One More Lie

One More Lie

by Amy Lloyd

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Overview

She seeks the truth. He seeks revenge.

“Gripping, intriguing, sinister… had me hooked from the first page!” —Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend



Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget prison and, most of all, forget Sean. But old habits die hard. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she soon finds herself sliding back toward the type of behavior that sent her to prison in the first place. The further down that path she goes, however, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that’s the one memory she can’t face. Until, one day, Sean tracks her down.

Amy Lloyd, the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of The Innocent Wife, returns with a chilling portrait of a woman trying to be good, even when she isn’t sure she wants to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335938039
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,169,308
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She won the Daily Mail First Novel competition for The Innocent Wife in 2016. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, with her partner and two cats.

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One More Lie 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
One More Lie is a gripping, dark, and disturbing psychological thriller about two young adults who have been released from prison after being convicted of committing a heinous crime as children. Charlotte was released once before but it did not go well and she was again incarcerated. She was unequipped to navigate the world as an adult and did not understand boundaries. But now she has been given another chances and she wants to forget everything that happened before, including Sean. She has a job at a department store, and the terms and conditions of her parole require her to wear an ankle monitor, have frequent sessions with her therapist to whom she has developed an unhealthy attachments, and live in a supervised group home for women. Before long, however, she is again engaging in behavior that, if discovered, will send her back to prison. Worse, Sean manages to track her down even though the two of them are forbidden to have contact. Sean was 11 and Charlotte only 10 when their disabled classmate was killed. They were convicting of murdering him, and literally grew up institutionalized. Charlotte maintains she has no memory of the tragic incident -- she claims that she only knows what she has been told over the years. But it's clear that Sean's influence is not helpful as Charlotte tries again to build a life for herself outside of prison. Unlike Charlotte, Sean is not on parole and does not have supervision. His life is lacking any structure and he engages in criminal behavior on a regular basis. Author Amy Lloyd has created complex, multi-layered characters. It seems that Charlotte and Sean have never really grown up because of what happened when they were young children. Sean may be a sociopath, while Charlotte is much more nuanced. Lloyd reveals her internal struggle to readers as she manipulates those around her in her seeming quest for a normal life surrounded by others who love her. She has only felt that her therapist offered her unconditional love and the thought of not having the doctor's undivided attention or any relationship terrifies and infuriates her. She professes a desire to be good, even thought it is clear that much of the time she doesn't really have the resilience, focus, or discipline to be. Sean, however, has very different motivations, revenge and anger prime among them. Lloyd keeps the action moving at a steady pace via Charlotte's first-person narrative that alternates between when she was ten years old and present day, and Sean's present-day first-person perspective. She reveals what transpired all those years ago in snippets, as well as the characters' current thought processes and feelings. Charlotte engages in behavior that is increasingly reckless, compelling the action forward to the eventual revelation of what really happened when she and Sean were merely children. Lloyd keeps her readers guessing as to which narration is the least reliable as the story's pace quickens delivers a jaw-dropping conclusion that readers will likely never see coming. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
Nanna51 More than 1 year ago
This is a very dark and disturbing book that deals with children murdering a classmate. Charlotte, the female protagonist, has absolutely no memory of the crime and just wants a chance to start over, to rebuild her life without Sean, her partner in the crime. She has frequent visits to her therapist, Dr. Isherwood, and there is much mystery about this woman who takes phone calls in the middle of a therapy session. This is psychological suspense that has a slow start and a lot of flashbacks in the lives of Charlotte and Sean. The flashbacks are necessary to the story, but they do slow down the current action and are somewhat frustrating at times. The plot is interesting and drew me into the story of Charlotte and Sean, making me want to find out the truth about what really happened. Readers of psychological suspense will enjoy this story and will find the conclusion satisfactory. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Nanna51 More than 1 year ago
