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Quiet Lies by [Griffin, R.L.]
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I was broken before I met Sebastian Pryor, but he decimated me. I swept the ashes of myself into a pile that I kept safe for thirteen years. Believe me it wasn’t pretty, oh but people thought we were perfect. I hate myself most days. I hate that I feel for him as much as I loathe who I’ve become with him. This story is hard to hear. You know what the worst part is? You’ll see part of you in me. You’ll hate that. You won’t tell anyone.

My story is about cracks. A description or telling of how cracks in a marriage, a life, a personality, a heart and a mind begin and continue for years without anyone knowing. You don't always see what causes the fissure, but you feel it. Can you remember who you were before all of this started, before your life became a jumble of deceit, longing and regret?

This book isn’t for anyone who needs a happily ever after.

This book isn’t for anyone who needs a fun time out from their life.

This book isn’t for anyone, but me.

This is my story. I won’t apologize for it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 958 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Love N. Books (12 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017E716KO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind officially blown! What a couple! 12 November 2015
By DonnaC - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Quiet Lies by RL Griffin
4.5 stars!!

“Some of the lies we tell hurt, some soothe, some chip away at who we really are and some can break entire nations.”

This was one of those books that once I had finished I had to really think and think hard. I had many emotions swirling around my brain and none of them really made sense. I was so angry at the end and never have I ever wished for karma as bad as I did after finishing this book. This book is filled with many intricacies and it was only when I had reached the end that the little puzzle pieces that are littered throughout this book finally paint a final picture and it was here that I said…that was blinkin clever. So clever in fact, I had to read it again and it was then after a second read that I could really appreciate just how convoluted and cunning this story actually was.

“My days are full of me planning for after he dies and my nights are full of refusing to sleep in order to make sure he doesn’t kill me first.”

RL Griffin is one of the most versatile authors I know, she has tried her hand at many genres and each book I have loved for very different reasons. You can tell she writes from the heart and she goes with the flow at whatever and whoever is currently shouting loudest. I admire her courage in going with those voices, there is no cookie cutter present here, her stories always have their uniqueness and you literally never know what you are going to read until you start.

I have read about many marriages throughout my obsessive reading habit and none have been on the same level as the Pryor’s. This couple deserve their own pedestal, seriously…but what would the plinth say? Most effed up couple ever? They say that seeing is believing but even though this was the written word, so vivid were the words I actually lived this book. I may have been looking from the outside in but that did not diminish the punch that this book packed.

“When did you start thinking what you wanted matters?”

Rebecca Pryor was a woman that was the master of disguise. She had been living a lie for so long that even she could not determine what was real and what was not and it was this unreliability that really makes you question every single word you read. Whether it be the past or the present, could a couple really live like this? They say that no-one knows what happens behind closed doors and that is certainly the truth here, Rebecca Pryor had a truly miserable life, so miserable in fact I cried for her, I begged her to put herself first, but every time it looked like she could finally do it, life came along and knocked her back on her ___. Life is bloody cruel sometimes and Rebecca Pryor bore the brunt.

“I have been the perfect wife. The perfect mother. The perfect pawn. The perfect disaster. The perfect basket case.”

To the outside world, she had everything, the house, the car, the clothes, the husband and the adorable kid even the blinkin dog but looks can be deceiving. Rebecca wore her stepford wife mask well, maybe too well. Women were envious of her, but they truly had nothing to be envious about. I empathised, I sympathised, I just wanted to bash her head against a brick wall and knock some sense into her but at the end of the day she had been battered enough, her life was a constant battle, especially mentally, and this woman desperately needed a break. Would life be that cruel to not afford her one?

“We are a façade that he created just so that he looked the part of whatever the f___ he thought the part needed to be.”

Sebastian Pryor is the epitome of charming, he has the looks, the mannerisms and the vocabulary to turn everything around to his favour. He is a master manipulator; he is sly, cunning and totally self-absorbed. He is and will always be number one and was so narcissistic it was as if he was the definition of the word. I hated him, like seriously hated him but then on the flip side I was totally intrigued by him…I tried to get in his head but it wasn’t pleasant, you try to comprehend why he is the way he is, but it is beyond comprehension. Sebastian Pryor is just that, Sebastian Pryor…he truly was one of a kind…or is he?

