Teasing out the extraordinary within the everyday, FALSE PRETENCES is a contemporary novel in mosiac. Through the separate yet interlinked stories, it traces the lives of two women as they deal with the complexities of love, private terrors, violence and - most precarious of all - hope. There is mystery, wry humour, sometimes tragedy beneath the jaunty surfaces glimpsed through the years, until, by the end, we have encompassed their lives.
"It is a tribute to Lee Langley's controlled style and wit that by the end you long to start the book again."
"A stunning collection of short stories, each of which stands alone, yet is satisfyingly linked . . . Langley is a talented chronicler of the human condition."
"A series of delicately fashioned cameos . . . tantalising and satisfying."