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This is such an excellent read I was hooked from page one and I read in three days, which is very unusual for me, especially lately I couldn t stop turning the pages until I found out whether Lucy Harper was telling the truth The storyline was so original and fresh and very clever and Lucy Harper is one of the best unreliable narrators I ve ever read in a thriller Highly recommended. Lucy Harper is a best selling author She has a secret that she has kept hidden for thirty years Her name had been Lucy Bewley and she lost her brother Teddy in the woods when she was just nine years old Teddy had never been found Lucy has been haunted by this ever since She had always denied knowing what had happened to her brother but her parents and the police thought she was hiding something She s now married to Dan, he k ows all about her past So she was shocked when Dan bought a mans Lucy Harper is a best selling author She has a secret that she has kept hidden for thirty years Her name had been Lucy Bewley and she lost her brother Teddy in the woods when she was just nine years old Teddy had never been found Lucy has been haunted by this ever since She had always denied knowing what had happened to her brother but her parents and the police thought she was hiding something She s now married to Dan, he k ows all about her past So she was shocked when Dan bought a mansion right on the edge of the woods where Teddy went missing Now Dan has gone missing and Lucy has to deal with the police again.This story is told from the past and present Lucy s husband Dan is controlling, manipulative, jealous of his wife s success but doesn t have a problem spending her money There s plenty of twists in this well written book The pace is steady It did take me a little while to to get into the book,but once I did I was hooked I needed to find out what had happened to Dan and Teddy This is a fantastic read.I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and the author Gilly Macmillan for my ARC in exchange for an honest EXCERPT Your work is compromised because it s commercial You gave up any integrity your writing might have had when you decided to write for this market It s so disappointing And don t even get me started on Detective Sergeant Eliza Grey She s a cliche if I ever met one Are you finished I asked Do you not see it How can you not see it Don t you ever despair that you ve sold out Or perhaps you can t see it I wonder about that sometimes I stared at him, hoping there was a way thos EXCERPT Your work is compromised because it s commercial You gave up any integrity your writing might have had when you decided to write for this market It s so disappointing And don t even get me started on Detective Sergeant Eliza Grey She s a cliche if I ever met one Are you finished I asked Do you not see it How can you not see it Don t you ever despair that you ve sold out Or perhaps you can t see it I wonder about that sometimes I stared at him, hoping there was a way those words could just retreat right back into his mouth and down into his stomach where the acid would fry them I was outraged that he would sit here in this house, that he d bought with my money, and suggest that writing thrillers was any easier than any other kind of novel, that I was a lesser writer because of it That I was inferior to him That Eliza was inferior That my readers were I stood and picked up my plate It gave me sweet pleasure to hurl it at the wall Dan ducked out of the way dramatically as it flew past him, though it would never have hit him, I m certain it wouldn t My towering outrage flew through the air with the plate, frisbeed alongside it, helped it create a deep dent in the plasterwork before shattering on the floor beside it, creating an unaccountable number of tiny shards like sharpened grains of spilled rice The steak landed on the kitchen surface with a dull smack and peppercorn sauce dripped down the handmade tiles I watched, with satisfaction, and thought, if this was in a book, depending on the scene, I might describe those as glutinous rivulets and that would be okay with my readers and me I hated Dan so very much in that moment ABOUT THIS BOOK To tell you the trutheverybody lies.Lucy Harper s talent for writing bestselling novels has given her fame, fortune and millions of fans It s also given her Dan, her needy, jealous husband whose own writing career has gone precisely nowhere.Now Dan has vanished But this isn t the first time that someone has disappeared from Lucy s life Three decades ago, her little brother Teddy also went missing and was never found Lucy, the only witness, helplessly spun fantasy after fantasy about Teddy s disappearance, to the detectives fury and her parents despair That was the start of her ability to tell a story a talent she has profited from greatly But now Lucy s a grown woman who can t hide behind fiction any longer The world is watching, and her whole life is under intense scrutiny A life full of stories, somebelievable than others Could she have hurt Teddy Did she kill Dan Finally, now, Lucy Harper s going to tell the truth.Cross her heart.And hope to die MY THOUGHTS This is my first encounter with Gilly Macmillan, and it won t be my last I read this over two nights it would have been one had my three