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- Publisher: Avon (23 April 2015)
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Praise for The Lie:
‘Haunting and heart-stoppingly creepy, The Lie is a gripping roller coaster of suspense.’
‘5/5 stars – Spine-chilling!’
‘An excellent psychological thriller’
‘Packed with twists and turns, this brilliantly tense thriller will get your blood pumping.’
Claire Frost, Fabulous Magazine
‘Fast-paced, tense and atmospheric, a guaranteed bestseller’
''A gripping page-turner full of intrigue and suspense."
‘ Creepy, horrifying and twisty. C L Taylor is extremely good at writing stories in which you have no idea which characters you can trust, and the result is intriguing and scary and extremely gripping.’
Julie Cohen, 2014 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club Pick
"The Lie is absolutely brilliant – The Beach, only darker, more thrilling and more tense. It's the story of a twisted, distorted friendship. It's a compelling, addictive and wonderfully written tale. Can't recommend it enough."
"A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller: every bit as good as The Accident."
Black Narcissus for the Facebook generation; a clever exploration of how petty jealousies and misunderstandings can unravel even the tightest of friendships. Claustrophobic, tense and thrilling, a thrill-ride of a novel that keeps you guessing.
“My heart was racing after I finished CL Taylor's brilliant new book The Lie. Dark, creepy and full of twists. I loved it."
C L Taylor is fast becoming the queen of psychological suspense. Read this: you won't be disappointed."
"A plot both brilliant and chilling; characters both appealing and dark and a terrifying climax to which you will race with your heart hammering in your chest. Masterful storytelling; a brilliant read."
C L Taylor produces dark and intriguing page-turners, with strong characters and great pace.
About the Author
C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five gripping, stand-alone psychological thrillers: THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE, THE MISSING, THE ESCAPE and THE FEAR. Her award winning books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on all the ebook platforms, optioned for television and translated into over 20 languages. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The two stories take place in Nepal five years ago and England in the present. Semi spoiler alert: four friends make a trek up a mountain in Nepal. Only two return – this is not really a spoiler as this fact is revealed fairy early in the story.
Some very sinister things happened at the top of that mountain. Friendships were tested to the extreme and secrets, lies and betrayals were exposed. Our poor protagonist had no idea who to trust. The mystery will keep your attention as it is fed to you bit by it.
The Lie is delivered mostly through telling instead of showing. This does not bother me in the slightest however many readers don’t like that approach. I’m impressed The Lie is only the second novel for Author CL Taylor. I will definitely be seeking out her first.
If you liked “The Beach”, you will like “The Lie”. With friends like these, who needs enemies…?
Worth a read and is a simple "switch off" book. Since reading it, and reading more about the author, she wrote it with female friendship relationships in mind. Not being a female and having these relationships it simply continued to compound the confusion that males find when trying to understand female-female relationships.
Think of it a bit like the TV series 'Weeds'. If she had of shown a little discipline and simply not done certain things, she wouldn't have gotten into trouble. Then there wouldnt be a TV series. Similar with this book.
Finding it difficult to do so but will stick with it for a bit longer.
The story is told in the past & present times but much of it is set in a 'cult' in Nepal and quite weird and
I have yet to discover what the Lie is!
I hate to review a book unfairly but am definitely finding this a bit boring.
It was a good story line and kept me hooked in. There was good use of detail and images kept coming through.
I'd like to read more from the author with perhaps a different set of characters.
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The breakdown of friendship and the revenge that followed are at the heart of this thrilling story. From the intriguing opening to the gripping climax, I was hooked by Jane Hughes’ journey to hell and back.
Alternating between the past and the present, The Lie tells the story of four friends who embark on a holiday at a retreat in Nepal. Jane has put the horrors of that holiday behind her to rebuild her life with a new name, a job she loves and a caring boyfriend. But the spectre of that holiday threatens to destroy her happiness by revealing what really happened and Jane’s part in it.
The author builds the suspense and tension slowly and gently as little by little the events of the holiday turn into a nightmare. The changes in the characters and their relationships are vividly portrayed as their friendship crumbles and new allegiances are formed.
