Hey lovelies! I have another book review for you today, this time it’s ‘Everything is Lies’ by Helen Callaghan. I was lucky enough to be approved for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I’ll be honest I had read someone else’s review and would have purchased the book anyway as it sounded like it was just my cup of tea!
No-one is who you think they are
Sophia’s parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she’s always believed.
Everyone has secrets
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.
Especially those closest to you
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 . . .
What if your parents had been lying to you since the day you were born?
As I already said, I had read a review of this book and knew I would love it, I’m really into psychological thriller type books at the minute and this did not disappoint! From the minute I started reading this I couldn’t put it down! I even took my Kindle to work with me in the hopes I could read a few chapters on my lunch break!
The book starts well and dives straight into the story which I loved, I hate it when books take a long time to get going but this had me gripped from the very beginning. As the story progressed I did feel there were a few pacing issues, I think the whole back story was quite long-winded and then when there was a big plot twist it seemed to be over before it had even begun.
However, I can overlook this issue because it didn’t make me want to stop reading, I was still completely enthralled in the story and I really did enjoy the book as a whole. The story line was original (without spoiling the whole plot, I have never read a book based around a cult before and it was a really interesting read.) The plot twists although some felt rushed were well thought out, you couldn’t predict what was going to happen and they will certainly keep you guessing until the very end!
I really loved the character development in this novel! Each character you meet has a story to tell and they are all told well, you do not feel like you are missing out on any part of the story. You’ll love some characters and despise others but you will definitely be questioning many of them throughout the book!
The ending to the ‘Everything is Lies’ was very well written, Helen Callaghan is able to answer all the questions you may have running through your head by the end of the novel leaving it wrapped up really nicely! Let’s face it there is nothing worse than unanswered questions at the end of a book!
My Overall Thoughts
I would give this book a 4* rating out of 5! If you like psychological thrillers then this is definitely one for you! You know a book is good when you sit reading for 3 hours non-stop just because you want to find out what is going to happen next and how it is going to end!
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin for sending me a copy of this book for review!