Beautiful Lies by Clare Clark

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One wonders if the book was perhaps written too quickly.
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Beautiful Lies is set in Victorian Britain; at its center is Maribel Campbell Lowe, the wife of a Scottish M.P. and a self-proclaimed Chilean heiress. But Maribel's life is based on a web of lies, and a newspaperman's uncommon interest in her could prove disastrous" —New York Times Book Review

London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. She is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both. When the notorious newspaper editor Alfred Webster begins to ask pointed questions, she fears he will not only destroy Edward’s career but both of their reputations.
 

About Clare Clark

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CLARE CLARK is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Mariner Books. 513 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by ANDREA WULF on Sep 14 2012

As always, Clark doesn’t rush through her plot. She develops the story gently, with revelations about Maribel’s past folded carefully into scenes from the present, yielding a complex tapestry of tales.

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Below average
Reviewed by Judith Flanders on Jun 08 2012

One wonders if the book was perhaps written too quickly.

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