Saturday 18 April 2020

SEVEN LIES by Elizabeth Kay

 It all started with one little lie . . . 

Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men. 

But Jane never liked Marnie's husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.

Because if Jane had been honest - if she hadn't lied - then perhaps her best friend's husband might still be alive . . . 

This is Jane's opportunity to tell the truth, the question is: Do you believe her?

I love psychological thrillers, so when I found out about this one, I was definitely interested in checking it out. And thanks to Hachette Australia, who were awesome enough to send me a copy, I did.

Jane and Marnie have been best friends since they were kids. They did everything together, and Jane kept an eye on her friend to keep her safe and out of trouble.

Their friendship knows no bounds and time can't come between them. But when it does, and someone threatens to tear them apart, Jane will do whatever it takes to make sure Marnie still needs her...

O.M.G. This book is an addictive ride that I read in about twenty-four hours. I got so swept up in what was going on that I didn't want to put it down.

As soon as I met Jane, I knew she was going to be an unreliable character of the worst kind. Everything she says sounds excessive. She's manipulative and confronting. A total liar with so many secrets. All of her actions are questionable. And her thoughts are truly shocking.

I enjoyed how the story unfolds in a way that throws the reader all over the place. The timeline isn't linear. The lies start out small and increase in severity. But no matter what's going on, Jane manages to lead the narrative one way before swerving in another, unexpected direction.

The story is told in Jane's POV, so everything she narrates is seen through her hectic, obsessive lens. And once again, it's all questionable. The only thing I never questioned was how awful she was. Or even worse, that no matter how much I disliked her and didn't trust a damn word she said, I couldn't stop reading.

I seriously loved the writing style. It was intimate, sometimes insane and totally unpredictable. This portrayal of toxic friendship is all-consuming, and wickedly evil.

Seven Lies is the intoxicating story of one woman's quest to ensure she is always the most important person in her best friend's life. It's a slow burn psychological thriller that burrowed deep under my skin, festering so quickly I couldn't stop until the end.

It's insane, disorienting and told in a way that made me second guess every word, every sentence and every scene Jane described.

Also, I have be honest, there's one particular tragic event in Jane's life she kept circling back to... And I have to say, I don't believe it was an accident. Nope. I realise this is a vague observation, but I can't say more without getting into spoiler territory. But if you read it, you'll know exactly what I mean.

I really enjoyed this book, and how the frenetic energy leads to a shocking scene that filled me with so much nervous tension.

Yikes! What a great book.

Seven Lies, February 2020, ISBN 9780751578126, Sphere

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