Trust can be a killer…

Three children.

Three lives crushed.

Maya: Abducted at just five years old, she longs to play outside in the sunshine.

Preeti: The kidnapped daughter of Kaian Achari is unaware a reward has been offered for her safe return.

Mano: Abandoned on the streets by those he trusted the most, he is lured to the Middle East with the promise of a better life.

Desperate to find her missing father, Kerensa Oldfield leaves the safety of her life in London for an unknown, and often dangerous, world.

After befriending the enigmatic Aruna, Kerensa stumbles on details of locally trafficked children but is unsure whom she can trust in a town where everyone seems to hold a dark secret. Thrown into a squalid Indian jail for a crime she did not commit, she nearly gives up all hope. After all the heartache, will life give Kerensa the answers that she so desperately needs?

The Lies we were Promised is a gripping, unforgettable tale of social injustice, tragedy and hope against all the odds that will keep you at the edge of your seat, turning pages until its mind-blowing climax.



Rachel was born in London but her parents moved to India where her teenage years were spent happily at her grandmother’s sprawling house opposite a lake in Bangalore. An avid movie buff, her adoration of travel matches her love for films – she dreams of one day strolling barefoot along a white sandy beach in the Maldives.

The lies we were promised is her first book and was inspired by her frequent trips to India, which she has described as a ‘ vibrant land of explosive smells, cultures and colours that are a feast for the senses.’ Rachel hopes the thought provoking and emotional theme of the story will resonate in the hearts of her readers and remain with them long after the last page has been turned.

She works in the UK Civil Service and lives in South London with her family.



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