Lily and Ed are newlyweds, and after a very brief engagement, they have hopes for a happy future together. While living in London, they be-friend a young girl named Carla who lives in their building. We quickly learn that Carla knows how to keep a secret and tell a well-placed lie.
When Lily takes on her first murder case as a lawyer, she’s catapulted into a world of crime and deceit. Her client (Joe Thomas) both captivates and scares her at once. Although Lily may not see it upon meeting him, Joe goes on to play a part in her life for years to come.
Throughout the book it’s very clear that Lily has a big secret that she’s hiding from everyone – her husband, her friends, even herself at times. When Carla comes back into the lives of Lily and Ed (more than a decade later) everything Lily has worked to hide is at risk of coming to light.
Quotes that stood out to me:
“But that’s how lies start. Small. Well meaning. Until they get too big to handle.”
“It occurred to me then, as it occurs to me frequently, that one never really knows a person properly. Especially ourselves.”
“If I was in my right mind, I’d go straight to the police… But instead I’m going to pay a visit. To my husband’s wife. “