All the Beautiful Lies

All the Beautiful Lies

Book - 2018
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Harry Ackerson has always considered his stepmother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an "otherworldly" way. 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. Devastated, Harry returns to his father's home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help each other pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father. Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn't the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way. Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous--even deadly--secrets...and that neither one is telling the truth.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062427052
Branch Call Number: FICTION SWA
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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