Back in the present, Jane’s new world slowly disintegrates until she trusts no one.
The pace, characterisation and unveiling of the past were accomplished and brilliantly handled, keeping me hooked and entertained throughout.
If you love good, character-driven psychological thrillers, then I’d recommend The Lie without hesitation.
Jump back five years and good friends Emma, Daisy and Leanne are wondering how best to help their friend Al. She’s been dumped by her girlfriend and has started to stalk her ex. The friends decide that a holiday would be best and though Emma & Daisy are happy to go to Ibiza, Leanne has something a little more adventurous and spiritual up her sleeve – Nepal.
Back in the present, Jane receives a note at work saying –
‘I know that your name’s not really Jane Hughes.’
Someone knows that she’s really Emma and why she changed her identity.
I struggled to put this book down. At one point a message appeared on my Kindle warning me that my battery was dangerously low. I willed it to last out for the rest of the chapter at least. There’s great tension in both the present and past stories. Fortunately C L Taylor doesn’t change time periods at the end of each chapter as some authors do but continues the story on for a bit longer. So when the times comes to swap it doesn’t feel like a wrench to change – it feels right.
In the notes at the back, Taylor talks about her own trip to Nepal and it’s clear from her descriptions that she’s been there. She transfers that experience and atmosphere into her writing, giving it authenticity. Thankfully her trip was a lot happier than the friends in the book – their trip is the stuff of nightmares and beyond.
Destinations aside, what’s important with psychological thrillers is pace and tension and The Lie doesn’t disappoint. It was like navigating a spider’s web, being drawn into the middle until you have no option but to face the spider. It kept me reading late into the night.
I would love to tell you more about the story but I don’t like spoilers. So if you want to know what happens, you’ll have to read it yourself!
The story is told in two time periods, current day by Jane Hughes who works in an animal sanctuary and 5 years earlier when Jane, then known as Emma, went to Nepal with three close friends from Uni days. Emma changed her name to Jane after Nepal as only two or the four came back and she wants to put that whole time behind her and make a new life. But then, in present day, she starts to get some creepy messages from one of the two friends that didn’t make it back from Nepal.
I didn’t get on with the book as I found all the four central character Jane/Emma, Al, Daisy and Leanne quite unlikable and not very worldly wise. They all to a Nepal with seemingly no checking of the weather and that is might be monsoon season, gave up their passports to someone they didn’t know in the middle of nowhere, kept overlooking some awful things said to one another. And then there were sexual assaults going on left, right and centre which would have had most people running down the mountain despite the mud and monsoon.
Time and time again Daisy did awful things to Emma who was supposedly her best friend and yet Emma carried on referring to her as her best friend no matter what.
The UK time period was easy to follow but the Nepal one involves a lot of characters which got confusing. There was also a lot of supposition about who’s said what and did what within the four friends to upset one of the others specifically. It was different combinations of the four all the time so hard to remember who did what for seemingly little purpose other than being mean. The Nepal plot just got more and more unbelievably and convoluted. I just wanted to get to the end but that was rushed and not overly convincing either.
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."
This book by C. L. Taylor was taglined as Dark and Creepy so I was expecting great things from it, however, I was underwhelmed by the plot and felt it got a bit lost in the middle of the book and I was tempted to skip pages just to get to an exciting bit again. The book and characters were well written and the ending was good, but it just lost a couple of stars because of the boring middle section for me.
The Lie is set in two time lines, present day where we meet Jane, she's just in the first few months if a new relationship working at the local rescue kennels in a small village in Wales and five years ago when Jane was Emma and she and her three friends set off to Nepal for the holiday of a lifetime. The four girls are so very different but they've been friends since uni days and know each others dark secrets. Their usual holiday is Ibiza, hitting the clubs and pulling one night stands but they decide, with some persuasion from Leanne to try something completely different. Everything is going to plan and they arrive safely at the mountain top retreat run by Isaac and some others from around the world. But as I said at the beginning Cally has a dark and twisted mind and things at the nirvana are not all as it appears.
