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After the Lie: A gripping novel about love, loss and family secrets by [Fisher, Kerry]
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About the Author

Kerry was brought up in Peterborough. She now lives in Surrey with a very tolerant husband and two children.

After landing her dream job working on women s magazines, she discovered that she hated writing about real people in case their families got upset. The University of California Writers Program helped her move from fact into fiction. The School Gate Survival Guide is her first novel.


Product Details

  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1910751812
  • Publisher: Bookouture (April 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BAWSUNK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You know, sometimes you read only a page or two, and you know you're going to love the book? That's what happened when I glanced at the prologue of After The Lie. I simply fell in love with the writing style. I'm really OC about reading NetGalley books in order of publication date but once I saw the prologue that system of mine went out the window. I put away my other book and devoured this one in a day.
Lydia and her parents have been keeping a secret for thirty years. Lydia never told her husband, Mark, or her children or any friend. Actually, it's hard to have friends if you're keeping a secret. And then one day, the fact that you have kept secrets and have lied to your loved ones becomes more destructive than the original secret ever would have been.
This happens to Lydia when she is suddenly confronted with her buried past at her children's posh private school.
I thought I knew where this story was going to go at that stage, but the author took a totally different route. It was utterly brilliant. I never expected the whole Tomaso debacle.
After The Lie was unpredictable, it was extremely witty, and it was heartbreaking as well as heartwarming. I went through a lot of emotions reading this.
The characters were wonderfully realistic and relatable. I loved Jamie's teenage talk. Lydia was a fantastic character, so likeable, and I enjoyed all her sharp observations. It was incredibly easy to become fully immersed in her life. Don't even get me started on Mabel, the dog. And as for Mark, if there was an award for book-husband of the year, he'd have my vote. I'm afraid I didn't feel any sympathy for Lydia's mother, though.
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I would like to thank Net Galley and Publishers Bookouture for an advance copy of 'After The Lie' by Kerry Fisher in exchange for my review.

Is there anything more toxic and harmful than a keeping a secret from your loved ones? Even the little secrets, little lies and half-truths told with the best of intentions, have a habit of coming back to haunt you and are seldom worth the effort you put in to maintain them. The truth is both easier to remember and easier to maintain than a lie, because it is, in the end, fact.

Lydia doesn’t have a small secret and she hasn’t told a simple lie. Hiding from an embarrassing incident that rocked her family when she was a teenager, everything she has told her family, her husband and children, has been a series of half-truths, a complicated story of omission orchestrated by her mother in order to cover up the consequences that Lydia’s mistake caused. Nobody in Lydia’s world knows what happened when they lived in Norfolk and she is happy for it to remain that way. Yes she has grown up under her mother’s thumb, unable to tell her no for fear of reminding her that unlike her perfect brother, she is the child who let them all down, but she is happy and she is loved. That is all she needs.

That is until the walls of Lydia’s carefully constructed world come crashing in on her. Newly appointed to chair the fundraising efforts for her children’s exclusive school, Lydia is brought face to face with someone from her past, possibly the only person who is capable of ripping apart her happy existence and destroying her happiness. The boy who was complicit in destroying her life, Sean MacAllister.
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Lydia has spent her whole life living a lie. She’s married to the right kind of man, her kids go to the right know of school, her business is winning awards making her life seem perfect from the outside but now her past is catching up to her. She’s never shared what happened to her at thirteen, her husband doesn’t know, her children don’t know and now her secret is coming back to haunt her.

For thirty years Lydia’s family has held the secret and covered up the truth. Now the one person that could let the secret out has moved into town and shown up at her children’s school. In fear that her world is going to shatter around her Lydia begs that the truth stay buried before her world falls apart.

After the Lie is a bit of a mix of a psychological thriller with a whole lot of family drama. I was completely hooked as soon as I started to read this story. Wonderful writing and such an intriguing plot of how one lie can snowball into so much more.

The characters in this story seemed very real. Lydia’s parents did what they could to protect their little girl years before but the outcome of the events has turned into so much more. Lydia herself has her own issues from what had happened and struggles the entire read trying to cope. I have to say though I loved the humor thrown into the mix with the family dog Mabel, she may have ended up my most liked character in the story completely stealing the show with her antics.

There’s also a very real and very good message mixed into this story once the reader learns all about what happened thirty years before.
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