Book Review|Bright Lies|AA Abbott

This sat on my tbr pile way longer than intended but when I did finally get to it was worth the wait. Big thanks to the author for sending me a copy to read for review.

Bright Lies Published 23rd November 2020 Publisher Perfect city press Edition paperback Pages 224 Genre Psychological Thriller Purchase Link


She thought she had the perfect stepfather. So why is she running for her life?

Emily’s dreams come true when her mother marries wealthy painter, David. Thanks to him, Emily’s artistic talents shine. Then he starts teaching her things a 14-year-old shouldn’t know. When Emily escapes from David’s luxury mansion, she’s penniless and forced to sleep in a rat-infested alley.

Bad boy Jack has turned his life around. Working as a DJ with ambitions to open a club, he rescues Emily from the streets when he sees a woman in trouble. He doesn’t know she’s still only 15 – and trapped in a dark web of secrets and lies.

David must find Emily and silence her. As he closes in, Jack faces the hardest choice of all. If he protects Emily from the man who’s stolen her childhood, he’ll kiss goodbye to his future…

What would you sacrifice to save a life? Join Emily and Jack on their journey! Start reading Bright Lies today.

This book has content that may be difficult for some readers.

My Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When I finally picked this book I absolutely raced through it. I don’t think I have read a book as quickly as that in ages. Thanks to the authors engaging characters, gripping plot, and quick snappy chapters it was so easy to while away time just reading this book. I certainly related to Emily on the level of being a 14/15 year old with a crush on an older man, sometimes wishing for the tiniest bit of attention. But in this story it very quickly becomes something it shouldn’t and Emily is forced to grow up fast, way beyond her years. With a talent for art/painting Emily is easily manipulated and soon into something ultimately she is one, far to young for and two, is a betrayal of her mother’s trust. Her journey is an interesting yet painful story. Very well plotted and paced at a good speed. Some of the characters you will enjoy some you definitely won’t. My only slight and it is a minor thing is the ending felt a bit rushed but the outcome was more than satisfactory. In fact I would love to know where and what the characters are doing now.

About the Author

I’m British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott – known to friends as Helen – and I believe a good read is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
I write fast-paced suspense thrillers set in the British cities of London, Bristol and Birmingham. As a city girl, I’ve lived and worked in all of them. I also know the beautiful countryside of North Somerset well, and that’s where my latest story begins. By far my darkest book yet, psychological thriller ‘Bright Lies’ follows runaway teenager Emily from a country mansion to a city squat, as she flees the stepfather who’s gotten too close.
In contrast, the 5 book Trail series focuses on a vodka business – and what happens when the two families running it fall out with each other and with a London gangster. The Bride’s Trail leads from London to the secret tunnels below Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. The trail continues with a kidnap in the former Soviet Union in The Vodka Trail, an ill-starred venture with a marijuana farmer in The Grass Trail and a killer on the loose in The Revenge Trail. At the very end, The Final Trail serves up a heady cocktail of betrayal, revenge and reconciliation.
Like 10% of us, many of my family are dyslexic. While I’m not, I want my books to be enjoyed by readers with dyslexia and visual impairment too. That’s why I publish my thrillers in a LARGE PRINT dyslexia-friendly edition as well as the standard paperback and Kindle versions. Don’t forget, you can also adjust the font on your Kindle to suit your needs.
I like speaking to book groups, business networks and social circles, and reading my thrillers and short stories at live fiction events and on Zoom. If you’re a book blogger, litfest organiser, reviewer or simply adore books, I’d love to hear from you.
I’m a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bristol Fiction Writers’ Group, and Birmingham’s New Street Authors.
Find out more about the books I love to read and write, and get a free e-book, at

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