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Summary

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. 

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. 

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia. 

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left. 

It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not "should I be jealous" but..."should I be scared?"

Fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller with a final twist to put their jaw on the floor will love Our Little Lies.

©2018 Sue Watson (P)2018 Bookouture

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Best listen ever

This was brilliant from start to finish, I listened to this in two days and didn't want it to end.

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NOT MY CUP OF TEA

OMG, was waiting for this woman to get a backbone all the way through this book.
I grew up with no parents its hard but just to have money & a nice home you would put up with this. Narrator ok though. Maybe O am becoming a feminist.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Okay, a bit the same story different book

This was an okay book one I listened to whilst at work, but it just came across like a lot of the thriller books I have read recently was hoping that there would be some thing different.

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whiny

This was a boringly painful book to listen to. just flicked to the last chapter to see how it ended and not bothered to know how the ending came about. the blurb sounded more exciting.

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Not a bad listen but heroine starts out annoying!

A pleasant listen with good narration.
If you can get past the frustration of the grating nature of the downtrodden leading lady...you really want to shake her...but I guess it's building the story.
It is a little similar to other books in this vein but if you enjoy an evil husband story you'll like it.

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Loved it

Excellent throughout. Great story with perfect narration. I did guess the end but it really didn't matter as it was so good to listen to

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Clever read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the emotion was expressed well by the narrator . Good plot. Highly recommend

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Worth keeping going

Thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this to start with but do persevere it’s worth it!

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Superb Listen

Amazing story, full of twists and turns, not a book you can easily put down either. Fabulous narration too!

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brilliant

I found it a little hard to get into at first, but another reviewer mentioned this and recommended to keep listening, which I did.
I am so glad I kept listening as I soon found myself not being able to press pause at all, I carried my phone everywhere with this book playing.

listen to it all!!

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  • ilene
  • 24-10-18

Terrible

Very long winded story with a ridiculous ending. Narrator is perfect but I would skip this one.

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  • Caroline
  • 29-10-18

Really maddening book

I usually agree with the majority of reviews on audible, but reading this book was a miserable experience. It's tiresome, rambling, manic. The narrator is a victim, but her character veers between two personalities in an unrealistic way. I love sick thrillers, but this isn't a thriller really. There's no mystery here. This is horrible abuse and it's apparent throughout.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • JK907
  • 13-10-18

WOW. FINALLY. BRAVO. 👏🏽👌🏽

Finally, a real and proper domestic mystery/thriller. Of all the other books I’ve been rating so high before this, I almost want to knock every single one of them down a star so my perfect rating for this book will be more meaningful.

This book was perfectly executed. It unfolded at a fantastic pace and webs were woven and clues were dropped EXQUISITELY. I listen to at least 2 audiobooks a week — literally, so there isn’t much I haven’t heard in audible in the domestic mystery/thriller genre. Sue Watson did a phenomenal job of leaving just the right amount of bread crumbs, not too big, not too small, not spaced too close together but also not too far apart, this is one of the best unfoldings of a mystery/thriller I have ever heard.

The whole book and storyline were amazingly unpredictable. I keep a book journal and I like to note my thoughts and guesses throughout a book so I can reflect and compare how and what I thought during and the ending. Chapter after chapter I assumed I had the storyline pegged and each time I was refreshingly incorrect. I was never ever once bored and I couldn’t stop listening.

I just LOVE intricately and intentionally placed clues and this book nails it. It’s so hard to get that balance right but as I said, the author knew what she was doing. If for whatever reason this book ends up getting rated low on audible, read reviews for the hard copy of the book. I think audiobooks have a whole set of other factors to scrutinize that have nothing at all to do with the books itself — such as a narrator ruining the tone or inaccurately representing moods, tones and voices.

I noticed the author’s other two books aren’t even in the same genre as this so I was even more impressed and I really hope she continues. And if she does I know she will perfect her storytelling even further.

