The Lie - C.L. Taylor
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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 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 . . .
This book was so amazing on so many different levels. It had a lot going on, but it all worked well together and kept me hooked the entire way through. There are alternating sections (with a few chapters per section) of the present day and five years earlier. Each section really builds the tension with what is ‘currently’ happening in each. This enabled me to speed read through the entire book wanting to return to each section to find out what had just happened when we last left it. Most of the time they are left on cliffhangers and pick up again when you get back to them. This could at times be a little disorientating as you had been engrossed in the previous section and had forgotten where you had left the story. It sounds complicated, but other than a moment needing to remember what had happened, it worked very well to keep you captivated. This is a 481-page book, and I devoured it in just over 24 hours; that’s how gripping this story is. In the present, we are following Jane, a quiet girl who works in an animal sanctuary. On the surface, she seems like the perfect person who would help anyone or anything. Oh, that scene with the kittens and Holly made me want to run to my local animal shelter and grab all the kittens I could find and bring them home! With three already, I had to calm down and just continue with the book! Jane has a dark past, however, and this is played out in the past sections, slowly showing us what has shaped her current situation. The tension builds and builds, and you don’t know how it is going to end. There is twist after twist, and it was just brilliant. You knew there could be no happy ever after in the past as it is made quite clear early on. That ‘retreat’ gave me the creeps, and I would have run from there screaming as soon as I arrived. I can’t think of anything worse than sleeping in a dormitory with a load of girls never mind everything else that was happening! Another superb read by C.L. Taylor. I’m going to have to get around to more of her back catalogue sooner than I planned as she is a fantastic writer! A solid five stars!