• The Lies We Hide: An Absolutely Gripping and Darkly Compelling Novel

  • By: S. E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner...

Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At 10 years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.

Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.

All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

A gripping, emotional story of family secrets, and the strength of a mother’s love in the darkest times. The next powerful listen for fans of The Silent Wife, Kerry Lonsdale and Emily Bleeker.

©2019 S.E. Lynes (P)2019 Bookouture

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So well done

First of all, the narration was brilliant. Among the best of the 200 or more audiobooks I’ve listened to.

The story was really unusual and well thought out.
Became attached to the wonderful characters and loved how descriptive the time and place were!
Highly recommend.

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Very touching story

I love it when I take a chance on a book with so few reviews and I really enjoy it! The narrator is excellent and I fell in love with the flawed, raw and realistic characters in this book. Yes it is dark, but these characters constantly struggle to evolve emotionally throughout the story. The beauty of this book is in their fight to find their way into the light. Alcoholism, drug addiction and physical violence are at the premise of the storyline, but truly so is hope and love. I could painfully identify with Carol's constant feelings of trepidation in her marriage. There will be those who say Carol is weak, but she is NOT. She makes mistakes, as we all do, and she is often unable to see herself as worthy of love, like so many victims of family dysfunction are. But she is NOT a victim, she is a strong woman who never gives up on her family, always putting one foot in front of the other searching for the light. This is just a beautiful story of love in all forms that a we cultivate over a lifetime. READ THIS BOOK!

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Realistic tale

This one struck a cord. Made me think about my Mother and all she kept inside to raise 8 reasonably successful children. I had a really peaceful uneventful childhood, however I always had a feeling of something was about to jump off when my Dad was around. Notice I have this feeling around most men. I enjoyed this book and the family's dynamic. It also had a few twists. The narration was excellent. I would highly recommend this book.

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Good listen

S.E. Lynes has become one of my favorite authors and Tamsin Kennard an excellent narrator. This book held my interest from start to finish, narrative acting is spot on.

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An emotional, well-crafted masterpiece

The lies we hide, indeed! The brilliant duo of S.E. Lynes and Tamsin Kennard once again are spot-on as they prove why I have collected a vast collection in my Audible library. “The Lies We Hide” is different from their other offerings. Encompassing oh so many lies, loss, secrets, sadness, forgiveness, hope and love, are brought to vibrant life. The complexellent perfection of the finale culminates as Lynes wraps this heartfelt journey up with spectacular satisfaction. Just when I think it’s over {{{{gasp-worthy}}}}, nope, I’m wrong and continue with a shocker of jaw-dropping shockers. An emotional, well-crafted masterpiece. I’m recommending his creative and thoughtful masterpiece. It made me cry, smile and even reminisce. Complete with a rollercoaster of emotions, it is worth a treasured credit, however, I was lucky to have purchased this for $11+. An awesome nod to Lynes, Kennard and Audible for making this heartwarming tale available.

♥️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟♥️

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Only bearable speeded up to 1.45

90% of this is sappy set-up, an interminable wait for ANYTHING to happen. The last 10% is the simple wind-up you've seen coming for a long time. Wish I hadn't bothered. (I really did listen to most of it at a very high speed, and it was still draggy )

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Excellent Story. Insightful.

If you enjoy the subtle and emotionally riveting story telling of Liane Moriarty or Lisa Jewel, then you will find this one worth the read.

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Good story

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Proceed with caution..

The writing was excellent as was the performance.
I just wanted to warn those who may have lived with/grown up with domestic violence. For those (me) this will not be an easy listen as it will definitely pull up things in your past, no matter what stage of healing you may be at. Peace

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  • AJ
  • 05-28-20

Meh...

This book was meh...just meh. It was boring and I felt like there were at least two characters who were just thrown in the mix that didn't really add anything to the story. I was hoping that the ending would redeem it but I had already predicted what would happen. Tamsin Kennard was brilliant at narrating as always and is truly the only reason I kept on listening. If not for her, I would have returned the book.

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  • E F Baz
  • 12-14-19

Convincing and compelling

Completely gripping. I switched it off once, because I had to get some sleep, then switched it straight back on again as soon as I woke up. 'The Lies We Hide' shines a light on the horror of domestic violence. Carol and Ted who get together in a Northern town in 1968, make sense. They reflect the pressures, attitudes and influences of their time. Their story, and the story of those affected by Ted's violence, spans decades. Always routed in time and place, 'The Lies We Hide' is convincing and compelling - beautifully written and read.

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  • sindydean
  • 12-29-19

The best book I’ve read this year

Lift yourself into the world of fear and trepidation,gripping story line, characters were well chosen, although Graham seemed an old name for a young boy.. narrator was excellent. There’s something in this book for everyone, even a touch Scottish humour from Jim. 5 stars

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  • Ms Gloria James
  • 01-22-20

Weak

This was described as gripping. That being so , all I can say is it must take more to grip me than most people.
The narration wasn't good but the actual stoyline was weak and silly!

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  • Dog Walker Sussex
  • 01-14-20

Excellent Book

A good story but what made it for me was the brilliant narrator. Each character had a distinctive voice .

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  • V
  • 01-08-20

Underwhelmed and disappointed

Although the subject is a serious one the writing was very superficial. There was no depth to this book. Setting the scene by using product references is completely unnecessary . The accents used in the reading made it seem like a school play. I don't recommend this book.

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  • Marion G.
  • 05-08-21

Perfect narration for a twisted story

This is my 4th S E Lynes novel narrated by the splendid vocal chords of Tamsin and as always, with more twists than a corkscrew. Mother is definitely my favourite followed closely by The Housewarming, then Valentina and now this novel so I really must enjoy the authors books. However, I think I need a break from those numerous twists. Just when you think all has been revealed, there is yet another denoument and off we speed in an utterly different direction. So many times when I thought "this is the end" but another chapter began and we are off again. So, if you like such stories then this author is going to give you hours of reading/listening ..... and I challenge you get it right.

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  • Smithe
  • 01-26-20

dull story and terrible accents

Gave up listening to it. The story was anything but gripping and the scouse accents were beyond terrible.

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  • Nicks
  • 01-07-20

Disappointing

I love S E Lynes books and have read all the previous ones - but I'm returning this one. It's a family drama story, about the lives of an abused woman, her son and daughter (who leave the husband at the beginning). But I nothing much else happens...

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  • Melanie
  • 05-25-21

Lost a lot of sleep listening!

Thoroughly enjoyed and could not stop listening. Characters were so real brought me close to tears many times as they showed a family’s strength and fragility at the same time.

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  • Cachda
  • 11-13-20

A painfully accurate portrait

An engrossing story. Witnessing the demise of each character it’s easy to see how families keep secrets. Beautifully told.

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  • Sabra
  • 05-11-20

Excellent

Great story,,grpping.Listened in 2 days,couldn't put it down. Narration really exceptional. Very good Liverpool accent,I originate from Liverpool ,it's a hard accent to master.

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  • Sharon McNaught
  • 06-22-21

NOT an absolutely gripping and darkly compelling.

This is NOT an absolutely gripping and darkly compelling novel. I tried hard , didn't enjoy it. Reviewer lied. Waste of a credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-20

The narrator...

Story was so gripping and amazingly told, however, the narrator adds so much to it! I have listened to Tamsin Kennard’s other narrations before. She is a pleasure to listen too.