The Lying Club by Annie Ward

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A tangled web of lies draws together three women in this explosive thriller of revenge, murder and shocking secrets

At an elite private school nestled in the Colorado mountains, Natalie, an office assistant, dreams of having a life like the school moms she deals with every day. Women like Brooke—a gorgeous heiress, ferociously loving mother and serial cheater—and Asha, an overprotective mom who suspects her husband of having an affair. Their fates are bound by the handsome assistant athletic director Nicholas, whom Natalie loves, Brooke wants and Asha needs.

But when two bodies are carried out of the school one morning, it seems the tension between mothers and daughters, rival lovers, and the haves and have-nots has shattered the surface of this isolated, affluent town—where people stop at nothing to get what they want.

Don’t miss Annie Ward’s other twisty and utterly original thriller, Beautiful Bad! 

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Available Today – March 22, 2022!

This was my first novel by Annie Ward and it won’t be my last! The book opens with with a bang and we have 2 bodies found in the school’s gymnasium. Obviously the big question is, who are the 2 bodies? Students? Parents? Teachers?

The novel then goes through a bit of a painful history, where we jump back a couple months to see what led to the big event. The history follows 3 women – 2 parents and the office administrator. I found this to be the most painful part of the novel because I didn’t like any of the 3 characters. The parenting was very much lacking in the novel and there were times that the teenagers were better behaved than the parents.

Once I got to the 70% mark of the novel, I was hooked. I had some idea of what was going to happen but not how or why. I also enjoyed that there was a months after epilogue where we got to see some closure on the characters.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. A slow burn mystery that I eventually found myself not able to put down. Will be checking out Annie Ward’s past and future novels!

Thank you to Netgallery and Harlequin Trade Publishing, Park Row for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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