After the Lie by Kerry Fisher Book Review

After the Lie by Kerry Fisher Book Review

One teenage mistake. Forced to live a lie. What happens when the lie catches up with you?

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An addictive and gripping read about love, life and living a lie.

One little lie can make one big difference …

Lydia has the ‘right’ kind of friends, her children are at the ‘right’ kind of school and she’s married to the ‘right’ sort of man – kind, steady, reliable Mark. Her wedding business is flourishing and even though she is at loggerheads with her mother, she couldn’t ask for anything more from life.

But the truth is that Lydia has been lucky. She has been living a lie for years and Mark has no idea who he is really married to. But nothing lasts forever and the past has a funny way of catching up with the present. When the person who knows all of Lydia’s dark little secrets turns up at the school gates, his presence threatens to blow Lydia’s life apart.

What is Lydia’s terrible truth? Once the secret is out, you can’t put it back …


My Review

This is the story of a woman with a secret and what happens when secrets and lies, no matter how small can change your life when left to fester.

Told from the perspective of Lydia, a woman who in her teenage years made a silly little mistake that resulted in a lot of family drama. The family ended up moving away from their little town and starting over and she never spoke of the experience again.

Lydia goes on to get married and have children and live her life, always listening to what her mother said about being “that girl” who did “that thing” and trying to put it behind her despite the fact that the experience has absolutely changed her as a person.

Sooner or later though, the past will always come back to haunt you and this book depicts in a very realistic way what happens when your lies finally catch up with you and the impact this has on everyone involved.

The main character of the story is Lydia. She is a middle aged woman who seems very prone to making bad choices. You can see how her entire life has been shaped from one teenage experience and you find yourself feeling a bit frustrated with her at times, especially when she would rush from one bad judgement to another and you just find yourself wanting to shout at this woman who has a good life with a lovely husband and kids and she just does stupid things.

Lydia’s husband Mark is lovely, he knows nothing about Lydia’s secret. Runs his own, successful business and is just a general good-guy, family-man. When he finds out Lydia’s secret, the way he reacts to it is interesting and a little unpredictable. For a little while you don’t know what’s going to come of it and that all adds to the realism of the story.

The kids are great characters, Mabel the dog is absolutely hilarious and reminds me of my own dog in every way.

There’s an overbearing, judgemental mother and a protective father.

Honestly the characters are all brilliant and it is so easy to become tangled up in the story of their lives.

There’s not really much to cover here. It is our world, dull as it might be. I did like the parts about Lydia’s childhood in the 80’s as it had a lovely, nostalgic feel to it and the modern parts with the descriptions of the way kids use technology and social media really helps you to believe in the story because it is something that resonates with us all nowadays.

The secret is out and now it is time to live life without hiding who she is and what she has done. The story wraps up realistically and in a way that leaves you satisfied. I might have liked a bit more drama but overall I feel that it wrapped up well.

I liked the book more than I thought I would.

I selected it at random from my Audible library without really knowing what it was about or what to expect. I found it interesting to listen to and easy to immerse myself in Lydia’s life. I would pick up more by Kerry Fisher.

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