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The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. When Nell was just a tiny baby, her parents died in a car crash, leaving her to be raised by her devoted grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sar The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. When Nell was just a tiny baby, her parents died in a car crash, leaving her to be raised by her devoted grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sarah’s very recent death, it destroys everything Nell thought she knew. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Nell knows she can never recapture the years with her mother that were taken from her, and fears this will haunt her forever. Now she won’t rest until she finds out why she was so cruelly deceived. But her family’s past has been kept secret for a reason, and someone is desperate for it to stay that way. How much danger will Nell risk for the truth? If you loved The Silent Patient, The Secret Mother, and The Wife Between Us, then this addictive thriller about dark family secrets and obsession will have you on the edge of your seat. Previously titled: What We Hide


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The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. When Nell was just a tiny baby, her parents died in a car crash, leaving her to be raised by her devoted grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sar The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. When Nell was just a tiny baby, her parents died in a car crash, leaving her to be raised by her devoted grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sarah’s very recent death, it destroys everything Nell thought she knew. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Nell knows she can never recapture the years with her mother that were taken from her, and fears this will haunt her forever. Now she won’t rest until she finds out why she was so cruelly deceived. But her family’s past has been kept secret for a reason, and someone is desperate for it to stay that way. How much danger will Nell risk for the truth? If you loved The Silent Patient, The Secret Mother, and The Wife Between Us, then this addictive thriller about dark family secrets and obsession will have you on the edge of your seat. Previously titled: What We Hide