year old grandson not kept me occupied all day my mind spinning, wondering, is this woman mad Did she kill her little brother Did she kill her husband Are we ever going to know the truth I didn t know if I could trust what she was telling me, or if she lived in the fantasy world where she creates her books The inability to trust plays a huge role in this book People Lucy thought she could trust, turn on her Even Eliza seems to be playing games with her And those neighboursthey all seem to have their own agendas Just because you re paranoid doesn t mean they re not watching you Sometimes it seems like everyone is watching Lucy And just who is MrElizaGrey Gilly Macmillan can certainly create atmosphere To Tell You the Truth is an excellent piece of writing The ending is unexpected and well done, the chapters short and taut ToTellYoutheTruth NetGalley We humans like to look at the dark side of things, don t we At the most twisted things We like that feeling of shock and horror It makes addicts of us THE AUTHOR She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in Northern California She studied History of Art at Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.Gilly lives in Bristol, UK with her family and writes full time DISCLOSURE Thank you to Random House, UK, Cornerstone, for providing a digital ARC of To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, , Instagram and my webpage Fiction isn t just what you find in books, it s the lies we tell ourselves The only way to avoid creating your own fiction is not to think at all Ever since she broke my heart with BURNT PAPER SKY, Gilly Macmilland has been on my list of favourite mystery writers Whilst all her books are vastly different, they share the same sense of tension and urgency that makes for a compulsive all night readathon It s funny how sometimes you just know within the first few pages that you re going tFiction isn t just what you find in books, it s the lies we tell ourselves The only way to avoid creating your own fiction is not to think at all Ever since she broke my heart with BURNT PAPER SKY, Gilly Macmilland has been on my list of favourite mystery writers Whilst all her books are vastly different, they share the same sense of tension and urgency that makes for a compulsive all night readathon It s funny how sometimes you just know within the first few pages that you re going to be in for a treat here it took only a couple of paragraphs to get me hooked.Lucy Harper, a crime writer whose main character has taken on a life of her own, must be one of the most disturbing and yet compelling women I have ever encountered in a mystery If you like an unreliable narrator, then rest assured that Macmillan has run with this theme and taken it to new heights On one hand, Lucy is a woman whose past is still haunting her She may have settled into a comfortable marriage, but her guilt and insecurities have always given Dan the upper hand in their marriage How would you feel if your husband bought a house with your money without consulting you Or, even worse, if the house was in the very neighbourhood of your worst childhood memories surrounding the disappearance of your baby brother, a fact that Dan is fully aware of So here is Lucy, a lonely woman, a bit frumpy, a bit insecure, tucked away in her studio working on a sequel to her famous Eliza Grey detective series Her fictional character Eliza has been with Lucy since childhood Starting off as her imaginary friend, Eliza has become a star in Lucy s novels and a key to her success On the shadow side of her fame, Eliza has taken on a life of her own, an almost flesh and blood quality who is with Lucy all the time Unlike Lucy, she is strong, focused and capable So can you blame Lucy if she lets Eliza take control sometimes when she needs her most When Dan disappears in the same mysterious way Lucy s brother did all those years ago, the police come looking for answers From here on, the book is a heck of a ride Tense and atmospheric, with a backdrop of the sinister woods bordering Lucy and Dan s property, the suspense and constant underlying thread of menace and danger had me reading late into the night I could not put this book down Could I trust Lucy Supported by a rich support cast of characters who are all hiding something themselves, and the mysterious figure of Eliza always hovering in the periphery, the tension gradually mounted to its satisfying finale I applaud the author for finding the perfect ending for this tale, which will keep the story in my mind for a long time to come.All in all, TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH was a fantastic read Taut, gripping, multi layered and unbearably tense, it constantly challenged my perception of reality and the trustworthiness of each and every character With the shadowy figure of Eliza, a fictional character, always hovering in the peripheries, the book took on a haunting quality that made me frantically turn the pages And whilst some writers may have been tempted to insert that infamous killer twist , the ending here was like a breath of fresh air and satisfying in every way Making TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH one of the best mysteries I have read this year, and cementing Gilly Macmillan firmly on my list of favourite mystery writers all the