Tell me lies

18 March 2021
Written by: JP Pomare
Review by: Dee Atkinson
Genre: General Fiction

An as yet unidentified woman is flying down the stairs towards the platform at the station. She is dishevelled and has her sights set on a man. He’s paying no attention and when she shoves him in the back with all of her strength, he falls in front of the train.

Go back a month and the story begins.

Set in Melbourne, psychologist Margot Scott has what appears to be the perfect, the house, the husband and a successful career. She’s living the Aussie dream.

Margot runs a successful practice, but she does have a habit of getting perhaps a little too close to her clients. She also knows they lie to her.

But then one tragedy leads to another, including a fire and perhaps a threat, and it leaves her, her family and her clients in danger. Some of her clients are suspected of some of the incidents or so it appears. Extra security measures are being taken at the clinic, just in case.

There are also issues surrounding her children which add to the mix.

In amongst all the lies, including some of her own, will one lie cost her her family and her freedom?

A short read of some 230 pages, and the whole time you’re just on tenterhooks as the drama builds. And just when you think it’s all over and solved, it’s time to think again!

Pomare’s first novel, Call me Evie, won the Best First Novel award at the 10th Ngaio Marsh Awards in 2019.