Eva has always felt like a disappointment in her mother’s eyes, but even more so now that she has failed her exams. She is working part-time while she studies for her resits, dreaming of when she can go to university, and get away from her family. Her mum, Kathleen, is drinking even more than usual these days, and the void between them is deepening.They say you never get oEva has always felt like a disappointment in her mother’s eyes, but even more so now that she has failed her exams. She is working part-time while she studies for her resits, dreaming of when she can go to university, and get away from her family. Her mum, Kathleen, is drinking even more than usual these days, and the void between them is deepening.They say you never get over your first love, and Kathleen knows that more than most. She met Rick when she was sixteen, and was swept away by his charm and charisma. But their romance stayed behind closed doors, and, years on, Kathleen still bears the scars of what what he put her through. And Eva has not been an easy child to love.As Eva and Kathleen struggle to connect, will the very thing that drove them apart, be the one thing that can finally bring them together?...
|Title||:||the lies between us|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||382 Pages|
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the lies between us Reviews
I really liked the way that this book was written. Each chapter had a part of the story told from Kathleen's point of view, mostly in the 1960s, while the other part was narrated from the perspective of her daughter Eva in the 1980s. The Kathleen we meet as Eva's mother is not a pleasant person. She is cold towards her daughter, drinks far too much and is something of a flirt despite being married to Vince, who seems such a lovely man. The Kathleen we read of in the 1960s is very different, a young woman just beginning a new job and in the flush of first love. All is going well with her life until something happens which then affects her, and consequently her family, for years to come.There were parallels in both parts of the story. Both women were involved with older men who their families didn't quite see as suitable. The theme of grief and loss is strong showing the far-reaching effects they have on several of characters (can't say more about who or what without spoilers!). Marian Dillon really captured the feelings of her characters and made me feel sympathetic towards Kathleen even when she was so awful to her family in the later part of the story. Although I have mostly focussed on Kathleen in this review, her daughter Eva was a strong character too. She seemed a very mature young woman, desperate to connect with her mother even though they had such a strained relationship.My only criticism of this book is that I would have liked it to be a bit longer! The final two chapters jumped forward several years in time and I would have liked to know more about what had happened to the characters in the intervening years. Having said that, I thought that Marian Dillon concluded the book well, with a satisfying ending for all her characters. A well written story which I recommend to anyone who enjoys stories with strong characters and family secrets to be revealed.(I was given a copy by the publishers in exchange for this honest review)
I was introduced to this book by the author on The Good Housekeeping Book Room on Facebook as I am a member.I was intrigued by the cover and wanted to find out more.Eva feels a failure by her mother who has a drink problem, making things worse for both mum and daughter. Kathleen her mother has not been lucky in love and relationship with her child have not gone well.The author has written this story well and the chapters are told from mums perspective in the 60s and other parts from the 80s from the daughters perspective. As we know from history the 60s was not always the colourful swinging times although the young people of that time set out to have a better life than their parents. Kathleen in the 60s appears to be this happy person with a job and in love, but something happens and this has effects on her and her family. until something happens which then affects her, and consequently her family, for years to come.The author has captured the feelings well and how this niggles on through life. I have to say I really empathised with Kathleen and as the story unfold you understand why she is the way she is today.This is a story of family secrets and strong characters- I will be seeking out this author in future.Can see this up there in the top ten for the summer a great sun bed read.
Having read Marian Dillon’s first novel (‘Looking for Alex’) I was looking forward to the publication of ‘The Lies Between Us’, expecting an engaging, if gently paced narrative with a dark secret at its heart. I was very pleasantly surprised. ‘The Lies Between Us’ does have that darkness at the centre but here we have a pacier, more dramatic narrative in which we see how those events continue to overshadow the lives and loves not only of those who survived them, but also of the next generation. Cleverly, Dillon splits our loyalties between mother and daughter as they narrate events from their own perspective, by characterising each as alternately unlovable and selfish, and vulnerable yet strong, determined women who fight to overcome their circumstances in their own way.‘The Lies’ is set in the 60s – 80s and for those of us who recall those days, is full of period detail which is subtly stated, always sitting behind the story and giving events a time and place that is completely authentic. This is a good read, a completely absorbing story with a not-altogether satisfying conclusion. I look forward to more from Dillon.
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