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.
If you’ve been following my blog, then you know psychological thrillers and I have had a bit of a rocky relationship lately. But then something like this comes along and my faith in the genre is restored.
Melanie’s thirteen year old daughter Beth doesn’t come home one day. During a search, she’s found in a freezing creak, left to die. Melanie and her family live in a small village so whoever attacked Beth, must be someone they know. As Melanie feels the police aren’t doing enough, she sets off to investigate on her own, alienating both her family and the villagers.
The Darkest Lies hooked me from the very first page and didn’t let go. A psychological thriller this may be, but it was also highly emotional. Most of the story is told through Melanie’s point of view and those really hit their mark with me. Her daily struggle to adjust to a life she didn’t bargain for and her sheer determination to find the truth and justice for Beth was heartbreaking.
The small village and its residents hold a lot of secrets and nobody is who they seem to be. Can Melanie even trust anyone else but herself when everyone around her could be a suspect? There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, leading all the way to a jaw-dropping ending that left me spinning.
A highly engrossing and gripping psychological thriller that shows there are still some gems to be discovered in this tricky genre.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review.
The Darkest Lies will be published on May 12th.