Book Review: Fragile Lies by Laura Elliot

Title: Fragile Lies
Author: Laura Elliot
Published: 13 February 2015
Publisher: Bookouture

Twitter: @Elliot_Laura

His name is Michael Carmody. He is a writer and a father. His son is lying in a coma, fighting for his life.
Her name is Lorraine Cheevers. She is an artist and mother. An illicit affair has destroyed her marriage.
Michael is desperate to find the couple who left his son for dead, a victim of a hit and run. 
Lorraine is desperate to start a new life for her and her daughter.
Michael and Lorraine are about to cross paths – damaged souls, drawn to one another. 
They don’t know that their lives are already connected.
They don’t know the web of lies surrounding them.
They are each searching for the truth. But when they find it, it could destroy them both. 


Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Cover Story in return for an honest review. 

If I am being completely honest, Fragile Lies is not my usual type of book and, possibly for that reason, it took me a good few chapters to really get into this book. However, I quickly found myself wanting to read more.
Lorraine Cheevers is an artist and mother who moves her teenage daughter, Emily, from Dublin to the small town of Trabawn  In an attempt to hide from her misery and recover from her broken marriage, Lorraine has ran to a place holding fond childhood memories for her.  You immediately get a sense of the sheer devastation she feels at the end of her marriage. She struggles to get through each day, not helped by Emily’s dismay at leaving her entire life behind.
Michael Carmody is a writer on a popular teen drama. His only son, Killian, lies in a coma after being involved in a tragic accident. All Michael wants, other than having his son back, is to track down the people who left his son for dead.
The characters are all well-written and you can feel the emotions flowing from them, whether those feelings be love, devastation, hatred or frustration. You also cannot help but feel some sympathy for almost all of the characters, even the adulterous Adrian when you realise what an impact his actions have had on his own life.
The author switches between the characters, providing the reader with more of an understanding as to the events that unfolded prior to our joining the story.
The story itself, whilst initially a slow burner, is gripping. It turns in a complete circle, finally reaching its climax back on the pier where Killian’s tragic accident occurred. Somehow I found the ending slightly shocked me, even though I could almost predict what was coming.  
The author has a beautiful style of writing which causes the reader to become engrossed in the story as it becomes more complex. It is at this stage that we see the different aspects start to entwine and reveal the true events of that tragic day.
Overall, whilst certainly not a cheerful story, the writing style is lovely and the story really does contain everything a good book should have – love, betrayal, tragedy, intrigue and revenge! Sometimes revenge really is best served cold…

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


The book is released both in paperback and electronic format.

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About the Author

Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist and lives in the coastal town of Malahide, Co. Dublin. Her three novels are The Prodigal Sister, Stolen Child and Fragile Lies (originally published under the title Deceptions) which is due for release in mid-February. She loves travelling. The beautiful South Island of New Zealand was the inspiration for her setting in The Prodigal Sister. The Burren, a karst-landscape, rich in history and archaeology in the county of Clare became the mysterious setting for Stolen Child. She gives regular creative writing workshops and is currently working on her latest novel. She has also worked as a journalist and editor. For more details check



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