Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: The Lie by C.L. Taylor


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...

Publication Date: April 23, 2015

The Lie was a pleasant surprise in my to be read pile! I found the story to be so compelling and I really couldn’t stop reading until I discovered what was traumatic enough for Emma to leave her former life and become present-day Jane.

The story flips between past and present with the catalyst for the plot being a note Jane receives stating that they know her real name isn’t Jane. Jane has tried to rebuild her life after the events on a Nepal holiday with her former girlfriends, so she becomes terrified of everything being snatched away.

The characters weren’t very likeable. I kept wondering why they were all friends since each of them had reprehensible character traits. I wanted to reach through the book and shake some sense into them. I guess I wasn’t totally shocked how things fell apart in the way they did.

The suspense was so awesomely done. The author never gave much away besides a few breadcrumbs here or there. The climax is explosive and well worth the long wait.

Overall, a great book from a new to me author. Can’t wait to read her other books!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. Fantastic review! I like that you hit on the characters as well as the plot :) Thanks for sharing. WRITE ON!

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