All the Beautiful Lies

All the Beautiful Lies

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Harry Ackerson has always considered his stepmother Alice to be sexy and beautiful. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years. Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it's suicide. Returning home to Maine, Harry and Alice will help each other pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father. Grace McGowan claims to be new to the area, but Harry suspects she is not a complete stranger to his family. Alice begins to come on to him in a clearly sexual way. Soon Harris fears that both women are hiding dangerous secrets... and that neither one is telling the truth. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062427052
Branch Call Number: Fic Swan
Characteristics: 285 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 16, 2020

What a fast paced book with constant action. There was a lot of underlying insights in the novel including how pivotal events in childhood have an effect on people as grownups and how people change over time in life and relationships. There was an interesting twist near the end on the murders, which was a little bit predictable.

Jun 19, 2019

2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
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This novel was just okay for me. Even with the controversial subject matter (think: Lolita) I didn't find it that interesting. I enjoyed Swanson's last book so was interested in trying this one. I did really like the cover.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Apr 10, 2019

I returned it without completing it so my rating is based on about 70 pages. Seemed seedy and unpleasant and had no interest in any where it would take me...

DOMESTICAT Apr 26, 2018

This book was difficult to finish. The only likeable character is Harry. I read until the end to see what happened but it was tough. I loved The Kind Worth Killing but I can’t really recommend this Peter Swanson novel.

Apr 02, 2018

The books is indeed filled with lies -- the lies we tell ourselves to push the reset switch and the lies we tell others. Oh what a tangled web we weave. . . Told from multiple POVs it is difficult to find a character besides young Harry to root for and even he seems to be stuck in one rut after another. In the end there seems to be a poetic justice that prevails despite the attempts to flee from past sins.


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