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  • Our Little Lies

  • Written by: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (317 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. 

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. 

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia. 

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left. 

It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not "should I be jealous" but..."should I be scared?"

Fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller with a final twist to put their jaw on the floor will love Our Little Lies.

©2018 Sue Watson (P)2018 Bookouture

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Couldn’t get past the main character

I can’t stand the weak, pathetic, whiny female leads who demur and defer to men/husbands and other women characters, and act so insecure as to be so unlikeable in so many of these books - I couldn’t get past the first chapter despite multiple attempts. Had to return it.

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Fluffy entertainment

I accidentally listened to this twice. I guess that makes it both unmemorable and entertaining!

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Kept me coming back for more.

Really liked this book and the narrator. Many twists and turns kept me coming back for more.

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Page turner for me

Great book. Got better and better. Of course always a surprising twist at the end.

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what to even say...

The only reason I made it through this book was because of the narrator. The first half of this book is unbelievably annoying. Both main characters are insufferable. Marianne's inner dialogue drove me nuts, she literally repeated her thoughts and feelings over and over again. I wish we got to hear Simon's inner dialogue it would have at least broke up the monotony (even though he was turd). The twist didn't feel believable at all, I wasn't shocked or even interested at this point just annoyed with all the characters.

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A little long in the tooth, but good overall

This story was good, but it went on for far too long with little repetitive details. I actually increased speed to 1.20x to keep it moving.

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Excellent!

I loved this audiobook, it caught and held my interest throughout! The narrator was excellent and the ending was so satisfying!

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Suspenseful up until the end

I enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was excellent. I liked the author's detailed descriptions and language. I'll read her other books as well. Brava!

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Not as suspenseful as expected

Chose this book at random and am not overly thrilled with the choice. Parts of the book continued to drag on, beating it into you how horrible and manipulating Maryanne's marriage was to her husband. Far too many "hash tag" uses and became annoying to listen to. Would not recommend.

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amazing book

amazing book. loved the story and kept my interest through it the embryo book, it had no slow parts. characters were well rounded and the narration was done perfect. can't wait to read all of this authors books

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  • Jenn
  • 2018-10-13

WOW. FINALLY. BRAVO. 👏🏽👌🏽

Finally, a real and proper domestic mystery/thriller. Of all the other books I’ve been rating so high before this, I almost want to knock every single one of them down a star so my perfect rating for this book will be more meaningful.

This book was perfectly executed. It unfolded at a fantastic pace and webs were woven and clues were dropped EXQUISITELY. I listen to at least 2 audiobooks a week — literally, so there isn’t much I haven’t heard in audible in the domestic mystery/thriller genre. Sue Watson did a phenomenal job of leaving just the right amount of bread crumbs, not too big, not too small, not spaced too close together but also not too far apart, this is one of the best unfoldings of a mystery/thriller I have ever heard.

The whole book and storyline were amazingly unpredictable. I keep a book journal and I like to note my thoughts and guesses throughout a book so I can reflect and compare how and what I thought during and the ending. Chapter after chapter I assumed I had the storyline pegged and each time I was refreshingly incorrect. I was never ever once bored and I couldn’t stop listening.

I just LOVE intricately and intentionally placed clues and this book nails it. It’s so hard to get that balance right but as I said, the author knew what she was doing. If for whatever reason this book ends up getting rated low on audible, read reviews for the hard copy of the book. I think audiobooks have a whole set of other factors to scrutinize that have nothing at all to do with the books itself — such as a narrator ruining the tone or inaccurately representing moods, tones and voices.

I noticed the author’s other two books aren’t even in the same genre as this so I was even more impressed and I really hope she continues. And if she does I know she will perfect her storytelling even further.

Ok so let me get something out of the way that seems deterrent but isn’t because this book was so good the author could’ve gotten away with A LOT, but I can see how what I’m about to disclose (NOT a spoiler, don’t worry) would make someone roll their eyes...
So in the beginning the point is really hammered home about the wife acknowledging and the husband having a “god-complex” just because he is a cardiac surgeon. It was a repetition of Marianne reveling nonstop in any context possible about how perfect/enviable her life is because she is the wife of a surgeon. She definitely knew and admitted it was all superficial and there was a dark side. But it was almost as if the author was worried we might somehow not understand the extent to which we are supposed to think how fabulous being married to and having a family with a doctor is. However, all that easily becomes nothing as soon as you see how great the book moves along.

This books was organized and so carefully written and there was no moment whatsoever of disinterest or boredom — quite the opposite in fact. You may think you know what will happen but you’ll be oh so pleasantly mistaken. I highly, highly, highly recommend this book. Bravo Sue Watson, please, please keep these quality stories coming!!!

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  • PollyAnna2
  • 2018-10-18

I thought I knew...

