BOOK CLUB: Lies, Lies, Lies

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Author: Adele Parks
ISBN: 9780008318413
RRP: $32.99
Publisher: HQ Fiction
Publication Date: 19th August 2019
Copy: Uncorrected Proof Courtesy of the Publisher

Lies, Lies, Lies is the second book I have read by Adele Parks and it certainly won’t be the last, especially considering I have I Invited Her In on my shelves somewhere waiting for me to get to.


It has been a couple of years and a LOT of books since I last read Parks so it was like coming to her as a new reader of her work.

I find thrillers and suspense novels very difficult to review because I never want to unwittingly give away a vital piece of information that will ruin someone’s reading experience so this may well be quite a short review.

Lies, Lies, Lies is so much more than a domestic thriller, it is an intense exploration of relationships, betrayals and addiction. I managed to work out a lot of what was going on very early but in the end there was a twist or two that I didn’t see coming. Having worked out what was going on early didn’t affect my reading pleasure because the nuances of relationship exploration was so intriguing.

Simon and Daisy have been together for years and the arrival of their longed for daughter after painful years of IVF makes them the perfect little family of three.

The downhill slide becomes much more pronounced when Simon starts pushing to try for another baby. Daisy is uncomfortable with getting back on that particular roller coaster, and realises that with their more advanced age it will be even more difficult than it was the first time round.

Simon’s drinking begins to escalate and the cracks really begin to show. This exploration of alcoholism is quite confronting at times but comes across as genuine, both in Simon’s behaviours and his interactions with those around him.

Daisy and Simon are part of a close knit friendship group that has been together since University. They have been together through everything and know one another inside and out. This long standing friendship comes with baggage and history that is explored more superficially, and over the course of the story rather than in big chunks.

Lies, Lies, Lies is a story with a pretty solid foundation in lies, but not always betrayals, and I’ve hit that point where I think anything else I say could take me into spoiler territory so I’m going to leave this one here and say that it’s one you have to read for yourself.

I loved the exploration of relationships and the way they deal with betrayals and issues, especially within the friendship group because that’s one that gets pretty tricky. How do you deal with the betrayals of those that you love, especially when it’s all within your friendship group?

Adele Parks has written a gripping thriller with an awesome twist that has made me want to go and find more of her work to lose myself in.

Adele can be found at AdeleParks.com, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks to HQ Fiction 10 of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Lies, Lies, Lies so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

This review is also published on a new personal blog.


9 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Lies, Lies, Lies

  1. I loved reading about Daisy and Simon and Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks doesn’t disappoint. I love how it’s written making it easier to follow each person and not have to jump back or remember a few chapters ago this or that happened. Both characters have the plus and minuses but are easy to like for different reasons. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more by Adele Parks

  2. If you are looking for a book that will keep you turning the pages non-stop then Lies, Lies, Lies is for you, Adele Parks has written this and I think it is spectacular! It tackles real life issues of marriage, the heart ache of failing to fall pregnant, the stresses that evolve from this and the vices we turn to (alcohol). You may not like where some of the story lines head to but your curiosity will have the better of you. The characters are quite real and confronting but I liked it all the way to the very end that will blow your mind.

  3. daisy and simon have a hard trek. but they make it to their goal. its even harder for daisy than simon realises but hes a true gentleman, if only there more guys like simon in the real world. loved the book the story and everything about it such a great read!

  4. Thankyou Beautyandlace and HarperCollins for the opportunity to review, ‘Lies, Lies, Lies’ by Adele Parks.
    I was so pleased to be given this to read as it is so well written and the plot is well thought out and quite unexpected.
    The prologue begins in 1976 where we are introduced to a young Simon.
    Forward to 2016 and the book is in chapters. Daisy headed in some and Simon in others.
    Simon is married to Daisy and they have a daughter Millie conceived after many years of marriage.
    Daisy a primary school teacher, and Simon belong to a tight knit group who have been friends since Daisy was in universary. Simon is having issues with alcohol but refuses to accept it.
    This is a little difficult to review without giving away too much.
    It was a great story certainly not easy to put down.
    The characters were not all likeable but they all contributed to an excellent read.

  5. Fantastic read and loved the book from start to finish!
    A must read, great written storyline , easy to follow and hard to put down.
    Thankyou so much xo

  6. Daisy and Simon are married and living in the UK with one child Millie, who arrived after many years of the couple trying. Simon is now desperate to give Millie a sibling whilst Daisy is content with staying as family of 3.
    Simon is an alcoholic, at first a functioning one until alcohol bleeds into every avenue of his life and completely takes over. The impact addiction has on those closest to them is profound and the book explores this in depth. Tragedy occurs leaving each of the main characters changed forever. This is the story of whether love can be sustained through crisis and how far someone will go to try and save a relationship.

    The characters in the book have known each other over a period of many years and as we read, we learn of their connections and their interwoven complex relationships. This book evokes many emotions as it deals with issues including fertility issues, alcoholism and trauma.

    It’s a well written piece of fiction and I didn’t find difficult to read despite the intensity of the issues explored. I recommend this book.

  7. This was a great story, written in an easy-to-read style with a few twists and surprises.

    It covers some very strong issues and I certainly felt for the main characters – Simon and Daisy and their little girl Millie. I do think it may be a touch confronting for some readers, for example, those who have had to live with alcoholism or abuse.

    Having said that, I would recommend this book. While there were some parts that made me feel sad for the characters, I really liked reading the book. I didn’t want to put it down as I needed to find out what was going to happen. I don’t want to reveal too many of the plot twists so won’t say anything further… but do grab a copy as I think you’ll like it just as much as I did.

  8. I was hooked from the beginning and really enjoyed Lies Lies Lies. It was easy to read, the story had great pace and flowed really well, had good twists and turns, great drama and interesting characters. I look forward to reading more Adele Parks in the future.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace Magazine and Harlequin Australia for providing a copy for review.

  9. This is the first book by Adele Parks that I have read and I must admit that I’m impressed. The story grips you right from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. The characters are very well written and grapple with taboo issues that are often hidden in today’s society. I can’t wait to read more books from this author.

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