White Lies is the perfect example of ordinary people making stupid decisions and having to deal with the consequences – all wrapped up in a deliciously evil and utterly addictive mystery! Alexandra Inglis, a respected GP, wife and mother of two, wakes in a hotel room in Ibiza to find a stranger next to her in bed. To her horror, she discovers that the young man is not only over twenty years her junior, but he is also a patient of hers, and the son of clients of her GP surgery. She has made a terrible mistake, and one that may cost her her marriage, her career and the respect and trust of the whole community ...
I admit that I struggled with the beginning of this book, mainly because I felt a strong antipathy towards Alex. Whilst I would normally be able to make allowances for her grave slip in judgment, I felt disturbed by the fact that her one-night stand involved a teenage boy and envisaged how angry I would be if this had been my own child. As a health professional, I was horrified about her betrayal of trust that her position as GP bestowed upon her, whether she was drunk at the time or not. So it took me a little while to calm my inner tiger and let myself get swept up in the story, but I am so glad I did!
White Lies gradually unfolds through the POVs of several characters, including the “he said – she said” account Alex and Jonathan give about their sexual encounter. Alex claims that she was too drunk at the time to be aware of Jonathan’s identity, whilst Jonathan alleges that they had been having an affair ever since Alex treated him for a sporting injury in her doctor’s surgery a few months ago. Who is telling the truth, and who is lying? As each and every character tells their own version of the story, my head was spinning with the possibilities – I love well-written stories with unreliable characters, and this one really messed with my mind! After coming up with and discarding several possibilities, I was still stunned when it came to the final reveal (although I had had my suspicions). This was such a dark, wicked tale! Although I usually struggle with stories featuring a bunch of unlikeable characters – and be assured that this dysfunctional bunch is far from being warm and fuzzy – White Lies was so well written and its plot such a cleverly spun web of lies and deceit that I found it utterly unputdownable. The involvement of social media added a very contemporary feel to a story that could have played out at any time in history, with an age old theme of fatal attraction – but who was the perpetrator, and who was the victim?
I loved Dawson’s writing style and will be putting her other books on my tbr list ASAP. I highly recommend White Lies to lovers of dark and twisty psychological thrillers that mess with your mind. Strongly character driven, this book will propel you into the minds of some very disturbed characters – it utterly consumed me from the moment I thought: “Hang on, he is telling a completely different story than she is!” and I could not get enough of it until the final reveal. Well done, Mrs Dawson!
A really engaging thriller that sees Alex, a doctor, have a one night stand on a drunken weekend in Ibiza, only to find out that unbeknownst to her it was with one of her patients. However, he is telling a much different story! Things spiral out from beyond her control and she finds that one night could cost her her husband, her family and her career. I found this book to be quite gripping, racing through it to see what the truth was and who was telling the lies. Recommended for all lovers of psychological thrillers.
Oh my, what a read! Utterly compelling. Totally addictive. I did not want this book to end. I would have given 5 stars but the ending did leave me feeling sad and angry at the same time. It is one of those rare books that not only left me wanting more, but wondering what on earth I can read to follow it.
WOW, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Towards the end I could no read it fast enough, and I was so surprised by the big twist at the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a twisty thriller!
Lucy Dawson is definitely a go to author for me. Everything that I have read by her has been fantastic and this one definitely did not disappoint. I read this whilst away on holidays and it was very hard to put down.
Alex Inglis is a family doctor, somebody that has the trust and respect of her patients and community. Will one mistake destroy her career and her family? Whilst away on a girls weekend Alex has a one night stand with a younger man. On her return home she discovers that he is a 17 year old patient of hers, Jonathon Day.
She confesses to her husband and hopes that that will be the end of it, but it is only the beginning. Jonathon becomes obsessed and will not leave Alex and her family alone. Her life starts to unravel - how can she take back control.
This is a fantastic book, one that will have you wanting more. Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read and enjoy in exchange for my honest opinions
*Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* Dr Alexandra Inglis seems to have it all - a career as a GP, lovely house, husband and two little girls. However, one mistake is going to bring her perfect life crashing down around her. Told from a variety of perspectives and jumping back and forth in time, the story of Alexandra and Jonathan unfolds. I am loathe to give away too many details of the plot, as it is quite a suspenseful book. The novel has me guessing until the end and was a thoroughly enjoyable read.