‘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 . . .’
After reading The Accident, I couldn’t wait to see what Cally had in store for me this time. I will be honest I didn’t even bother reading the blurb, I mean it’s Cally, I wanted to go in completely blind. Although reading the blurb would never of given me clues what to expect because Cally has this unique way of never letting you take a breath and not giving you any clues on who to trust within her stories. The Lie had me up all night long and on the absolute edge of my seat, begging my eyes not to fail me so I could just read one more page, but it’s never one more page, or even one more chapter. With Cally it’s the whole book in one sitting wether you like it or not!
I’m going to attempt to tell you about this book, but what I can talk about is limited, it’s one of those books that is impossible to go into too much detail about, for fear of saying too much!
The story starts with Jane Hughes, she works at a local animal sanctuary and is in a fairly new relationship with Will, only Jane isn’t who she really says she is and Jane soon discovers that she is not the only person who knows who she really is, thanks to an anonymous note she receives. Now everything that Jane is running from is putting everything she has worked towards at risk and leaves her in fear of who she can trust.
Five years ago Emma (now Jane) and her three best friends from Uni, Daisy, Al, and Leanne. (Leanne is the only girl who she’s actually not very fond of, but Daisy really likes her so she puts up with her for Daisy’s sake). go on the holiday of a lifetime. Each of them have something going on in their lives that have them wanting to escape and relax on a beach with a few drinks. Leanne books and plans the entire thing and they will end up in a retreat called Ekanta Yard, that her yoga teacher told her all about. At first when they arrive it may seem like they have found paradise but before they know it, their friendships are pushed and stretched to breaking point and they no longer know who each other really are and wether they can they can trust one another. As their holiday becomes darker and more twisted and the rain prevents them from leaving it’s all a matter of survival.
One of the things I loved the most about The Lie was watching the dynamics of the group change. Daisy was Emma’s best friend from day one but once on holiday Emma starts to notice her go from being her biggest supporter to being Leanne’s biggest supporter, something that Leanne takes great pleasure in. Leanne has always been a bitch but this change in Daisy comes as a suprise, which results in her leaning more towards Al. But Al always tried to remain neutral within the group and tended to turn a blind eye towards Daisy and Leanne’s behaviour rather than standing up to them.
The Lie is absolutely fantastic, it’s addictive, dark, creepy, twisty and will really get under your skin. What I love most about this book was as the story changed from the present day to the past, we were constantly left with bits of information that made us desperate to get back to that time frame within in the book. Cally has perfected in giving readers book hangovers so extreme that I couldn’t even look at another book for a week!
Another absolute must buy from the utterly brilliant C.L Taylor!