Description: (From Smashwords)
Every family has its secrets…Behind the clouds of dementia, Lillian holds memories of a life that her granddaughter Lisa could never imagine. From her childhood in 1920s and 30s Toronto, to a young World War II society bride, through scandal and unthinkable tragedies, Lillian kept her extraordinary life a secret, retreating into a lonely, bitter existence. Curious about her grandmother’s mysterious past, Lisa unearths a long-buried secret that may finally bring the truth to light.
Since I had an absolute love affair with Cynthia Hill’s first book, Idol Hands, I had rather high expectations for her second book, What Lies Behind. First off, let me just say that the two books are TOTALLY different in every way, save one – I love them both!!
The story is told in alternating perspectives – Lillian, the grandmother and Lisa, the granddaughter. Lillian’s story begins in Toronto, 1920 and Lisa is present day. I found myself more attracted to Lily’s story and couldn’t wait to get back to her point of view. That’s not to say that Lisa is boring or a bad character, I think I just identified more with her grandmother. Plus, I really love anything historical. Speaking of history, it seems that a lot of research went into Lillian’s portion of the story. I could almost imagine being in the past and it reminded me a lot of visiting my own grandparents when I was a kid.
Cynthia is a great writer. I enjoy her books for several reasons, but the two most prominent are these: I’ve never read anything like Idol Hands or What Lies Behind before. Second, she writes without a feigned importance like some authors do. She doesn’t need to use a bunch of big, fancy words to try to make her works seem more complex. She just weaves a delightful story full of feeling with great, memorable characters. Cynthia Hill is fast becoming one of my favourite Canadian authors.