The Lie by C L Taylor

Generally, books take me two or three weeks to read (apart from The Woman Who Stole My Life, which for some reason took me about six). I’d love to read them more quickly, but I just don’t have the time! But I read The Lie in five days flat.

I enjoy most books I read, but The Lie really was the definition of a page-turner. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it and I was desperate to keep reading. So I did. I read when I was supposed to be working. I read when I was supposed to be sleeping and, before I knew it, I’d devoured 460 pages in just five days.

It feels like pretty much every book I read these days has a bit set in the present day and flashbacks to the past. Is that ALL books, or just the books I read? The Lie was no exception.

Jane Hughes has a secret. She isn’t really Jane Hughes. Five years previously, she had changed her identity, but now somebody has found out who she really is.

This book is scary and menacing. Jane is under threat in the present day and in the story which unfolds from five years previously, which gets more and more terrifying. I’m OK reading thrillers about policemen being threatened by serial killers (that’s basically all of the Jo Nesbo Harry Hole books), but this isn’t really a thriller. These are four young women who are in danger and it feels almost believable.

If I had one criticism, I would say that the writing isn’t the best. I do enjoy a well-written book and I’ve read lots of them recently – all different styles of writing, but all good writing. The dialogue in particular is a bit clunky (although partly that’s in the nature of the story and the situation the characters are in). But, for me, the plot unfolded so quickly and I was so desperate to know what happened next that I let the not-entirely-brilliant writing go.

If you don’t mind being scared and shocked, The Lie is a totally addictive read.

The Lie, Book review, CL Taylor

Author: Sarah Mummy

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16 Comments

  1. Sounds like a brilliant thought povoking book Sarah, but also one that would give me nightmares for months. I am such a wuss! Do you have any less scary & menacing book recommendations?

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    • Oh dear! Luckily books don’t seem to give me nightmares! I’ve got lots of recommendations on my blog, although dark and scary ones do seem to make up the majority these days!

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  2. I find psychological thrillers more scary than murder mystery type stories. I’m intrigued to read The Lie after reading your review but also a bit cautious too!

    #readwithme

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    • It’s definitely worth a read, although certainly very scary!

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  3. Sounds like this is one not to read when my husband is away. I like the sound of it, a good plot can carry poorer writing a little, but it is a bit irritating if it’s clunky.

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    • The writing isn’t too bad, just not brilliant like some of the books I read. It’s pretty scary and definitely worth a read.

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  4. I recently read this book as well and I loved it! I love thriller type books. xx
    #ReadWithMe

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    • I do too! I didn’t used to read them, but I now find that most of the books I read are thrillers.

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    • Hope you enjoy it!

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  5. Ooohhh, sounds very interesting and something I would enjoy! I too am very guilty of reading when I should be doing something else! At one point, I was so engrossed in a book that I actually read while walking to work every morning. I am sure I had many many stares!

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    • That’s awesome! I’ve always envied people who can walk and read books at the same time – that’s multi-tasking at its best!

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    • It’s a really good book and definitely fast-paced!

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    • Probably best avoided in that case! It does get very scary!

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