book review: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way



THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way
Berkley, October 2018


The Lies We Told was a fun, pacy, and twisted read; I had some ups and downs with it but ultimately it left me satisfied. It follows two seemingly disparate story lines; one centers on a mother, Beth, raising a sociopathic daughter in 1980s Cambridge, and one follows a young woman, Clara, in present-day London whose boyfriend has gone missing.

I tend to be decent at figuring out twists in thrillers, but I have to admit that The Lies We Told kept me guessing practically up to the last page. I didn’t have the faintest clue as to how the two plotlines were connected, which made for an entertaining ride, and I was very satisfied with the conclusion.

The writing isn’t anything spectacular and the character work leaves a lot to be desired (most characters are driven by a singular motivation and don’t have much of a personality outside that), but in terms of intricate plotting, Camilla Way nails it. Interestingly, I rather thought the opposite of her other novel that I’ve read, Watching Edie – I thought the characterization was fantastic, but that there wasn’t much of a plot holding the whole thing together up until the final reveal. The Lies We Told similarly hinges a lot of its payoff on a big twist, but unlike Watching Edie, it reveals information at a steady enough pace to keep you engaged from start to finish. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a solid and gripping thriller.

Thank you to Netgalley, Berkley, and Camilla Way for the advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

6 thoughts on “book review: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

  1. I’m so glad you liked this! I’m also planning on picking up The Lies We Told this month, and am really hoping for a plot I can’t predict. I’ve had such bad luck with thrillers this year, but I’m more eager to pick this one up now.

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    • I won’t say that every single twist shocked me, but the main ones absolutely did catch me off-guard and it was SO refreshing. I really hope it breaks your mediocre thriller streak!!

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