#BookReview The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce @GrandCentralPub #TheLiesYouTold #HarrietTyce #GrandCentralPub Title: The Lies You Told

Author: Harriet Tyce

Published by: Grand Central Publishing on Dec. 1, 2020

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 384

Format: Hardcover

Source: Grand Central Publishing

Book Rating: 8/10

In the playground it”s the law of the jungle

But at the school gate, there are no rules at all…

When Sadie Roper moves back to London, she”s determined to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. First, she needs to get her daughter settled into a new school-one of the most exclusive in the city. Next, she”s going to get back the high-flying criminal barrister career she sacrificed for marriage ten years earlier. But nothing goes quite as planned. The school is not very welcoming newcomers, her daughter hasn”t made any friends yet and the other mothers are as fiercely competitive as their children. Sadie immediately finds herself on the outside as she navigates the fraught politics of the school gate.

But the tide starts to turn as Sadie begins to work on a scandalous, high-profile case that”s the perfect opportunity to prove herself again, even though a dangerous flirtation threatens to cloud her professional judgment. And when Liza, queen of the school moms, befriends Sadie, she draws her into the heart of the world from which she was previously excluded. Soon Sadie and her family start to thrive, but does this close new friendship prevent her from seeing the truth? Sadie may be keeping her friends close, but what she doesn”t know is that her enemies are closer still…


Menacing, intricate, and twisty!

The Lies You Told is a sinister, psychological thriller that introduces us to Sadie Roper. A troubled young mother who after returning to London after the dissolution of her marriage, enrols her eleven-year-old daughter in the competitive, toxic Ashams Girls School to fulfil the stipulations of her mothers will. But when her daughter, Robin, goes missing, and it comes to light that more than one student seems to have died suspiciously, Sadie’s life quickly spirals out of control.

The prose is taut and intense. The characters are secretive, vulnerable, and suspicious. And the plot, including all the subplots, unravel and intertwine into a suspenseful tale of deception, manipulation, jealousy, power, revelations, mayhem, violence, and murder.

Overall, The Lies You Told is a tight, unpredictable, satisfying thrill ride by Tyce that had just the right amount of twists, turns, and surprises to keep me thoroughly engrossed from start to finish.


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About Harriet Tyce

Harriet Tyce grew up in Edinburgh and studied English at Oxford University before doing a law conversion course at City University. She practiced as a criminal barrister for nearly a decade. She completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She lives in north London.