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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan.

No-one is who you think they are.

Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed.

Everyone has secrets.

Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death.

Especially those closest to you.

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. As her father is too ill to talk, it is up to Sophia to clear her mother's name. And to do this she needs to delve deep into her family's past - a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there....

What if your parents had been lying to you since the day you were born?

©2018 Helen Callaghan (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 25-02-18

Refreshingly original and compelling

I devoured this book, finding it truly difficult to turn off. It’s always a pleasure to discover a truly original story that is well written, exciting and beautifully narrated. I won’t say any more to avoid spoilers.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely mesmerizing

WOW, what a story. The story pulled me in from the start, it was meticulously and believably crafted. Beautifully told by both narrators. Top marks

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Prose was nice, but plot was weak at the end

The end of this novel was quite disappointing. I found that the twists were quite predictable from early on. I enjoyed the story itself, although the change in narrative style in the last 2 and a half chapters was quite jarring; as was the accent that one of the actors puts on in the second-last chapter. (I had appreciated throughout that the voice acting had avoided being cheesy while still feeling authentic to each character.) The final quarter of the novel felt very rushed, as though the intention the whole time was to close up all the loose threads in a hurry, rather than to actually deliver a proper solid explanation for the events of the book and I was disappointed by that.
I enjoyed the characters’ development very much throughout the middle section of the novel, and in combination with the voice acting made a pleasant and exciting listen.

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The best book I’ve listened to in a while

I loved this book. The plot really gripped me, especially in the beginning when I was trying to figure out what was going on with Sophia’s Mum. I did guess some of the plot twist, but I like that when you think you’ve figured it out but are not sure.
The narrators were really good.
There were a few characters I would have liked to have heard more from, that could have been developed further. But I really enjoyed the book and found myself re-listening to sections so it would last longer

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awesome well read

very good! a bit different to your everyday crime fiction i look forward to more

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Brilliant

Really enjoyed this book, brilliant right up to the very end. Must go and download more. Narrators were fab too.

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Engaging read

Enjoyed it a lot. Fast paced and full of suspense. The characters were credible and once started, I didn't want to put it away.

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Brilliant book

This book is just as good as Dear Amy and has me on the edge of my seat all the way through.

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A Good Holiday Listen

I was on holiday when I listened to this and I enjoyed it. The story is different. I did think "really?" a few times, but cults do exist and suck people in, so I gave the plot line the benefit of the doubt, I was on holiday after all. I did think Sophia was a bit slow on the uptake at times.

It's easy holiday listening that's well performed and worth a credit.

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  • Hayley
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  • 27-03-18

Ok not great

I enjoyed this book at first however I didn’t think the tone of the main character Sophia was great. Whilst her actions were believable her lack emotion wasn’t to me. I also think the twist if that’s what you would call it was very obvious from quite early on in the book.

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