“He can’t love anyone. He can’t love me.”

This book rocked me to my core, the twists, the deviousness of both parties, the betrayals, it was sick, it was fascinating, it was unfathomable, it was understandable, it was a book of contradictions…you shouldn’t love it, but you can’t help it. This book was like crack, you had to frantically turn the pages to get your next hit…the high wears off and then you are plunged to the depths of despair until the next one comes along.

“…I love it when the white powder falls from the sky, especially in the spring, and covers everything coaxing us to believe that world is serene. However, a white covering on *poo is still *poo.”

To think that this whole book was the result of listening to one song was unimaginable and makes me wonder about the state of RL Griffin’s some lyrics brought forth the story of a sociopath that literally has your stomach churning, your heart in your mouth and your brain desperately trying to catch up.

“It was a life of quiet lies, unfulfilled promises and failed attempts to be something I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted.”

As you can tell, this is not really a story that you can really discuss without spoiling everything, so all I will say is read it. It’s not pretty, nothing is sugar coated but it is flawlessly written, intriguing and captivating. The words will hold you hostage till the end and then you will get it…that WTH that Oh My S___, that was freaking genius. Hats off to RL Griffin for going there and once again I am loving her diversity, her unpredictability and admiring the growth in her writing. A fantastic mind blowing read and highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling. Heartbreaking. Not your typical love story. I am stunned to silence with this psychological thriller! 15 November 2015
By RentasticReads - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm crying. I'm grieving. What did I just read? My heart is shattered and I'm not sure I can mend it anytime soon. This book was too much. It was twisted, it was haunting. The entire time I was reading, it was like there's this tight fist gripping my heart and squeezing it harder the more you unearth what is really going on. My mind is reeling with so many things going on, yet I still can't find the answers to the questions whirling around in my head. It makes you think and wonder where the story will go. You know there's something so much deeper going on and you just won't stop reading until you find out what it is. I feel like I'm going insane. I can't believe what I just read and how I was led to believe so many things, yet as the story unravels, I turn out to be wrong. So. Completely. Wrong.

I was fascinated with Rebecca Pryor. I felt every single thing she went through. The way RL Griffin laid out the things Rebecca experienced was just so detailed that I physically, literally ached from it all. I felt the struggle, the insanity and pain of this woman. Even until now that I'm writing this, I'm crying a river for her. I guess I was just able to connect with her completely that's why I feel everything she went through.

And Sebastian, goodness gracious that man. He baffles me. Even until now, he leaves me mesmerized—thinking, wondering. RL Griffin made such an amazing job creating this monster. This man who just runs over everybody, controls everything and does anything and everything he wants to. Most of the time, I hated him. I despised his filthy soul. He was a total sociopath who has not a care in the world except for himself. And this is what gutted me the most. I still can't comprehend what was going on inside this man's head—not even close. But I feel so sorry, so much agony for his family. For the people who loves him.

