Book Review : The Lie by C L Taylor

June 4, 2015 Book review 10 ★★★★

I snapped up this book without even looking at the synopsis as I enjoyed this authors début novel so much. Pretty smart decision by me as this one was even darker and had a sinister setting that gave me all the creeps that I expect from a psychological thriller!

Book Review : The Lie by C L TaylorThe Lie by C.L. Taylor
Published by HarperCollins UK on 23 Apr 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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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...

First Line of The Lie by C L Taylor:

“I know he’s trouble before he even set foot in the building.”

My Thoughts on The Lie by C L Taylor:

The Lie is told in two different timelines – the present and five years earlier. In the present you have Jane who works in an animal sanctuary under a new name and identity. However, her past is coming back to bite her. Five years earlier, you have Emma who is going off on holidays with three of her university friends.

I usually have a favourite timeline and this time it was the one in the past. I loved the intricate relationships between the four girls. They don’t have healthy attachments to each other and instead of their friendships boosting them up, they seem to drag them down. It seemed very realistic as after you leave college, your lives go in different directions and what were once strong bonds can alter drastically.

However even though that was my preferred timeline, I was still intrigued by the present day one too. I loved that it was suspenseful and had a dangerous underlying vibe to it. There was also a very slight romance in the present day but this is book about friendship more than anything else.

Of the four friends, I only really liked the main character Jane/Emma. The others were various levels of horrible. And I love reading about dysfunctional characters so I thoroughly enjoyed the nastiness. Just call me crazy but I love a well-developed bad girl (disclaimer…in my books not in real life!). And this gang met my definition for thoroughly unpleasant. Plus through effective character development we get good insight as to why they were that way.

There were no major twists or shocks in the book however the pace was tense and sinister so it still remained a page turner. And the setting was FAB! Arrrgghhh, I want so badly to tell you what it was but that would be a huge spoiler so I have to zip it! With difficulty! But it’s a setting I haven’t read about much and it meant the characters were very isolated and in a LOT of trouble. It was nerve-racking and captivating.

Overall this is a great follow-up novel by C L Taylor and I look forward to her future books with anticipation. She does creepy and dangerous with ease and in way that sets my heart pitter pattering!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Lie by C L Taylor?

I’d highly recommend this to all those who enjoy reading about complex characters in a tense setting. If you enjoyed The Accident, then I think you’ll equally enjoy this one. Fans of Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent, The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins and The Long Fall by Julia Crouch should also appreciate The Lie.

Thanks to NetGalley and Avon UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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10 Responses to “Book Review : The Lie by C L Taylor”

    • trish

      I think dark and twisty mixes in perfectly with some lighter ones as that way you never get bored or too scared!

  1. Lola

    This probably isn’t a book for me as I stay away from the dark reads, although it sure sounds like a well written book. It sounds creepy and I find it interesting how you get both past and present, although it can feel jarring in some books, it sounds like it was done well in this book. Just like you I usually have a favourite timeline or point of view in books with multiple timelines or point of views. I am curious about the setting now, especially because you can’t tell. And I love it when also the bad guys or bad girls have depth and a background. Great review!
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    • trish

      Ohh the setting was great! And yes there was a lot of depth so you could really see just why the characters went so badly off track.

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