SHE’S WATCHING YOU
BUT WHO’S WATCHING HER?
From the bestselling author of Dead North, a tense, claustrophobic psychological thriller perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Claire McGowan and Clare Mackintosh.
Meet Polly. Meet Emily. Meet Belinda.
They’re all me. My name is Lisa and I’m an identity thief. If I’m not inside your system stealing your money, I’ve probably already stolen it. I’m your friend. I’m a thief. I’m gone.
I’m in control.
Only now, the tables have been turned. I’m in danger. My son is in danger. And I don’t know where that danger’s coming from.
Anyone from the past I’ve been trying to outrun for years.
NOBODY CAN BE TRUSTED.
About the Author:
Joel Hames lives in rural Lancashire, England, with his wife and two daughters, where he works hard at looking serious and pretending to be a proper novelist.
OOOH, fancy a twisty, twisted twister of a tale? Then I would definitely recommend The Lies I Tell – the latest standalone psychological thriller by Joel Hames – published on 5th February 2021 by Spellbound.
Lisa is our main narrator, although she is also know as Polly, Belinda, Emily or Penny. She’s a devoted mother to 4 year old Simon, regularly attends AA meetings although she doesn’t drink, is an expert on computers, spends hours scrolling through Facebook and can spot a potential target a mile away. Lisa has spent most of her adult life scamming people online, she’s built up a network of false identities and personalities to con the innocent out of money and doesn’t seem to care who she tricks as long as her and her son are safe.
The story is narrated in two different timelines – the present in which Lisa suddenly finds her life being turned upside down as someone appears to be stalking her and knows who she really is and the past in which Lisa slowly and painfully recounts her horrific and abusive childhood.
I was absolutely hooked by the end of the first chapter and was glued to my kindle. I was torn between feeling sympathy towards Lisa/Penny and appalled at her attitude towards scamming innocent people. There was absolutely no doubt about her devotion and love towards her little boy and it was heartbreaking to see how her past had affected her ability to mother her child without guilt. The two timelines were equally as engaging and although her early life was heartbreaking to read it was also beautifully written.
The Lies I Tell is a really clever, twisty tale that is guaranteed to entertain readers and keep them guessing throughout. 5 stars from me.