What if your whole life was based on a lie? When Lydia makes a decision as a teenager it’s one that will change her life forever, from that point on the effect it has on her life will live with her and her parents forever. Now a married Lydia is dealing with her own 2 teenage children, as they come of age they’re determined to be just like their friends but Lydia is protective of their use of computers and social media.

Lydia’s own mother can never let her forget the decision she mad as a child, but this makes her a great character – With her brusque manner and inability to be PC, she is unable to be proud of the achievements her daughter has made in her life and career as events planner – when everything comes back to “that business”.

When Lydia is confronted with a ghost from the past that she thought she had escaped from it challenges her happy life, becoming frustrated with her husband and children and not being able to explain to them what led her to being the way she is taking it’s toll and when she confesses her secret to a stranger and embarks on an affair it seems that another lie may be in the end of family.

On top of everything teenage son Jamie starts a new relationship and it seems that he is about to make the same mistakes his mum made all those years ago

I was gripped from the beginning of this book and loved the comparisons between the present day and Lydia’s experience – it was good to experience Lydia’s point of view throughout the novel and you can’t help but be caught up in her frustrations.

A gripping family drama about facing up to mistakes, learning from them and in time preventing them being repeated.

It’s one of those books that you want to keep returning to, to find out how it ends! I’m looking forward to more from this author.

 

After The Lie Book Cover After The Lie
Kerry Fisher
Bookouture
28th April 2016
Kindle
314

Your past will devastate your family. But your lies could destroy them. What would YOU do?

Sometimes a lie can split your life in two. There is “before”, and there is “after”. Try as you might – you can never go back.

When Lydia was a teenager, she made a decision that ruined her family’s life. They’ve spent the last thirty years living with the consequences and doing their best to pretend it never happened.

Lydia’s husband, the gorgeous and reliable Mark, and her two teenage children know nothing about that summer back in 1982. And that’s the way Lydia wants it to stay. The opportunity to come clean is long gone and now it’s not the lie that matters, it’s the betrayal of hiding the truth for so long.

When someone from the past turns up as a parent at the school gates, Lydia feels the life she has worked so hard to build slipping through her fingers. The more desperate she becomes to safeguard her family, the more erratic her behaviour becomes. But when the happiness of her own teenage son, Jamie, hangs in the balance, Lydia is forced to make some impossible decisions. Can she protect him and still keep her own secret – and if she doesn’t, will her marriage and family survive?

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