The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry follows married couple Sarah and Tom who must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child. Sarah always thought of herself and her husband as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police. As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision: Save her son, or save herself?
This week I have been a part of the Instragram Readalong for this book. Thank you to Adventures With Words and Viking Books for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It’s no wonder why this book is titled The Lies We Tell as there are A LOT of lies going on in this story. But I love the variety of lies that we often tell that Corry explores: the lies we tell ourselves, the lies we tell to protect others, and the lies we are told.
However, I really struggled to connect with the characters in the beginning. Sarah and Tom’s relationship is so toxic, and it was obvious that they were using each other for something different. I understand why couples can come to rely on each other when they’ve had troubled pasts, but I just didn’t feel the apparent love they had for each other at the start, so it was difficult for me to care about them enough at the end.
I much preferred the final third when their pasts are explained more and events progress more rapidly, but it was a little too late to engage me properly. At 500 pages, as well, there is just so much character set up at the start that my interest was wavering. Had I believed that Sarah and Tom cared about each other and that the story got to the present situation quicker, I would have enjoyed this a lot more.
Nevertheless, The Lies We Tell is a brilliantly written book and I love the ideas that Corry discusses. There are a lot of interesting twists and surprises, and there are certainly some thought-provoking elements to it. My feelings about this book are purely just a case of me not engaging with the story personally, but I can still see why so many people love Corry’s books.
The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry
Release Date: 24th June 2021
Print Length: 500 pages
Genre: Crime Fiction
Publisher: Viking Books – Penguin
Sarah always thought of herself and her husband, Tom, as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police.
Soon Sarah and Tom must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child . . .
As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision . . .
Save her son . . . or save herself?
About The Author:
Jane Corry is a former magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high-security prison for men. This often hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times-bestselling psychological thrillers, My Husband’s Wife, Blood Sisters, The Dead Ex, I Looked Away and I Made A Mistake which have been published in more than 35 countries and sold over a million copies. Jane was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University; an RLF Fellow at Exeter University; and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and My Weekly magazine.