Ok so let me get something out of the way that seems deterrent but isn’t because this book was so good the author could’ve gotten away with A LOT, but I can see how what I’m about to disclose (NOT a spoiler, don’t worry) would make someone roll their eyes...
So in the beginning the point is really hammered home about the wife acknowledging and the husband having a “god-complex” just because he is a cardiac surgeon. It was a repetition of Marianne reveling nonstop in any context possible about how perfect/enviable her life is because she is the wife of a surgeon. She definitely knew and admitted it was all superficial and there was a dark side. But it was almost as if the author was worried we might somehow not understand the extent to which we are supposed to think how fabulous being married to and having a family with a doctor is. However, all that easily becomes nothing as soon as you see how great the book moves along.

This books was organized and so carefully written and there was no moment whatsoever of disinterest or boredom — quite the opposite in fact. You may think you know what will happen but you’ll be oh so pleasantly mistaken. I highly, highly, highly recommend this book. Bravo Sue Watson, please, please keep these quality stories coming!!!

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  • 22-10-18

Overuse of F word.. ending unrealistic

So tiring to have to endure overused profanity. My group agrees with me. The ending is unrealistic because Simon is a true psychopath. Enough said in order to avoid spoiling it, this is the reason for three stars. Also, it gets quite repetitive half way through, however the performer is fantastic.

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  • Lneele00
  • 29-10-18

Predictable...slow build.. limited pay off

I just don’t get these rave reviews. I mean. I know I’ve read tons of these domestic thrillers but this story was very predictable... the “twists” aren’t too twisty if you pay attention. Which i won’t lie, that part was difficult. I wanted to scream at the female lead and how repetitive she was... i read another review saying it stopped around chapter 20 so i battled on.

Spoiler alert...

I just didn’t think the ending was realistic. If Simon was painted as this evil, psychopath, sociopath or whatever the ending wouldn’t have been him taking the blame for his child... ppl like that don’t identify with these needs... they are strictly unemotional and unattached.

The only thing that saved this for me was the excellent narration. Loved this performer.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-18

I had a love hate relationship with this book.

I didn't find the main character believable at first. She was in her forties but displayed the insecurity of a 20 something. Yes, her abusive husband generated those insecurities but she appeared so dumb and it just made her an unbelievable character. Then about 20 chapters in I loved her!! I literally laughed out loud with her as she plotted. Unfortunately she wavered and for another big chunk of the book was insecure and questioning her sanity again. Given what she'd been through and her age I just didn't believe she was that naive. There are 2 great twists at the end that I saw coming but I didn't hold that against the author since I read psychological thrillers a lot. If you don't mind a naive, dumb main character, the story is great.

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  • PollyAnna2
  • 18-10-18

I thought I knew...

Really well developed storyline, characters, and plot. Nearing the end, I thought I’d had it all figured out, and was almost disappointed that the ending was going to be another rush to finish, leaving loose ends, and too many unanswered questions. And then there was another sweet twist, to wrap it all up, and pull it all together.
Excellent narration, and even several witty remarks that had me giggle.
I’ll be looking for more from Sue Watson, and Katie Villa.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • lisa
  • 18-10-18

WOW

This has been one of the best books I have read in a while, and I get about 3 audio books a week . Absolutely Amazing! I almost didnt get it because I have a hard time with British narrators but this narrator was fabulous!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Yikes
  • 14-10-18

Loved it.

Even though it was hard to identify with the main character, she was still quite believable. A few twists I guessed and a few that surprised me. Enjoyed the narrator once I got used to the accent. Kept my interest throughout!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • ZoeysMom
  • 17-10-18

A True Psychological Thriller!!! 5 ☆☆☆☆☆'s

This story was AMAZING!! Never a dull moment..gripping..thrilling..suspensful and extremely unputdownable! Clues are hidden throughout, but so subtle that they are very easily missed. Perfect ending and perfect narration by Katie Villa, as usual. Don't hesitate to spend a credit or the money on this book. I read 2-3 audiobooks per week in this exact genre, and have for the last 3 or so years. I can honestly say this is one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of 'reading'. This one will stick with you long after you have finished. Bravo!!! Will be recommending this one to all my book loving friends. I can't wait to see what this author writes next!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful