Between the Lies

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 19 Mar 2019

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Lies, lies and more lies!!! This book is full of them. Chloe is recovering from a severe head injury, the result of a serious car accident. She remembers nothing of her previous life or events leading up to the accident. As she tries to recover under the watchful gaze of her controlling psychiatrist father, she soon wonders if he is there to help her or hurt her. 

This is a psychological thriller that methodically builds as Chloe starts to recall and learn more about her life before the accident. She is never quite sure who to trust and what is real. This unreliability makes for a tense and riveting read. 

I was certainly drawn in and eager to learn the truth. A couple of well timed reveals only added to my enjoyment of this book. A gracious thank you to St. Martib’s Press and NG for an ARC.
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A very riveting and suspenseful read!
Chloe Daniels is involved in a car accident and wakes up in the hospital with no memory. Several weeks later she goes home with her parents and sister not remembering anything about her life. Dependent on her family to help her recall who she really is leads to many twists, turns and falsehoods. 
And let's not forget lies, lies and more lies.
Riddled with unsettling moments this thrilling tale had me turning the pages to get to the truth.
Author Michelle Adams did a wonderful job of keeping me guessing throughout the whole story.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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Imagine waking up in the hospital and you have no idea how you got there, in fact you have no memory at all. Chloe Daniels finds herself in just that position.

Michelle Adams has managed to keep the reader in as much of the dark as Chloe is. Unfolding the murky details makes for one suspenseful read. 

As Chloe’s memory slowly returns, we begin to sort out the truth about what really happened the night of the accident. Before the truth surfaces there are a lot of people involved and who really has Chloe’s best interest? How reliable is her memory as she tries to piece the details together? This is an enjoyable, twisty, and hard to put down read.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy.
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This book was really good!  Chloe wakes up in the hospital and has no idea who she is, how she or there or who anyone else is either!  She doesn't even remember her own name.  She was in a terrible car accident and was suffered extensive injuries--which included a head injury thus explaining her current predicament.  Chloe is obviously completely petrified and doesn't know who or what to believe. She has to go home with her "family" even though she can't really place them.  The story is actually a real roller coaster once it gets going with many twists and turns and I could not put this book down!  I love a good thriller and this one delivered!!!  There were a lot of shocking reveals as the story progressed....great story that kept my interest until the very last page!  highly recommend!
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Chloe wakes up in a hospital after a car accident with no memory. Her parents take her to her childhood home with them and slowly starts to tell her about the accident and her life. But Chloe has a feeling that something is missing and they’re not telling everything. Her father, who is a doctor, is very controlling and in charge of her recovery. But slowly the memories are coming back and Chloe is unsure who to trust.

Chloe was a likeable character that you can root for. She’s determined to find the truth and her old life. I disliked her father from the first. What a creep. I wish there had been more of her husband because I didn’t get any idea who he was really.

This was a quick and easy read but I kinda kept waiting for more. I mean, I liked it but it could have been much more. This was my first book by the author and I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
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Between the Lies is a terrifying life experience that I think any of us would hate to go through, so reading this book was most definitely and edge of your seat thriller. 
The plot begins with Chloe Daniels waking up from a horrific car accident not knowing anything of her life before. Leaving the hospital after receiving brain surgery, she is taken home with her parents to recover.  Chloe begins to come around and naturally starts asking questions trying to discover details of her previous life. Her father, who is a psychiatrist has been working with her in these "special hypno sessions" which make her groggy and questionable and as she yearns to learn more, she feels as though there are secrets being kept from her. Without giving the book away, Chloe goes on a journey to find out more about her accident, the secrets her family have kept from her, and why her father is trying to erase her previous memories. She recruits help from a colleague of her father who assists her in back tracking her past, where she used to live, where she used to work. As she begins to uncover some of her past, she may not be the person she thought she was. And as more of these secrets are revealed and as she is able to recover more of her memories, Chloe may be in danger herself. I enjoyed reading this book and was definitely eager to find out how the story turned out for her. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller.
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This was an intriguing psychological thriller with a creepy vibe that will have readers on edge as they piece together the mystery surrounding a horrible accident that left a young woman with amnesia. Readers become privy to the secrets, lies, familial manipulations (and you thought YOUR family had issues!!) as well as the victim's mounting doubts about who she can trust.

I enjoyed the several possible culprits Adams provides that had me second guessing my ever-changing hypotheses. I found the first half of the book stronger (even with the vague psychological science-y stuff) and admit that my interest in the second half faltered a bit. I was still intrigued but found it odd that a few secondary characters strangely petered out of the story and I suppose I was hoping for a bigger ending. I still enjoyed figuring it all out, but it could have been stronger.

