The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

Darkest Lies


To celebrate my first review on my new author page. I’m reviewing an author I have had the pleasure of meeting – who is so lovely and supportive and is one hell of a writer, If you are looking for an author that can deliver with every single book then Barbara Copperthwaite is the one for you. Every book she has written so far has been unique and gripping. This book had me reading until the early hours of the morning.


In this book, thirteen-year-old Beth is reported missing and then found brutally beaten. Beth’s Mum and Dad, Melanie and Jacob are left reeling in disbelief. They live in a close-knit community and Melanie begins to suspect everyone. The emotive writing is on point and as a reader, you can visualise the agony that the characters feel. It was interesting to read a novel from the parent’s perspective without knowing what the police are doing as other books I’ve read give us both points of view. As a result, I felt just as frustrated as Melanie and I don’t wonder she began to look for answers herself.


There is so much to love about this book. It has two threads of intrigue weaving through the book, misdirecting the reader and intensifying the tension. It was a very tense read and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The thing I love about the way Barbara Copperthwaite writes is that in this book, she had me questioning the culpability of everyone in the village, but it wasn’t frustrating. It drew me further into this world and I couldn’t wait to find out what really happened. The tension and intrigue in this book are well crafted.


The resolution in this book was very satisfying, however, I did feel that towards the end the plot split into two rather than being weaved together like it was in the beginning. However, I really enjoyed the vivid depiction of the village and the way Barbara has breathed life into the characters in the village. I can’t stop thinking about this story. It was a fantastic read and I just can’t wait to read Copperthwaite’s next gift to the crime/thriller genre.


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