One Of Us Is Lying - Shalini Borland
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
Tia never harmed anyone. So why does someone want to destroy her? Tia is walking home with her children, along the lakeside of their quiet, safe town, when she realises something is wrong with her five-year-old daughter, Rosie. She seems troubled, not at all her usual happy self. But when Tia finally coaxes Rosie to open up, she wishes she hadn’t. Because her sweet daughter asks a question Tia never thought she’d hear. ‘Mummy, why did you kill someone?’ Tia knows how rumours spread around her small town. She just can’t understand who would have shared such a horrible story. Or why. It can’t have anything to do with what happened. Only her two best friends really remember that… Tia thought she could trust Fiona and Kelly with her life. They’ve been through so much together. But when she’s sent photos of herself that could tear her whole world apart, she starts to wonder. Someone is determined to punish her. But who? And will her friends stand by her, or will the past destroy all of their lives?
This is the second Shalini Boland book I have read, and I am so glad the first of hers I read wasn’t just a fluke good read. I enjoyed this second one just as much. I’m never sure if I will, or if it was just a one-off chance finding. However, this was just as gripping and a fantastic psychological thriller. It did take a little while to get into and to get to grips with all of the characters. They weren’t easy to warm to as it seemed like they had so many secrets, you weren’t sure who to trust. This somehow made them unlikeable as characters. None of the characters at first seemed relevant to each other, and you were left wondering what the pertinence or significance of each character was to the story. It felt as if you were reading five different books and not one big story. It is actually only now that I am writing this that I remember the prologue. I’d completely forgotten it and what had happened. I’m like ‘oh that must have been so and so, and now everything makes sense’. So much happened with all of the characters that it was easy to forget things and not bring everything together. I had started to piece together the story as it developed, so there wasn’t any major surprise or shock. It was an excellent psych thriller, though; it kept you turning the page wanting to know where it was going and why everything was happening. The events that were occurring were so well thought out, and the story was well developed; it was perhaps just a little too over-complicated and sometimes the heinous events were a little too subtle. Overall, a good read that will keep you captivated until the end.