Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Lie by C.L Taylor

What They Say:

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...

What I Say:

I would like to thank AvonBookUk for approving me to read this book on @NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When we first meet Jane you would think she is just an ordinary person but Jane hides a secret, a tragedy that happened five years earlier and her name isn’t really Jane at all.  Jane then receives an anonymous letter with the words ‘I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes’ and her world begins to crumble around her.

The book is written from Jane’s POV and flips between the present and the past ie five years before and the decision to go on what should have been a trip of a life time and how events made this turn into a tragedy.

I really liked Jane and felt sorry for her when she didn’t know who would want to destroy her life and happiness now five years later.  I can understand with her past how she struggled to trust others and in the story I felt the same as I didn’t know who she should trust and ultimately who would be doing this to her.  

I found the plot incredibly believable and in parts really felt for the main characters,  especially Jane/Emma and Ali.  At times I never really knew who would turn out to be the bad guys in this.  Every time I thought I knew who it was, the story twisted and I was left wondering if I had imagined it all.  I was so gripped I stayed up till 3am every chapter was going to be my last but then as CL Taylor drew me to the close I found I couldn’t put it down and wanted to know what happened.

A roller coaster ride of emotions with lots of ups and downs, this simply is incredible and totally un-put-down-able.

5 out of 5 Stars

About the Author

CL Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. Born in Worcester, she studied for a degree in Psychology at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle then moved to London to work in medical publishing. After two years she moved to Brighton where she worked as a graphic designer, web developer and instructional designer over the course of 13 years. She currently works as a Distance Learning Design and Development manager for a London university. She credits Roald Dahl's 'Tales of the Unexpected' for her love of a dark, twisted tale.

Praise for The Lie

“The Lie felt to me like a Black Narcissus for the Facebook generation, a clever exploration of how petty jealousies and misunderstandings can unravel even the tightest of friendships. Claustrophobic, tense and thrilling, a thrill-ride of a novel that keeps you guessing.” – Elizabeth Haynes

“The Lie is absolutely brilliant – The Beach, only darker, more thrilling and more tense. It’s the story of a twisted, distorted friendship. It’s a compelling, addictive and wonderfully written tale. Can’t recommend it enough.” – Louise Douglas

“C.L Taylor delivers another compelling read that’ll keep you turning pages way too late into the night. Warning: may cause drowsiness the following day.” – Tamar Cohen

“Tense, menacing and utterly addictive, The Lie is a superbly crafted thriller. I loved it!” – Miranda Dickinson

“A real page-turner, with two storylines: one of growing menace in the present, and a past narrative of a girls-only holiday that goes horrifically wrong. Creepy, horrifying and twisty. CL Taylor is extremely good at writing stories in which you have no idea which characters you can trust, and the result is intriguing and scary and extremely gripping.” – Julie Cohen

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