Yes it’s the end of April… where have the last four months vanished to?! Well the last 6 weeks, days have merged into each other, haven’t they? To round off this first third of the year, I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Paul J Teague’s So Many Lies.
Big thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of So Many Lies.
When the Harrington family rent a private island to celebrate their dad’s 70th birthday, old lies resurface, resulting in murderous revenge …
It began with a family gathering – it ended in a bloodbath.
Ben Harrington is stuck.
He’s recently separated from his wife of over twenty years, leaving his almost adult son and daughter feeling angry and betrayed.
What’s more, his daughter Alice has cerebral palsy and he can’t forgive himself for letting her down when she needed him most.
Ben left the family house due to an ill-advised fling with Laura resulting in an unplanned pregnancy.
But all that is the least of Ben’s troubles.
It’s his dad Tony’s 70th birthday and he and his wife Susan have invited the family over to a remote tropical island in order to mark the occasion.
That should be cause for celebration, but there are terrible secrets lurking in the Harrington family which are about to burst out into the open – siblings Steve, Ben, Gaby and Richard are all caught up in this web of deceit.
So Many Lies follows the story of the Harringtons through a series of life-changing lies, dating back to 1979, and as the story builds towards the big celebration, so does the gravity of the lies which brought the family to where they are when we meet them in the book.
Thought your family was screwed up? Wait until you meet the Harringtons …
What Did I Think?
We all have the odd skeleton in the cupboard right? Something we’ve kept/keeping quiet? I bet it’s not on the scale of the Harringtons. They’ve all got secrets, some the size of a metatarsal and some on the scale of Dippy the Diplodocus. The question is… who knows what?!
I really liked the way the present day story was told from Ben’s point of view. Yes he’s made a bit of a mess of his life but in the grand scheme of things he’s the one who seems reasonably level headed out of the Harrington offspring. But he too has secrets …
I say present day story… yes Teague has interwoven sporadic chapters from the past into the timeline. These historic chapters are the building blocks behind a self made family. These chapters (as the book progresses) show the lengths people can go to maintain their business interests. These lengths are dark and totally grabbed my imagination alongside the idyllic desert island the family find themselves on for Papa Harrington’s 70th.
This is the third novel I’ve read by Teague and yet again, I’ve loved what he’s put down on the proverbial page. The build up to the party, the background stories of the Harrington’s murky past and that rather explosive and satisfying climax. This author has worked his way onto my watch list to stay and I’ll definitely be reading more of his books!
Who Is Paul J Teague?
Paul Teague writes thrillers, sci-fi and non-fiction books.
Writing as Paul J. Teague, he is the author of the Don’t Tell Meg and Morecambe Bay trilogies as well as several standalones such as Dead of Night, Now You See Her (with Adam Nicholls) and So Many Lies.
Paul is a former teacher, DJ, waiter and BBC radio producer, presenter and journalist.