Book Review: The Lie by C.L Taylor

April 11, 2016

Book Review: The Lie by C.L TaylorThe Lie by C L Taylor
Published by Avon UK on 23rd April 2015
Pages: 461
Goodreads
three-half-stars
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.

I don’t generally read mysteries or thrillers, but there was something about The Lie that really attracted me to the book. The entire concept is really interesting, a woman who’s changed her name after a holiday of a lifetime took a sinister turn, and now the past is coming back to haunt her. And what starts off as a slow, easy going read soon turned into a horrifying series of events from Jane’s past. It’s so strange to be reading a book where you don’t like a single one of the main characters. And the plot was all kinds of messed up. I wasn’t expecting the Nepal storyline to develop the way it did, and it had such an explosive ending, it wasn’t hard to see why Jane had to change her name and create a whole new life for herself.

I didn’t think I was particularly enjoying The Lie until I realised I’d read over 100 pages in a morning during clinic. I found myself desperate to pick it up between patients and find out what twisted thing was going to happen next. It’s full of heart-stopping moments, and there were passages that left me asking “what the fuck?” as I finished them.

Definitely an interesting read, and a great page-turner if you’re into thrillers or just fancy reading something a bit different.

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