30 review for I Know You Lied

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: It has finally happened. The letter arrived on Friday the thirteenth. Not usually a significant date for me - I'm not one of those people who pander to superstitious nonsense - but afterwards, when I had calmed down, it made me pause a moment and wonder. ABOUT THIS BOOK: The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter has to be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? After all, Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. Nell’s parents died when she was a EXCERPT: It has finally happened. The letter arrived on Friday the thirteenth. Not usually a significant date for me - I'm not one of those people who pander to superstitious nonsense - but afterwards, when I had calmed down, it made me pause a moment and wonder. ABOUT THIS BOOK: The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter has to be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? After all, Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. Nell’s parents died when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sarah’s death just the previous month, it destroys everything she thought she knew. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Returning to the town where she grew up in search of answers, what Nell finds instead only raises more questions. Lilian, now frail and living in sheltered accommodation, refuses to see her, and a hostile cousin she has never heard of is occupying the family home. Then Nell starts receiving anonymous threats. Leave here, or you won’t leave alive. Going back to the family home was meant to help her find the truth. But it’s clear someone has a secret they’ll do anything to keep hidden. Is Nell prepared for what is hiding behind closed doors – or the cost of finding out? MY THOUGHTS: Lesley Sanderson writes an excellent domestic noir. The only book that I haven't read by this author is The Orchid Girls, but I recently bought a copy to read. Her characters are perfectly ordinary people, or are they? On the outside, they are respected members of the community, people who raise money for charity, belong to WI, chair committees. But underneath their public veneer, they love passionately, obsessively, conceal secrets, and tell lies. But is that as far as they would go to keep what they have? My heart bled for Nell, and for her mother Sarah. Lilian chilled me to the core. Cold hearted and manipulative, Lilian gets what she wants, and keeps what is hers. Sanderson even had me doubting the motives of the supporting characters: Adam, a builder and Lilian's great-nephew who is carrying out the renovations to Lilian's home; Jenny who works at the library and befriends Nell (but I am sure that only nice people work in libraries); and Joyce who has, for decades, been Lilian's housekeeper. The characters lives intertwine in captivating and unsettling ways, unsuspected connections being revealed as the plot progresses. The story is taut and tightly written in Sanderson's trademark style. I read this in one sitting, overnight, unable to sleep until this mystery was solved. ❤❤❤❤ 'Lilian always pronounces her name as if it’s something distasteful she’s extracting from a plughole.' I received this book titled as 'What We Hide' - it has since been retitled 'I Know You Lied.' THE AUTHOR: Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of I Know You Lied by Lesley Sanderson for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quote: Lilian always pronounces her name as if it’s something distasteful she’s extracting from a plughole. My Review: I was riveted, chilled, and itching with curiosity about this maddeningly paced, tautly written, and brilliantly plotted tale. I tumbled right into the writing and even though I knew the villain was vile from the get-go, I just didn’t realize how truly evil she was. Lesley Sanderson is one twisted sister and turned out a shrewd and cunningly penned story that held me capti Favorite Quote: Lilian always pronounces her name as if it’s something distasteful she’s extracting from a plughole. My Review: I was riveted, chilled, and itching with curiosity about this maddeningly paced, tautly written, and brilliantly plotted tale. I tumbled right into the writing and even though I knew the villain was vile from the get-go, I just didn’t realize how truly evil she was. Lesley Sanderson is one twisted sister and turned out a shrewd and cunningly penned story that held me captive and tethered to my Kindle while impatient with any fool who dared to distract me from solving this tragic mystery and peeling back all the secrets. I was deeply invested and admittedly, near rabid in my need to know. There was sleight of hand, decades of lies, misdirections, and well-buried clues. It was divine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: It has finally happened. The letter arrived on Friday the thirteenth. Not usually a significant date for me - I'm not one of those people who pander to superstitious nonsense - but afterwards, when I had calmed down, it made me pause a moment and wonder. ABOUT THIS BOOK: The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter has to be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? After all, Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. Nell’s parents died when she was EXCERPT: It has finally happened. The letter arrived on Friday the thirteenth. Not usually a significant date for me - I'm not one of those people who pander to superstitious nonsense - but afterwards, when I had calmed down, it made me pause a moment and wonder. ABOUT THIS BOOK: The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter has to be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? After all, Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. Nell’s parents died when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sarah’s death just the previous month, it destroys everything she thought she knew. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Returning to the town where she grew up in search of answers, what Nell finds instead only raises more questions. Lilian, now frail and living in sheltered accommodation, refuses to see her, and a hostile cousin she has never heard of is occupying the family home. Then Nell starts receiving anonymous threats. Leave here, or you won’t leave alive. Going back to the family home was meant to help her find the truth. But it’s clear someone has a secret they’ll do anything to keep hidden. Is Nell prepared for what is hiding behind closed doors – or the cost of finding out? MY THOUGHTS: Lesley Sanderson writes an excellent domestic noir. The only book that I haven't read by this author is The Orchid Girls, but I recently bought a copy to read. Her characters are perfectly ordinary people, or are they? On the outside, they are respected members of the community, people who raise money for charity, belong to WI, chair committees. But underneath their public veneer, they love passionately, obsessively, conceal secrets, and tell lies. But is that as far as they would go to keep what they have? My heart bled for Nell, and for her mother Sarah. Lilian chilled me to the core. Cold hearted and manipulative, Lilian gets what she wants, and keeps what is hers. Sanderson even had me doubting the motives of the supporting characters: Adam, a builder and Lilian's great-nephew who is carrying out the renovations to Lilian's home; Jenny who works at the library and befriends Nell (but I am sure that only nice people work in libraries); and Joyce who has, for decades, been Lilian's housekeeper. The characters lives intertwine in captivating and unsettling ways, unsuspected connections being revealed as the plot progresses. The story is taut and tightly written in Sanderson's trademark style. I read this in one sitting, overnight, unable to sleep until this mystery was solved. ❤❤❤❤ 'Lilian always pronounces her name as if it’s something distasteful she’s extracting from a plughole.' I received this book titled as 'What We Hide' - it has since been retitled 'I Know You Lied.' THE AUTHOR: Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of I Know You Lied by Lesley Sanderson for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage

