2015 · Book review

The Lie by C.L. Taylor

Published : 23rd April 2015 by Avon UK

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Description : I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes…

Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist.

Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.

Jane has tried to put her past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves…

First of all I would like to say a huge thanks to the publishers for sending me a review copy of The Lie via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My thought’s :
I started this book late one evening, I’d got myself all snuggled up in bed and thought I’ll read a couple of chapters before I go to sleep and the next thing I knew I was half way through the book and I didn’t want to stop reading.
The story alternates seamlessly between the past (5 years ago) and the present day and at the end of a lot of the chapters your left hanging, desperately wanting to find out what happens next and it usually jumps from past to present and vice versa so you have to keep reading on. It’s such a gripper and so well written.

The friendship or lack of between the 4 main characters really get’s you thinking. We’ve all had a friend who we thought we could trust but can’t, I’m sure. Thankfully I’ve never been stuck at a retreat with any not like Jane who has went on the holiday of a life time to Nepal with her closest friends who she’s known since University. Their true friendship is shown in the trauma’s that unravel in the retreat and it becomes a race against time to escape. Each of the friends have flaws and troubles from their past and each one is very different from the other and the author paints a brilliant picture of each character.

Each page brings more twists and turns and this really isn’t a book you want to read while you’re alone. My heart was beating ten to the dozen most of the way through this book. The scenes set in Nepal are frightening and written so realistically I can still picture them in my head.

C.L. Taylor has a remarkable way of describing scenes and characters and this gripping edge of your seat psychological thriller is a must read. I highly recommend it and I’m looking forward to more reads from this author.


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