How far would you go to protect your perfect life?
Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline , gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared?’
Fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go, who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller with a final twist to put their jaw on the floor, will love Our Little Lies.
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From an outsider’s point of view it would seem that Marianne had the perfect life. Wife of a doctor, Marianne lived in the big beautiful house, had twin sons and a step-daughter she adored and a husband that all the women in town swooned over, but perfection is a fantasy and sometimes not everything is what it seems. In Our Little Lies, Watson delves into how darkness can lie beneath the seemingly perfect marriage.
Early on in the book we see that while things may seem perfect, there’s something off about the marriage between Simon and Marianne. Simon is narcissistic, demanding and flawed. Marianne is timid and survives on medication that she takes for the thoughts that run through her head. Oftentimes Simon is callous with his words and the way that he treats Marianne and their children pick up on this.
When Simon mentions another woman’s name it sets off a chain of events that no one could have imagined and Marianne’s obsession with Caroline kicks in.
Every time I thought I knew where the book was going, how it would end.. I wasn’t even close. While my dislike for Simon grew heavily with each page, I couldn’t put this book down for the life of me because I was hooked on wanting to know what would happen next, where was Watson going with the story line and would Simon finally get what he deserved? The tension is built up in a way that you need to keep reading.
A page turning psychological thriller, Our Little Lies had me on edge. Well written and detailed, I was intrigued from start to finish. I hope to see more in the thriller genre from Watson!
Sue Watson was a journalist then TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.
She’s now written thirteen novels – many involving cake – and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for research purposes), and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.
Sue explored the darker side of life for her latest book ‘Our Little Lies,’ a dark, psychological thriller completely devoid of cake. She’s hoping this change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.
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