My Daughter’s Lies delivers a complicated web of secrets that threatens to destroy a family from within.


The Description

Publication Date: May 23, 2024

In the middle of my beautiful daughter’s eighteenth birthday party, silence falls as I unfold my speech, my heart bursting with everything I want to say. But when I look down I see a note, and my world She’s not who you think she is.

Ruby was our miracle baby. I would have done anything to become a mother, and when she finally arrived, I held her in my arms, looked in her blue eyes and swore I would never let anything harm her. Now she’s everything I could have dreamed of. I don’t even think about all the years of heartache I went through before she was born.

So when I get the strange warning at her birthday party, I ignore it, hiding it in my bag with trembling hands. Someone is simply jealous of her.

But as I watch my daughter, things I’ve been trying to ignore come flooding back to me – Ruby’s odd disappearances, her whispered arguments with her best friend, and a memory from her sixth birthday which still breaks my heart to remember.

I need to know the truth about who she really is, but digging into my daughter’s secrets might reveal my own. As the party draws to a close and the confetti is swept away, I gather my courage. I’ve spent eighteen years trying to forget my own mistakes, and it could only take a moment for everything to fall apart.

Do I risk tearing my family apart to keep my daughter safe? Because when my secrets come out, I could lose my precious girl forever…

A completely compelling and heart-wrenching read about the strength of a mother’s love for her child. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Amanda Prowse and Susan Lewis.

The Review

Imagine finding an anonymous message as you are preparing to deliver the speech your husband was supposed to give at your daughter’s 18th birthday party.

That’s the premise for My Daughter’s Lies by Julia Roberts. Melissa serves as a first-person narrator, but the story unfolds via a series of flashbacks prior to the party.

Melissa and Steve seemingly have a perfect marriage and dote on their extremely talented daughter, Ruby. However, the message opens the door to suspicions that someone is keeping secrets.

As the story progresses, it turns out the entire family, plus close family friends, have secrets of their own. Uncovering them leads to plenty of strained relationships, threatening the sense of perfection.

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Julia Roberts self-published her first novel in 2015, Life’s a Beach and Then, the first part of the Liberty Sands Trilogy, followed by books two and three in the trilogy and the stand-alone, Alice in Theatreland, before signing a three book deal with Bookouture, under the name J G Roberts, for a detective/crime/thriller series centred around DCI Rachel Hart.

Little Girl Missing, was published in June 2019, followed by What He Did and Why She Died. She re-signed with Bookouture as Julia Roberts for two emotional heartbreakers, My Mother’s Secret and The Woman on the Beach, both published in 2021 and for a further two books in the same genre, The Dilemma and My Daughter’s Lies.

Born in Nottingham, Julia travelled the world working as a professional dancer and singer, experience she was able to draw on when developing the character of travel blogger, Holly, for her Liberty Sands trilogy, before setting her sights on a career in television.

Following roles as a hostess on the The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About hit squad, she successfully auditioned as a presenter for QVC, the American shopping channel. She co-launched it in the UK in 1993 and still works there.

She has two grown-up children who are in part responsible for her becoming a novelist. On Mother’s Day 2013, they gave her a notebook with words ‘Hold On People… I’m Having An Idea’, on the cover. On the first morning of a much-needed holiday in Mauritius, following a year of treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, Julia had just that – the idea for her first novel.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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My Daughter’s Lies delivers a complicated web of secrets that threatens to destroy a family from within.4.5-STAR REVIEW: MY DAUGHTER'S LIES by Julia Roberts