Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Book Review - The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin

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Title: The Girl Who Lied
Author: Sue Fortin
Format reviewed: Ebook 
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 19th May 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

The truth hurts…

Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret—one Erin has kept for over a decade—and she’s determined to make Erin pay for her lies.

Erin wants nothing to do with Roisin. She has a new life in London and no intention of going back home. Yet when her father is mysteriously and critically injured, Erin has no choice but to return and face Roisin—and her past. Erin knows if the secret of what she gave up got out, the consequences could be devastating.

When Roisin suddenly disappears, suspicion soon lands on Erin. She would do anything to protect her family, but just how far is she willing to go when time is running out…?

If you like your romantic suspense, then The Girl Who Lied is definitely a book to look out for. It definitely has romance, while the suspense, mystery and secrets to be revealed kept me turning the pages, and although I guessed what may have been at the heart of the secret, there is still plenty that I didn't see coming. 

The whole way through there is a sense of threat from Roisin, who used to be friends with Erin at school, until Erin started dating her brother. Erin then left for London suddenly and has barely been back to her small Irish town for 10 years. She probably would have preferred not to return, however her father has a bad fall, and so she goes back to her family for a bit, until they know the prognosis. 

During Erin's return to Ireland, she helps out at the family cafe, sees her sister and nieces, makes friends with the young mechanic that helped call the ambulance for her father, and has to try and keep hidden that Roisin has been hassling her, and claiming to know her biggest secret. 

As the story starts to gather pace and seriousness, I had such a sense of family from Erin's side of the story, and how they really love each other despite everything. However Roisin's family has gone the other way, and her mother has some really bad days and a liking for Sherry. Roisin is determined to make the truth about what happened 10 years ago come out, even if at the time she wasn't completely sure of the facts herself. 

Erin soon realises it is good to be back in Ireland, which becomes very apparent when her boyfriend visits a few times, with his clear London snobbishness and poshness, feeling very out of place amongst her new friends. 

During this book you will see the characters pushed to their limits to contain a 10 year old secret, and some questionable decisions are made, some of which without the readers knowledge which just ramped up the tension and made finding out exactly what was happening even more nerve wracking and gripping. 

The Girl Who Lied is a fabulous story, and is another brilliant book from the talented Sue Fortin. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 


  1. WhooOOP! Well done, Sue! I adore Sue's writing, Rachel. Uber-talented author and a lovely person. I have this and can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing, lovely! :) xx

    1. Thank you, Sheryl that's so kind of you to say so.

  2. Thank you, Rachel, that's a fantastic review. I'm sooo glad you liked it!


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