  4. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Got a secret, can you keep it? Leslie Sanderson has crafted a dark family drama brimming with secrets and lies. Imagine that for 30 years you have thought your mother died in a car accident when you were young. Raised by your grandmother you have lived a pretty darn good life. Then out of the blue you receive a letter from a solicitor informing you that your mother has just recently passed away. What? That is the situation that Nell finds herself in. Hurt and confused Nell is determined to find Got a secret, can you keep it? Leslie Sanderson has crafted a dark family drama brimming with secrets and lies. Imagine that for 30 years you have thought your mother died in a car accident when you were young. Raised by your grandmother you have lived a pretty darn good life. Then out of the blue you receive a letter from a solicitor informing you that your mother has just recently passed away. What? That is the situation that Nell finds herself in. Hurt and confused Nell is determined to find out the truth. Where has her mother been for the past 30 years and why was she told she was dead? Told in alternating perspectives the story bounces between Nell and her mother Sarah, the present and the past. This was much more of a family drama than a thriller. A deep dive into this family’s psyche. Nell was a sympathetic character, I really felt for her and could not imagine being in her situation. The story was a bit of a slow burn, but I really did enjoy the journey. Well told, although a little predictable. *** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  5. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Nell had always believed that her parents had died when she was a baby. She was shocked when she received a letter notifying her that her mother had died. So why had her grandmother, Lilian lied to her. Nell sets out to uncover the truth. The story is told in the past and present day. As the story unfolds, we learn all about the family Li,ian had refused to talk about. This is quite a good read with plenty of twists. The tension builds with every turn of the page. The ending did feel a bit rushe Nell had always believed that her parents had died when she was a baby. She was shocked when she received a letter notifying her that her mother had died. So why had her grandmother, Lilian lied to her. Nell sets out to uncover the truth. The story is told in the past and present day. As the story unfolds, we learn all about the family Li,ian had refused to talk about. This is quite a good read with plenty of twists. The tension builds with every turn of the page. The ending did feel a bit rushed. I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Lesley Sanderson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Nell discovers her Mum has died via a call from a solicitor, to say she is shocked is an understatement as to her knowledge her Mum died many years ago, she then goes on a journey of discovery to find out about her past, her Mum and her Gran who has the answers to all the questions It is much more a family drama than a psychological thriller imo but there are shocks, spills and secrets aplenty along the way Nell is frustrating at times as is the time it takes her to find things out but she is lik Nell discovers her Mum has died via a call from a solicitor, to say she is shocked is an understatement as to her knowledge her Mum died many years ago, she then goes on a journey of discovery to find out about her past, her Mum and her Gran who has the answers to all the questions It is much more a family drama than a psychological thriller imo but there are shocks, spills and secrets aplenty along the way Nell is frustrating at times as is the time it takes her to find things out but she is likeable enough and I was ‘willing her on’ throughout The other characters were basic tbh although Lillian her grandmother put my in mind of the Dowager Countess from Downton minus the humour! It was a goodish read, nothing over challenging and had a surprising if mega quick ending 7/10 3 Stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I was sucked into this book by both the premise (what if your mother, who you were told as a child was long dead, had been alive all along and only just died in your adulthood?) and the gorgeous cover. Ever since my childhood reading Flowers in the Attic, I’ve loved a good evil grandmother/evil mother story. Unfortunately this one did not thrill me too much. I am usually a fan of alternating narrators and the two narrators the author chose in this story were great. But for me the narrators did n I was sucked into this book by both the premise (what if your mother, who you were told as a child was long dead, had been alive all along and only just died in your adulthood?) and the gorgeous cover. Ever since my childhood reading Flowers in the Attic, I’ve loved a good evil grandmother/evil mother story. Unfortunately this one did not thrill me too much. I am usually a fan of alternating narrators and the two narrators the author chose in this story were great. But for me the narrators did not really track eachother in the storyline of what was happening - one was much farther ahead in the story than the other. I also felt the story moved a little too slowly and the ending was not too much of a surprise. I usually really enjoy Bookouture’s twisty suspense offerings so I think my expectation for thrills was high - and ultimately this one was not quite twisty or exciting enough for me. The book to me read as more of a family drama, which some may enjoy, but me? I’m a thriller adrenaline addict. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Nell is shocked by the news of her mother's recent death ... her mother who Nell believed had died almost thirty years ago in a car crash along with her father. Lillian, Nell's grandmother raised her from the time Nell was just a baby and has allowed Nell to live a lie. Imagine spending your entire life not knowing the truth? Nell is on a mission to discover the real story... I didn't get the psychological thriller vibes from this one, it was more of a family drama. Yes theres a few slightly cree Nell is shocked by the news of her mother's recent death ... her mother who Nell believed had died almost thirty years ago in a car crash along with her father. Lillian, Nell's grandmother raised her from the time Nell was just a baby and has allowed Nell to live a lie. Imagine spending your entire life not knowing the truth? Nell is on a mission to discover the real story... I didn't get the psychological thriller vibes from this one, it was more of a family drama. Yes theres a few slightly creepy parts but it wasn't twisty or suspenseful and didn't have me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately it's also very predictable ... with that being said, this was still an enjoyable read - when you remove it from the thriller genre ;) Huge thank you to Bookouture and Lesley Sanderson for my review copy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beckee❤️

