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All My Lies

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A promising debut that I enjoyed and will definitely read more from this author.  There was nothing particularly original in the plot but it's well written with good  characterisation and some twists I did not anticipate. 
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for a digital ARC. 3.5 stars
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This book made me feel as if I was reading some chapters from my own life story. As, like Anna, I had a controlling husband and then reconnected with a childhood love. Luckily that’s where the similarities ended. However it did make me feel more empathetic towards Anna and my heart was in my throat more often than I care to admit as I recognised the subtle gaslighting techniques and manipulation used by her husband James that in turn become cruel.

Anna’s backstory explains her longing for warmth, love and family, making her extremely vulnerable. So when Sam breaks off all contact her past and present collide and I was left questioning everything and everybody including Anna.

For a debut the author has astounded me with her characterisation. They frustrated me, angered me, brought out my maternal instinct to protect and my strong stance of sisterhood against domestic abuse. James was so well written that I would happily have gone to their house packed her bag and stood up to him myself. The women in this book are all beholden to the men in their lives in one form or another. Rosie is the only one she’s really close to and her being James’ sister makes telling the truth even more difficult and complicated and added another dimension to how closed off and alone Anna actually is.

The walls felt like they were closing in as she becomes more trapped not only be her marriage but by all the lies. And as Rosie herself said “they always catch up with you in the end.”
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Anna is stuck in a marriage that she wants to escape and she finds her chance after meeting her childhood sweetheart.
The story that follows uncovers all the lies and deceit and secrets from her past from her and others.
Good read and realistic.
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If I had been able to go on holiday I would have been pleased to have taken this book along with me. It’s an easy read with lots of things happening that you would never have guessed and equally lots of turns in the story that were obvious.
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Oh I love a book with good characters and this book has some cracking ones! Anna, I loved! I was desperate for her to be happy, find peace and learn to acknowledge her self worth! James, I hated! Passionately! Flynn does an amazing job of keeping him on the outside of the story and drips in little moments that make you hate him even more. Sam, I couldn't make my mind up. I wanted him to save Anna, then I didn't because I wanted her to love herself first. About two thirds of the way through, I thought I had cracked the story, I knew what had happened and I was slightly disappointed! But then out of nowhere, a brilliant twist at the end that I didn't see coming at all! Brilliant writing, great suspense! Loved it. I find that books in this genre need to have a cracking ending and this one certainly did. Great read and I kept wanting to read more and my books, that means it is a great book! And a little thing to add - her debut! I mean get out of here....amazing! .
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4 Stars from me

I had such mixed feelings for main character Anna throughout this book!

She married the 'perfect man' yet she hankers after an imperfect past and when fate reunites her with her first love she sees it as a way to escape her current life and pick up where she left off all those years ago.

The portrayal of James was excellent, so obviously a controlling bully but at times even I was thinking - or is he? Major mind messing, excellently captured.

My favourite character was probably Rosie. Everyone needs a friend like her!

Viewing her childhood sweetheart firmly through rose coloured glasses, Anna paints a warm and wonderful concept of the life she will be going back to. He loves her, his family love her, all they need is each other - right?

This is a psychological thriller with deceptively warm undertones - I raced through it and got caught out by many a twist and turn along the way.
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This is a good book overall albeit a little frustrating due to the naivety of the main character. The plot was interesting and the twists were good but generally predictable. It is definitely a good debut and I look forward to seeing what the author writes next.
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Trapped in a marriage with the abusive James, Anna plans to leave him for her childhood love Sam. But when Sam goes missing just before their planned escape, Anna must take things into her own hands to figure out what happened - or resign herself to a claustrophobic life with James.

Initially this is an enjoyable easy read with a good premise and plot. The characterisation is well done with some likeable characters like Rosie and her adorable children. 

