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What We Thought We Knew

Claire Dyer

Four children, three marriages, two secrets, and one unfathomable tragedy: the families at numbers two, four and six Penwood Heights are connected by work, friendship, the loss of a child and a secret truth which has sat in the bedrock of their lives for years.
In the centre of this tight-knit group is Faith, who believes her job is to act as a paperweight, keeping them all safe. And she does this until someone from her past reappears and threatens to sabotage everything.
And, as the pieces fall, these families, these friends, realise that what they thought they knew about one another was nothing more than make-believe. They also discover that trust is illusory and for Faith, at least, that keeping other people's secrets can be more dangerous than keeping our own.


‘A beautifully observed novel about friendship and loss. I delighted in Dyer's prose, which evokes the nuance and depth of the human experience with a light, poetic touch. The thread of sadness running through the characters' stories broke my heart.' Clare Boyd

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Claire Dyer is the author of five novels and one novella and her fourth collection of poetry with Two Rivers Press is due for publication in 2024. She co-curates Reading's Poets' Café Online, teaches creative writing and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. She has an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway University of London and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Berkshire. Her website is