The Lie

the lie

The Lie
by C. L. Taylor

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.

Jane Hughes has a nice life working in an animal sanctuary and enjoying a fledgling relationship with a local teacher. Everything appears to be going well. But all is not as it seems; Jane is really Emma and her life was turned upside down five years ago after a trip to Nepal with three friends turned into an ugly experience. Now the past is catching up with the present and Jane is receiving messages from beyond the grave.

The story is told in two timelines, the present day and five years previously. It’s brilliantly done. The suspense is built up with a drip feed of information in both timelines and brought together to collide in a stunning finale.

The brilliance of this story is that it is just so plausible. Attractive charismatic male able to prise open the cracks already appearing in the relationships of four girlfriends. Taylor delves into female relationships; the petty jealousies, competitiveness, mistrust, and we watch in horror as they crash and burn.

The characters are brilliant, each demanding different emotions as they move and change through the story.

This is such a dark suspenseful tale with some gruesome violence. It is utterly gripping with echoes of The Beach by Alex Garland and anyone who has travelled the backpack route may find themselves thinking; ‘there but for the grace of God…’

If you like psychological thrillers then I cannot recommend this one highly enough.
****1/2

Many thanks to the publishers Avon for sending me a copy via Netgalley.

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