YOU KNOW SHE’S LYING… BUT SO ARE YOU
Two women are staying in Willowmead House.
One of them is running.
One of them is hiding.
Both of them are lying.
Emily made one bad decision, and now her career could be over. Her family home on the Cornish coast is the only place where she feels safe. But when she arrives, there’s a stranger living with her father. Emily doesn’t trust the beautiful young woman, convinced that she’s telling one lie after another. Soon, Emily becomes obsessed with finding out the truth…
But should some secrets stay buried forever?
I was completely engrossed in this story from the minute I started it until I read the final words. I had no idea which way things were going to go with these brilliant characters. I was flip flopping backwards and forwards as to which one I liked Emily or Francoise as I read parts of Emily’s story I found her selfish and spiteful, but then I changed my mind and saw her as gentle and caring. With Francoise I was doubting whether she was a gold digger or whether she was being truthful, but then other times she was so gentle and caring. But then the same could be said of Harold Gentle, one minute he seems like the sweetest old man and caring father, devoted husband, then he would lose his temper and fly off the handle, but as you got to know his story you began to understand a little more what made him that way. This is so cleverly done by the author. That it kept me reading on needing to know who was telling the truth and who was lying, or are they all lying? Or is it just embellishing the truth to suit each of them?
The prologue is the opening of a coroner’s inquiry, but who is it for? There is also a Wanted advert for a carer to look after a retired lawyer, along with requirements and the address.
Emily is a midwife in London, she has grown up as an only child in Cornwall. Her mum had passed away four years earlier, she would call her dad everyday to check on him as he was 93 years-old. As the story begins Emily is delivering a baby, normally she would have another midwife but they were short staffed and she is on her own, the labour had been slightly complicated but the little boy was born and parents were overjoyed. Emily was happy she loved her job, she also had a date that evening with Dr George Chester. Her mind is focused on that, as she is cycling home to her flat she gets a phone call from the senior midwife telling her she needs to go back to the hospital immediately, she turns her bike round and heads back wondering what the problem could be, but just before she arrives a fox is in the road, swerving to avoid it she comes off her bike, hitting her head, despite people running to help her and trying to persuade her to get checked out she doesn’t, she goes back to her flat. Then grabs some things and heads back to home and her dad in Cornwall, ignoring any calls that come through from the hospital on her phone. What could have gone wrong? Everything was fine when she had left.
Francoise is a young French woman who arrived in Cornwall to see Harold Gentle, when he answered the door he had assumed she had come about an advertisement he had put out looking for a carer. Francoise had not put him right as to why she was there. She had experience after nursing her mum as she was dying, she had also worked in a home in France starting as a cleaner but then becoming a carer with end of life patients. But what is she really doing in Cornwall and why has she gone to see Harold Gentle? Was she after money? The house? what does she want from Harold Gentle?
The story is told in five parts, parts one and three are from the point of view of Emily, two and three are from Francoise point of view and part five is alternate chapters from each of them. Inbetween there are parts of Harold as he went to war during WW11 as a 15 year old, pretending to be 18.
Emily really doesn’t like Francoise when she arrives home in Cornwall to find the young woman living in her childhood home, sleeping in her room, and looking after her father. Francoise thinks Emily is not a good daughter, she feels she should have been there to look after her father, that it is her duty to do so. The tension in the house is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Emily is hostile towards Francoise from the minute she met her, but equally Francoise is suspicious of things that Emily does. But what secrets do they carry? because we all have some secrets.
I really enjoyed how this story unfolds the more we learn about the characters, both Emily and Francoise have had their hearts broken at a young age, they have more in common than they initially realise. Each one is suspicious of the other. But how will things end between them?
The writing of this draws you in completely, all of the characters are believable and relatable. The plot is cleverly written, bringing out different emotions in you as you read it. I read this in two sittings, if I had started it earlier in one day I would have finished it in one sitting, because you really want to know what is going on. What has happened that Emily was called back to the hospital? What secret does Francoise have? Everything flows brilliantly and gradually you get to know what has happened. But will Emily and Francoise begin to trust each other?
A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ engaging read, with some twists and turns that will keep you guessing, a few surprises as well. I highly recommend this read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Corry is a writer and journalist (Daily Telegraph and women’s magazines) who worked for three years as the writer in residence of a high security male prison. This experience helped inspire her Sunday Times Penguin bestsellers ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘Blood Sisters’, ‘The Dead Ex’, ‘I Looked Away’ ‘I Made A Mistake’, ‘o Tell The Truth’ and ‘We All Have Our Secrets’. She has now sold over a million copies of her books world-wide.
Jane also writes short stories as well as a weekly digital column about being a granny for My Weekly. As well as this, she speaks at literary festivals all over the world. Many of her ideas strike during morning dog-jogs along the beach followed by a dip in the sea – no matter how cold it is!
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