My thanks to Laura Nicol of Michale Joseph Books, a Penguin imprint – for inviting me to join this blog tour for The Lie – by Hilary Boyd.
Romy and Michael have it all. Over 30 years of marriage, two grown-up sons, a beautiful London home, as well as a weekend bolthole by the sea. If Romy’s had to sacrifice some of her dreams along the way to support Michael’s high-flying legal career, then it’s been a price worth paying.
Until the arrival of a letter changes everything.
At first Romy can’t believe what it is saying. That Michael, an upholder of the law, with an unwavering sense of right and wrong, could do something so terrible.
But then other lies start to emerge, and she starts to wonder who the man she’s shared her heart, her bed, the best years of her life with, really is.
Walking away should be the start of a new chapter for Romy.
But an urgent telephone call brings her back into Michael’s life and propels her into the past and the allegations which ended their marriage.
Innocent or guilty? Truth or lie? How well can you ever know those closest to you?
Our Author – Hilary Boyd
Hilary Boyd was a nurse, marriage counsellor and ran a small cancer charity before becoming an author. She has written eight books, including Thursdays In The park her debut novel which sold over half a million copies and was an international bestseller. The film rights have been aquired by Charles Dance, who will be directing and starring. It was No 1 on the Amazon e-book bestsellers for six weeks, and also made it to the New York Times e-book bestseller list in April 2014. The translation rights have sold in 20 countries to date. It has sold over 600,000 print and e-book copies.
My Review – The Lie
Romy & Michael Claire, seem to have it all, they met and have grown up together, they have history, a good life, supplied by Michael’s good standing as a successful barrister in London. A nice home, two grown up sons Leo and Rex. Until its shattered one day when Romy receives a letter, accusing Michael of something he denies, but doesn’t want to discuss any further. He’s stated his case and that is that. But Romy can’t forget it and its eating away at her.
Eventually after a year and their relationship becoming so estranged from each other, she leaves Michael. He can’t see what the problem is and won’t accept why she left. She starts a new life, near the sea in Sussex, where they had a weekend cottage. Away from Michael, Romy begins to find herself again and what she enjoys – nature, the outdoors and Robert Fincham.
Their friendship grows too, and then due to illness she’s suddenly back with Michael, in the London flat she left and can’t call home anymore. She feels doubt and guilt, despair at having got that far, only to be back where she started again, but desperate to get back to the sea and what she knows now and where she feels herself.
She also wants to know the truth, but will she be able to live with it once she does know.
A great set of characters, and a compelling and interested storyline will keep you engrossed.
To purchase a copy of The Lie: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Hilary-Boyd/The-Lie/24079696