When you have everything, you have everything to lose…
Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur… well, she’s only human.
But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she’s gone too far. Jonathan is obsessive, and to get what he wants he will tear Alex’s world apart – threatening not only her career but her marriage and family too.
Soon Alex finds she’s capable of doing almost anything to keep hold of her perfect life, as it begins to spin dangerously out of her control…
Wow! I was impressed by Dawson’s previous title, The Daughter. Once again, I am completely in awe of her writing and storytelling. In White Lies, Alex goes to Ibiza and ends up having one night stand. If you read the book, you will understand the reasons why she decided to do this. Alex doesn’t usually take such risks; she is a mother, a doctor and … a wife. With lot remorse, she hopes to put the incident behind her. Needless to say, things don’t quite work out that way especially when the past refuses to remain hidden.
The story is narrated through multiple POVs. Alex tells her side of the story about her night with Jonathan. We then get to follow her narration on how the night affected her life. Jonathan is also another main narrator. We get his side of events before and after the incident. There are a few chapters narrated by David, Alex’s colleague, Rob, her husband and Cherry, Jonathan’s girlfriend.
This was quite a roller-coaster. I thought the story was going to be pretty straightforward but soon realized that there were way too many versions of the same incident hence making it hard to guess who was telling the truth. I kept shifting between Alex and Jonathan because both were so convincing. I like the character development in the story. The author made it easy to understand each of the personalities. I was especially drawn to Alex whose life was quickly unraveling because of that ‘one’ drunk, mistake.
This book has unpredictable twists. The tension escalated towards the end with a couple of reveals that made my jaw drop. The final chapter left me thinking about the reveals and their implications. You know how you read a book and then start analyzing events and thinking about how certain things could have happened differently if the characters had made different decisions? I am still thinking about this one and I love the fact that the author decided to end the book that way. No, it wasn’t a cliffhanger but an ending that just makes you analyze everything.
If you enjoy psychological thrillers, White Lies by Lucy Dawson is perfect for you. Its fast-past paced, captivating with enough suspense to keep you turning pages until the end.