Our Little Lies: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

Our Little Lies: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

by Sue Watson


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Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but... ‘should she be scared’?

Fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller, with a final twist that will put their jaw on the floor, will love Our Little Lies.

Readers are loving Our Little Lies:

Delivers an ending that will make you go WOW but you need to read it to see why!

Straight into my Top 10 of the year and a really great read… Dark, disturbing and just everything you want from a psychological thriller and more.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

What a read this was, reminiscent of B A Paris Behind Closed Doors, with the twists of a Claire Mackintosh book, this was such a good read and just as I thought I had worked it out I was wrong!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Most definitely a book that captures your imagination… and a book that I literally did not put down. DAMN...if this is her first in this genre... sign me up for all future thrillers’ Best Crime Books and More, 5 stars

Lots of suspense in this domestic thriller! Recommend!!!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I absolutely LOVED this book! It drew me in from the first few pages and never let me go. As we are drawn further and further into the storyline, you're in for a rollercoaster of a book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I just could not wait to see how it all ended. Goodreads reviewer

Praise for Sue Watson:

‘Had me gripped completely.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘One hell of a read.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars

‘Ingenious and completely addictive.’ Blooming Fiction, 5 stars

‘As soon as I pick one of her books up I know I won't be putting it back down until I finish it.’ By The Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘An amazing read and a total page turner.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Has you on edge as you want to know what happens.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786817501
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 10/11/2018
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 92,474
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.67(d)