    I really enjoyed this. It was an easy read, easy to pick up, easy to put down and pick back up again without having to re-read bits. It was, however, quite predictable. I'd guessed halfway through what was going on, who was causing the disturbances and who was to blame. However, that being said, I still really enjoyed this. It had some unexpected twists and turns and ended really nicely. Would recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Nell had always believed that her parents had died when she was a baby. She was shocked when she received a letter notifying her that her mother had died. So why had her grandmother, Lilian lied to her. Nell sets out to uncover the truth. The story is told in the past and present day. As the story unfolds, we learn all about the family Lilian had refused to ta,k about. This is quite a good read with plenty of twists. The tension builds with every turn of the page. The ending did feel a bit rushe Nell had always believed that her parents had died when she was a baby. She was shocked when she received a letter notifying her that her mother had died. So why had her grandmother, Lilian lied to her. Nell sets out to uncover the truth. The story is told in the past and present day. As the story unfolds, we learn all about the family Lilian had refused to ta,k about. This is quite a good read with plenty of twists. The tension builds with every turn of the page. The ending did feel a bit rushed. I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Lesley Sanderson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    3.5 stars I Know You Lied (originally titled What We Hide) by Lesley is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Nell is living in London when a solicitor informs her of her mother's death.  He must be wrong.  How can this be?  Her mother died when she was a ch 3.5 stars I Know You Lied (originally titled What We Hide) by Lesley is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Nell is living in London when a solicitor informs her of her mother's death.  He must be wrong.  How can this be?  Her mother died when she was a child. Her Grandmother Lilian, who raised Nell after both her parents died in a car crash, had lied.    Why would she do this, and why would her mother have abandoned her? Nell travels back to the seaside town in which she was raised, to find answers to her questions.  But the secrets go back many years, and there are reasons that Lilian kept them from Nell. My Opinions:    This book centers on obsession, on families, and on secrets and lies. The story was told from different perspectives and time-lines.  In this way we found out what really happened with Nell's Mom, as well as her Grandmother's thoughts. The pace was good, as was the writing.  Although there were no real shocks, the story remained interesting from start to finish.  It may have been a little bit rushed at the end.  It was a fast read. For a more complete review of this book and others (including author information), please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. Nell was left under the care of her manipulative grandmother until she had had enough and left home at the age of 16. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Nell won't rest until she finds out the truth .... someone wants the truth to stay hidden and will do whatever it takes The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago. Nell was left under the care of her manipulative grandmother until she had had enough and left home at the age of 16. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Nell won't rest until she finds out the truth .... someone wants the truth to stay hidden and will do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Family secrets and obsession. Lies and more lies. Every one seems to be hiding something. The book is well written .... Nell today and her mother, Sarah, in the years before she married and had Nell.. with the grandmother playing the part of a person who controls or influences others in a clever or unscrupulous way. All the characters are deftly drawn ... warts and all. It's a real page turner leading to a surprising, unexpected ending. Many thanks to the author/ Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Nicholls

    I hate to give a 1* review but I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. It is very badly written. Every twist and turn is so obvious and the writing is lazy and overly simplistic. There are no shocks, nothing new and I took nothing away from it. Both main characters, Sarah and her daughter Nell are pathetic, silly and unappealing. As a reader you are always several steps ahead of them which is so infuriating. Everything from the tampered medication to the prank phone calls to the half I hate to give a 1* review but I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. It is very badly written. Every twist and turn is so obvious and the writing is lazy and overly simplistic. There are no shocks, nothing new and I took nothing away from it. Both main characters, Sarah and her daughter Nell are pathetic, silly and unappealing. As a reader you are always several steps ahead of them which is so infuriating. Everything from the tampered medication to the prank phone calls to the half hearted vandalism are ‘been there done that,’ and no mystery is left unsolved for more than a few pages. The whole book seems completely rushed. No characters or relationships are properly established and you don’t care about anyone. Sorry Lesley but this wasn’t for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    A fun family drama with suspense and mystery surrounding the main character Nell and her grandmom Lillian. Author Lesley Sanderson has written about a family well enveloped in secrets, hidden in past, soon winding its way into the present. Nell got a call from the lawyers about her mom's death a few days ago. But her mom had died 30 years ago. So said her grandmom. Why did she lie? Having read nearly all of the author's books, I was happy reading this quiet number. A slow driven plot, the story A fun family drama with suspense and mystery surrounding the main character Nell and her grandmom Lillian. Author Lesley Sanderson has written about a family well enveloped in secrets, hidden in past, soon winding its way into the present. Nell got a call from the lawyers about her mom's death a few days ago. But her mom had died 30 years ago. So said her grandmom. Why did she lie? Having read nearly all of the author's books, I was happy reading this quiet number. A slow driven plot, the story showed me Nell's puzzlement over her family. I liked her determination as she went about slowly digging into the past one photograph after another. Few shocks held her still, but the gutsy gall was quite keen to get to the truth even when pranksters and stalkers tried to halt her journey. The story seemed familiar, therein laid my comfort. I wanted a stress-free book and this ticked all my requirements. A good breakfast read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Atul_reads

