Behind the Lie by Amanda James @amandajames61 @HQDigitalUK #BookReview #Book6 #AuthorTakeOver

Posted April 20, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 1 Comment

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Behind the Lie by Amanda James @amandajames61 @HQDigitalUK #BookReview #Book6 #AuthorTakeOverBehind the Lie by Amanda James
Published by HQ Digital on April 21 2017
Pages: 244
Also by this author: Rip Current, The Cornish Retribution, Another Mother, The Feud, A Stitch in Time, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Dancing in the Rain, Cross Stitch, Summer in Tintagel, Another Mother, The Calico Cat, Deep Water, The Cornish Retribution, The Feud, Dark Deception, The Cornish Connection

Who can you trust, when you can’t trust yourself?

Holly West has turned her life around. She’s found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is definitely a woman who has taken back control of her future.

Until she gives birth, only for one twin to survive. Holly can’t let it go.

Holly’s world is in a tailspin and suddenly she can’t trust herself or anyone else. No one believes her, not her husband or her best friend. Because she thinks she knows the truth…her son is still alive and she won’t stop until she finds him.

My Review

Ok, this was one crazy mad intense story! Some of it took place in Crazy Town but this time most of the madness is in London so Cornwall can’t be to blame! I spent a lot of my time reading this torn between did Holly’s son die or was he taken? Is she going crazy or is she completely sane? I warn you now my review will not do this book the justice it deserves!

Even though you are given an inkling to what is going to happen at the beginning you still can’t help but wonder if you can believe what happens. Then when you find out the truth, according to the book, it’s enough to make saints swears. (I loved that!)

The true story is shocking, absolutely cruel and terrifying that something like this all could happen. I can’t talk about the plot, I don’t want to ruin it but OMG it was awesome in my opinion.

Mandy has written a story which gets your pulse racing, makes you question everything, even the written word. People are most despicable and just quite simply wrong. Not quite sure how some people slept at night…well we do, just awful oh the anger I have!!!

So, Holly, she was a runway model when Simon spotted her and had to have her. He saved her from her drug addiction and now they are married and about to have twins. He’s the perfect husband, he buys her a gorgeous house in Cornwall by the beach so she is back to her roots, yet this could be the beginning of the end. Especially when she keeps dreaming a little boy in dungarees and a little girl in a summer dress playing on the beach, but how can this be when her son is dead.

Oh I have to mention one person….Isadora, when you see the Q&A you will understand why. I did have a chuckle when I saw this name pop up!

This will be seen at the end of the year in my book list, I swear Mandy has cast a voodoo spell on me! I flew through this book in just over a day, outside my adulting, I stayed up past midnight (I didn’t eat after midnight so no Gremlins here!) and I hid in the bath to get Behind the Lie read, it was relentless and it wasn’t letting go of me. All the while I was nervous as I was getting near the end. Then I got to the end…

Even though the book has finished, I know the ending, I am still on edge because I still feel like some is going to happen and that it may not be the ending we have. Yes, I know this highly illogical as the book is over, yet I am still sitting here waiting for the sting. Mandy laughed at me and told me there is no sting, but yet…

Here I am still waiting…..

Until next time xxx

Click on the picture to see if it’s you or Holly that is the crazy one!

About Amanda James

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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