Five years on and Jane is quietly getting on with her life, she's changed her name, her appearance and relocated trying to escape the past but that's not going to be as easy as all that when she starts receiving notes alluding back to her life as Emma. Does someone know who she was? Do they know what happened on the top of that mountain?
All the way through the book events are shaped by the past and by secrets and all Jane wants to do is leave her past behind her and get on with her new life, but will she be able to.
C. L. Taylor has written 7 books including The Lie with another two in the pipeline, which is great as this was my first of hers and there's loads more for me to get my teeth into.
There are alternating sections (with a few chapters per section) of the present day and five years earlier. Each section really builds the tension with what is ‘currently’ happening in each. This enabled me to speed read through the entire book wanting to return to each section to find out what had just happened when we last left it. Most of the time they are left on cliffhangers and pick up again when you get back to them. This could at times be a little disorientating as you had been engrossed in the previous section and had forgotten where you had left the story. It sounds complicated, but other than a moment needing to remember what had happened, it worked very well to keep you captivated. This is a 481-page book, and I devoured it in just over 24 hours; that’s how gripping this story is.
In the present, we are following Jane, a quiet girl who works in an animal sanctuary. On the surface, she seems like the perfect person who would help anyone or anything. Oh, that scene with the kittens and Holly made me want to run to my local animal shelter and grab all the kittens I could find and bring them home! With three already, I had to calm down and just continue with the book! Jane has a dark past, however, and this is played out in the past sections, slowly showing us what has shaped her current situation.
The tension builds and builds, and you don’t know how it is going to end. There is twist after twist, and it was just brilliant. You knew there could be no happy ever after in the past as it is made quite clear early on. That ‘retreat’ gave me the creeps, and I would have run from there screaming as soon as I arrived. I can’t think of anything worse than sleeping in a dormitory with a load of girls never mind everything else that was happening!
Another superb read by C.L. Taylor. I’m going to have to get around to more of her back catalogue sooner than I planned as she is a fantastic writer! A solid five stars!
Alternating between the present day and five years earlier, we follow Jane as she tries to work out who is sending her these messages as well as snippets being revealed of when Jane went on what was supposed to be a dream holiday with 3 friends to Nepal five years previously. As the story progresses we discover what exactly happened on that fateful trip that tore the friends apart and why it has haunted her ever since, at the same time Jane realises that it's finally time to face up to her past and let those closest to her know the truth about who she really is no matter what the consequences end up being.
I'm sure that if I'd had the time to do so I would have sat and devoured this book in a single sitting as it was a story that grabbed me hook, line and sinker from the very start but sadly for me I didn't have the time to do so but there were many times when I had to just read one more chapter as I couldn't stop reading there.
The descriptive writing takes us on a dark, twisted journey as it explored the intricacies of the friendships between Jane and her group of friends and we actually get to see how toxic their friendships actually were and how easily the bonds could be broken to tear them apart creating jealously but most of all trust issues. Who is telling the truth and which friends can you really trust? As for the ending, it was not the one I was expecting which is a good thing as I like to be shocked and surprised and C.L. Taylor definitely managed that with this reader!
Over the last year or so I have started to read a lot more psychological thrillers, including her debut psychological thriller The Accident which I really enjoyed, but I have to say that The Lie is definitely one of the best I've read and is currently my favourite read of the year for 2015.
This stands up well to The Beach. Some parts seemed over the top and unrealistic, but I tend to take that with a pink of salt so long as there is suspense, drama and mystery - and there was.
Was less interested in the current timeline, with Jane working in a dog sanctuary. It took focus away from the heartbeat of the story and interrupted the flow. Compared to the cult setting, it was a bit dull.
Emma/Jane often struggled to think logically, or think at all. I wasn't captivated by her, and didn't really care what happened to her (although we knew she made it out of Nepal anyway). We were supposed to empathise/sympathise with Daisy, yet she had no redeeming features.
This would have been 5 stars if there had been one timeline.
