Every year, I spend some time looking over my reviews of the books from that were published during that year and find myself faced with the same quandary. What have been my favourite books? The books that I recommended, enjoyed and passed onto friends to share the experience.
2019 has been no different, it’s a cracking year for debuts, ‘The Silent Patient’, ‘The Flat Share’ and ‘The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ were all fantastic books that have soared through the books charts
After ten years of writing, C.L. Taylor received numerous accolades for her book called ‘Sleep’ and who can forget that sunny day in July when I read both ‘Those People’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’.
This was initially a list of my top 5 books of 2019, then it became my top 10 before finally becoming a top 12 books of 2019.
So, if you’re looking for some ideas for the book lover in your life, then look no further!
1. ‘Lies Lie Lies’ by Adele Parks
2. ‘The Passengers’ by John Marrs
3. ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ by Anstey Harris
4. ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewell
5. ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce
6. ‘Those People’ by Louise Candlish
7. ‘Half a World Away’ by Mike Gayle
8. ‘Tell Me Your Secret’ by Dorothy Koomson
9. ‘Sleep’ by C.L. Taylor
10. ‘Louis and Louise’ by Julie Cohen
11. ‘The Flat Share’ by Beth O’Leary
12. ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides
’Lies Lies Lies’ is the number one book by Adele Parks.
Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.
I’m a huge fan of Adele Parks and have been for many years. So, when each year a new book by her is released, I always make it my priority to read it as soon as possible.
In her latest thriller, we meet married couple Daisy and Simon, who after years of trying to get pregnant are delighted when they finally have a little girl called Millie. But Simon wants to add to their family and puts pressure on them and doing so unveils a secret that destroys the family and after one tragic night lands Simon in jail.
The story then flows over the period of time as Simon serves his sentence and is seen through the narrative of the couple as they deal with the consequences of that fateful night. Simon has to address the alcohol addiction and Daisy deals with the sudden changes in her life.
Thrilling from the first page, the story is cleverly written with many layers to unfold as it progresses. Both characters are relatable with their strong family ethic and priority for their little girl, their weaknesses are Simon’s dependency for alcohol which is pulling them apart as well as the secrets that Daisy has had to keep and together they make a destructible couple that you will for them to find their happy ever happy.
Riddled with deceit, drama and plenty of twists, this book is a genuinely thrilling story. With unlikable characters and unreliable narratives, ‘Lies Lies Lies’ is a sharply crafted tale of a mother’s love, a broken marriage and is most certainly worthy of its current number 1 status.
You can buy ‘Lies Lies Lies’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.