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Once Upon a Lie

Once Upon a Lie

‘Gripping, tense and moving’ Claire McGowan

‘A page-turner of a thriller’ Saskia Sarginson

The truth can hurt, but a lie can kill . . .

Clare and Lorraine have been friends since college and trust each other with their lives. So when Lorraine, a single mother, needs a much-needed night away without her children, she calls on Clare and her husband Sam to look after them. They’re godparents – what could go wrong?

While Clare and Sam believe the children to be asleep, the unimaginable happens and Clare finds baby Theo lifeless in his room. The police are called. Statements are taken. But the biggest nightmare for any parent is about to spiral out of control.

Because a lie has been told. An enormous and terrible one.

Out of Clare, Sam and Lorraine, one of them isn’t telling the truth . . .

The gripping and emotional new thriller from the Richard & Judy Book Club and international bestselling author of The Guilty One.

Praise for Lisa Ballantyne:

‘Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling’ Lee Child

‘Gripping and emotionally charged’ Clare Mackintosh

‘Tense’ Sunday Times

‘Moving, insightful’ Guardian

‘Emotionally intense’ Richard & Judy Book Club

‘Unsettling and compulsive’ Rosamund Lupton

‘Grips like a vice’ Daily Mail

‘Thought-provoking and clever’ Gilly Macmillan

‘Tense; moving’ Rachel Abbott

‘A page-turner’ Daily Express

‘I couldn’t get this book out of my head’ Jenny Colgan

‘Outstanding’ Daily Record
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 12th November 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781405547994

Reviews

Praise for Lisa Ballantyne:
Thought-provoking
Woman & Home
Dark, intelligent, suspenseful
Saskia Sarginson
This tense psychological thriller focuses relentlessly on the way its characters cope as stress piles up and the mess deepens
Sunday Times
A tense and moving story that I will remember for a long time
Rachel Abbott
Thought-provoking and clever
Gilly Macmillan
A compelling and emotional read with convincing characters that stayed in my head. Lisa Ballantyne deals with a difficult and controversial subject in a sensitive and thoughtful way
Jenny Quintana
Tense, unsettling
Morning Star
One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year
Richard and Judy
Thought-provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read
Rosamund Lupton
A page-turner with real emotional depth
Daily Express
Grips like a vice
Daily Mail
Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling
Lee Child
I couldn't get this book out of my head. It kept me up all night and guessing the whole way through. I loved it
Jenny Colgan
Thrilling . . . so tense
Crime Monthly
Moving, insightful
Guardian
A gripping and emotionally charged story. Just brilliant
Clare Mackintosh
A powerful, rich read: it's a page-turner of a thriller, raising urgent moral questions, and yet at the same time, at its heart it's a tender, emotional exploration of friendship and love. I couldn't put this beautifully crafted, beautifully written book down; and the complex, flawed characters stayed with me for a long time. I loved it.
Saskia Sarginson
Gripping, tense and moving
Claire McGowan