Overall, this was a great, delightfully dark psychological thriller with several red herrings to keep even the psychological thriller buffs on their toes.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to St Martin's Griffin and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
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Loved the twists in this Book definitely a book I would read again. I wud highly recommend this author as a one to watch in the psychological thriller genre
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Between the Lies, by Michelle Adams, is a psychological thriller that will take over your life.  Imagine the horror  of waking up from a coma, bruised and battered, absent all memories of your past.  Even people who purport to be your family are strangers in which you have no trust.  Then, you begin to suspect that they are engaged in a conspiracy of lies.  The plot twists and turns but manages to never lose the reader in a desperate race to discover  what happened, why it happened and who is responsible.  I admit that I guessed the villain shortly before the author revealed it!, but it only enriched my enjoyment and the suspense of seeing how all the pieces finally come together.

Adams has created a protagonist that is very flawed and very sympathetic.  Part of the pleasure of this novel is the experience of watching her grow in complexity and strength.  Other characters, while also flawed, are multidimensional and believable.  While this novel is a thriller in every sense of the word, this story, with its heartbreak and richly-drawn characters, is likely to stay with you long after you close the book.  Highly recommend!   4.5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read the electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I thought this was a fast-paced, disorientating read, with a multi-layered main character.

The fact that Chloe can’t remember anything of her previous life adds an immediate sense of fear and suspicion into this book, and the overwhelming presence of the unknown throughout is almost suffocating. She’s a very interesting main character, and as the reader finds out more about her past life, I felt that there was a real disconnect between herself before and after the crash that the story revolves around. Chloe almost seems like a different person, but it really works well. Towards the end, the two sides of Chloe definitely start to join and work together to show who she really is, and I loved this sense of piecing together throughout.

Her family are also well written, and her dad is the most interesting yet damaging character. His actions are truly bizarre at times, and it seems like he only views his daughter as a clinical patient, rather than have an actual connection with her. I thought that this really highlighted the trauma Chloe was going through, and the secrets he keeps from her are honestly mind-boggling. I struggled to believe that anyone would genuinely keep these things secret, but for the sake of letting the suspense and fear build up, I went along with it. Her mum and sister definitely deserved more time, I couldn’t really understand why they didn’t team up and go against her dad, and I don’t feel that the relationship between them and the dad was properly explored. It felt rather assumed that he was so controlling they were unable to argue back, but this seems pretty easily resolved by the end…

I guessed who the ‘villain’ was pretty early on, but it felt so obvious that perhaps the reader was meant to know, as it got really frustrating (in a good way) that Chloe was unable to see it herself. Despite guessing who was responsible, I didn’t actually figure out the events that occurred to get to the crash itself, and it was definitely a good twist and a great ending.
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Chloe Daniels was in a terrible car accident, but when she wakes up, she has no idea who she is or who the people around her are. Not only has Chloe lost her memory, but she has also lost her son in this terrible accident. With flashes of what could have happened that night, Chloe is determined to find out the truth. But her family keeps filling her head with falsehoods that are hindering her from finding out what is really going on. Still weak from her accident and still unsure which memories are real and which have been implanted, Chloe set out to find out what happened that night and who she was then and who she is today. 

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

First of all, I don't know what I would do, if I woke up one day and had no idea who I was or who the people around me were. Then to find out that my family had been keeping secrets from me and trying to rewrite my history, that would make me go berserk. But Chloe is able to keep her composure long enough to discover what is really going on. 

The book started off a little slow for me, but about half way through the story picked up and I couldn't put it down after that. Lots of ups and downs and twists and turns. When you find out the truth, it's really hard to believe. At first I was sure I knew what was going on, but towards the end, I found out I was very wrong. Chloe remembers nothing, but in her dreams she sees flashes of what could have happened. Are these dreams real, or are the manifestations? From what her family and the police tell her, they can't be real, but it feels true to her core. Chloe will go against everyone that is trying to "protect" her in order to protect herself.
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I requested to read this book because I have been in a reading rut where I am only reading the same type of book and wanted something NOT so romantic.  I was not disappointed!  This book is filled with suspense, lies, murder, stalking, and a whole lot of other things.  Chloe wakes up from a month long coma and has know idea who the people are claiming to be here family.  This alone would freak anyone out but then as she begins to heal and have flashes of memories resurfacing, she begins to realize that her family has been lying to her.  She finds out that her own life was very complicated and her father who has been helping her try to regain her memories has possibly been removing them and creating false ones with a new type of experimental therapy.  The more Chloe learns/remembers about herself the more she starts thinking the car accident that caused the coma may have been intentional.  

