‘Her Mother’s Lies’ is Lisa Timoney’s second novel. It was published in paperback, eBook and audiobook on the 19th January 2023 by Avon Books. My thanks go to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book to review.
You can run from a lie, but you can’t hide from the truth…
Bonnie has been running from her tragic past for far too long. Now, years after the events that changed her life for ever, the time has come to face it. Her search for answers takes her to the idyllic town of Hamblin, where she is determined to start over.
Alice’s perfect life is slipping through her fingers. Drowning in debt, she struggles on, working long days alongside her daughter Laura, ever more desperate to hold on to what little remains.
Laura had her future as an artist snatched from her when she had to return home to care for her sickly father. Whilst she tries hard to be content with her life, each day her resentment grows.
When their worlds collide, Laura and Bonnie form an instant bond. But as they grow closer, Alice begins to grow suspicious of Bonnie’s intentions. Why is she so interested in Alice’s daughter? And what devastating truth is she hiding?
This was such a good read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish. I thought the story was beautifully written, and the words literally leapt off the pages. I liked that there were some really short chapters. They worked well in adding to the excitement. Even though there were quite a few days when I just did not get a chance to read, I found it very easy to get back into the story which I think is a sign of a good book.
I found this story both gripping and intriguing. It is narrated by Bonnie and Alice and switches between their past and present lives. Like Alice, I could not help but be a bit suspicious of Bonnie either. She seemed to have a rather unhealthy obsession with Laura.
There were some fantastic characters. I loved Jim and Polly. Jim was an absolute sweetheart. I have to say I found it quite hard to warm to Alice at first. She was like a block of ice that needed to be thawed out before you could really begin to understand her. I admired her though for how she wanted to protect her family. She had to be the strong one.
‘Her Mother’s Lies’ is a family drama with all the right ingredients. There is happiness and sadness in equal measures.
I can picture ‘Her Mother’s Lies’ being made into a television drama and hope that one day soon it does appear on our screens.
I highly recommend this book and will be reading more by Lisa Timoney. She is an author to keep an eye on. I am so glad that I invested my time in this book. It will definitely be on my list of favourites this year, there is no doubt about that. Lisa, thank you for a great read.
‘Her Mother’s Lies’ is available to purchase from Amazon UK – https://bit.ly/3JItqjI
About the Author
Lisa started her career teaching English and Drama, and when she had her family, combined all three to write novels about family drama. Originally from Yorkshire, she now lives in a London suburb with her husband and two teenage daughters, so expects there’s plenty more drama to come.Her Mother’s Lies is Lisa’s second novel.