Two sisters, Rebecca and Maya Ward, smart and talented physicians, live with the consequences of a long-ago day when their parents were murdered.
Rebecca was eighteen when it happened, and because her fourteen-year-old sister was in the car with her father when he was shot, she has always been protective of her. She helped raise her and guide her. But what neither sister has ever shared with the other are the secrets they each held close. Secrets that have kept them from truly becoming the individuals they could have been.
Now Maya and Adam (another doctor) are married and their longing for a child of their own has added a deep sorrow to their lives, as Maya has miscarried three times. And now she must face the possibility that she will never have a child.
During hurricane season in North Carolina, Maya and Adam join Rebecca in assisting the victims. Maya has agreed to come, but with great trepidation. So when her helicopter goes down in one of the transports, Rebecca and Adam fear that she is dead. No survivors are found and every day, the search yields nothing; finally the searchers stop looking. For two weeks they mourn and gradually lose hope—even as they grow closer to one another.
Meanwhile, on a nearly deserted island, Maya has survived and is under the care of a young couple. What Maya doesn’t realize, but will soon learn, is that nothing is as it seems within that family. And everything is about to get very dangerous.
In this story, with alternating chapters devoted to Maya and Rebecca—with Maya’s chapters narrated in the first-person voice—we gradually come to know these two women and slowly uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of their lives.
By the end of the story, I felt that I knew Maya and Rebecca quite well, down to their innermost thoughts. Adam, on the other hand, seemed less clear to me. Maybe the fact that his “story” was only told from the perspectives of the two women contributed to my inability to see him clearly.
The Lies We Told was compelling and I thoroughly enjoyed it—until the end. With so much unresolved between the three major characters, I had hoped to follow their transition after the disaster. Instead, the book jumps to the epilogue, which more or less briefly summarizes what has happened to them all in the one-year period after the disastrous events.
I felt disappointed and as if so much could have been done with the characters as they tried to put their lives back together. Instead, it felt as though the author just wanted to “finish” the story. Therefore, I’m granting four stars instead of five. I would still recommend it as a worthwhile and very readable book, however.