Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on the blog tour for So Many Lies by Paul Teague. This was released on the 7th of October 2019 published by Clixeo Publishing.
So Many Lies by Paul Teague
Release Date: 7th of October 2019
Format: Kindle Format
Page Count: 326 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Clixeo Publishing
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When the Harrington family rent a private island to celebrate their dad’s 70th birthday, old lies resurface, resulting in a murderous revenge.
Ben Harrington is stuck.
He’s recently separated from his wife of over twenty years, leaving his almost adult son and daughter feeling angry and betrayed.
What’s more, his daughter Alice has cerebral palsy and he can’t forgive himself for letting her down when she needed him most.
Ben left the family house due to an ill-advised fling with Laura resulting in an unplanned pregnancy.
But all that is the least of Ben’s troubles.
It’s his dad Tony’s 70th birthday and he and his wife Susan have invited the family over to a remote tropical island in order to mark the occasion.
That should be cause for celebration, but there are terrible secrets lurking in the Harrington family which are about to burst out into the open – siblings Steve, Ben, Gaby and Richard are all caught up in this web of deceit.
So Many Lies follows the story of the Harringtons through a series of life-changing lies, dating back to 1979, and as the story builds towards the big celebration, so does the gravity of the lies which brought the family to where they are when we meet them in the book.
While reading this book, I always had the quote from Cory Doctorow in the back of my mind “All secrets become deep. All secrets become dark. That’s in the nature of secrets.“ Never is a saying more true than for the Harrington family. So many secrets, some from years past, some more recent, but each that have lasting consequences that threaten to destroy the Harrington family.
“Thought your family was screwed up? Wait until you meet the Harringtons…”
I was immediately drawn and intrigued by the plot of this story. I really love these types of family sagas, the more dysfunctional the better and there is no family more dysfunctional than the Harringtons! I am not going to rehash the plot as there is enough in the blurb to go in with and I wouldn’t want to give anything away.
The book is well structured and is broken up in the past and the present. I enjoyed how Paul teases the reader while in the past, by giving you just a little hint of the events that form each secret, then leaving it there to stew in the background before revealing in full further down the track. A risky move but Paul expertly masters this in keeping the reader’s attention by wanting to know more.
I can’t really say that I was a fan of any of the characters but in saying that, they have been very well written. The story is told mainly from the point of view from Ben, who I found to be the weakest link, although my opinion did change a little bit of him at the end. I think I would have liked it to be told from Steve’s point of view, whom I found to be the more interesting and colourful character out of the bunch.
So Many Lies is a quick and addictive read that will keep you thoroughly entertained. Although the outcome was not totally unexpected, the build-up to the conclusion held my interest as secret after the secret was revealed. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review So Many Lies which I recommend.
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Let’s Get to Know Paul
Paul Teague writes thrillers, sci-fi and non-fiction books. Writing as Paul J. Teague, he is the author of the Don’t Tell Meg and Morecambe Bay trilogies as well as several standalones such as Dead of Night, Now You See Her (with Adam Nicholls) and So Many Lies. Paul is a former teacher, DJ, waiter and BBC radio producer, presenter and journalist.
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