Only Lies Remain by Val Collins


EXCERPT: ‘…I’ll have to tell the boys tonight. ‘

‘Tell them what?’

‘Their father. He’s dead. ‘

‘Oh no! Oh, Maura, I’m so sorry. He’d come back to Ireland?’

Maura shook her head.

‘Jason will be devastated. I know he always says he hates him, but deep down I think he hoped his dad would get in touch someday. If only so he could scream abuse at him for abandoning you.’

‘But that’s the thing, Aiofe. Danny didn’t abandon us.’

‘He may have sent you money, Maura, but he still disappeared without a word.’

‘Not willingly. He was murdered.’

‘What! When?’

‘Fifteen years ago. Remember a few weeks back, a body was found in the grounds of that old house in the city centre? They just identified him as Danny.’

‘But – I don’t understand, Maura. How could Danny be dead for fifteen years? I thought he was sending you money every month.’

‘So did I.’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Everyone thought Danny Walsh deserted his family when his sons were young. But when Danny’s body turns up fifteen years later and his wife, Maura, is implicated in his murder, accusations and old rumours surface.

Aoife rushes in to clear her mother-in-law’s name. But why is it that Maura’s story surrounding Danny’s disappearance doesn’t quite add up?

Aoife’s investigation uncovers old secrets, long-held jealousies, and lies upon lies. With every new revelation, Aoife realises she doesn’t know her family at all. Now her new boss is acting strangely, her best friend is more and more distant and her husband is no help at all.

With her support network crumbling and her family threatened, Aoife must race to keep one step ahead of danger before more innocent lives are lost. But how will she uncover the truth when only lies remain?

MY THOUGHTS: Only Lies Remain is a quick but intriguing read. The story is told over one consecutive timeline from the point of view of Aoife, Maura’s daughter-in-law.

But just because the story is told in a straightforward manner, doesn’t mean that the tale itself isn’t complex. Every time I thought I had it sorted, that I knew who had murdered Danny, who was threatening Aoife, and why, the author would throw a spanner in the works.

There is an interesting mix of characters…Maura, disowned by her own family for getting pregnant out of wedlock, and despised by her mother-in-law for bringing shame on the family; Aoife, separated from Maura’s son and trying to reconstruct her life but absolutely certain that Maura is innocent; Detective Maloney (or Moaney as Aoife’s small daughter Amy calls him) who seems intent on proving that Maura murdered her husband; Cian, wealthy and unpredictable; Orla, Aoife’s glamorous friend; and Father Jack,an old family friend of Maura’s who now runs a halfway house. Maura’s own mother-in-law is an absolute nightmare and she too is certain that Danny’s fate is Maura’s fault.

This is a well constructed story that certainly held my attention and kept me turning pages.


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THE AUTHOR: Val Collins is the author of the award-winning psychological thriller GIRL TARGETED and ONLY LIES REMAIN, both of which feature heroine Aoife Walsh.

She has lived in Ireland her entire life, and graduated from University College Dublin. She enjoys chocolate, going for long walks in the countryside, seeing as much of the world as possible, meeting friends, writing, and reading. In fact, she devours books at the rate of one per week, and her favourite authors range from Philippa Gregory and Sophie Kinsella to Lee Child and Linwood Barclay.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to VCB Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Only Lies Remain by Val Collins. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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