The Lie by C. L. Taylor (3 Stars)


Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have read other reviews, and don’t share the same sentiment.  This was a good book, well-written, however, the story is flat.  The author tried to build up suspense by giving out the story a bit at a time, however, it never worked up the suspense it should have.  The characters were well-developed in the beginning of the story, but we never seem to understand their thinking when the story is at its most intense.  As for Emma/Jane, she was really a bit too naive in her belief that maybe someone was in my house, but maybe not.  Maybe someone tried to kill me, but maybe not.  Yes, she was a wishy washy character all along, but if we were to believe what happened in Nepal had changed her, she should have been wiser.  That was supposedly the theme of the book (and part of the author’s discussion guide), but it never is exemplified by the main character.

Unfortunately, the story never worked up the suspense it should have, never become a psychological thriller and the story ending up being predictable and preposterous in some places.


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