My Lies, Your Lies, by Susan Lewis

🎧 Audiobook review 🎧

Ghost-writer Joely Foster has been asked to write the memoir of an eccentric old lady with a troubling past. Relieved to have a break from her own marital difficulties, Joely escapes to the woman’s isolated house, where she gets to work writing about a pivotal event in Freda Donahoe’s life. On its surface, the story is of a fifteen-year-old girl being groomed at school by her teacher. But Freda is determined to set the record straight by showing that the girl was complicit in the seduction, and had only called the police when she was spurned. But that’s just half the story…

Joely delves into her work, learning more about the events that happened all those years ago. She is soon surprised to discover that the truth lies much closer to home and is bizarrely connected to her. How can Freda’s past be linked to Joely? Could the teacher be someone near to her?

As the story of Freda’s past unravels, it spins Joely into a dangerous world of secrets and lies she could never have imagined, causing her to question everything she thought she knew about her family.

This was…not an easy story to read. Clever and well plotted, yes – I did not see those twists coming, but not easy. Teacher/student relationships are never going to be pleasant, even when they are fictional. For me, this was also a lesson in empathy and forgiveness. Susan Lewis has a way of adding such shocking twists to a story, that have me hating a character one minute and feeling sad for them the next. The first half of this book made me feel very uncomfortable, but that was before the truths of these characters were revealed, things are never as straightforward as they seem. I did not foresee any way for My Lies, Your Lies to have a happy ending, but it did have a satisfactory one. I ended up liking certain characters I never thought I would.

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