The Lie by CL Taylor

8th January 2019 – 5 stars.

I haven’t enjoyed a psychological thriller this much since I read Joy Fielding’s, See Jane Run, over 20 years ago.

The breakdown of friendship and the revenge that followed are at the heart of this thrilling story. From the intriguing opening to the gripping climax, I was hooked by Jane Hughes’ journey to hell and back.

Alternating between the past and the present, The Lie tells the story of four friends who embark on a holiday at a retreat in Nepal. Jane has put the horrors of that holiday behind her to rebuild her life with a new name, a job she loves and a caring boyfriend. But the spectre of that holiday threatens to destroy her happiness by revealing what really happened and Jane’s part in it.

The author builds the suspense and tension slowly and gently as little by little the events of the holiday turn into a nightmare. The changes in the characters and their relationships are vividly portrayed as their friendship crumbles and new allegiances are formed.

Back in the present, Jane’s new world slowly disintegrates until she trusts no one.

The pace, characterisation and unveiling of the past were accomplished and brilliantly handled, keeping me hooked and entertained throughout.

If you love good, character-driven psychological thrillers, then I’d recommend The Lie without hesitation.


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 . . .

The Lie by CL Taylor

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