To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan

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To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan


Lucy Harper has a talent for invention…

She was nine years old when her brother vanished in the woods near home. As the only witness, Lucy’s story of that night became crucial to the police investigation. Thirty years on, her brother’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Now Lucy is a bestselling thriller writer. Her talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring fans. But her husband, Dan, has started keeping secrets of his own, and a sudden change of scene forces Lucy to confront some dark, unwelcome memories. Then Dan goes missing and Lucy’s past and present begin to collide. Did she kill her husband? Would she remember if she did?

Finally, Lucy Harper is going to tell us the truth.

Cross her heart.
And hope to die.

My Review:

The premise of this story was so good that I could not ignore the chance to read before publication. To Tell You the Truth (Century) by the bestselling author Gilly Macmillan has a narrator who is a very successful writer but when she was nine she was the only witness to her brother’s disappearance. He was never found.

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It has been thirty years since Teddy her brother disappeared without trace, but in the years since Lucy has grown to be a successful writer and is married to Dan, but Dan also is a writer except his career has gone in the opposite direction to Lucy’s.

Lucy has created one fictional character in her novels who is Eliza Grey, and this character has given Lucy all the success as a writer. Eliza seems to be a constant companion in Lucy’s mind. Constantly there. But Eliza has always been there since childhood. Lucy is haunted by her own past, what really happened to her brother? Lucy’s marriage to Dan is just ok, but spending a lot of time by herself and only Eliza for company. I am sure you are already beginning to form your own story of the couple by reading this.

Now suddenly her husband has disappeared, and there are similar traits to how her brother disappeared. Now suddenly Lucy’s past has returned with a vengeance. The couple are also living close to where her little brother disappeared all those years ago. The police are now looking for clues and also clues. Strap yourself in as you the reader are in for a rollercoaster of a twisting psychological thriller that knows no boundaries.

There is something really dark and sinister about this thriller and as a writer writing about a writer, I think Gilly Macmillan really must have been itching to write this novel.

I have to say that as a thriller is beautifully paced and a well-crafted novel with such powerful characters including one imaginary character that seems to play such a part. Just one word of warning! Once you pick this up you will really struggle to put it down.  Highly Recommended.

368 Pages.

Thank you Isabelle Ralphs (Penguin Random House) for the review copy of To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan

To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan was published by Century (Arrow Publishing) on 25th June 2020 and is available to pre-order through Waterstones, Amazon and through your local independent bookshop.



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The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves


The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves


A lifetime of love. Six months of silence. One last chance.

Frank hasn’t spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.

For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.

Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet, but it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.

Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?

With characters that will capture your heart, THE SILENT TREATMENT celebrates the phenomenal power of love and the importance of leaving nothing unsaid.

My Review:

My goodness what a book. What a story! The Silent Treatment (Century) is the tender and poignant debut novel by Abbie Greaves. Frank and his wife Margot have been married for forty years. It is the perfect love story, a couple so devoted to each other. But then something happened and Frank has stopped speaking and has not spoken a word for six months to his wife.


What has driven Frank to this point after forty years of marriage and to a woman he loves? How is Maggie coping with the silent treatment? The story moves between the past and the present and we see how they met and fell in love and so devoted to each other. Everybody has a breaking point and if you are being ignored for as long as Maggie has sooner or later something has to give.

It is only when Maggie is found on the kitchen floor with an empty packet of pills beside her that Frank suddenly realises the gravity of the situation and when she is placed into an induced coma Frank cannot leave her side. Now Frank pours his heart out to his wife while she lies in a coma and he begins to tell her his story of what made him withdraw from her. But is it too late for Frank? And if Maggie does recover will this mend her broken heart.

Abbie Greaves has created the perfect story of love and tragedy and her creation of two characters that will have you drawn into their lives and their story. Tender and so beautifully crafted. A story will not forget.



 336 Pages.

Thank you to Midas PR for the review copy of The Silent Patient by Abbie Greaves.

The Silent Patient by Abbie Greaves was published by Century and was released on 2nd April 2020 and is available through Waterstones, Amazon and through your local independent bookshop.