Imagine you’ve finally escaped the worst relationship of your life, running away with only a suitcase and a black eye. Imagine your new next-door neighbours are the friends you so desperately needed – fun, kind, empathetic, very much in love. Imagine they’re in trouble. That someone is telling lies about them, threatening their livelihoods – and even their lives. Imagine your ex is coming for you.

If your new best friends needed you to tell one small lie, and all of these problems would disappear, you’d do it, wouldn’t you?

It’s only one small lie, until someone turns up dead…

What a cracker of a read. To say I just couldn’t put it down would be an understatement. Especially when a cute white dog called Dusty is involved. Every time the dog was threatened I just had to keep reading. And what a massive twist at the end – following all the other twists throughout this fab book.

So why only 4 stars (see Goodreads and NetGalley) I hear you ask? There were some parts I found a little unbelievable. Some suspension of disbelief. Does no-one ever go to the police when they are being threatened? How do you trust your neighbours with your life when you’ve only known them a few weeks? Especially when they are a bit odd. And also the attitude to Ryan’s abuse was somehow not strong enough. I feel he should have been punished more and surely his sister Ellie knew more than she was letting on.

Never assume the narrator is reliable however plausible they might appear. And everyone else seems to be lying. Or are they telling the truth? There were so many things I failed to spot. So many twists I didn’t guess. A great book.

Many thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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