The Darkest Lies Barbara Copperthwaite

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A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.
Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…


I love Barbara Copperthwaite, and recommend her books to everyone.

After reading Flowers for the Dead, which is one of my all time favourite reads, I couldn’t wait for The Darkest Lies.

Melanie’s daughter, Beth,  has disappeared and her search for her is one that strikes fear in every mothers heart. I honestly don’t know how Barbara managed to ‘get inside’ Melanie but she truly did and this is novel that is brilliant. traumatic and tense.

The Oaks are a perfect family,  but what happens is absolutely terrifying, and Barbara, with her vivid imagination and poised pen has written the perfect thriller.   I was completely gripped from the start.

With a few little twists along the way, it will delight and intrigue fans of Copperthwaite,

The Darkest Lies is another I will be recommending and one I loved.





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