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Everyone Here Is Lying

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3.5 stars

Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena is a psychological thriller about a missing child.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Penguin Random House and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:    (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
William Wooler comes home in a bit of a snit after Nora (the woman he is having an affair with), broke up with him.  Thinking he will have some time alone, he finds his nine-year-old daughter Avery is home, having been kicked out of choir practice.  Avery is a troubled and somewhat disagreeable child, and although her mom coddles her, William does not.  His anger takes over, his temper flares.  He is immediately repentant, but can't make Avery see that, so he gets in the car and drives off.  But that is the last anyone sees of Avery, and William is not too forth-coming about his actions.

Soon the police are involved, and William, of course, is found out.  He is their first suspect.  He is not, however, their last.  An anonymous witness comes forward and accuses another neighbours' son.  But there are a lot of people lying in this neighbourhood, and families will be destroyed.

Meanwhile, Avery is still missing.

My Opinions:
Well, after a slow and somewhat disappointing start, things picked up.  I'm not fond of books about affairs, or about children, so this didn't look promising.  As well, I didn't really like ANY of the characters, and had an idea where this was headed almost from the start.

However, it was still entertaining. It just goes to show you that sometimes the topics don't matter if the story is good!   And the writing and twists were really good.

It was also a fairly fast read....because it was hard to put down!

So, overall, despite all my complaining...I enjoyed it.
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It was a slow start for me but once I got into the book. I absolutely loved it. The plot was gripping and I just wanted to keep going. The suspense, the writing style and characters were all a perfect mix to create such a good thriller book. Definitely recommend.
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Another Shari Lapena I couldn’t put down! 
She still remains one of my favorite authors that I always recommend to those looking for a thriller with twists you don’t see coming.
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3.5 Stars

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I totally forgot I had requested this book until it was blowing up on Instagram and I was like I think I have this one ahha and I did. I love the cover because of the colours. And I was really drawn to the premise. Once reading, it was okay, the pace was decent. I just didn’t really find the twist to be that twisty. I had figured it out about half way in. The very ending was a bit intriguing, I’m wondering if there will be a sequel.
I would recommend this book to newer mystery/thriller readers.
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I really enjoy Shari Lapena's novels and Everyone Here Is Lying was no exception. 

The cast of characters wasn't too large, but I was doubting everyone. I kept second guessing myself and was wondering how the characters would tie in together. I loved that I didn't guess the ending at all and there were lots of shockers thrown in even when I thought everything was tied up. 

Thank you to Netgallery and Penguin Random House Canada, Doubleday Canada for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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While I did appreciate many aspects of this thriller, it was not my favorite of Shari’s. 
It did have some exciting parts and some twists to keep the reader guessing, but the end was fairly predictable. I found the switch between characters abrupt and hard to follow at times. Overall the twists kept my attention til the end, but I was disappointed that it ended when it did without further explanation.
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How well do you really know your neighbours? Who’s hiding what secrets? Throughout Shari Lapenas, everyone here is lying, we discover that things aren’t always what they seem and we quickly learn to trust no one. Where did 9 year old Avery disappear to? Who took her? What were their reasons. As we go through the neighbourhood list, we start to suspect everyone and they all seem to have a motive. This book begs the point if things aren’t always what they seem and allow the reader to imagine how every little indiscretion can lead to unimaginable outcomes
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I have loved Shari Lapena's other books and was very excited to receive an eARC from Penguin Random House Canada, Doubleday Canada and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I loved the writing style and the multiple points of view. I felt that the characters immediately drew you in and kept you guessing as to who was lying and who was telling the truth right until the very end!

All of the twists were great, although I did guess some of them as the book went along, but others I had no idea, I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to her next!

Look for this book on shelves July 25, 2023.
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Everyone Here is Lying is a story of a missing little girl, and a neighbourhood full of suspects. With so many possibilities, and everyone denying involvement, who is the culprit?

This book creates a strong cast of characters who's lives are all woven together through various means. The author's writing creates a number of reasonable suspects that keeps you guessing the whole time. 

Overall I enjoyed this book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.
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I’m a huge fan of Shari Lapena, and this book met all my expectations. In the peaceful Stanhope neighborhood, two neighbors, William Wooler and his lover Nora, have just ended their affair. When William returns home seeking solace, he’s met with his 9-year-old daughter, Avery, who’s home early from school. An argument ensues, and William storms out. But when Avery mysteriously disappears, William is desperate to keep his affair and his return home a secret. However, vigilant neighbors are watching, and secrets begin to unravel.

The book’s pace is exhilarating, and the storytelling is masterful. It’s brimming with layers of deception and falsehoods, and the unexpected twist caught me by surprise. The characters are deeply flawed, leaving you to trust no one. It’s the perfect suspense novel for a day by the pool!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I did not finish this one, it was not for me, I couldn't relate to the characters, and just did not care for the story.
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What a fabulous book! It's been highly recommended to my readers and fans. Shari Lapena's books are highly regarded and loved around here!
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I am a big Shari Lapena fan and have recommended The Couple Next Door to so many people. She has a really unique writing style and a way of keeping the reader guessing until the last few chapters.