stars Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. blog facebook instagram This is a well written, psychological thriller that starts with a little girl, who arrives home in the early hours of the morning, covered in dirt and leaves and minus her little brother, Teddy.Alongside the chapters relating to the little girl, are the ones about the famous author and her husband, Dan Dan has dreams of also being a best selling author, but, his career is overshadowed by his famous wife.Then Dan also goes missing.What follows is an intricate web of lies and suspicion about whet This is a well written, psychological thriller that starts with a little girl, who arrives home in the early hours of the morning, covered in dirt and leaves and minus her little brother, Teddy.Alongside the chapters relating to the little girl, are the ones about the famous author and her husband, Dan Dan has dreams of also being a best selling author, but, his career is overshadowed by his famous wife.Then Dan also goes missing.What follows is an intricate web of lies and suspicion about whether Lucy is telling the truth or not.I found it to be a good read 3 , this is because, although it s well written, it didn t fully grab me throughout However, it s an easy read and I m sure will be a great success.Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to preview To Tell You The Truth is the fourth stand alone novel by British author, Gilly Macmillan Best selling author of the DS Eliza Grey books, Lucy Harper has just completed the fifth book in this very popular series Surely a cause for celebration But Lucy is a little nervous Her agent will soon discover that Lucy has taken a brave step with the latest book, and he might not be too pleased how na ve I had been when I first got published How I hadn t realised what a treadmill I was stepping on To Tell You The Truth is the fourth stand alone novel by British author, Gilly Macmillan Best selling author of the DS Eliza Grey books, Lucy Harper has just completed the fifth book in this very popular series Surely a cause for celebration But Lucy is a little nervous Her agent will soon discover that Lucy has taken a brave step with the latest book, and he might not be too pleased how na ve I had been when I first got published How I hadn t realised what a treadmill I was stepping on to How the sheer pace of it, and the exhaustion, eroded your confidence and then chipped away at your sanity, how it made you vulnerable because the books crowded every corner of your brain, every minute of every day, until your main character stepped off the page and compromised your real life, which made you feel crazy Eliza has been with Lucy all her life, playing, sharing, advising, telling her what to do and say Eliza is Lucy s alone no one else can see or hear her She was with Lucy that night of the Summer Solstice when her little brother Teddy disappeared And then Eliza became her muse, her star character But by the third book, she becamereal to Lucy, maybe a little too real In this fifth book, Eliza had been incapacitated, much to her indignation and anger While Lucy has been wholly absorbed in creating the source of their future income, her husband, Dan has been doing some anticipatory spending, but Lucy truly wonders, when the purchase is revealed, how he could ever have imagined it could meet with her approval As for his newest literary project, it s not until much later that Lucy discovers just what he has been up to.Macmillan s sixth novel is brilliantly plotted red herrings, twists and surprises keep the reader guessing as the story races to a nail biting climax The present day story is interspersed with a second person narrative relating the events of the summer of 1991 when three year old Teddy Bewley vanished, never to be seen again The story is so cleverly constructed that the reader will be asking themselves Is Lucy an unreliable narrator, or is her apparent paranoia well founded Is she a consummate liar or just an inventive story teller Is she a murderer, or is she a victim As always, this author has a way with words The familiarity felt disorientating, like seeing a face you think you recognise before realising it s your own Aged, subtly changed, but bearing traces of everything you ever lived through, even the things you want to forget Once again, Macmillan does not disappoint.This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Random House UK Lucy Harper is a best selling author She has a secret that she s kept hidden for thirty years Her name had been Lucy Bewley and she had ,most her brother Teddy in the woods when she was just nine years old Teddy had never been found Lucy has been haunted by this ever since She had always denied knowing what had happened to her brother but her parents and the police thought that she was hiding something Shes now married to Dan, he knows all about her past So she was shocked when Dan bought Lucy Harper is a best selling author She has a secret that she s kept hidden for thirty years Her name had been Lucy Bewley and she had ,most her brother Teddy in the woods when she was just nine years old Teddy had never been found Lucy has been haunted by this ever since She had always denied knowing what had happened to her brother but her parents and the police thought that she was hiding something Shes