REVIEW: Tell Me No Lies - Lisa Hall


When Steph moves house with her husband Mark and son Henry for a fresh start she really hopes she can have her family back. After a horrific incident in her teenage years and Mark’s recent actions, she more than deserves it. Of course, this wouldn’t be a thriller if everything went to plan. Soon after moving in Steph begins to find odd items in her porch and gets the feeling that someone has been inside her house. As this escalates she is torn between the feeling of being stalked and the paranoia of going mad.

I loved Lisa Hall’s first novel Between You And Me but somehow I loved Tell Me No Lies even more. The writing style was so engrossing that I almost started to believe that I was Steph and her worries became my frustration. For that matter, everything was just done so well, from the characters – not too many, but enough to create a realistic small society of people – to the believable dialogue, unravelling of mystery and detailed descriptions. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Really, the best part of Tell Me No Lies is the thrill of the mystery. Fans of psychological thrillers and female-led gothic novels will love it. While I found it obvious from about halfway through who not to trust, the joy of discovery came from the unravelling of their motive and how Lisa would conclude the story. She’s forming a trend now with her first two novels: giving us an explosion of shock even on the final page.

When she writes Lisa Hall seems to tap into that part of her brain that asks ‘what is the worst thing that can happen to a human?’ While it drives us readers insane with our emotions (I personally found myself whispering, “no, no, no!”) it is definitely effective. Playing up the worst in people is something that us writers love to do and Tell Me No Lies is a brilliant example of excellent villainy.

So if you’re looking for a creepy 5/5 thriller pick up Tell Me No Lies. Unless you’re home alone at night – in that case you’re best waiting for morning! You can get your copy here.

Love, Jess

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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