That said, Everyone Here Is Lying was not for me and I don’t think it was Shari’s best. The premise was solid and the first half of the book was good. However, I found it confusing to follow the multiple character perspectives in each chapter, and the big reveal of what happened to Avery seemed unrealistic and fell flat for me.

Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Random House Canada, Doubleday Canada and Shari Lapena for an advanced copy. These are my honest thoughts.
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This new book gives a lot of alternate motives to the missing child story…so many possibilities.. however seemed slightly repetitive in some ways, and the suspect was a surprise.
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Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic copy of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. 
I love domestic thrillers by Shari Lapena and her newest, “Everyone Here is Lying”, did not disappoint. A missing child, infidelity, two broken homes and the secrets that led to it all are the backbone of Lapena’s novel. 
Nine-year-old Avery Wooler is missing. After an argument with her father, Dr. William Wooler, no one has seen or heard from the young girl. Both of her parents are frantic to have her returned and the police soon start receiving too many leads to count. Of course, William is suspected and although he is desperate to prove his innocence, doing so will destroy his family. It seems that everyone in the neighbourhood may have had a reason to abduct young Avery, and one of them most certainly did. Is Avery still alive? Is young Avery paying for the “sins of her father”?
“Lying” is addictive and pulse-pounding, with every character a suspect, and Lapena crafts a plethora of unexpected twists and turns throughout. The novel is narrated by just about everyone in the neighbourhood, or at least the most relevant ones, but the story still manages to flow well, allowing the reader to keep track of the plot from the onset. 
I had many different opinions on what happened to Avery, and of course, leave it to Lapena to leave me second (and third)- guessing myself until the final twist delivered the surprising ending! I read so many novels in this genre, it is rare that I come across one where I cannot already predict the outcome and yet, Lapena’s “Lying” managed to do just that. 
The novel is a quick read, with chapters that leave you gasping. The characters, even young Avery herself, are likable one minute and despicable the next, allowing the reader’s suspicion to grow, which is how Lapena pulls her audience in and leaves them speculating. Was it the renowned doctor husband/father, William, who got into a heated argument with his daughter minutes before she vanished? Was it one of the two teenage neighbour boys, who were both seen with Avery the days before? Maybe someone else entirely? Any of these plot lines are believable, and yet Lapena manages to somehow create the best possible outcome that leaves readers completely satisfied. 
I have read four books of Lapena’s seven, so I have some catching up to do! I always enjoy Lapena’s suspenseful novels, and I look forward to her next release!
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Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

The title of this book is correct; it feels like every single character in this book is unreliable.  Nine year old Avery was sent home early from school for misbehaving.  Avery's father William, was having an affair that ended unceremoniously leaving him heading home early.  William is surprised to see Avery in the kitchen as she doesn't have a key and things go downhill fromt here.  After an altercation with her father, who then leaves the home Avery suddenly goes missing. This small community is thrown for a loop when they realize that one of their own is gone. Everyone is suspect, the rumours and innuendo start right from the start. Did William do something to Avery, was it one of the neighbourhood boys, or did Avery just run away?  Great plot, twists and a great ending.
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I’m a huge fan of this author, however this was not my favourite of theirs. I did find it to be a bit slow burning, and repetitive in spots. All in all, still a good read.
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As a big Shari Lapena fan, I was very excited to receive an ARC for her latest work. Thank you! Everyone Here is Lying tells a thrilling story, one that kept you at the end of your seat. The way Lapena gets you to care and hate for her characters is extremely well done. The best part of this novel? The extremely satisfying ending!
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The ever masterful domestic thriller writer Shari Lapena has done it again. She has crafted a novel that drew me in on the first page and kept my mind in overdrive the whole way through. Everyone Here is Lying is definitely my favourite Shari Lapena book. Although I do say that about every book of hers I read, but this time I really mean it. 

9 year old Avery goes missing. The last person to see her was her father, William a prominent and well respected doctor. The only problem is, when the Police arrive to investigate Avery’s disappearance, William neglects to tell the police and his family that he saw Avery at home after school. You William has a secret and if he confesses to being the last one to see Avery alive, it will ruin him. But William is not the only one keeping secrets and telling lies but he is the one who has the most to loose if his lies come to the surface. 

This book is full of classic Shari Lapena twists and turns, fast paced plot and suspense. There were several unlikeable characters, which was definitely the authors intent. I was definitely surprised by the plot twist. I didn’t think the book would end the way it did. If you love a fast paced, who done it, page turning thriller then I highly recommend you read Everyone Here is Lying. 

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada, Netgalley and Shari Lapena for my electronic arc. 

Pub date: July 25, 2023
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I dislike leaving less than glowing reviews and will be the first to admit that I am not very good at it.  This book left me feeling like I'm looking at a couple of families in a neighbourhood I care nothing about.  The "twists" amount to little more than scenarios to pack more lies into.  I see more relatable "drama" in shopping trips into the city.
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