LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

The Lie


by C. L. Taylor.

Jane Hughes begins to get messages suggesting that someone knows she’s living a lie. She can’t help but worry who’s behind them, and whether or not the sender will expose her true identity. Is it Angharad, the creepy volunteer at the animal sanctuary where Jane works? Is it Will, her lovely new boyfriend? Or is it someone from that past she’s hiding from? Someone who’s supposed to be dead?

The story is told in two parts: we follow Jane in the present day as she struggles to deal with her growing paranoia over the sinister messages; alternating with this present-day story, we gradually learn what happened on a supposed-to-be-perfect holiday in Nepal five years ago, and why the threat of the past (or someone from it) coming back to haunt her messes with Jane’s mind so much.

This is a well-written and well-researched story, exploring the very many facets of female relationships, in all their subtle and less-than subtle guises. The switching between the past and present is done seamlessly, leaving each part of the story on such a cliff-hanger that you can’t help but keep reading.


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