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Petra Hammesfahr
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11 Oct 2009
Nadia and Susanne have just met. They look uncannily alike, but one is filthy rich and has both a husband and a lover while the other is dirt poor and single. So, when Nadia asks Susanne to spend a weekend with her husband, how can she refuse the outrageous fee on offer? So Susanne changes her hairstyle and clothes and, one Friday afternoon, drives Nadia's wine-red Alfa to her beautiful suburban villa. However, what appears at first to be a harmless game quickly turns into a deadly web of lies.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS; First Thus edition (11 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904738427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904738428
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hammesfahr is gripping, full of psychological insight, and one of Germany's most successful writers.' Literary Review

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Petra Hammesfahr, born in 1951, has not had an easy life: she left school at thirteen and became pregnant by an alcoholic husband at seventeen. It is a life that has provided inspiration for her bittersweet family crime novels where the sweetness of childhood and the horror of adults meet. Hammesfahr has written over twenty crime and suspense novels and writes scripts for television and film. She has won numerous literary prizes, including the Crime Prize of Wiesbaden and the Rhineland Literary Prize.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not as good as The Sinner... 14 Jun 2010
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I came to this book after enjoying The Sinner, by the same author. Overall, this is a slightly confused, messy book that never quite gets to where it wants to be. It begins with the reader needing to make a leap of faith - that two unconnected women look astonishingly alike. Assuming you can swallow that, it becomes a question of whether a man can fail to recognise his own wife.

The premise is simply too much for the book. Firstly, it requires endless repetition and detail about the two women switching places - the result is confused, overly-tight and robs passages of pace and impact. Secondly, it becomes ever-more implausible as it deepens. The plot becomes too unlikely to be sustainable.

Hammesfahr showed in The Sinner that she can write taut psychological crime dramas very well. Unfortunately, this time she began with a poor idea and was never able to overcome the disadvantage.
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I bought this book after reading The Sinner by the same author, which i'd give a 5* rating. I was dissapointed to find that of all her books, only these 2 so far as translated into english. I had very very high hopes for this book. The basic concept which the reader must accept at the start is that 2 women, completely unrelated look so uncannily alike, that one woman can step into the others 'shoes' and take over her life for brief periods. The imposter is coached by the woman whose life she takes over, its a willing transaction with benefits for each woman. The imposter is expected to fool the husband and friends of this lady. But I struggled through the entire book with this concept and thus the book was ruined for me. The book is very well written, i enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. I warmed to the main characters. But throughout the book when the imposter is living the life of the 'other' character, i just felt that the author was expecting me to suspend a bit too much belief. For other readers this might not be an issue, but for me, it bugged me too much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book - The Lie by Petra Hammesfahr 21 Aug 2013
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Received in good time. The product was in good condition but, unfortunately, I did not enjoy the story very much; but that's ok, we can't all like the same books, as I know only too well being a writer, but it was well written and I passed it on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the lie 2 Feb 2010
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I bought this book and was really looking foward to reading it as the story line described, sounded great. Having trawled half way through, I finally gave up on it. From the beginning, it was slow and not a bit gripping. Un-necessary detail and a real slow story unfolded at a painful snail pace and for the first time ever, I couldnt finish this book.
To say that Im disappointed would be an under statement, I bought this authors second book at the same time and wont be attempting to read it!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars adult modernization of the Prince and The Pauper 7 May 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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Suzanne Lasko struggles to survive living in a dump in which she cannot pay the rent on time ever since her marriage ended and her teller job terminated for her inability to perform simple tasks. Apparently her mind never fully healed from a car accident several years ago. Her ailing mom lives in a home, so Suzanne who loves her makes up a life with a good paying job and a kind boyfriend. Desperately she does the unthinkable and uses her mom's money to pay her bills.

Suzanne arrives at Behringer and partners for an interview. There she runs into her almost identical twin Nadia Trenkler though they are not related as far as either woman knows. Wealthy Nadia hires Suzanne to pose as her with her husband Michael for the weekend while she runs off for a tryst. Their first switch is successful so they do it again and again although Michael suspects something is not quite right with his wife.

The concept of twins switching identities is common in movies and books and this latest tale is an adult modernization of the Prince and The Pauper. Suzanne makes the tale with her bewildered mind and abject poverty impeding her fitting in the luxurious lifestyle of Nadia. Although plausibility is somewhat lost due to Michael's actions and reactions and the too frequent switches, readers will enjoy this intriguing psychological suspense thriller.

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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so. Could've been better 16 July 2012
By karen j - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I liked Hammesfahr's "The Sinner" much better than "The Lie". I expected Hammesfahr to give me a better depth of her main character but in this novel I did not entirely understand the protagonist and some of the decisions that she made. This book has a basic storyline that has been done, where two people who look physically alike, meet each other in odd circumstances and decide to switch places for ulterior motives. What Hammesfahr brings to the table is that she likes to throw in twisted traits into her main character and make you feel for them and that is what is supposed to set her story apart from a cliche. The twist happened, but in the end left me feeling like the interaction of the characters were unfinished. The greatest flaw in this story was there really was no goal or big mystery to solve. It's just a story about the character living a lie, which explains the title of the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just WOW!! 22 July 2010
By Joan Mokray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Picked this up in the library and then couldn't put it down. Yes, it's twin switching but the complexity is amzingly engaging. I kept wondering how any of them could keep it up. It's really about what one believes and what makes a person a person -- not appearances but actions and values. Do clothes make the person? What's real and what's fake? How do you know?
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth spending your money on 1 April 2010
By Cheryl Koch - Published on Amazon.com
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Susanne Lasko is poor. She desperately needs to find a job soon, not just for herself but for her mother, who she is taking care of. Nadia Trenkler is married, rich and has everything Susanne wants.

While Susanne was heading to a job interview, she bumped into her twin. Well not really but just about. When Naida first spots Susanne, she believes that they are half sisters. Naida offers Susanne an offer she can't refuse. Naida will pay Susanne if she will pretend to be her, so that she can get away for weekend getaways with her lover. Also as a plus, Susanne will have access to expensive cars, a huge house and lots of money. All things that Susanne could only dream about. How long will Naida and Susanne be able to keep up their charades before the stakes get too high?

The Lie is the first novel I have read by Petra Hammesfahr. After finishing this book, I now want to check out all the rest of her novels. I thought this was a well written novel. The dynamics between Susanne and Naida were strong. I did not expect Susanne to be as strong a character as she turned out to be. The suspense built up as the story progressed. I couldn't stop reading this book. The ending was a twist that I didn't see coming. This book would make a good movie. US readers looking for some one new to read should look no further than Petra Hammesfahr.
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