My enormously grateful thanks to the author Ellie Holmes for a copy of White Lies in return for an honest review.
White Lies is published today 27th June 2017 and is available in e-book here.
A WET NIGHT. A CAR CRASH.
THREE LIVES ARE CHANGED FOREVER…
Sam Davenport is a woman who lives her life by the rules. When her husband Neil breaks those rules too many times, Sam is left wondering not only if he is still the man for her but also if it’s time to break a few rules of her own.
Actions, however, have consequences as Sam soon discovers when what starts out as an innocent white lie threatens to send her world spiralling out of control.
White Lies is a warm, engaging read about love, deceit, betrayal and hope.
My Review of White Lies
A crash between Neil and Sam’s car and David’s motorcycle will have repercussions far beyond one wet night.
I really enjoyed White Lies. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and thought I might be getting a fairly lightweight story but there are so many layers to Ellie Holmes’s narrative that I think rereading White Lies several times would provide a reader with even more to contemplate.
In White Lies, Ellie Holmes explores the way in which one lie can lead to another until we are in such a tangled web that it is impossible to extricate ourselves. At the same time she weaves in themes of infidelity, family, mental illness, bullying, workplace pressure, reputation and financial strain so that what we have is a fascinating exploration of the dynamic of relationships on so many levels. Reading White Lies made me think and wonder what I might do in similar circumstances to Sam. I found myself thinking about it and wrangling with the ethical aspects even when I wasn’t reading White Lies.
Another aspect that really took me by surprise was how I was affected by the characters. I really didn’t much like any of the main characters David, Sam or Neil and yet I couldn’t stop reading about them and wondering what on earth they would do next to self-destruct. I think it must have been a bit the same way some viewers watch reality TV. And these were such realistic characters. Ironically, given the title, I believed every action they took was entirely plausible even when I thought they were behaving insanely. This is such skilful writing.
There’s a cracking plot to White Lies so that I could easily imagine it as a television series. Based around the dynamics of relationships, the action zips along and I kept thinking I’d just read one more chapter because I was sucked in to what was happening.
White Lies is a great story – and one I think might make readers question their own relationships too! I really recommend putting it on your summer reading list.
About Ellie Holmes
Ellie Holmes writes commercial women’s fiction and romantic cosy mysteries. If you like your books to have heart and soul with a dash of danger then Ellie is the author for you.
Ellie takes her inspiration from the beautiful Essex countryside and the sublime Cornish coast. Romantic and engaging, Ellie’s style of writing will draw you in and keep you turning the pages. Her heart-warming stories and compelling characters will stay with you long after you close her books.