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Our Little Lies: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A little wordy. Got tired of Mariannes obsessing over everything,but taking forever to do something. Also, since when can you read someones Facebook page without opening an account and getting permission from the owner!
SammyReadsBooks 11 months ago
“Our Little Lies” by Sue Watson is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Marianne and her marriage to Simon, who appears to be Mr. Perfect, but things aren’t always what they seem. On the surface it appears Marianne has an ideal life - married to a handsome surgeon, three wonderful children, and a beautiful home, but behind closed doors there’s something dark and twisted going on. Marianne did not have the best childhood being in and out of foster homes and dealing with her mother’s death, but when she meets Simon he seems like he will be the one to make her life right. That is until he makes her give up a career that made her happy, removes her friends from her life, and starts controlling her in more ways than one, and let’s not forget to mention the affairs. Is having the perfect life really worth it especially if you can’t tell what’s real and what isn’t? Marianne as a character can be a bit annoying and seems whiny, but the further you get into the book you learn more about her and start to feel for her. Simon is a narcissist and honestly there wasn’t much I liked about him, but his character was written well for what he was. There were some interesting characters and a big twist at the end that I totally did not see coming. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
SSSSL More than 1 year ago
Marianne and Simon seem to have the perfect life - three kids, a beautiful house, and a fairytale marriage. While this may be the perception from the outside, the truth is their marriage is full of lies, abuse and deceit. Marianne's jealous tendencies cause her to accuse her husband of infidelity and Simon's controlling behavior leaves the whole family on edge. As the book progresses, it's hard to tell what is Marianne's paranoia and what is Simon's deceit. This book started rather slow for me as it set up the possibility of Simon's affairs and Marianne's mental health issues. But at the halfway point it really got interesting and by the end I couldn't stop reading because I had to know what would happen. I ended up loving the ending of this book. Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed the story, it did run on a bit. Pages and pages of Marianne's musings left the story wobbly. There is a twist at the very end but it is unrealistic to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good...
Selena More than 1 year ago
Marianne has the perfect life. She has a beautiful home in a beautiful neighborhood, a handsome husband and three beautiful children. Her husband, Simon is a surgeon and provides for his families lavish lifestyle. But one day Simon talks about his new co-worker, Charlotte. It is the way he says her name and speaks about her that puts Marianne on edge. She becomes very suspicious and decides to learn more about this woman. The more she learns about her the more obsessed she becomes about her. Is she loosing her mind? How far will she go till she is satisfied with her obsession of this other woman? Things aren't as perfect as everyone things in their home or in their marriage. A clever psychological thriller that will keep you guessing who is sane or who isn't?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TW: domestic violence, emotional manipulation Many books now promise “surprise twist” or endings, but I really didn’t see this one coming. Marianne has the perfect husband, but does she? This is one of those, what you see on the outside of a marriage doesn’t mesh...and inside the mind of the wife behind it. Following Marianne’s thought process through this book, wife, mother...made for a one day very enjoyable read. Received an advance preview copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explores the myth of "perfect families" and delves deep into concepts such as love, motherhood and marriage. What is a normal marriage? What does a normal mother look like? How normal is "normal"? Part romance, part suburban thriller, the topic will appeal to the readers of Liane Moriarty and Harlan Coben. Although the crime fiction part of the book comes right at the end, this read is a page-turner from the beginning.
RobinLovesReading More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars Marianne is a stay-at-home wife to a brilliant heart surgeon named Simon. They have three children. Inasmuch as Marianne once had a successful career, she relishes her role as a wife and mother. On the surface. Deep down, she is a battered woman who is experiencing problems on many levels. Simon is a controlling husband, and that is putting it mildly. He controls her so much that his thoughts become her thoughts. Almost to the degree that she actually thinks LIKE him, thus doubting and even forgetting her own original thoughts. Our Little Lies made me think of the movie Gaslight, with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. In the film, the husband systematically tries to drive the wife out of her mind. As a matter of fact, the term “gaslighting” has come to mean to psychologically manipulate someone into believing that they have lost their mind. So intrigued, I stopped reading the book to watch the 1944 classic! Then I stayed up immediately afterward and read the book through. There are obvious and numerous differences, however. The primary difference is that there is another woman embroiled here. You see, Marianne has spent ten years married to Simon. She has believed herself to be leading the ideal life. Her life is enough. She should be happy in her life. But as the story evolves we see that she is anything but a happy woman. She has spent years devoted to her husband and family. The problem is that he has made her doubt herself time and again. She often wonders whether or not it is illness, herself, medication, or could it be something even worse. What is that worst? There is another woman, Caroline, a fellow surgeon of Simon’s. Marianne just knows that she is not imagining that her husband is having an affair with Caroline. I want to mention the point in the story where I begin to sense a strong connection to the film. There was the occasion when Simon arrived home from work before Marianne and the children got home from after-school activities. Dinner was not ready and she was quite alarmed that he might be angry. She reminds him that she didn’t expect him that early because he had surgery scheduled for the day. He pretty much says: Really? One word, and he then has her believing that maybe he didn’t tell her that he had surgery. That is just one example of how he has her doubting she heard him correctly, even going so far as to gently driving the doubt home. Can I stop to say at this point that I really did not like the smug, charming, irresistible Simon? He called her paranoid. He undermined her in front of the children. How did I feel about Marianne? I felt very drawn to her, as she was emotionally broken, living with apparent paranoia that she was unable to control. At some point Marianne meets Caroline, and when this happens she is absolutely certain that her husband is not being faithful to her. Maybe it is true that her entire life has been a lie. "As Simon often says, ‘I’ve given you everything, but everything isn’t good enough for you, is it Marianne?’" Well, the tables turn, and I just have to quote from the book again briefly - “Welcome to my world, Simon. #GaslightingForGirls.” She wakes up. But, is it too late? What ensues is a thrilling plan of action that will change the very fabric of Marianne’s life. I was captivated by this book! Although it was very difficult to witness the awful abuse that Marianne had to endure, I just kept replaying the movie in my mind. I was on the edge of my sea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simon and Marianne Wilson are the parents of 6-year-old twin boys, Alfie and Charlie, and Marianne is stepmother to Simon’s daughter, 17-year-old, Sophie. Simon is a busy cardiac surgeon. Marianne loves being a stay-at-home mum, but right now she is feeling a bit jealous of Simon’s beautiful surgeon co-worker, Caroline Harker, This isn’t the first time Marianne has been jealous of another woman. She has been hospitalized and in therapy for her unfounded jealousy. Marianne is taking some strong medication to keep her on an even keel but it tends to make her tired and somewhat groggy. She also worries about Sophie not eating enough, but Simon assures her that Sophie is fine. Simon prefers Marianne to be at home cooking, cleaning, and running the twins to their endless after-school activities. However, he is controlling of her choice of friends and likes things to be perfect. So, she struggles to keep everything going just like he wants it. But Marianne soon finds she cannot stop thinking about Simon and Caroline and is convinced they are having an affair. It’s when she starts reading his emails that her world starts to crumble. Simon has always been cruel, demeaning, and even violent with Marianne, but she feels that she deserves it. A sad childhood of losing her mother at a young age, followed by a succession of foster homes, has left the woman with very low self-esteem. Thus, Simon has been able to make her his puppet over the years. But as the incidents continue, Marianne is convinced Simon and Caroline are having an affair and is determined that she will not let her marriage and family be broken apart. So, she puts her plan into motion to remove Caroline from their lives. Little does she know how disastrous the results will be. This is a good story. I didn’t care a lot for Marianne as her lack of self-respect was so pathetic. I really wanted to kick Simon in the butt for being such a sociopathic jerk. However, the basic story along with the unexpected ending make for a very good read. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
annemariebookaholic More than 1 year ago
Now where do I begin...What a story! Highly recommend A psychological thriller, Marianne is married to a heart surgeon. She has a beautiful home and 3 beautiful children...what could possibly be wrong. Once you start reading you will understand what could be wrong...her husband Simon, undermines her every chance he gets. He is constantly at her to do this or do that....she can't cook right or she can't fold sofa throws right. He is very controlling and cruel, I automatically hate him from the start... Marianne had a rough life before she married Simon and it comes back to haunt her. She finds herself, one morning after her husband mentions another woman's name, stewing on that woman's name and thinking are they having an affair. Paranoid? Factual? Reading this book you'll discover why Marianne is the way she is and how she is treated by Simon. It's a heartbreaking story and you'll want to strangle Simon half way through it...I know I did. I won't give anything away but by the last couple of chapters I knew what was going to happen and who was going to do it....but then I wasn't 100% postive until the very end... An excellent psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sue Watson nailed this thriller and it is so different from her previous books...you have found another genre to write Sue Watson. Can't wait for next psychological thriller
GraceJReviewerlady More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a book which demands and deserves your complete and undivided attention – look no further! Marianne was brought up in foster care after the suicide of her mother and although the memories and the pain still linger, nowadays she has a smart, handsome, surgeon husband and three beautiful children. Marianne devotes herself to family life and with the holidays, regular flower deliveries and the most beautiful house in town she is the envy of the neighbourhood. That is, until Simon’s voice lingers on another woman’s name, stirring up suspicion and muddled thoughts in his wife’s mind . . . This is a gripping novel. Plenty of suspense and oodles of doubt all add up to an extraordinary read. I kept changing direction with where my sympathy lay due to some very smart writing and more than once I wasn’t quite sure who to believe – or discount. I will admit to guessing what was going to happen in the end (possibly because I was so invested in this one), but that in no way took away from the fact that this is a cracking read; I was more astonished to have got it right – not like me at all! I went to sleep last evening with this story rolling around my brain and it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up; at that point I still had an hour’s reading and had no idea where it was all heading. A very clever concept, expertly executed with a cast of completely believable characters all add up to one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read recently. It seems this is a change of direction for this author, and she has definitely found her niche. Full five glowing stars! My thanks to Bookouture for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.