#BookReview – Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan @SarahHarwood_ @hecallaghan @MichaelJBooks

515nPoanMzL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_‘Can you trust anyone?  Has everyone got something to hide?  What if the person lying to you is the one closest to you?’

Helen Callaghan really catches modern day life to perfection, and throws in a big dollop of traumatising crime to pick up the pace in this suspenseful read.  Helen gets into the head of her lead protagonist to create such an interesting, mind consuming tale, so much so, that I struggled to come up for air.  I loved Sophia and the whole concept that Helen had constructed, it really made me see how awesomely creative her mind is.

‘Sophia’s parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives.  At least that is what she’s always believed.  Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence.  Her mother is hanging from a tree.  Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death.  The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide.  But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn’t a killer.  As her father is too ill to talk it is up to Sophia to clear her mother’s name.  And to do this she needs to delve deep into her family’s past – a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there…’

I loved the excitement the ‘cult’ aspect created.  It really intensifies the plot and it is so imaginative, yet true, with how people can be so naive.  Of them knowing that something isn’t right yet staying anyway.  It is a form of domestic abuse, of bullying, of manipulating someone into seeing something that just isn’t real.  This is happening in daily life now for some people, so this book could be freakishly real.

The format of the notebooks was fabulous.  I enjoyed looking in on Sophia seeing a side to her mother’s past that she had no clue existed.  Some people may say that there is too much detail and emphasis on these sections, but I thought it was a perfect setup.  You really got a good feel of both the mother and daughter characters, which strengthens the tale tremendously.

Sophia has to struggle with daily life and get to the bottom of what really happened to her parents.  She is trying to hold down a job as an Architect, but after a brief mistake with one of the bosses, things really aren’t going to plan with both her work and personal life.  I hoped things would turn around for her as she is such a likeable, headstrong character who deserves a bit of luck in her life.

It was fun following Sophia on her journey in what I see as a gothic thriller.  The pace was set perfectly; not too fast, not too slow, and there were plenty of sub-plots thrown in to maintain interest.  Helen has really brought the story to life, setting each scene to perfection with the right amount of detail and adding in some excellent, extremely interesting characters.

Thank you so much to Sarah Harwood for sending me a beautifully finished copy in return for an honest review – I really appreciate it!

‘Everything is Lies’ is available now to buy, so if you like your crime full of emotionally charged twists and turns, then this is the book for you.

F x

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