Kerry Fisher always seems to exceed my expectations with her stories, writing style and wit. This book held me spell bound and even with its 316 pages, I was through with it in one day despite all I was doing.
The story is about Lydia who is married to Mark with two kids and they have a pretty normal life together. The problem is that there is a big secret from Lydia’s past she has never told her husband or anybody else in her life. Lydia and her parents moved far away from their past and have never looked back probably hoping that it would never rear it’s ugly head but some things in life always have a way of showing up when you least expect it. When Sean (Lydia’s first love) moves to town with his family, it threatens Lydia’s perfect new life. The fear of being revealed drives Lydia into more deceit and in the end almost costs her everything she has worked so hard for (Trying not to give spoilers)
This story really got me thinking about how easy it is for two people to be in a relationship for years and still not really know much about themselves. Even a relationship as close as a marriage. At different times while reading this story I was so frustrated with Lydia as I kept on hoping (literarily screaming into the pages of my book) that she would tell Mark (a great husband, friend and father) the truth about her past and free herself from the guilt and pain but the thing is, the longer you stay back from telling the truth about anything, the harder it is to come clean. One little lie can spiral into a huge monster you can not control. Lydia had been married to Mark for about 20 years and this is too long a time to keep such a secret. I would have loved to blame her mother who was overbearing, judgmental and who constantly ensured that Lydia never forgot she was to blame for all that happened in their lives and she owed the family to keep her mouth shut. However, Lydia on the other hand, knew her husband well enough to know that he would have accepted her for who she was so I ultimately blame her.
I loved almost everything about this story. I only wished I could read faster so I would get to the end and know how it all ended as the suspense nearly killed me. Fortunately, I did get to the end and It was worth my time. The down side for me was that It seems to be the same theme as my last Kerry Fisher read ‘The Secret Child’. Yes this is a different story with colorful characters but generally about the same thing – keeping secrets that come back to haunt you later in life.
I highly recommend this book and also all Kerry Fisher books available. I find her an incredible author and I rate this book 4.5 stars!
Published: April, 2016 by Bookouture
Purchase on www.amazon.com/afterthelie
Author: Kerry Fisher is the bestselling author of five novels, including The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. She is married with two children and her dog.