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 . . .
I'm delighted to be the host on the Blog Tour for The Lie by C L Taylor. The Lie was published in paperback by Avon on 23 April 2015. I reviewed C L Taylor's last novel; The Accident, here on Random Things in April last year.
C L Taylor really does know how to keep her reader on the edge of their seat. The Lie is a complex and sometimes quite terrifying tale of how friendship can go very very wrong.
Jane Hughes lives a fairly quiet life, she works in an animal sanctuary and has recently started a relationship with the guy who could be 'the one'. Life has never been easy for Jane, but at the moment things seem to be going her way.
Until Jane receives a message. This message will turn her life upside down and can only mean
trouble. Five years ago Jane was called Emma and her life was very different, she was very different.
Emma and four of her friends decide to take a holiday in Nepal. It will be an opportunity to get away from everything. To work through their troubles, to relax, to have fun. Only two of them will return.
The retreat in Nepal seems like heaven. Relaxed and calm, organic food and no interference from the outside world - what more could they wish for?
It is not long before Emma realises that the apparent serenity and calm is a cover up, and that there is a dark and dangerous undertone running through this place. It seems that her friends are fully embedded into what is becoming more and more like a cult. Emma is desperate to get away, but others are desperate for her to stay.
The Lie is a fast-paced and pretty complex psychological thriller. Populated with characters who are easy to loathe, yet also so compelling, this is a story that takes the reader on a twisty path. There are explosive scenes of violence, with touches of cruelty, and the author cleverly ensures that the reader is just one step ahead of the main characters. Despite this, the ending is explosive and unexpected and leaves the reader feeling breathless.
C L Taylor is an excellent story teller. The Lie is a fabulous read, I would highly recommend it.
Yet again, Avon's PR company; Light Brigade PR have done a wonderful job in marketing this book. Just as they did with C L Taylor's previous novel, The Accident, they created a really spooky book mailing programme for The Lie.
Strange packages arrived through the post in the lead up to the actual book arriving - very clever, and somewhat unnerving too!