Behind The Lie by Amanda James




Who can you trust, when you can’t trust yourself?

Holly West has turned her life around. She’s found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is definitely a woman has taken back control of her future.

Until she gives birth, only for one twin to survive. Holly can’t let it go. Holly’s world is in a tailspin and suddenly she can’t trust herself or anyone else. No one believes her, not her husband or her best friend. Because she thinks she knows the truth … her son is still alive and she won’t stop until she finds him.


Holly used to be a model with a drug addiction. Until one day, Simon spots her on the runway and decides he wants her in his life. He helps her get her act together, they get married and are now expecting twins. Holly splits her time between a flat in London and a beach house in Cornwall. Life is good.

Until Holly gives birth and only one of her twins survives. She’s convinced her son is alive and will stop at nothing to find him.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the psychological genre and I are having some sort of relationship crisis. We’re at that stage where there’s angry shouting and door slamming and maybe some plates you never really liked will end up in pieces on the kitchen floor.

Based on the description, Behind The Lie had a lot of potential. I was expecting an intricate plot with lots of twists and turns but unfortunately for me, I figured the whole thing out quite early on and I thought it all became too predictable and slightly far-fetched.

I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. They all came across as highly unlikeable, which doesn’t always have to be an issue but in this case, for me, it was. I couldn’t even muster up sympathy for Holly, which felt all kinds of wrong since she’d just lost a baby.

However, I did enjoy Amanda James’ writing. Since this was my first time reading a book written by her, none of what I said will stop me from reading another one at some point. This is quite clearly a case of “it’s not you, it’s me” and the psychological thriller genre and I desperately need some time away from each other.

Many thanks to HQ Digital UK and Netgalley for my advanced copy.

Behind The Lie will be published on April 21st.

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  6 comments for “Behind The Lie by Amanda James

  1. April 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Psych thrillers and I aren’t getting along either and I had decided a couple of weeks ago to not read from that genre for awhile. I really just enjoy a well told story or mystery, not all the deception and unreliable narrator stuff. Great review!

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  2. April 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I have lots of psychological thrillers waiting to be read, but I always have to read a good few books in between because otherwise I also get shouty and door slammy 🙂

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    • April 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      😄! Very good strategy though! And there are some really great ones amongst them. I’ve just not been having much luck with them lately.

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      • April 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm

        I feel like at the minute there does seem to be a one jaw-dropping to every few not as jaw-dropping, so hopefully you’re set to get a really good one next 🙂

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