Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for My Lies, Your Lies by Susan Lewis.
His life was destroyed by a lie.
Her life will be ruined by the truth.
Joely tells other people’s secrets for a living. As a ghost writer, she’s used to scandal – but this just might be her strangest assignment yet.
Freda has never told her story to anyone before. But now she’s ready to set the record straight and to right a wrong that’s haunted her for forty years.
Freda’s memoir begins with a 15-year-old girl falling madly in love with her teacher.
As the story unravels, Joely is spun deeper into a world of secrets and lies.
Wow. I found my lies, your lies a superb read. From the dramatic love affair of a student and teacher in the free-loving period of 1968 to the complexites of modern relationships – this novel swept me up in the drama and wonderful storytelling.
The arrogance of youth. How untouchable we feel, as though we know some secret that our elders can never understand, as though we are the first to have felt that way. Oblivious to the repercussions of our actions. That is how the young Freda comes across at times and at first I felt sorry for her young teacher, he really couldn’t win. Teenage girls full of hormones, changing bodies and newly discovered sexual desire. Throw in a handome young music teacher and you have a recipe for disaster. Yet the way Susan writes, well it takes you back to times when every emotion felt heightened, when we believed that this first taste of love must most certainly be the greatest love ever experienced. Cleverly combining Freda’s story with that of Joely’s who is reeling from the break down of her own marriage, we can see that love and emotion is always complicated, no matter what stage of our lives we may be at.
Joely’s husband has left her for another woman and so in an effort to distance herself from this reality she takes on a ghost writting assignment. The client is already a well respected writer and so Joely is intrigued as to why such an accomplished author would need a ghost writer. Joely is now an elderly recluse and lives in what seems the most stunning house (with a Library and writing room most of us dream of – I had serious room envy when Freda first introduced us to that part of her house) in a remote location near Exmoor. The phone signal is pretty much non existant and so Joely is cut off from her real life whether she likes it or not. It’s not long before she becomes completely engrossed in Freda’s story as all is gradually revealed. And I was completely engrossed too, in both Freda and Joely. It was the most perfect escapist read. I loved the setting, the references to music and all the characters. The authenticity of time and place was just wonderful and gave the story an incredible depth and richness. I felt incredibly emotionally involved and Susan writes with such understanding that she really brings each and every emotion – and desire – to life. She also throws in some fantatsic twists and turns along the way too and it was an absolute joy to go along with the journey.
This really was a very excellent read indeed and although the first time I have read Susan Lewis, it certainly won’t be the last! Thoroughly recommended.
My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for HarperCollins for supplying me with a digital copy to read. It really was something very special indeed. Loved it.
My Lies, Your Lies is available now in hardback, audiobook and ebook. A paperback edition will be coming in August 2020.
About the author
Susan Lewis is the internationally bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime, including the Sunday Times bestseller One Minute Later and her most recent novel Home Truths. Susan’s novels have sold nearly three million copies in the UK alone. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s.
Susan has previously worked as a secretary in news and current affairs before training as a production assistant working on light entertainment and drama. She’s had homes in Hollywood and the South of France, but now lives in Gloucestershire with husband James, two stepsons and dogs.