now married to Dan, he knows all about her past So she was shocked when Dan bought a mansion right on the edge of the woods were Teddy went missing Now Ben has gone missing and Lucy has to deal with the police again.This story is told 8n the past and present Lucy s husband Dan was controlling, manipulative, jealous of his wife s success but doesn t have a problem spending her money There s plenty 9f twists in this well written ook The pace is steady It did take me a little while to get into the book, ut once I did I was hooked I needed to find out what had happened to Danand Teddy This is a fantastic read I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK and the author Gilly Macmillan for my ARC in exchange for an honest review To tell you the truth was my first Gilly Macmillan read and a pretty enjoyable one, although truth be told that may be in part cause I love stories where the main character is a writer him herself.When Lucy was a kid her little brother Teddy went missing and police suspected she wasn t telling the truth about what happened that night Now she is a bestselling thriller writer and is married to Dan, another aspiring writer When Dan goes missing history seems to be repeating itself Was she invo To tell you the truth was my first Gilly Macmillan read and a pretty enjoyable one, although truth be told that may be in part cause I love stories where the main character is a writer him herself.When Lucy was a kid her little brother Teddy went missing and police suspected she wasn t telling the truth about what happened that night Now she is a bestselling thriller writer and is married to Dan, another aspiring writer When Dan goes missing history seems to be repeating itself Was she involved in his disappearance As the story unfolds we find some of the typical tropes of this genre Unreliable narrator Gaslighting Despicable husband I seem to be on a roll of books with despicable husbands.I found interesting Lucy s character and her interactions with Eliza Is she just a fictional character brought to life by her creator or is Lucy suffering from split personality This was tense and gripping all throughout the story but the ending fell a bit flat and weak for me as it felt a little out of the blue I would have like for the resolution to beof a link between both past and present lines and to have some answers to some secondary plots that were left hanging there Also that last chapter left some things open to reader s interpretation.Overall it was a well written, quick and easy read that kept me guessing till the end so I would recommend it no doubt.Thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK Cornerstone for providing and eARC in exchange for an honest review I do love a Gilly MacMillan book, she always delivers the goods To Tell You The Truth was a fantastic read, full of twists and unlikeable characters that the ending was not at all predictable I read this over 2 nights, completely lost in the story.Lucy Harper was 9 years old when her 3 year old brother went missing in the woods near her home He has never been found and it has left her traumatised She is now a successful crime writer and her books sell millions Her husband goes behind her ba I do love a Gilly MacMillan book, she always delivers the goods To Tell You The Truth was a fantastic read, full of twists and unlikeable characters that the ending was not at all predictable I read this over 2 nights, completely lost in the story.Lucy Harper was 9 years old when her 3 year old brother went missing in the woods near her home He has never been found and it has left her traumatised She is now a successful crime writer and her books sell millions Her husband goes behind her back and buys them a new home, right near the woods from her childhood After they move in things are not good between them, and then he goes missing and she is the prime suspect Thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read ^Free Pdf ☙ To Tell You the Truth ⇱ The Acclaimed Author Of The Nanny, The Perfect Girl, And What She Knew A Writer To Watch Publishers Weekly Returns With Another Serpentine Thriller That Is A Potent Blend Of Atmosphere, Tarnished Memories, Mystery, And Twisty Secrets From The PastBestselling Mystery Writer Lucy Harper S Talent For Invention Has Given Her Fame, Fortune, And An Army Of Adoring Readers It Has Also Saddled Her With Dependents, Namely Her Fawning Husband DanWhen Dan Suddenly Goes Missing, His Disappearance Evokes Dark Memories That Take Lucy Back Than Thirty Years To The Day Her Brother Vanished Without A Trace That S When Lucy Began Conjuring Stories The Police Investigation Revealed Few Confirmed Details, So She Created Tales To Fill In The Gaps, To Explain What Happened That Day Her Brother Disappeared And Young Lucy Was The Only WitnessNow Decades Later, With The Whole World Watching, Lucy S Past And Present Are Colliding, And This Bestselling Author Skilled In Telling Stories Is Losing Control Of Her Own Narrative Where Is Dan What Happened To Lucy S Brother And Is The Brilliant Mystery Writer An Expert In Devising Red Herrings And Hidden Clues Revealing All She Knows About Both Disappearances With Twists And Turns, Gilly Macmillan Reveals The Answers In This Clever And Compulsively Readable Mystery Sure To Thrill Fans Of Ruth Ware And Shari LaPena