This is a very dark and disturbing book that deals with children murdering a classmate. Charlotte, the female protagonist, has absolutely no memory of the crime and just wants a chance to start over, to rebuild her life without Sean, her partner in the crime. She has frequent visits to her therapist, Dr. Isherwood, and there is much mystery about this woman who takes phone calls in the middle of a therapy session. This is psychological suspense that has a slow start and a lot of flashbacks in the lives of Charlotte and Sean. The flashbacks are necessary to the story, but they do slow down the current action and are somewhat frustrating at times. The plot is interesting and drew me into the story of Charlotte and Sean, making me want to find out the truth about what really happened. Readers of psychological suspense will enjoy this story and will find the conclusion satisfactory. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book from a very gifted writer. The author's grasp of psychology and psychiatry is akin to the knowledge shown by Thomas Harris. And, like Harris, Lloyd writes very, very well. I don't like most novels that aren't also mysteries and I don't like most mysteries because I don't think they are well written or very exciting. Lloyd manages to write an exciting mystery with great writing style and skill. As noted, Thomas Harris and a few others have done this but it's not a common occurrence. I really hope Lloyd gives us more books.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
One More Lie is a psychological thriller that tells the story of a young girl (8 years old) who has led a life full of upheaval, struggles, and trouble. Along with her best friend Sean, they managed to get in trouble repeatedly but always seem to find their way back to each other. I am not sure, even after finishing the book, if Sean was the reason for the trouble or if he just never stopped it from happening. The story was told from both Sean and Charlotte’s points of view with flashbacks to the past and the present. I never really was sure what was the truth and what was part of their memory remember wrongly. The story seemed broken up and didn’t flow as seamlessly as I would have liked it. The ending left me wondering what was happening and it didn’t tie the story together like I expected. I enjoyed reading One More Lie but it isn’t a book I’d rave about to my friends. It is easy to read but it isn’t as gripping as I like a thriller to be.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Charlotte and Sean, two adults that are being released from prison after they were charged with killing a disabled child when they were 10 and 11 years old. Charlotte is starting life new at a halfway house and with an ankle monitor. She is very childlike and doesn’t have much to do beyond go to work and her therapist. Although she doesn’t remember the murder she has the plan to keep on the straight and narrow and avoid Sean. This is an interesting story. Charlotte clearly has issues and is not a dependable witness. It doesn’t help that the story bounces around with present day, before the murder, everything but the murder, and some of Sean’s story. I have to say that I was interested in the past but it was so disjointed that I was left confused. Although this story is brutal it is handled well. It does give you pause to think about these child killers that we are seeing presently. The story kept me engaged and I was curious to see what happened. It’s definitely worth giving a try. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Shelley-S-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by this author. I found it to be increasingly engaging. The twists and turns and unexpected events throughout the story result in a read that it’s hard to put down. This book has all the hallmarks of a great suspense book: interesting premise, excellent character development, flowing dialogue and unexpected twists. I really enjoyed the protagonist, not despite her flaws, but because of them. The author chose to develop the protagonists flaws as a result of her tragic circumstances, and I found her character to be more believable and relatable due to this. I really enjoyed this book a lot. The main character, Charlotte, was immediately interesting and likable to me. Though she is a very flawed character, her background just made me all the more empathetic towards her. The pacing was excellent and I was able to stay absorbed enough to read it in one sitting. I loved that the story kept me guessing. As much as I enjoyed the mystery and suspense, the protagonist and what she has gone through is what stood out the most and kept me wanting to read just one more chapter. I will be checking out the author's other book, The Innocent Wife, and that is a good sign of how enjoyable I found this book.
Janice Lombardo More than 1 year ago
A good read. Charlotte lets everything and everyone get in her way to find her own "place" in life. She is still drawn to Sean with whom she (allegedly) committed murder, 18 years ago.- this on a developmentally disabled child, Luke Marchant. Charlotte's release from prison is contingent that she wear an ankle monitor and see Dr. Isherwood, her therapist, on an ongoing basis. Charlotte had been told that in no way should she attempt to contact or speak with Sean. He had been released from prison a few moths earlier. both began their sentences when Charlotte was 10 years old and Sean was 12 years old. Charlotte wanders through life and needing direction. Her childhood was awful and Sean's not much better. They became good friends when she was 8 and Sean, 10. Eventually, after their release , they become in phone contact. Their closeness and love of adventure in childhood holds a strong bond between them. Other characters make their way in and out of the story but the base is Charlotte's THEN and NOW and some of Sean's THEN and NOW. The book can be a bit confusing; but the reader gradually becomes more acute to this style of writing. A good psychological thriller - a bit slow at times but the general pace is fine. Many thanks to HARLEQUIN - Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for a 4 star read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not+good+not+bad+just+meh..ending+also+meh..