Monday, March 26, 2018

"Everything Is Lies" by Helen Callaghan


SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph (Penguin)
GENRE: Psychological Thriller
SOURCE: Publisher

Sophia's parents lead quiet, ordinary lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother hanging from a tree. Her father lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer. With her father in a coma, it is up to Sophia to clear her mother's name. To do this she needs to delve deep into her family's past—a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there...


Have you ever had one of those moments when you read a book title and get instantly intrigued, then look intently at the cover, read the subtitle and, just like that, exclaim: SOLD!? Now, you know I've never lied to you, hence you know this is what happened with this book, and so is what I'm about to share...

I didn't read this author's debut, "Dear Amy", so when I started reading this book I was completely unaware of Callaghan's writing style and what her mind was capable of. Now I know and man, I was not expecting THAT. Written under two point of views, Sophia (present) and her mum Nina (past), this book drags you into a world full of lies and deceptions that at times really make you shiver because you know it's actually a reality. After the brutal—impossible to erase from your mind—scene she found when coming back home, Sophia is sort of forced to investigate on her own to prove the police they got the case all wrong, and what she discovers is a dark and bitter truth. A difficult one to process, and something she certainly couldn't anticipate. I admit I did form a theory at some point that proved to be right, but when I started the read I honestly wasn't suspecting the book would treat such a morbid subject. Yet, as twisted as it may sound, this is what kept me turning the pages eagerly, and the last chapter blew me away.

With a creepily realistic atmosphere, damaged characters dominating the scene, and Nina's voice playing louder than anyone's, I was invested in what is quite a story to tell. I'd suggest you to grab this psychological thriller and find for yourself the lies, the liar(s), and everything in between.

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