"Lies and the ensuing confusion"
Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted May 30, 2017
ALL THE LIES WE TELL is the first book in the Quarry Road
Series that involves lies throughout a family that spans
several years. There are two sets of siblings that live right
across from each other. There were unacknowledged or unspoken
feelings that lead to messy situations of betrayal, longing
and loss. When tragedy happens things become even more
complicated and cause people to make decisions that causes
pain all around. Megan Hart writes a story that shows how
sibling rivalry can change a relationship and how an absent
parent changes an individual's perspective. There is some
dysfunction involved due to the fact that no one actually
admits to feelings which only leads to decisions made where
none of them are happy.
Alicia Harrison and Ilya Stern decide to marry after a tragic
loss, which becomes very obvious to be a mistake. Even though
they get a divorce they are still in each others life. They
are neighbors because they each are living in the homes they
grew up in, which happens to be across the street from each
other. In addition to that they run a business together.
This really is a strange relationship.
Things really become strange when Ilya's brother Nikolai
returns home when their grandmother dies. The story begins to
reveal the lies all of them have been telling. Throughout
the story Megan Hart returns to the past and slowly reveals
the various lies. The absent mother returns and it's obvious
that there is a strained relationship between her and her
There are more lies to be revealed that will undoubtedly come
to light in the next book. I'm still not sure what I feel
about this story. Every one of these people are so messed up
about their feelings and when the absent mother shows up it
adds more confusion. But I'm willing to read ALL THE SECRETS
WE KEEP to find out.
Everyone knew Alicia Harrison’s marriage to Ilya Stern
wouldn’t last. They’d grown up on a remote stretch of Quarry
Street, where there were two houses, two sets of siblings,
and eventually, a tangled mess of betrayal, longing, and
loss. Tragedy catapulted Allie and Ilya together, but
divorce—even as neighbors—has been relatively uncomplicated.
Then Ilya’s brother, Nikolai, comes home for their
grandmother’s last days. He’s the guy who teased and fought
with Allie, infuriated her, then fled town without a
good-bye. Now Niko makes her feel something else entirely—a
rush of connection and pure desire that she’s been trying to
quench since one secret kiss years ago. Niko’s not sticking
around. She’s not going to leave. And after all that’s
happened between their families, this can’t be anything more
than brief pleasure and a bad idea.
But the lies we tell ourselves can’t compete with the truths
our hearts refuse to let go…
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