There are so many lies from so many sources and the twists just keep on coming! Unfortunately I can’t get past Anna’s character to enjoy the book more. As the story unfolds and things begin to look shady Anna is very naive living in a fantasy world. She is weak and her refusal to accept the truth about both Sam and James becomes wearing and boring as it holds back the plot. As the story reaches the end it is very clear and easy to work out what happened to everyone other than Anna! 

Nevertheless a very enjoyable read with all the elements of a classic psychological thriller - controlling husband, secret liaisons, murder, kidnapping and missing people. 

Thank you NetGalley and to the publishers for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Anna wants to escape her emotionally abusive husband James and when she remeets her childhood sweetheart Sam. She falls in love and they make plans to be together. But Sam disappears and Anna's life begins to unravel. 

Manipulated  Anna appears weak, her self-confidence having been constantly undermined for many years by James. She has been kept in the dark by people she trusted and lies and betrayals abound in this very readable psychological debut.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review All My Lies.
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READ THIS IF… you like female-led thrillers, books about family and relationship dynamics, and if you enjoyed books like Blood Orange and I Let You Go.

THE STORY… Trapped in a marriage with the abusive James, Anna plans to leave him for her childhood love Sam. But when Sam goes missing just before their planned escape, Anna must take things into her own hands to figure out what happened - or resign herself to a claustrophobic life with James.

ALL MY LIES… grabbed me from page one and took me on a journey of ever-heightening stakes, with twists that upturned everything the minute I thought I’d figured out what was going on. Tension is built so effectively throughout the novel, to the point that I felt genuine anxiety for Anna. This is a book that you read as fast as you can - every single chapter ended on a note that made me need to carry on reading.

The cast of characters was excellently built. I was firmly placed in Anna’s world, and her drive to find unconditional love made me root for her. Her husband James was horrifying, and his manipulative abuse tactics were very cleverly portrayed. It was a great choice for Anna’s best friend to be James’ sister Rosie, as it meant, despite how lovely Rosie was, Anna couldn’t confide in her. Sam was so interestingly portrayed - especially as his absence meant I had to rely on what Anna and other characters thought about him.

What a fantastic debut! I really enjoyed this book.

NOW… If you’re a fan of thrillers, I’d highly recommend reading this. Sophie Flynn has kindly answered some of my questions about All My Lies on my blog -
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I absolutely loved thus book. I did not put it down until I'd finished it.

It starts with Anna living a typical day in her married life with her controlling husband, she explains that this is the last time she's going to have to pretend .. We soon find out she's been having an affair and is planning on leaving her husband... TODAY. But everything doesn't go smoothly at all.

It's such a twisty story, I actually found myself really tense in parts, scared that James was going to find out what was going on. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone so all I'll say is its a must read.
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Debut novel and all the elements for a tried and tested psychological thriller were here, contolling husband, secret liaisons, boyfriends from the past, babies/adoptions, murder, kidnapping and missing people, maybe just a few too many elements in one book?, saying that for everything that was involved and thrown at the reader the story zipped along nicely and was well
written, involving and had a lovely setting in Cornwall ( amongst other places )
The main character, who gets and has got herself in all these predicaments is though has to be said a tad annoying and also has an ability to drive cross country seemingly at the drop of anyones hat, sometimes more than once a day and arrives quickly at every destination
I guessed the ending, that’s ok, doesn’t always have to be a shock and it all ended famously, maybe a bit too famously BUT as say for a debut it was good and I look forward to reading more from this author
Loved the acknowledgements, very personalised and funny

