Monday, 25 May 2015

♥ The Lie - 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...


C.L.Taylor is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, after reading the accident and adoring it, when i spied this was up for reads i requested straight away and instantly fell in love. The synopsis doesnt give all too much away to the reader which was nice, although i'll have to give some up in order to review it for you all.

The lie is a dark read that oozes uneasiness from the get go. It all starts with a letter, I know
you are not really Jane Hughes and unravels from there. Jane Hughes has never existed, so who is this woman and why is she pretending to be Jane Hughes?

Lets rewind a few years, to a time when Jane Huges wasnt around, Emma was though and she had a group of friends. The plan was simple - head to Nepal to help Al get over her breakup, the trip was all planned, a few days at a retreat before moving on, sounds simple.

No, it was a lot more sinister than that, the retreat wasnt so much a retreat more a slight cult - one that people don't tend to leave. The narrative alternates between the time in Nepal and the present day slowly building the story as to what actually happened there whilst letting us see what is happening in the current day

Jane/Emma was a character that i feel you need to discover, she is secretive as Jane (no surprise there!) and the quieter one as Emma, and i feel like the two people throughout the narative were sepearate as though Jane was affected by Emmas life.  The girls we meet in Nepal were a typical group of friends looking for an experience and thats what they got. Something different alright, in parts it was not nice reading but descriptive and a well built story.

Taylor grips you from the beginning and keeps you captive until the last page, drawing you into her words and making you fight your way out, it was a dark thriller with so much to it that you knew
you wouldnt find the answer until the very last page.

5/5

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines. Cally works in Higher Education and has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.

Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014 and as BEFORE I WAKE in the US in June 2014 by Sourcebooks.

Her second psychological thriller THE LIE will be published on 23rd April 2015 in the UK and in June 2015 in the US.

Her international bestselling romantic comedies (written as Cally Taylor), HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were both published by Orion in the UK. They have been translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by chicklitreviews.com and chicklitclub.com.

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