Sunday, May 28, 2023

BLOG TOUR - My Word Against His


My future hangs in the balance. They’re questioning both of us and every word I say matters. I need to be careful – it’s my word against his, and I can’t afford to lose…

Thirteen years ago. Teenager Lucie babysits our little son Henry. She’s like the daughter I never had. And she believes we’re the perfect family – just me, my husband and Henry.

But Lucie doesn’t really know what’s happening behind closed doors. Until one night, she sees something so awful she leaves. And my family is never the same again…

Now, Lucie has reached out, desperate for my help. It’s been thirteen years of silence, but I would recognise her voice anywhere. She’s back: and so are the secrets she took with her.

What did she see that night? And does she know my side of the story, or only his?

I hope she knows what she’s doing. Because there is no line I won’t cross to protect the ones I love – or the secrets I’ve worked so hard to hide…

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller where no one is who they seem, that will make your heart pound and your jaw drop! Perfect for fans of addictive page-turners like The HousemaidThe Family Across the Street and The Family Upstairs.


Title:   My Word Against His
Author:  Lauren North
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   329
Date of Publication:   May 26, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

Celia is about to experience empty nest syndrome. In less than a year, her son Henry will be heading to college. She is not looking forward to it. and has been missing his gentle hugs for years. However, the time for Henry to leave is not now, but Celia's life is but to change. A young woman from her past, Lucie, might be reentering her life, and if she does, this will upset the balance of Celia's perfectly ordered life.

In this carefully orchestrated book by Lauren North, secrets and lies prove that they can only be hidden for so long. In fact, the story is told in the present, as well as flashbacks. What is Celia hiding and why does Lucie suddenly contacting her make her feel threatened? To start off with, she hears the words from Lucie, "It's life or death, Celia." Quite naturally, Celia has reason to be concerned after hearing those ominous words. She rushes off to meet Lucie and a cataclysm of events occur.

Twist after twist makes this book impossible to put down. I love a book when you don't know who to trust, and that is exactly what you get with this book. In fact, this book was good from beginning to end, and led to a shocking ending that left me breathless.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Readers can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C_North, Instagram @Lauren_C_North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor


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