The Lie by CL Taylor

Published in paperback by Avon on 23rd April 2015. Currently on offer for Kindle at 99p (21st May) click here: The Lie

What the book is about:

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 .

What I thought:

With this book you are really reading two different stories. The story set in the past in Nepal explores the disintegration of four girls’ friendship, as the trip of a lifetime goes horribly wrong. The story set in the present tells of how that experience is catching up with Jane, as someone who knows what happened is now making contact in ever more sinister ways. As the narrative shifts from past to present, the author cleverly leaves the reader with quite a cliffhanger each time, which really made me want to keep on reading.

I have to say that I much preferred the present day storyline.  I didn’t particularly warm to the group of friends – and perhaps the reader isn’t meant to – so I found a lot of what happened in Nepal irritating at first – why not just get out the situation? Having said that, as the storyline set in Nepal neared its conclusion, I did find it a LOT more gripping and tense. But it was present day Jane who was much more likeable and what was happening to her was really unnerving. Who was making contact with her, how did they know about her past, how had they managed to find her and just what had happened in Nepal that she was lying about? The last few chapters were quite dramatic and fraught with danger and Jane had some really difficult choices to make. I liked that by the end, she was able to put her past behind her and have a fresh start.

My thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK, for the review copy.

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