The book follows Jane as she attempts to lead a normal life five years on from a tragic and quite disturbing trip with her best friends, two of which never made it home. But putting the past behind her is proving quite a challenge when someone begins to make contact knowing that Jane isn't her real name..
Firstly, I loved how the shock and mystery of what happened to Jane was evident from Chapter 1. From the start I had questions and could feel myself gripped with curiousity as to what happened, why, and who was to blame.
The way the chapters continued to flick between the events of five years ago, and Jane's current situation allowed the story to pull together from opposite ends of the timeline. Events were revealed slowly, but also synchronised with the other timeline. This allowed the book to feel as if you were reading two separate, but gripping novels, whilst also enjoying how each could explain events in the other.
Jane was a very likeable character, and discovering how her friendships with her best firends developed but also broke down was very interesting. I always consider female friendship groups to be very predictable, but this book shows how those dynamics can go very very wrong when put under immense pressure.
I found the concept of the Ekanta Yatra extremely disturbing and slightly chilling, yet there was also a part of me that wondered if these types of places really exist. Most psychological thrillers tend to be set in domestic environments, whereas there was a pureness to Ekanta Yatra which intruiged me. I just simply can't imagine such a place that was stripped back to the basics of everyday living, and howthis would impact on a modern day community. Isaac, as the ring leader, didn't sit comfortabley with me from the moment he was introduced, and this just made me want to read on so much more!
I found myself wondering how on earth did Jane ever get home, and none of this was revealed until the final pages - which kept me reading just one last page everytime I picked up the book. A real page turner that had me hooked from the very start - read in three sittings in three days, I couldn't stop thinking about this book even after I finished it.
I really loved this book, but for some reason just felt it wasn't quite a 5 star, if I truley had to pick it'd be up there with 4.5 but of course Goodreads won't allow that, so I had to settle for a four star review. This is a credit to C. L. Taylor and her work. This now means the only novel left for me to get my hands on is The Accident! I'm keeping my eyes peeled for that one!
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.
Many thanks to the publishers Avon for sending me a copy via Netgalley.
Flicking between past and present, the reader follows Emma/Jane from her previous life to the new one she has fabricated. Five years ago, Emma went on an ‘adventure of a lifetime’ with three friends. The hippy of the pack planned a retreat to Ekanta Yatra in the Nepalese mountains. Fooled by the paradisiacal description, their friendships and lives are slowly strained and wrecked before us. Five years on tells the tale of animal-lover ‘Jane’ and how she has pieced back a life for herself. But someone is starting to rip it apart again. The less you know the better…
I felt both aggravated and attached to the characters. The hatred I felt towards Leanne was softened by her mental difficulties and bumpy upbringing; the same for my irritation towards whiny Daisy. Emma was relatable and Al was loveable. The characters felt real and I unpicked their layers as the novel progressed; they were far more complex than first apparent. The result is a plucky tale of friendships intertwined with darkness and terror.
Other reviewers have criticised the unrealistic storyline. I second that, although the excitement and unpredictability would be non-existent if it were set in a generic city with simplistic characters. The unfamiliarity of a cult and its ritualistic nature is necessary to take the reader beyond their depth. My only drawback would be the slightly rushed ending. Nothing was left open, so whilst satisfying, Taylor seemed to face quite a challenge hastily tying up loose ends in the space of a few pages.
Poignant and purposefully written, The Lie had me eagerly awaiting bedtime reading. I would recommend this book to suspense-hungry readers because the cliffhangers in this book will keep you reading far too late in the night!
Overall this book was dark and full of secrets. It's not a book for a lighthearted, you will get pushed and pulled in all sorts of directions and it will make you question everyone. There are some plot twists that I just totally didn't expect but they made the story even more exceptional. This gripping novel will have you on the edge of your seat with every page.
I loved the switching of tenses from present day to five years earlier. However what happened five years earlier you would never believe in a million years. The chemistry between people and the "real life" elements showing the issues between peoples friendships and morals was absolutely mind blowing. You really do begin to make emotional connections with these characters.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to a heartwrenching, gripping thriller like novel because this one won't let you down.