I don't want to go into too much detail and spoil anything for you but you absolutely should pick up a copy of this new release.  Just maybe don't be alarmed if you read it before bed like I did and start having weird dreams. This is gonna be 5 stars for me for sure.
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I loved the idea of this book far more than the actual book. While the writing was good and I liked the characters I had a lot of issues with the plot. Firstly, it got boring and a bit repetitive. When someone lies to you it takes a while before you are open to listening to them again, even if they tell you something shocking. Yet despite that Chloe goes back to the same person over and over despite each new lie. That was really frustrating for me. I also saw the culprit (its not a murder mystery really but there is a definite villain in this story, actually more than one but that’s debatable) coming from a mile away. I usually don’t guess so the fact that it was obvious to me kind of ruined it a little bit for me. However, I thought the ending was really well done so I’m still open to trying books from this author in the future!
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Although the description of this book sounds good this just didn’t grab me. I found this to be very slow going and the characters stiff.  There was really no character development. In my opinion it took far too long to get to the meat of the story and when it did it was just suddenly there. Unfortunately I was disappointed with this.
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It took me a while to finish this book. While it is my normal thriller type book, I really just couldn't get into it.
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This book should be packed in your holiday bag or you should just get it for a rainy day. It is everything you hope from a book with a story like this. There are multiple suspects, people that are supposed to be helping but from whom you are not sure they are and hope and happiness that come from strange places.
Chloe wakes up and while talking to the people in her surrounding you know immediately that something is not right. Her confusion, her struggle to get her memory back is obvious and it is easy to feel for her.
I did focus on the right suspect early on in the story but this did not ruin the developments. It did make me more focussed I think on some parts of the story that I picked up that might be overseen if you are on the wrong track. Be prepared to get angry at people you think are the allies.
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I was mesmerized by the suspenseful tone throughout this book!  Chloe was involved in a terrible car accident.  When she wakes up, she has no memory of what happened before or during the accident.  She only knows the little bits and pieces that her family has told her.  Although still weak from her injuries, she tries to piece together what really happened to get her life back.  The people surrounding Chloe all seem to have something mysterious and dark about how they are acting.  Unfortunately, Chloe is not strong enough to be on her own and is stuck with them.  The tone is set where it feels as if something terrible will happen any moment.  So many lies!
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Great book.  On the edge of my seat with who can be trusted. Between the Lies kept me guessing the whole time.  I will check out this author again for sure!
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In Between the Lies, Chloe Daniels wakes up after a car accident with no memory of who she is or how the accident happened. Her father happens to be a psychologist who specializes in memory, and he keeps her at home with their family, claiming that he's helping her get better. However, as memories begin trickling back in, Chloe realizes that they don't quite match up with what people are telling her, and she has no idea how to parse out the lies from the truth.

I love psychological thrillers, so this one seemed completely up my alley. It's a compelling concept and a solid thriller, but it never quite gripped me. I sympathized with Chloe's predicament. I thought her father was downright creepy, and the first few chapters revealed twist after twist, such that the reader is kept off-balance almost as much as Chloe is. Adams also does a good job in making it plausible how Chloe is unable to escape her family's home and figure out the truth on her own. But I think after a while, it just got a bit much, and the revelations in the first half of the novel started to lose my interest.

The novel did pick up in the second half, when Chloe connects with a friend and starts delving into her own investigation of the truth. The bad guy and their motivation weren't too difficult to pinpoint and while Chloe's cluelessness was understandable, it also did get a bit irritating after a while. Still, it was a solid, enjoyable read as layers are finally stripped away from the truth, and the novel speeds on towards its conclusion.


Thank you to St. Martin's Press for an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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Would there be anything more terrifying than waking up and not remembering who you were? 

When Chloe Daniels regains consciousness after a car accident, she doesn’t recognize her own family, and she isn’t sure they are telling her the full truth of what happened before her accident. The premise of this book is so chilling and suspenseful. It truly stands out from other books that deal with memory loss as well. Michelle Adams has a unique voice and perspective, and I enjoyed Between the Lies so much I purchased my own finished copy! This is a fantastic psychological thriller!


Chloe Daniels wakes in a hospital with no memory of what happened before. She doesn’t recognize her family. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t remember who she was. A car accident is what they told her. But now she is isolated at her family’s home, trying to regain her strength and sense of self. But things don’t quite add up. Her family isn’t telling her something. They are lying to her. And what about her father and his therapy sessions he conducts with Chloe? The more Chloe uncovers, the more she realizes she can’t trust those she is supposed to love the most.

Chloe is a truly fascinating character. As opposed to how readers connect with most leads, Chloe is actually sort of a non-character at the beginning. She doesn’t know exactly who she is or what her life is, so through the early part of the novel, we get to know Chloe as Chloe gets to know herself. It’s an interesting way to develop a character, because we are shocked by the details of her life we learn right along with her. We are placed in her shoes. 

As Chloe learns more about her life, there are these fascinating moments where Chloe’s moral compass kicks in and we see her doubt whether she was the type of person she wants to be. She is often shocked by behaviors or actions other describes, and without context, motive, and feelings, she doesn’t always know how to reconcile those stories with who she is now. It’s truly a fantastic and gripping way to learn about a character, seeing her question what she learns about herself. And all of that contributes to her confusion over who is lying to her—because what she hears about her life doesn’t sound like who she is at all. And maybe it isn’t who she is! 

I don’t want to say much else, because I don’t want to spoil any of Chloe’s stories, but I will say I loved this novel! Very suspenseful and unique, and Michelle Adams is so talented as a writer. It was so compelling learning about Chloe’s life as she does, trying to make sense of the stories she is told and the fragments of memories that come back to her. A fantastic thriller that readers will love!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for my copy of this book. Opinions are my own.
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