Fiction Book Reviews

Review : Your Beautiful Lies by Louise Douglas

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Paperback: 464

Publisher: BlackSwan (14 Aug 2014)

ISBN-10: 0552779261

ISBN-13: 978-0552779265

What secrets are you keeping?

Annie Howarth is living a restless life in a restless town. It’s
1984 and for a mining community in South Yorkshire, the strikes mean tensions
are running high. Then a murdered girl is found on the moors and the anxiety
levels are pushed to a dangerous breaking point.

Married to the Chief of Police, Annie should feel safe – William
can be secretive, though surely whatever he’s hiding is for her own good.

But Annie is keeping her own secrets. Ten years ago the man she
loved was ripped from her life in a scandal that still haunts the both of them,
and now his return will put her family, her marriage, even her life, at risk.

I’ve enjoyed Louise Douglas previous novels, TheSecrets Between Us (2011) and In Her Shadow (2012) so I was looking forward to reading Your Beautiful Lies.

Annie has been married to William for 9 years and with their
7 year old daughter Elizabeth, living in Matlow, South Yorkshire.  Married out of her ‘class’ and living away
from the town, she still visits her parents and brother Johnnie.

With Johnnie’s arrival at her home comes word that Tom is
out of prison and back in Matlow. 
Throwing away the message Tom gave to Johnnie may seem like a gesture
that’s final but her feelings are soon re-awakened …

William is older than Annie and I often felt that after the
turbulence of Tom’s imprisonment, she turned to him for his stability and his
predictable nature.  In all honesty, through
the majority of the story I didn’t like William.  With the importance of his position within
the force he is often away from home and when he is there, never seemed able to
communicate on an emotional level with either Annie or Elizabeth.   I was
rooting for Annie and Tom to get back together (which is where I felt she ought
to be).  However, I was forced to change
my opinions near the end … if you read my reviews you will know I love
this.  It is such a skill to be able to
lead your reader’s thoughts in the exact direction that you want!  Although I had guessed about something, I had
no idea about the truth.  I didn’t work
it out until it was there on the page!


The time the story is set is important to our history.  The miner’s striking with all the tension and
hatred that caused is brought alive in Your
Beautiful Lies
.  I was a teen at the
time and the news wasn’t something I watched so it didn’t touch my life at
all.  The angst, fear, uncertainty and
impact on miner’s lives are all a part of this story.

Louise Douglas drew me in with her description of the moors
and the inclement weather.  A fabulous
setting to create the atmosphere that had me at times, very anxious.

I can’t finish my review without mentioning Ethel.  Ethel is William’s mum and living in their
home.  She has a private nurse but also
spends time alone with the family.  Ethel’s
dementia had me feeling emotional.  She
was very perceptive at times 🙂

Your Beautiful Lies
is a story with romance at its core but it is also about guilt and obsession (not
sexual obsession) … how far warped feelings take a person to create the end
they think is desired. 

Recommend you add to your reading list.

I requested to review Your Beautiful Lies via Netgalley and  I was fortunate to receive a signed copy from the author.

Find out more about
Louise and her writing on her website.   Louise tweets @LouiseDouglas3.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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