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The Lies You Tell

B. E. Jones

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Crime & mystery

The Secret History meets The Life and Loves of a She-Devil in a gripping thriller that subverts chick lit cliches in a trail of blood and jealousy.

Friendship, freedom, booze, and student loans: the glory days of university. For Liz, Cora, Mike, and Stevie, students at Cardiff together, their circle was a surrogate family, bound together for three years in total trust. Or so it seemed.

Post-graduation the group "stays in touch", with growing distance, but eventually reunite when Mike and Cora, now married, return to live in Cardiff. The foursome paint the town, marking Stevie's birthday in an orgy of nostalgia, when from nowhere, a beautiful - and younger - flame-haired girl appears. "Jenny" seems to recognise them, knows their names, but her identity's a total mystery to them all. Or so Liz and Cora think.

But then Jenny reappears the next day, as a corpse found in the river . . .

Foul play is presumed and Liz, a journalist, is assigned to cover the story. Before long she finds herself caught up in an expanding web of lies as Jenny's death is traced back to that fateful night between friends. And the ancient secrets of their college days begin to catch up with them all . . .

Previously published as Telling Stories

Praise for B. E. Jones

'Claustrophobic and infused with menace. B. E. Jones creates a sinister world of secrets, twists and revelations' Alison Bruce

'I got completely sucked in by this . . . irresistible!' Catriona McPherson

'Bev Jones is a first class writer . . . I can thoroughly recommend this book' ***** Amazon Reviewer

'A gripping summer must-read! Addictive!' ***** Amazon Reviewer

'Twists and turns aplenty' ***** Amazon Reviewer

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B. E. Jones

B.E. Jones is a former journalist and police press officer, now a novelist and book obsessive. She was born in a small village in the South Wales valleys, north of Cardiff and started her journalism career with Trinity Mirror newspapers before becoming a broadcast journalist with BBC Wales Today.

She has worked on all aspects of crime reporting (as well as community news and features) producing stories and content for newspapers and live TV. Most recently she worked as a press officer for South Wales Police, dealing with the media and participating in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning. Perhaps unsurprisingly she channels these experiences of 'true crime,' and her insight into the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.

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