Back of the book :
I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes ….
Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in a 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 a 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 ….
What I think :
Jane works in an animal Rescue Centre, she has a pretty ordinary life, A lovely boyfriend Will and an amazing almost step-daughter, Chloe. However Jane isn’t really Jane, she’s actually Emma and she’s hiding from something that happened to her five years ago.
When she was still Emma, she had three friends called Daisy, Leanne ans Al. They got on pretty well, you could say that they were best friends. To help Al get over a broken relationship with her girlfriend Simone, the friends decide to take Al on holiday. Daisy wants to go to Ibiza, but Leanne persuades the girls to go to Nepal. She’s read about a wonderful retreat there that she thinks will help Al get over Simone. Its called Ekanta Yatra and it’s run by Issac, Cera, Johan and Raj. When they first get there it’s wonderful. However after the first few days the cracks begin to show and the girls start to turn against each other, what happens next is truly horrific and only 2 of the girls return home ….
The story has two timelines, which it flits between, one here and now and the other one is five years ago when the girls go on that fateful holiday.
This is such a dark, entertaining story, it really ticks all the boxes for an exceptional thriller. I really loved Cally’s other book ‘The Accident’, so I was really looking forward to this one, however ‘The Lie’ is on a whole different level. It has such superbly written characters, take Emma for instance, she is such a mousey person always allowing other people to dictate to her what she should do. By the end of the book she’s really grown as a person. Leanne on the other hand I never really liked her, I always thought she was a little sly. Both of these characters you can really understand and relate too and also the descriptions of the Nepal mountains and backdrops are brilliant you can almost hear the lizards and other wildlife in the background as you read.
This is a expertly written book, it has so many twists it makes you want to gasp out loud. There was certainly many a night when I didn’t go to bed until the early hours of the morning because I just couldn’t put it down. It really makes you stop and think, this could happen to anybody going on holiday to any country in the world. Its a pretty scary thought really !!!
I could rave on all day about this book but I don’t want to spoil it, all I’ll say is read it, you wont be disappointed.
I give this spookily dark thriller 10/10.
A very big Thank you to the author Cally Taylor and Alice Bland at Avon Books for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review.
Published By Avon Books on 23/04/15.