This is the second book I've read from RL Griffin, the first one being Sunshine & Whiskey. And may I just say how much of a 360 degree turn this is from the first book I've read? Yes, this one is so genius and not just your typical, twisted love story. Quiet Lies will leave you guessing and hurting and feeling drained after you finish it. I couldn't tell you enough how much I was able to relate to this story because I'll end up giving away too much. Just know that it's psychologically messed up and you have got to be emotionally, mentally and even physically prepared once you start this. It starts a bit slower than usual, but don't give up on it because once the story picks up, it really picks up and flings you all over the place. I wasn't able to put it down once everything started to unravel. I'm not a masochist, but I love it. I love how I'm still feeling the pain. I feel like I just had a catharsis because it was like a huge dam inside of me broke right after I read the last page. And that ending—I still can't believe it, but it makes so much sense. I would've never guessed if I didn't read that last part. Never. And that's what makes this so much more brilliant. Even until the very end, it leaves you stunned.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regardless of the Mind, the Heart Knows Deceptions Too Deep to Ignore 14 November 2015
By Ria @aBookishEscape - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow. Ouch. Yikes. Tragic. No. Flipping. Way! Man this was a wickedly well written book! I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to know a character the way I’ve gotten to know Rebecca. Chills, the end gave me chills…This review is going to be a bit difficult to write because I really want to do this amazing book justice. You won’t find any spoilers coming from this little lady and with a piece as lovely as this that becomes a looming challenge. Griffin is by far one of my favorite authors. It doesn’t matter what she writes or what the mood is Griffin's writing is always set on #BeastMode. When I say this was written like a web I mean it! Any way you put it! The story goes from past to present but not in a chronological way...I LOVED THAT! The snippets of the past where given to us by Rebecca. She peeled away one layer at a time in the order she felt best told her story…I was so engrossed I couldn’t put this down. This one is sure to keep the reader up late at night and thinking about it long after the end. Griffin is so insanely talented just when you think you’ve got it all figured out the truth smacks you in the gut. No, scratch that these truths will impale you with the intensity of the emotion. These pages bled with ferocity, each sentence was a mixture between proclamation and confession that will resonate deep within your soul. Gah!!!

The Story, I’ve already given snippets of what this story is about. Bare with me as I try to explain it without spoilers. Quiet Lies isn’t pretty, it isn’t happy, and it certainly isn’t fair. If you’re looking for a fairytale you won’t find it here. What you will find is real, truthful, gut wrenching moments that make up a woman’s life. We are taken through mistakes responded with terror and glimpses of hope that when crushed felt like terrible deceptions. This is Rebecca’s story and it just is. She is faced with many difficult decisions of which take pieces of her soul bit by bit. We walk along side her and the agony she faced daily. Now, now, don’t be scared pick this one up. I’m sure anyone who reads this will say WOW. Take it from someone who still wears hello kitty socks(ya that’s me) just because this is a dark read doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Its dark in a way that will keep you intrigued throughout and pull at every emotion in your body. You know the happy face pain chart at the doctor’s office? Yep…Every.Single.One.

The Characters, Where do I start?!!! Okay I’ll start with Rebecca she was an innocent loving person and the things that happened to her were so unfair. Her life was out of control before she could ever gain any control. Getting to know her character was cathartic the decisions she made were rooted in love but the outcomes ranged from disappointing to life altering. Her gentle and kind determination was admirable. She desired to be the best mother she could given her situation. Every decision, every choice, every action were all made to protect and love her son. These are the qualities of a strong woman. However, regardless of strength there is only so much of a person…when everything is taken what remains? I felt so much for her…I wanted her to back roundhouse kick so many people and yet I admired the strength it took for her not to. Her husband…Monster…everyone else…vile…Okay not everyone but I will say everyone’s hands were tied. This too was heart breaking. Rebecca did the best she could and made the best decisions her heart would allow. As people we can love but we can’t force the one’s we love to love back, or to trust.

The End, No.NO.NO!!! Lol this is the part where I mentioned that if you’re looking for flowers and cupcakes carry on solder…you won’t find that here. There were many justices and yet many injustices. There was closure where open wounds remained. Honestly, I know Rebecca deep in the recess of her heart knew the truth all along. However, her heart would not allow the necessary actions to protect herself. There is something that happens in the end that gives the reader a sense of despair but also a soothing sense of peace. I wish I could go into more but then I would reveal too much. BRAVO Griffin…another stunning read, gripping, suspenseful, full of RAW and REAL, this is one I highly recommend.

My Rating

5.0 I knew it but didn’t want to know it! Delightfully twisted, Perfectly Damaged, Intrinsically Masterful, Rex says it all, Broken, Resigned, Determined, Accomplished, Unconditionally Committed, Painfully Betrayed, Mindfully Monstrous, Reflective Filled STARS! Gah! GET THIS NOW!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RL Griffin ripped out my soul. 13 November 2015
By Jo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I’m sitting here after just finishing Quiet Lies and I am baffled. I’m blown away and I really have no idea what to write for this review so I’m just going to wing it and be completely honest.

