All The Little Lies by Chris Curran | @Christi_Curran @KillerReads | #blogtour

Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for All The Little Lies by Chris Curran! My thanks to the author for the invitation to join and to the publisher for my review copy.

Author : Chris Curran
Title : All The Little Lies
Pages : n/a
Publisher : Killer Reads / Harper Collins
Publication date : February 15, 2019

| ABOUT THE BOOK |

One email is all it takes to turn Eve’s world upside down. It contains a picture of her true birth mother, Stella, and proves that Eve’s entire life with her adoptive parents has been a lie.
 
Now she must unravel the mystery of Stella’s dark past. But what Eve finds will force her to take enormous risks, which put her – and her new-born baby – in immediate danger…

| MY THOUGHTS |

After having really enjoyed Chris Currant’s previous novel, Her Deadly Secret, I was delighted to be asked to read her next offering and discover what devilish plot she came up with this time.

Eve has always known she was adopted. But when she receives an email from a friend about her birth mother, Eve’s world is completely turned upside down. Her adoptive parents have been lying to her for years and now Eve is determined to find out the truth.

And off we go on a thrilling ride with so many twists and turns, it almost left me with whiplash. There are so many questions that need answers, so many lies that need to be discovered and just when you think there couldn’t possibly be any left, up pop a few more. Nobody in this story can be trusted to tell the truth about anything.

The chapters alternate between Eve in the present day and her birth mother, Stella, in the past. Slowly but surely a picture starts to form of what happened back then and why Eve may now find herself in danger. Because some people will stop at nothing to stop the truth from coming out. Now, I must admit that the chapters filling us in on Stella’s life were the ones that really gripped me. I truly felt for her and all the things she went through and as I am an incredibly impatient person, I just wanted to get to those reveals. That’s not to say Eve’s chapters don’t make for compelling reading either. It’s just the way my brain is programmed.

There was one event I figured out but there was a heck of a lot more that I didn’t see coming at all. All The Little Lies is a well-paced and gripping read full of untrustworthy characters. Maybe not quite for those with trust issues but for those who enjoy a twisty psychological thriller, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy this one.

All The Little Lies is available to buy!

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| ABOUT THE AUTHOR |

All the Little Lies is Chris Curran’s fourth psychological thriller for Harper Collins Killer Reads. She lives in East Sussex and writes, standing up, in a room with no view. When inspiration falters she finds tea (Earl Grey, hot) and a bout of ironing are very therapeutic. In breaks between books she dusts, cooks, walks by the sea and reads – but mostly reads. 

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This Week in Books (February 13)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

| LAST BOOK I FINISHED READING |

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them. 

| THE BOOK I’M CURRENTLY READING |

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

| WHAT I’M (PROBABLY) READING NEXT |

One email is all it takes to turn Eve’s world upside down. It contains a picture of her true birth mother, Stella, and proves that Eve’s entire life with her adoptive parents has been a lie.

Now she must unravel the mystery of Stella’s dark past. But what Eve finds will force her to take enormous risks, which put her – and her new-born baby – in immediate danger…

To give you a clue as to how my reading week is going, I finished The Stranger late on Saturday night and started Apple Of My Eye on Monday. Looks like it’s another slow one for me. Oops.

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

Her Deadly Secret by Chris Curran @Christi_Curran @HarperCollinsUK #blogtour #guestpost

Thrilled to bits to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Her Deadly Secret today! Huge thanks to Chris Curran for inviting me on the tour and Harper Collins for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley. Chris Curran has provided me with a wonderful guest post talking about ten books that have inspired her writing. And I will also be sharing my thoughts on Her Deadly Secret.

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Author : Chris Curran
Title : Her Deadly Secret
Publisher : Killer Reads / Harper Collins UK
Publication date : July 21, 2017

aboutthebook

A young girl has been taken. Abducted, never to be seen again.

Joe and Hannah, her traumatized parents, are consumed by grief. But all is not as it seems behind the curtains of their suburban home.

Loretta, the Family Liaison Officer, is sure Hannah is hiding something – a dark and twisted secret from deep in her past.

This terrible memory could be the key to the murder of another girl fifteen years ago. And as links between the two victims emerge, Joe and Hannah learn that in a family built on lies, the truth can destroy everything.

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Ten Novels That Have Inspired My Writing

Like all writers, I am first and foremost a reader and there are books I return to time and again. I do so mainly because I love them so much, but I’ve also learned from them and they have helped to influence the stories I want to tell and to shape my writing.

Tom’s Midnight Garden 

by Philippa Pearce is not only my favourite children’s books, but has to be one of my all-time best reads. Whenever I come back to it I find new layers of meaning. That’s particularly appropriate because the novel is about the mysterious way that an adult carries the child they were within them. Two lonely children, Tom and Hattie, meet in the midnight garden, one who seems to be a ghost from the past and one a ghost from the future. I’ve still to read anything more poignant than the final scenes. And the way that the past sends powerful ripples down to the present has been a central theme in all my novels so far.

Pride and Prejudice

As well as being great literature, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a delightfully life-affirming story and, amongst the books many joys, it’s Austen’s powerful use of dialogue that stands out for me. I was an awkward young girl when I first read the novel and I found Elizabeth Bennet’s readiness to stand up for herself against the insults of people who think they are better than her totally thrilling. Although written so long ago, every conversation crackles with vitality. I know it almost by heart, but I can never get enough of Elizabeth’s magnificent trouncing of Darcy after his arrogant marriage proposal.