    I always draw to family drama because a part of me wanting to find a way out in a solution that I couldn't think of my own. It makes me realize that the characters are teaching me something valuable -the do and don't, always take note of the consequences of my actions towards others. As once things are done, there's no away we can amend it and discard the matter. And you'll always live with the regrets all your life. Until it breaks you to pieces. What the book taught me is to never let anger bl I always draw to family drama because a part of me wanting to find a way out in a solution that I couldn't think of my own. It makes me realize that the characters are teaching me something valuable -the do and don't, always take note of the consequences of my actions towards others. As once things are done, there's no away we can amend it and discard the matter. And you'll always live with the regrets all your life. Until it breaks you to pieces. What the book taught me is to never let anger blinds you. And also we should keep it in mind that no children are entitled to their parent's past mistakes. From unable to face the music, awful conduct was made that only invite more destruction thinking that revenge is the way to make themself feel better. But the truth it's not going to end well. I wish one of the characters didn't go to that miserable road while thinking of their own tragic destiny. And it's really heartbreaking to see what had become. Despite being less of a thriller and I manage to crack the code really early, still, I enjoy finding out the source of every lies. It's really such a sorrowful novel in finding the truth of your family roots that going to make you eager for more. Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture, and the author for allowing me to read this e-ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!! When she receives the letter carrying the news of her mother’s death, Nell is shocked to the core that she just cant think straight. Because her mother has been dead for thirty years and she had been brought up by her grandmother Lilian. So why did her grandmother lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Nell returns to the town where she grew up, to seek answers from her grandmother but once she reaches there she meets people she has never met Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!! When she receives the letter carrying the news of her mother’s death, Nell is shocked to the core that she just cant think straight. Because her mother has been dead for thirty years and she had been brought up by her grandmother Lilian. So why did her grandmother lie? And why did her mother abandon her? Nell returns to the town where she grew up, to seek answers from her grandmother but once she reaches there she meets people she has never met before and begins to receive anonymous threats. How much danger will Nell risk for the truth? It is a good psychological thriller which is filled with dark family secrets just waiting to be revealed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    HeyAnci

    I screamed,cried ,jumped for joy (wait was that joy). I liked Nell (I was rooting for her) because she had a lot going on..Imagine finding out your grandmother lied to you about your mother being dead *sad face emoji* only to find out that she died recently not when you were a baby.She then goes to her hometown to get answers from grandmother but finds some stranger and it only gets better from there. This book had tons going for it, what a great thriller!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    A 3* good read. Nell receives a solicitor's letter informing her that her mother is dead and that she should attend the reading of the will. Nell goes into a state of shock as she understood her mother to have died when she was a baby. What follows is the story of Nell getting to the truth and it's a solid family drama that, although not a riveting read, does maintain momentum and interest and it's a well written easy read. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane Merritt

    Some twists and such. Overall was an enjoyable book. Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for an early release if this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Patis

    I love a book that explores dark family secrets, and What We Hide is a brilliant example of a well-written, twisty novel. Another fantastic and compelling thriller by Sanderson.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Nell was brought up buy her grandmother who never let her have a life very controlling her parents died in a car crash .as soon as Nell could leave home she did .then one day Nell get a letter from solicitors her mothers will .Nell has been lied to . so Nell goes back home to confront her grandmother but someone does not want her to know the truth its brilliant a must read