4 Stars
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I loved this thriller - it is really quite gritty - I wanted all to turn out well for sam and anna but well, that when things start to unravel when they met as adults having been childhood sweethearts - this is a very fast-paced thriller - so enjoyable - i read it in one day as i could not put it down!
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Dark, Well Paced Domestic Noir.....
With Anna’s marriage on the rocks a re-connection with her past in the form of Sam is an unexpected delight and the pair soon make plans for an escape from the present to a new future together. Things soon go wrong and it appears that Anna’s past is about to catch up with her in appalling fashion. Dark, well paced domestic noir with a credible protagonist and a convincing supporting cast. Compelling reading.
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Thanks for letting me read this really great thriller .
Anna was married to James but she was terribly unhappy, though he gave her what she wanted he abused her mentally and Anna was terribly unhappy.
Until in Oxford she met Sam her childhood lover, who was the love of her life.
They fell in love all over again, and arrangements were made to run away together and start a new life.
 On the day they were meant to run away together Sam never turned up for their meeting, and Anna was really worried where he was.
Then started a roller coaster chase to find him, and in doing that Anna found all the lies that Sam had told her.
Great story from beginning to end.
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I could not got to sleep
Last night without finishing this book!!

Anna bumps into her childhood sweetheart one day in Oxford. She is married to James, who is let’s just say, verbally not very kind to her. But he does it without her realising at times. She realises she is scared of him. 

Meeting Sam again, makes her think of when they were both younger and his family who she loved too. They start an affair but Sam doesn’t turn up to meet her ..... where has he gone. Is everyone who they seem to be. ?

This book didn’t ease you in (which I loved) it was edge of your seat from the very start. Always finding out new things about the characters. Loved it!! 

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Publication date - 23rd April 2021
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What an addictive read this was. I couldn't put it down.

I found Anna really relatable, you can see her fear of her husband and I was keeping everything crossed all the way through.

I loved the characters, especially Rosie. James was just cruel and very unlikeable.

I cant wait to read more by this incredibly talented author.
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3.5 stars 

This is a good debut. It’s an interesting premise and I really liked the twists in this, slowly unravelling the mysteries of both the past and present. I liked the fact there were two clear timelines and the author did well at making sure these made sense. 

I did find the actual ending was a tad too obvious, but all the other twists worked really well. It was a very easy read and I read it in 2 days. The writing style is easy to follow and I could see this being a great read to take a long journey or on holiday. 

The author did a great job with the characters. Multiple characters really seem to go on a journey in the novel and become better people by the end of it.

3.5 stars. I’m interested to see what this author does next and thought it was a good debut.
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I've said this before recently about another book in this genre, but this is not in a genre I read much. After reading the blurb several times and reading all the praise it was getting from people I decided that perhaps this IS a genre I should be reading more. 

When I started reading this book, I have to say I really wasn't keen on the main character, Anna: she's having an affair, for a start, and although I understand the reasons why; it's always going to be a recipe for disaster. Then when things don't go quite how she planned, she goes full-on stalker on the guy she's seeing. 

But this isn't even the story here - we peel back so many layers to get to the endgame that I found it hard to put the book down. A real cliche I know, but I did find myself at the end of most chapters saying to myself "hang on, what's just happened? Okay, just one more".

During the course of the book, you will both love and hate most of the characters in this book - apart from Rosie, Rosie's perfect.

About halfway through the book I had pretty much guessed what the reveal at the end would be and was pleased to find out I was right. Figuring this out certainly didn't spoil the story for me, and I even found myself second-guessing my theory as I read through several more twists along the way.

In the end, I was up way past 2 am to finish this because I just couldn't stop - demolishing half the book in one sitting is something I rarely do these days, which is a testament to just how good this is.

Also, hats off to the waiting room scene at Truro A&E where Anna struggles to get any help - I've been there and this was spot on.

Very impressed by this debut. If you like good books, this will be right up your street.
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I made the mistake of starting Sophie Flynn's "All My Lies" just before bed and ended up awake reading half the night! It's an incredibly compulsive read with the tension building to almost unbearable levels. "All My Lies" is a brilliant debut about secrets, coercive control and the lies we tell ourselves to excuse other people. Flynn illustrates accurately the ways in which gaslighting shifts the ground beneath our feet. I particularly admire the way she portrays the subtleties of domestic abuse and sows the seeds of doubt in the reader's mind. Flynn has come flying out of the starting blocks with this one and I can't wait to see what she does next. A belter of a book!
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