Really well developed storyline, characters, and plot. Nearing the end, I thought I’d had it all figured out, and was almost disappointed that the ending was going to be another rush to finish, leaving loose ends, and too many unanswered questions. And then there was another sweet twist, to wrap it all up, and pull it all together.
Excellent narration, and even several witty remarks that had me giggle.
I’ll be looking for more from Sue Watson, and Katie Villa.

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  • Dephress
  • 2018-11-01

Couldn’t Finish It

I know I shouldn’t write a review having not finished the book, but I wanted to share my experience anyway. I listed to about 50% of this story before I just couldn’t take it anymore. Maybe the “twist” will redeem this story, but the journey to get to that point just isn’t worth it.

The protagonist is so unlikable the story is painful to listen to. The reader is supposed to believe that her willingness to marry a man two weeks into dating him despite the plethora of huge red flags is due to her childhood in the foster care system and her mother’s suicide. She’s damaged, the author wants us to think, so that explains her immense stupidity, her head-in-the-sand spinelessness and her self-esteem issues. But there’s a problem with this. She was also a stable, happy, independent person before she met her future husband, but was totally willing to ditch her entire life in order to be a wife and mother, despite near-constant abuse. She revels in believing his abusive rhetoric, agrees with him while he isolates her from her friends and demonizes her to her children. While these are things that people in abusive relationships contend with, the author does not provide any real reasons why our protagonist would so wholeheartedly go along with it. Her husband treats her like shit *constantly*. She gets nothing from the relationship that might cause her to stay. Nothing. We are supposed to believe that she is “deeply in love” with him, but at this point, why would she be? Although many abuse victims do love their abusers, this story lacks the nuance and complexity of a real relationship.

All this is to say that I just couldn’t stand to listen to any more of their toxic behavior. Husband treats wife like she is scum, wife wonders vaguely if husband might be wrong about her sometimes and then decides that her life is “perfect.” I can’t stick around for the “twist” that might make it all better. I just can’t.

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  • Caroline
  • 2018-10-29

Really maddening book

I usually agree with the majority of reviews on audible, but reading this book was a miserable experience. It's tiresome, rambling, manic. The narrator is a victim, but her character veers between two personalities in an unrealistic way. I love sick thrillers, but this isn't a thriller really. There's no mystery here. This is horrible abuse and it's apparent throughout.

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  • Zoey&Jaspers Mommy
  • 2018-10-17

A True Psychological Thriller!!! 5 ☆☆☆☆☆'s

This story was AMAZING!! Never a dull moment..gripping..thrilling..suspensful and extremely unputdownable! Clues are hidden throughout, but so subtle that they are very easily missed. Perfect ending and perfect narration by Katie Villa, as usual. Don't hesitate to spend a credit or the money on this book. I read 2-3 audiobooks per week in this exact genre, and have for the last 3 or so years. I can honestly say this is one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of 'reading'. This one will stick with you long after you have finished. Bravo!!! Will be recommending this one to all my book loving friends. I can't wait to see what this author writes next!!

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  • ilene
  • 2018-10-24

Terrible

Very long winded story with a ridiculous ending. Narrator is perfect but I would skip this one.

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  • Chef Susan
  • 2019-01-02

I braved it out for 6 chapters then gave up

This cringe-inducing story was so excruciatingly painful, I could not listen past chapter six. I kept waiting for some, or any plot elements to emerge. But, before I could wait it out, the cruelty of the husband in the story and the extreme anxiousness of the wife/narrator got to me.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2019-01-21

Don’t start this book

This book is really hard to listen to for all except maybe the last hour. The way the woman endured abuse from her psycho, controlling husband constantly got very old and frustrating. The last hour or so was more interesting but still not worth what you have to go through to get there.

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  • Lorax
  • 2018-10-30

So Boring

I am not sure how this book got so many good reviews. It was so dull, the first 90% of the book is the day to day of a woman obsessing over her husband. Nothing happens. At all. Not a thing. This book could easily have been a short story and been so much better.

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  • Lneele00
  • 2018-10-29

Predictable...slow build.. limited pay off

I just don’t get these rave reviews. I mean. I know I’ve read tons of these domestic thrillers but this story was very predictable... the “twists” aren’t too twisty if you pay attention. Which i won’t lie, that part was difficult. I wanted to scream at the female lead and how repetitive she was... i read another review saying it stopped around chapter 20 so i battled on.

Spoiler alert...

I just didn’t think the ending was realistic. If Simon was painted as this evil, psychopath, sociopath or whatever the ending wouldn’t have been him taking the blame for his child... ppl like that don’t identify with these needs... they are strictly unemotional and unattached.

The only thing that saved this for me was the excellent narration. Loved this performer.

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