The Lies I Never Told You Valérie Tong Cuong

ebook, 236 pages
Expected publication: August 6th 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton
About the Book:
When Pax, a middle-aged second-rate actor, scores an audition for a blockbuster, he is convinced fate has taken pity on him and he will finally get to spend some time in the limelight. He leaves his flat in a hurry, ignoring the alarming sounds coming from the apartment above. He is beside himself when he learns what devastating consequences his decision had: not only was his neighbour Alex assaulted and left for dead, he is also his girlfriend Emi's son . . .Before long, Pax is faced with an impossible choice: should he continue to deceive Emi, the one person who always believed in him, or tell the truth and destroy their relationship?

A twisty, suspenseful page-turner that will have you on the edge of your seat

Ummmmm, NO. Not one of those statements is true. This isn't about this being a bad book or bad writing. This review is about a book being touted as something it's not. Valérie Tong Cuong can write and write well. This review isn't about that. This review is about me being sick and tired of publishers trying to pull one over on us readers.

Everything about the story is pretty much in the blurb, so there are no twists nor suspense. I wasn't on the edge of my seat at any time while reading this book. I was, however, reading this very quickly as it has a great pace. The language is beautiful and the translation was well done. I am giving this book a middle of the road rating and rounding up to three because the author deserves that.

Thank you NetGalley, Valérie Tong Cuong and Hodder & Stoughton for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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