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Fragile Lies by Laura Elliot - Review

Fragile Lies - Laura Elliot

Publication Date: Febuary 13th 2015 from Bookouture

 

Source: Netgalley

 

His name is Michael Carmody. He is a writer and a father. His son is lying in a coma, fighting for his life. Her name is Lorraine Cheevers. She is an artist and mother. An illicit affair has destroyed her marriage. Michael is desperate to find the couple who left his son for dead, a victim of a hit and run. Lorraine is desperate to start a new life for her and her daughter. Michael and Lorraine are about to cross paths - damaged souls, drawn to one another. They don't know that their lives are already connected. They don't know the web of lies surrounding them. They are each searching for the truth. But when they find it, it could destroy them both.

 

This was a gorgeous story in a lot of ways, great psychological depth to it, some terrifically drawn and compelling relationships and absolutely beautifully written.

I loved the way this was constructed, following an interlinked set of people, some of whom do not realise that they are held together often by a lie being told, the intricacies of the plotting make this a really terrific and heartfelt family drama with a dark heart.

 

I adored Lorraine - she was a very real person with whom I felt a connection, going through a huge upheavel, trying to find happiness whilst protecting her daughter and finding a life balance that she can live with. The relationship between mother and daughter is elegantly done, one of the strengths of the story for sure. Then we have Michael, who I often did not sympathise with as much, facing a crisis head on and struggling with some emotional issues. Both apart and together they will discover some haunting truths.

 

The story ebbs and flows perfectly, giving a focus to what is happening now and then showing you the events that lead up to tragedy - it is an often haunting and sad story yet with flashes of hope and happiness - an imaginative and authentic look at life, love, relationships and deceit. Not everything is straightforward, there are some twists and turns along the way, some very topical issues examined, overall it really was a wonderful read.

 

Highly Recommended.

 

Happy Reading Folks!