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Nell Wetherby has always believed herself to be an orphan. Raised by her smothering, demanding paternal grandma Lilian, she was told that her parents died in a car accident when she was a baby, nearly thirty years ago. Then a firm of solicitors contacts her about the reading of a will... her mother’s. The mother who she thought had died years ago. Realising she missed out on many good years of her mother’s life, distressed Nell returns to the house she left in Seahurst, a small, quiet coastal tow Nell Wetherby has always believed herself to be an orphan. Raised by her smothering, demanding paternal grandma Lilian, she was told that her parents died in a car accident when she was a baby, nearly thirty years ago. Then a firm of solicitors contacts her about the reading of a will... her mother’s. The mother who she thought had died years ago. Realising she missed out on many good years of her mother’s life, distressed Nell returns to the house she left in Seahurst, a small, quiet coastal town in Sussex, England to confront Lilian. Unexpectedly, she finds that Lilian is living in a nearby residence for the elderly and her old family home now occupied by a guy called Adam who is her cousin. He reluctantly allows her stay at Willow House and Nell assumes that he believes the property is his inheritance. Made uneasy by mysterious events, threats and strange happenings, Nell visits Lilian searching for answers. The story is told via alternating chapters between Nell's viewpoint in the present and her mother Sarah's throughout the years, partly in diary-style, as well as through a scattering of letters penned by Lilian. A compelling and engrossing tale, I appreciated the backstories of these characters, their motives and betrayal. The pacing was comfortable and there was a general feel of unease and apprehension to occurrences. I Know You Lied is a well written psychological thriller that piqued my curiosity and held me captive until the fulfilling finale. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion. *Previously titled: What We Hide*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rona

    What an intriguing story this is! It gets off to a fabulous start - you're told that the mother you thought was dead your whole life, has actually been alive and living close to you. Now she really is dead. How on earth do you process a bombshell like that? Nell decides to go back to her family home and investigate and that's when the puzzle deepens. The story is told by Nell in the present and her mother Sarah from the past to her death, and gradually the secrets are uncovered and the shocking What an intriguing story this is! It gets off to a fabulous start - you're told that the mother you thought was dead your whole life, has actually been alive and living close to you. Now she really is dead. How on earth do you process a bombshell like that? Nell decides to go back to her family home and investigate and that's when the puzzle deepens. The story is told by Nell in the present and her mother Sarah from the past to her death, and gradually the secrets are uncovered and the shocking truth becomes clear. Loved it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog

    Do you believe everything that you’re told? If you answered yes, then that might change at the end of this book. Lesley has done an incredible job at crafting a story that will have you questioning everything! A family saga, that at the helm, is the matriarch, sitting high on her throne, who has been hiding one life changing secret. I was instantly invested in this book from the first paragraph of the blurb. From that alone, I knew that Lesley was onto a winner with this storyline and I could not Do you believe everything that you’re told? If you answered yes, then that might change at the end of this book. Lesley has done an incredible job at crafting a story that will have you questioning everything! A family saga, that at the helm, is the matriarch, sitting high on her throne, who has been hiding one life changing secret. I was instantly invested in this book from the first paragraph of the blurb. From that alone, I knew that Lesley was onto a winner with this storyline and I could not have been more right! As I began to read, the rest of the world fell away as the story of this family saga, vividly came to life in my mind. I immediately connected with Nell and was on the journey with her in her quest for the truth. My heart went out to her and through Lesley’s writing, I felt every emotion that Nell did, as each shocking revelation was revealed. Nell’s mother Sarah was also a standout, who broke my heart into a thousand pieces with what she is put through. Lillian, Nell’s grandmother, is the puppet master who pulls the strings and although extremely unlikeable, she has been perfectly written. The structure of the book alternates from the past and present which I always enjoy and is where the reader is given insight into Sarah, her relationship with Lillian and the events which lead to the ultimate betrayal. I also found it really interesting how Lesley dropped little hints along the way, which had the reader always a step ahead in the story. A risky move, to still keep the reader engaged but one that really works with this story and does not hinder the enjoyment of it in any way. I Know You Lied is an emotionally charged gripping read that will captivate you from start to finish. Lesley’s skill as an author continues to grow and she has outdone herself with this book. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review I Know You Lied which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lesley Sanderson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of I Know You Lied which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather Payne

