My review of The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.  Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.  Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?  As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

This book is billed as a completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming and I have to fully agree!  I spend around 80% of the book being certain I knew who was responsible and what had happened only to turn the next page and start to doubt myself – the ending was superb and I almost felt myself reeling when I’d finished the book…  and that for me makes a book an excellent read!!  I loved the slow build up of the story and the pace, a creepy book at times that was full of suspense – loved it, 5 stars!!!  The book was released today so you can grab your copy now!!!

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