Monday, 20 April 2015

The Lie - C. L. Taylor

"This was no accident…
Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter.
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 the 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 loved C.L. Taylor's first novel, The Accident, and couldn't wait to get my teeth into The Lie. A fantastically twisty-turny novel of female friendship (incredibly accurately portrayed - let's face it, girls are bitchy and even when "friends" aren't always as nice to each other as some would think), The Lie is grip-lit at it's best. With very strong characters, and an underlying scent of intrigue that consistently rears its head through the entire novel, I had no idea what was going to happen, who was going to do it or which (if any) of the characters I could trust. 

There were characters that I loved and characters that I despised, all bound together in a most exquisite setting - I loved the fact that in one chapter I would be cheering on a character and in the next, the complete opposite, much like the characters were in the story. None of the friends knew who they could trust, and neither does the reader. 

A brilliantly accurate portrayal of female friendship, with a side order of psychological thriller - I loved The Lie. It's out on 23rd April and you can get it here:

**Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for my ARC**

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