My Lies, Your Lies by Susan Lewis. (2020).
**2.5 out of 5 stars**
His life was destroyed by a lie. Her life will be ruined by the truth.
Joely is a ghostwriter who is used to telling other people’s secrets and scandals for a living but this might be her strangest assignment yet. Freda has never told her story before but now she’s ready to set the record straight and to right a wrong that’s haunted her. Freda’s memoir begins with a 15-year-old falling madly in love with her teacher. It ends in a way Joely could never have imagined. Joely is sure she can uncover the truth but as the story unravels, she is spun deeper and deeper into a world of secret and lies…
I recently read a novel about a schoolgirl and teacher having a sexual relationship which I found to be a really well-written novel so while I was keen to read this particular book I tried to leave some space between so I didn’t compare. Alas, it was not long enough apparently because I couldn’t help thinking the other novel was much better than this one. I found this book okay but to be quite frank, it was really average. Actions done or things said by particular characters are just really dramatic at times and I felt it was a bit unbelievable because it was over the top. I’m not even referring to the relationship between student and teacher, I’m referring to later events! I did think the big twist reveal in relation to the memoir was clever, I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t like the end, I can’t explain why because of spoilers but I was not keen on the way it ended. The plotline was intriguing enough to keep me reading. Overall I think the best way for me to describe this book is that it had an interesting initial concept but unfortunately just could have been executed better.