Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Lie

Released: 04-23-15
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Author: C.L. Taylor
Formats Available: eBook & Paperback
Pages: 400

This was no accident…
Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter.
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 . . .

My So-Called Review:

The Lie, by C.L. Taylor was a book I knew nothing about and it was not on my radar until I stumbled across a fabulous review of it on Goodreads. UK Authors are quickly becoming my newest obsession as they write some of the best psychological thrillers on the market today! This one sounded like something I would absolutely get sucked into so I knew I just had to read it, I was thrilled when I discovered it was still available on NetGalley :)

I promptly dove into The Lie and within a few pages I was completely hooked. I loved Jane and I loved the dual time lines, it was done very well here and was easy to follow along with. So much of this story is believable, what these girls went through was crazy and creepy but it’s also something that has you thinking, “this could actually happen”, and that made it all the more sickening and scary. There was one small part in the story where I thought the reactions of some characters to a specific ordeal our protagonist goes through was slightly unrealistic. This was the ONLY reason I gave a 4 star review. I totally dig bizarre, over-the-top stories and can find extreme behaviors completely believable as long as it’s plausible within the storyline and characters the author has created. That didn’t happen here for me unfortunately, it just didn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong though cause I loved this book and devoured it in just over a day! I was on the edge of my seat as both timelines raced towards their climactic finish. I had so many theories of who was coming after Jane in her current timeline and was super happy to discover that I hadn’t figured it all out in the end. I had NO idea how the timeline from 5 years ago would end, I couldn’t figure out how they were going to get down that mountain or what would happen to get them to that point. I read at a fevered pace; sweating, heavy breathing, digging my nails into my palm…… all the signs that I was reading an incredible psychological thriller! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers, especially ones a little on the darker side. I would also venture so far as to say this would be an awesome Book Club read; there are some thoroughly toxic friendships here that would be a lot of fun to discuss.

I received a complimentary, advanced copy of this book from the publisher, HarperCollins UK and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

The Lie by C.L. Taylor is out today, go get your copy people!!


  1. Ohh, this sounds straight up my alley. I love a really good dark psychological thriller. My TBR list is bursting at the seams, but I gotta add this one to it anyway - your review sold me on it.

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I totally know what you mean about the infamous TBR pile, mines always growing way out of control!! I try to not add anymore books (especially ARCs) but then I read reviews & just can't help myself, my hubby says I need an intervention LOL He's probably right :) I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!