Saturday, 16 April 2016

Review: After the Lie by Kerry Fisher

One little lie can make one big difference …

Lydia has the ‘right’ kind of friends, her children are at the ‘right’ kind of school and she’s married to the ‘right’ sort of man – kind, steady, reliable Mark. Her wedding business is flourishing and even though she is at loggerheads with her mother, she couldn’t ask for anything more from life.

But the truth is that Lydia has been lucky. She has been living a lie for years and Mark has no idea who he is really married to. But nothing lasts forever and the past has a funny way of catching up with the present. When the person who knows all of Lydia’s dark little secrets turns up at the school gates, his presence threatens to blow Lydia’s life apart.

What is Lydia’s terrible truth? Once the secret is out, you can’t put it back …

Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Expected publication: April 29th 2016 by Bookouture

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is April 29, 2016.

I struggled with this story.  Not because of the writing or the plot per say, but the way something so small (IMHO) snowballed in to something so big.  The secret or lie that Lydia was so desperate to cling to seemed like something that would have been a whole lot of nothing if she was just honest up front.

As a result there were a lot of characters in the story that I did not like, or at least could not identify with.  The first being Lydia.  She was so desperate to cling to her lie that she just piled a whole bunch more on top.  While I can see why she wanted to protect the original secret, a result of her mother's brainwashing (another character I didn't like) I just can't condone or understand the additional mistakes she made.  Then there was Thomaso, a seemingly random character who was selfish from the get go.  Also Katyia, talk about someone with zero self esteem.  The only redeeming character for me was Mark.

Ultimately this story teaches a good lesson, particularly in today's day and age.  Be careful what you expose yourself to when social media can make a permanent record of everything.  You hear too much of this stuff in the media with people being caught in compromising positions and then it is shared with the world.  A good lesson for the younger (teenage) generation however I am not too sure how this story will appeal to them.

While I very much understand the lessons in this story, I had a hard time supporting what brought Lydia to the events that unfolded.  Therefore my rating is based on the underlying themes in the story and less about the actual characters.  This story was ok for me.

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