I Know You Lied by Lesley Sanderson – review.


The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago.

When Nell was just a tiny baby, her parents died in a car crash, leaving her to be raised by her devoted grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sarah’s very recent death, it destroys everything Nell thought she knew. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her?

Nell knows she can never recapture the years with her mother that were taken from her, and fears this will haunt her forever. Now she won’t rest until she finds out why she was so cruelly deceived. But her family’s past has been kept secret for a reason, and someone is desperate for it to stay that way. How much danger will Nell risk for the truth?

If you loved The Silent Patient, The Secret Mother, and The Wife Between Us, then this addictive thriller about dark family secrets and obsession will have you on the edge of your seat.

About the author

Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

Lesley is the author of three psychological thrillers: The Orchid Girls, The Woman at 46 Heath Street and The Leaving Party.

Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since.

My thoughts

I loved this atmospheric psychological thriller. It gave me that uneasy feeling as I hurried through the pages, eager to discover what secrets and lies lay amongst them.

Nell’s character intrigued me. She had a past that brilliantly unfolded as the story progressed. Was her apprehension founded or was it an exaggeration? Could her grandmother, Lillian, really be as smothering as she’d remembered all those years ago?

I particularly enjoyed the letters to Mary, and the Sarah chapters, which showed just how this mystery had spanned over decades. The cousin’s character was a great addition, bringing a lot more tension into the book, and it had me questioning everyone’s motives and capabilities.

The seaside setting was also inspired. I found myself picturing the library and the beach and the oppressive house where Nell was staying. And the hook – brilliant! Mother dies, her daughter gets notice from a solicitor of this news and the daughter is totally shocked. Why? Because the daughter already thought her mother was dead.

‘I Know You Lied’ is a fine mystery filled with family drama and tension. It’s also a bit eerie. The thought of Nell staying in that creepy old house gave me the chills. If you love psychological thriller full of secrets that push to be uncovered, then this book is for you.


Thanks for reading!

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.




About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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