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Once Upon a Lie

Once Upon a Lie

The truth can hurt

But a lie can hurt more…


The gripping and emotional new moral thriller from the Richard and Judy and international bestselling author of The Guilty One.

Marie and Lorraine have been friends since college and trust each other with their lives. So when Lorraine, a single mother, needs a much-needed night away without her children, she calls on Marie and her husband Sam to look after them. They’re godparents – what could go wrong?

While Marie and Sam believe the children to be asleep, the unimaginable happens and Marie finds baby Theo lifeless in his room. The police are called. Statements are taken. But the biggest nightmare for any parent is about to spiral out of control. Because a lie has been told. An enormous and terrible one.

Out of Marie, Sam and Lorraine, one of them isn’t telling the truth…

A tragic, gripping and thought-provoking moral thriller, exploring the themes of parenthood and friendship, and the murky grey areas between right and wrong.

Praise for Lisa Ballantyne:

‘One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year’ Richard and Judy

‘Thought-provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read’ Rosamund Lupton

‘Moving, insightful’ Guardian

‘Grips like a vice’ Daily Mail

‘A tense and moving story that I will remember for a long time’ Rachel Abbott

‘Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling’ Lee Child

‘A page-turner with real emotional depth’ Daily Express

‘Thought-provoking and clever’ Gilly Macmillan

‘This tense psychological thriller focuses relentlessly on the way its characters cope as stress piles up and the mess deepens’ Sunday Times

‘I couldn’t get this book out of my head. It kept me up all night and guessing the whole way through. I loved it’ Jenny Colgan

‘An outstanding work of fiction’ Daily Record
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 1st October 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781405547994

Reviews

Praise for Lisa Ballantyne:
Thought-provoking
Woman & Home
Dark, intelligent, suspenseful
Saskia Sarginson
This tense psychological thriller focuses relentlessly on the way its characters cope as stress piles up and the mess deepens
Sunday Times
A tense and moving story that I will remember for a long time
Rachel Abbott
Thought-provoking and clever
Gilly Macmillan
A compelling and emotional read with convincing characters that stayed in my head. Lisa Ballantyne deals with a difficult and controversial subject in a sensitive and thoughtful way
Jenny Quintana
Tense, unsettling
Morning Star
One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year
Richard and Judy
Thought-provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read
Rosamund Lupton
A page-turner with real emotional depth
Daily Express
Grips like a vice
Daily Mail
Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling
Lee Child
I couldn't get this book out of my head. It kept me up all night and guessing the whole way through. I loved it
Jenny Colgan