Our Secrets and Lies

Our Secrets and Lies


'Both heart-breaking and heart-warming ... a joy to read' Woman's Way

From the Richard and Judy Book Club author and Number One Bestseller!

Lucy Murphy has a single goal in life - to give her children a brilliant future.

An unplanned pregnancy forced Lucy to abandon her own dreams, so she is determined that her twin daughter and son will seize every opportunity. When they get a chance to move to a prestigious school, all Lucy sees is the fulfilment of her every wish for them.

Loving them as fiercely as she does, Lucy is blind to the risks of taking two seventeen-year-olds away from everything familiar and dropping them into an alien world. Even when warning signs are flashing, she cannot see the dangers of pushing her vision on her children - especially her sensitive daughter - until it's almost too late.

For her family to survive, Lucy has to face up to some surprising and difficult truths - and figure out how to find herself again.

'Moriarty [tackles] uncomfortable and painful subjects, weaving them into compelling thought-provoking stories ... heartfelt and deeply moving' Irish Independent


Praise for Sinéad Moriarty's novels

'A fascinating exploration of difficult subjects ... Moriarty writes with compelling authority' Irish Times

'There is warmth and heart aplenty in this delicately told story' Daily Mail

'OMG! I'm an emotional wreck after reading this novel, probably not helped by the fact that I pulled an all-nighter to finish it ... I just could not put it down' Eileen Dunne, RTÉ

'Heartfelt and deeply moving ... I couldn't put it down.' Susan Lewis

'We ate this fabulous story up - 4 stars' Heat magazine

'Beautifully written and sensitive' Woman's Way

'Intriguing and thought provoking ... a great read.' Katie Fforde

'Gripping and thought-provoking - I was desperate to discover how it would pan out!' Paige Toon


  • Heartfelt and deeply moving but also so gripping it is almost impossible to put down
    Irish Independent

About the author

Sinéad Moriarty

Sinéad Moriarty's novels have sold over 900,000 copies in Ireland and the UK. Since the launch of the Irish Book Awards each has been shortlisted in the popular fiction category, with The Way We Were winning in 2015. She won a second IBA for her first YA novel, The New Girl, in 2021. Sinéad lives in her native Dublin with her husband and their three children.
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