This is the second book I’ve read by RL Griffin, the first being Beyond a Thread. I loved that book but unfortunately haven’t gotten around to finishing the series or reading the rest of her books. I saw on facebook every now and again that RL was writing this story and I thought it looked interesting but really had no idea what it was about. She posted the blurb a week or so ago and my curiosity was peaked even more. So I commented on her post and RL being the amazing person that she is, sent me an ARC. I was very interested in this story so I started reading it right away but still had no idea what I was getting myself into. She would tell me to enjoy the ride and so on but I was like, meh, whatever. I’m sure it’s like every other romance book but with a RL twist. Well boy was I wrong and I’ll be the first to admit it. Never assume people. Never. Assume. There was a twist alright. Holy balls on a cracker. Now for my review that I hope I can write without giving too much away…

Quiet Lies…the title tells it all and the blurb, although interesting and pulls you in, it’s nothing compared to the story at hand. The first 10 chapters or so, I kept thinking how interesting this book was and so on. I was sucked in but life got in the way and I had to put the book down. A couple days later or so, I read and read and read, until my eyes grew heavy, I started seeing double and my heart hurt. I messaged RL a billion times, yelling at her, demanding answers that I knew she wouldn’t give but asked the questions anyway.

Once I got to around chapter 15 or so, the story changed. Something switched and I could even feel it inside of me. I NEEDED to finish this book. My husband would ask me over and over if I was okay and I just told him I was reading. I told him I was trying to figure this book out but couldn’t.

This book…so many feels. It’s one of those stories that grip you from the beginning. It rips out your heart. It leaves you with so many questions. How could this happen? Why did it happen? What would you do? And so on. I found that I would ask myself, what would I do if I were in this situation? How would I react? Would I be strong enough to deal or would I break?

Rebecca Pryor is my favorite female lead. Ever. Out of the books I have read over the years, something about her sticks with me and will stick with me forever. She’s real. She’s human. This story is about how she deals with everything that has been thrown at her. How strong she is. How strong she is not. RL wrote this book in a way that I could FEEL what Rebecca was going through. The detailed description of her anxiety took my breath every time. At the end of each chapter I found myself taking a deep breath so I could prepare myself for what the next chapter would hold.

Sebastian Pryor…I loved him. I hated him. I missed him. These words were said by Rebecca and I felt just the same. Something about him, although deranged and twisted, I was intrigued. RL wrote the actions of a sociopath in a way I’ll never forget. Sebastian will forever haunt my dreams.
And the end…I never saw it coming. It all made sense but I was never able to predict it.

RL Griffin captures you in this intense and bone chilling story about love, betrayal and everything evil. Once you think you figured something out, a twist is thrown in and everything changes.

This will be one of those stories that sticks with me. Forever. Thank you, RL, for taking me on this amazing journey. This book is hands down, my favorite of 2015.

I rate this story a million gut-wrenching stars.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 13 November 2015
By Amber Goleb - Published on
Let me just start off by saying I have been reading this author since her beginning. I received an advanced copy of her first book, By a Thread, and I have been blown away with her story telling ever since. I never thought she could ever match that first book. Yet, every book she puts out, she just gets better and better with her stories. Her writing is so dead on and seamless (<--- no pun intended). Her stories keep your mind running on all cylinders from start to finish.

This book. This book. Wow. I mean, wow! What did I just read? The twists and turns just kept on coming. I can usually see what's coming next. I sure didn't see a lot of this book happening. I was beyond being wowed by this one. So genius. So intriguing. I just didn't want to put it down. I dreamt about it. I lived and breathed this story, even after I finished it.

The main character, Rebecca. She is kick ass! Reagan has a thing for tough, fight your way through everything, female characters. Her heriones always stand above everyone else. She has the ability to make you idolize these strong, idol-worthy characters. They may not always come out on top right away, but they don't give up. They have a goal, and they will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

I can't begin to describe the emotions I had in this book. The only word that keeps coming to mind is wow. I am being honest. I can't stop saying it. This book really is the definition of wow. I had been in a funk with reading lately. This book was just what I needed for my psyche.