The Woman in White 

by Wilkie Collins is sometimes called the first detective story. Collins introduced many of the techniques that are now standard in crime fiction and no one has used them better. There is the brilliant first scene, the amateur detective, Walter, who is emotionally invested in thwarting the villains, the use of multiple narrators and above all the wonderfully vivid and distinctive characters. Count Fosco is surely one of the most charismatic villains in all literature and then there’s the marvellous Marion Halcombe. Walter says she is ugly, but her bravery and intelligence make her so attractive that even Fosco is entranced.

Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca is the psychological suspense novel that still tops them all.  Despite her obvious borrowings from Jane Eyre, Du Maurier has fashioned something original and mesmerising in this story of a mousy second wife struggling in the shadow of her glamorous predecessor. Du Maurier’s decision to use the first wife’s name as her title is a masterstroke because Rebecca seems to manipulate the situation from beyond the grave as cunningly as she did when alive. The book might nowadays be classed as domestic noir and would still no doubt be a bestseller.

Endless Night

I have to confess that I am not the greatest fan of Agatha Christie’s Poirot or Miss Marple (except on TV!). However Christie’s standalones are a different matter and I absolutely love Endless Night. Nothing could be further from the cosy whodunits people often associate with Christie than this piercing psychological character study. The hints at something paranormal, in this tale of a mismatched young couple who build their dream house, make the book even more chilling. Christie is famous for her unreliable narrators and she excels herself here.

The Walking Stick

Winston Graham’s crime novels are less well-known than his Poldark saga, but for me they are so much more interesting and my favourite is The Walking Stick. This is as much a character study as it is a crime story.  Deborah Dainton uses a walking stick because of childhood polio and on the surface she is resigned to a life without romance, but in reality she longs for love and seems to have found it with an unsuccessful young artist. The crime scenes, when they come, are nail-biting, but what Graham shows most vividly is something that fascinates me: how love can be a catalyst for crime and how criminals are mostly just like us.

Wildfire at Midnight

Mary Stewart’s books are often referred to as romantic suspense and they were my perfect introduction to crime fiction as a teenager. Stewart’s heroines are normal young women of their time who face danger with a bravery that is totally believable. The books are perfectly paced reads and Stewart’s use of atmospheric settings and beautifully described locations make novels like Wildfire At Midnight, which is set on the Isle of Skye, absolutely captivating. The heroine in Wildfire is a fashion model and I borrowed the idea for my second novel, Her Turn To Cry!

A Dark Adapted Eye

Ruth Rendell found fame with her policeman, Wexford, but it’s A Dark Adapted Eye by her alter ego, Barbara Vine, that does it for me. This is where the psychological crime novel comes of age. The superb beginning, as a family waits to hear the news on the morning a relative is hung for murder, can’t be bettered. As with all Vine novels, the intricate plotting is unparalleled as the story moves smoothly back and forth in time.

Strangers on a Train 

by Patricia Highsmith has such a brilliant premise that I’m sure it would be referred to nowadays as a USP – unique selling point. I first encountered the story via the Hitchcock film, which I loved, but the book is so much better. When upstanding architect, Guy, meets jolly psychopath, Bruno, on a train it is the start of a nightmare that will lead weak and conflicted Guy to disaster.

Fingersmith

Sarah Waters is a superb writer and I’ve devoured all her books since I first came across Affinity in my local library. Then I moved on to Fingersmith, which tells of Sue, a petty thief in Victorian London, who joins with a man known as Gentleman to swindle a rich young woman out of her fortune. But absolutely nothing is what it seems and Waters catches the reader off guard over and again with a series of jaw-dropping twists that nevertheless make complete sense in the context of the story.

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Thank you so much, Chris! Looks like I’ll be adding a few books to my never-ending TBR!

Read on for my thoughts on Her Deadly Secret!

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This was my first introduction to this author and I can safely say it won’t be my last. Her Deadly Secret had me hooked right from the start as I found myself thrown straight into the thick of things.

The story begins with Joe who has just returned from doing a television appeal for his missing daughter, fourteen year old Lily. Joe and his wife Hannah are consumed by grief but Family Liaison Officer Loretta soon realises there is more at play and thinks Hannah is hiding something.

The chapters alternate between Joe, Loretta and Rosie. Rosie’s sister Alice was found dead when she was sixteen. Their father was convicted of her murder and has only recently been released. Could these events, fifteen years apart and miles away from each other, in any way be connected?

I loved getting to know these characters and immensely enjoyed Loretta’s chapters. I must admit at the start I thought they would be too distracting and take away from the actual mystery but in fact, they provided a brilliant balance as Loretta struggles to combine her demanding job and boss with her private life.

Her Deadly Secret is incredibly gripping and absorbing. With a superbly executed plot and a great pace, it had me glued to the pages. Of course, there are secrets and skeletons in closets. Some people turn out to be quite different from what they seem but it was trying to figure out the who/what/why that kept me utterly engrossed. Plenty of twists, turns and some red herrings had me continuously guessing at the outcome as the author quite deftly leads the story to a most satisfying conclusion. I really enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend you pick up a copy!

Her Deadly Secret was published in July.

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