Title: The Lie
Editor: C.L. Taylor
Publication: April 23, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins UK/Avon
Genre Category: Mystery & Thriller
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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 . . .
Psychological thrillers are everywhere. Everyone wants to be part of that elite group of thrill writers that everyone is talking about. C.L. Taylor is definitely at that status. ‘The Lie’ is the perfect example of her hard earned place at the top. A positively frightening look at a vacation gone horribly wrong, “The Lie” drew me in from the very first page and kept me eagerly pushing forward until the last paragraph.
‘The Lie’ follows a group of four friends who go out on the “adventure of a lifetime”… a trip to Nepal where they believe they are going to a relaxing retreat to wash away all their home problems and rejuvenate by the pool with some beers. The story takes a sick turn when things are not what they expected, friendships are torn apart, and surprises lurk around every corner.
Taylor is queen of keeping you on the edge of your seat. Having read other work of hers I knew she was good. This showed me she is great. Every time I thought things were calming down and all would be well, there was another jaw-dropping moment that made me go on. Imagine at the end of your night and you are reading a few chapters before bed and you tell yourself “just one more”. That was me, but five chapters before. I couldn’t put it down. Exciting, secretive, and nerve-wracking best describes ‘The Lie’.
The story jumps back and forth between current time and five years prior, but not in a way that would typically upset me. Sometimes jumping stories confuse me or frustrate me, but this one showed the perfect lapse of how things from your past are not always kept in the past. Decisions made can come back to haunt you. C.L. Taylor did an incredible job with this book and I am now anxiously awaiting the next one. A well earned five stars.
Also check out my review of C.L. Taylors book “Before I Wake” from June 2014.