Book Review: The Lies I Tell by Joel Hames

My book review today is for agripping, page turning psychological thriller. The Lies I Tell by Joel Hames will have you re-thinking how you use the web… But before I share my book review, scroll down for the book cover notes to find out more.

Book Cover Notes

The Lies I Tell Joel Hames



Meet Polly.
Meet Emily.
Meet Belinda.

They’re all me.

My name is Lisa and I’m an identity thief. If I’m not inside your system stealing your money, I’ve probably already stolen it.

I’m your friend. I’m a thief. I’m gone. I’m in control.

Only now, the tables have been turned. I’m in danger. My son is in danger. And I don’t know where that danger’s coming from.

Any friend.
Any enemy.
Any stranger.
Anyone from the past I’ve been trying to outrun for years.


My Thoughts

Lisa, is a con artist with multiple identities, which she uses to defraud people online. 

Using social media fake profiles, Lisa builds online friendships with unsuspecting, often lonely strangers. She likes, comments, shares and chats with them and slowly earns their trust until they reveal something useful about themselves that she can use to defraud them. It’s not an honest job but she’s damn good at it. It pays her bills and provides a home for her and her son Simon.

Having endured a traumatic childhood, with drunken abusive parents and secrets best buried forever, Lisa has learnt to survive on her own and is determined her son will have a better life. Simon is her everything, you really get a sense of a mother doing whatever she can to protect and provide for her child.

However, Lisa’s traumatic past has suddenly caught up with her. The tables are turned and Lisa the online hunter finds herself as Lisa the hunted. But who is doing this and why? With a long list of online fraud victims there are plenty of suspects. Who is stalking her, breaking through her security? She’s making mistakes, allowing self doubt to creep in, that’s never an option in her line of work. Who can possibly know her that well and give Lisa a taste of her own medicine? Lisa needs to use all her training and experience to find out the truth and stop them before she is ruined.

I really enjoyed this book, I found myself rooting for a criminal, which totally played with my head. What Lisa was doing was wrong but I couldn’t help willing her to find out who was hunting her, if not for her then for the safety of her little boy Simon.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. The writing was fast paced, gripping and provided plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout. I couldn’t put this book down resulting in several late nights reading ‘just one more chapter’. (Thanks Joel 🙂 )


A gripping, page turning psychological thriller. It made me re-think my online profile and remind me to clamp down my security settings. Note to self… change my passwords and don’t download apps recommended by “friends”…

If you lovepsychological thrillers then I’d highly recommend reading The Lies I Tell Joel Hames. Definitely an author to follow in future.

Where To Buy

Amazon UK

Further book info
  • Published Date: 19th Feb 2021
  • Publisher: Spellbound Books
  • Page Count: 410

About The Author

The Lies I Tell Joel Hames - Author Photo
Author Joel Hames

A Londoner in exile, Joel Hames lives in rural Lancashire with his wife and two daughters.

His works of fiction include the bestselling Sam Williams trilogy Dead North, No One Will Hear and The Cold Years, and the standalone psychological thriller The Lies I Tell.

When not writing or spending time with his family, Joel likes to eat, cook, play the piano, and make up excuses to avoid walking the dog. There’s the MMA thing, too, but he doesn’t like to show off.

Where To Find Joel Online

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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