    The premise of this book intrigued me. Imagine living your whole life thinking your mother is dead only to find out in young adulthood that not only has she been alive, but living in a city close to you. That is the story of Nell’s life. Growing up in the care of her grandmother, Lillian, because her mother died when she was young, except her mother didn’t die until now when Nell is in her 20s. The news of her mother’s death is a shock and she will stop at nothing to find out why her grandmother The premise of this book intrigued me. Imagine living your whole life thinking your mother is dead only to find out in young adulthood that not only has she been alive, but living in a city close to you. That is the story of Nell’s life. Growing up in the care of her grandmother, Lillian, because her mother died when she was young, except her mother didn’t die until now when Nell is in her 20s. The news of her mother’s death is a shock and she will stop at nothing to find out why her grandmother has hid it from her all these years. Sometimes the secrets we keep are destined to be brought to the surface and Lillian will stop at nothing to keep them hidden. This book was very slow going and didn’t really get interesting until the last 1/4 of it or so. I had a hard time keeping my attention on finishing the book but I don’t like to not finish something I’ve started. The ending wasn’t a total shock to me with the seeds planted throughout the book. I wouldn’t recommend this to those who like the edge of your seat mystery books. Also, while reading this book I was notified of a title change. *Of note: I received an advanced readers copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lexie Shuu

    This book is an easy read. Definitely will take you one sit to finish it. Nel, the main character received a call from a Solicitor stating that her mom has been dead recently but what Lilian, her grandma, uttered before, her mom died when she’s still a baby. Shocked and intrigued with new information that surfaced, she came back to her hometown to find out the truth. Hostility was there the first time she stepped in her old house where she met Adam. Then, lots of things happened as if asking her This book is an easy read. Definitely will take you one sit to finish it. Nel, the main character received a call from a Solicitor stating that her mom has been dead recently but what Lilian, her grandma, uttered before, her mom died when she’s still a baby. Shocked and intrigued with new information that surfaced, she came back to her hometown to find out the truth. Hostility was there the first time she stepped in her old house where she met Adam. Then, lots of things happened as if asking her to leave and not to pursue the answers she’s looking for. Why did her grandma lied to her? This book was set to feature the alternate point of views of Nel and her mom. Albeit, I already have the hunch why she has been lied at, it was still great to find out the whole story and why those characters acted that way. Again, you’ll read between the lines who is the greatest liar? But I also appreciate the back story of these characters, their motives and betrayal. Can loving someone so much makes you do crazy things to the point you think you are sheltering them or was it an obsession? Will this book stand out? Maybe. Maybe not. But it’s not bad. Still recommend to read this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Nell was brought up by her controlling Grandmother & she left home as soon as she could. She made a life for herself & was reasonably content. Out of the blue she got a solicitor's letter telling her about her mother's death- the mother she always believed had dies when she was a baby. Shocked & angry she returns to where she was brought up to get some answers from her Grandmother. The story is told by Nell & by her mother,Sarah. Nell's grandmother definitely seems like the Mother-in Law from Hel Nell was brought up by her controlling Grandmother & she left home as soon as she could. She made a life for herself & was reasonably content. Out of the blue she got a solicitor's letter telling her about her mother's death- the mother she always believed had dies when she was a baby. Shocked & angry she returns to where she was brought up to get some answers from her Grandmother. The story is told by Nell & by her mother,Sarah. Nell's grandmother definitely seems like the Mother-in Law from Hell! This was really more a tale of a dysfunctional family than a thriller, but it held the interest. The end did seem to be rushed, which was rather a let down. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Wagner

    I enjoyed this book. It is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more from her. This is a well written story that has characters that made this story easy to read. They made me feel as if I was part of this story. It is a story that pulled me in right from the beginning. It goes back in time and than brings the story back to the present. It is done so that it is easily understandable and I didn't look track of the story. I wanted to see what was happening than and now. I was I enjoyed this book. It is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more from her. This is a well written story that has characters that made this story easy to read. They made me feel as if I was part of this story. It is a story that pulled me in right from the beginning. It goes back in time and than brings the story back to the present. It is done so that it is easily understandable and I didn't look track of the story. I wanted to see what was happening than and now. I was a little disappointed at the end but I enjoyed it none the less. I was a really great story that I highly recommend.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Drinkwater

    A brilliant book so well written with descriptive characters who I soon got involved with. I found this to be a fast paced read with plenty of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I particularly liked the chapters from the past and the present and Lesley drew everything together with an excellent ending.

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