calls Sophia asking for her to visit them. One friday night she gets a call from Nina when she is out with friends in a night club. She doesn’t go immediately but drives to Suffolk next day to have the shock of her life finding Nina hanging from a tree and Jared is lying in a pool of blood. Nina dies, Jared survives. However he is too ill and kept in hospital.
Sophia refuses to believe this is a murder-suicide is her mother’s doing.Something must have happened.
As she starts investigating her childhood house for clues, she’ll discover a lot more than she have imagined.
So, this is possibly the most spoiler-free blurb I can give to you, although the book’s name is a spoiler itself!
Why do you do that?
I honestly believe it’s a mortal sin. The worst thing you can do to a page-turner is to give a hint or spoil the plot in book’s name. (Especially the US titles sometimes have different and very spoiler-y names but this is a UK edition and I am surprised.)
I really, really disliked Sophia’s mum Nina. Sorry! Nothing can justify her back boneless actions in the past for me. Well, I should shut up for not revealing too much!
I would have loved this book if it was only Nina’s story, in the past. I think the sections about Morningstar were really good. However the present story line, with Sophia wasn’t really too convincing. Maybe because Sophia and her parent’s real relationship were never there in the plot, we take it for granted and the twist, although very predictable, felt a bit fabricated to me.
This was a quick read and it is indeed a page turner. So despite the flaws it will keep you entertained.
I would recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers such as Bad Mother by Amanda Brook or Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin UK for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Everything is Lies is going to be released on Feb 22nd, 2018. It is available to pre-order from Amazon.