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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781855307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781855300
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in Brighton, UK and I'm a sea-lover, star-gazer, film and football fan.
My novels THE LIE OF YOU and AFTER THE STORM are published by Head of Zeus.
My background is journalistic writing and television production. I was a Producer at TV-am and Commissioning Editor of Features at Westcountry Television. I left to become Deputy Director of the British Film Institute and later Chief Executive of BAFTA before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for seven years. I now write full time.

Twitter: @janelythell
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Author photos by Manu Palomeque and Patrick Tsui.
Author video by Amelia Trevette.

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'A very credible portrait of obsession to the point of madness ... a clever, involving first novel' Literary Review.

'Fascinating ... clever ... the author's real skill is her ability to invent memorable original characters. A thrilling read' Daily Mail.

'Pumps up suspense like Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl ... delivered in a sharp, pragmatic style that is gripping and readable, but behind the adventure the plot hints at bigger, more complex questions about our society' The Scotsman.

'A clever psychological thriller ... Lythell has a flair for leading the reader into assumptions then pulling away the foundations' Daily Express.

'Great writing and interesting female characters make this an entertaining thriller about rivalry, will and desperation' Diva.

'I could feel the tension radiating from the pages and I found it impossible to put down ... so well written, absolutely fascinating' Reading in the Sunshine.

'It's a surprise to learn that Jane Lythell is a debut novelist, since her measured pace as she builds up the increasing trepidation is very assured and relentless ... Gripping' Diplomat.

'Brilliantly intense and compelling, exciting and unputdownable!' Victoria Loves Books.

'Secrets, lies and assumptions all blend together to create page-turning momentum' We Love This Book.

About the Author

Jane Lythell worked as a television producer and commissioning editor before becoming Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA. She now writes full time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AlanW on 17 Jan. 2015
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One of the Most Thought-provoking books I have ever read! You need to read this book as it will challenge your belief system! Skilfully written in the first person of both main characters, Kathy & Heja, you are thrust inside their heads through the twists & turns of the plot & sub-plots of their intertwined, yet separate lives.Gradually the whole picture evolves & I felt my support switching between the characters in turn. It is a real roller-coaster ride & in the end I had an overpowering empathy for one character in particular & I was shocked. It is a cleverly written book about love, family, ambition, choices, duty, morals, beliefs, possession & I suppose life. So if you love life & treasure what is important to you, read this book with an open mind & you will enjoy the journey. People I have recommended the book to have been 'Totally Blown Away'. A Real Psychological Thriller in every sense of the word with an Amazing Ending!. I am currently reading 'After the Storm', another of Jane Lythell's books & that is amazing too. We need more, Please!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PCF London on 29 April 2014
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A great thriller that picks up pace after the first few chapters... It starts off feeling like it is going to be a book that might appeal to women more than men but then develops into a great psychological thriller that keeps you turning the pages. The story is also based on personal relationships that are believable, and this makes the story more exciting and compelling… I can strongly recommend this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Vanity Fair on 18 Nov. 2013
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An enormously impressive debut novel. I fell madly in love with it and read in one weekend.

Its the story of one woman stalking another. The fantastically characterised and deeply dangerous Heja is absorbed with everything about new mother Kathy - her son, her husband, her home, her job, her eating habits, her dress sense. What's enormously refreshing about this novel is its close inspection of well drawn female leads - it's not just about a bloke! It really gets under the skin of these women, how they behave and why. It reminds me of Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller in this respect. I think a lot of women can relate to that unspoken but deeply felt feeling of rivalry with certain other woman - a feeling of being pit against one another for a job or relationship. Its not a novel about bitchiness. Heja envies Kathy's happy home life and yet in turn Kathy envies Heja's cool elegance and success.

The plot rips along as we unpick the threads that drive Heja and make you want to shout at the page to Kathy, who is too trusting and caught up in her own things to realise the danger she and her family are in. It comes to a satisfying end, no easy feat for a debut thriller like this, and it stayed with me after reading. Heroine Kathy is enormously likeable but in a strange way so is Heja despite some awful and devious behaviour, she's fascinating, dangerous and keeps you guessing. Learning to understand her is what's so brilliant about this book.

I'll be getting the paperback edition, titled THE LIE OF YOU, for family and friends to try as I highly recommend this read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 18 July 2014
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THE LIE OF YOU is a psychological thriller about two woman - Kathy, who is married to Markus and has a baby boy, and Heja, a very cold and collected Finnish woman who works for Kathy.

The novel is told from both women's perspectives. Kathy finds Markus mysterious and cold. Heja hates Kathy and wants to ruin her life. What we don't know is why.

I found this very easy to read. I read it in a matter of hours, and I think the author does a good job of creating two very different voices for the characters. My main issues with it were that Markus was a very shallow, unbelievable character. I found him very cold and unsympathetic. I didn't believe in his choices or motivations. I also felt that the ending was wrapped up too quickly, and left me unsatisfied. I do think this is a good easy read - probably one for a holiday - but not something I plan to revisit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennyinneverland on 30 Nov. 2013
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Firstly, I'd like to thank Becci Sharpe from Head of Zeus for sending me a lovely and unexpected copy of this book. It's set to be published in paperback on 16th January 2014 but is already out in Kindle format under the title `I Will Have What Is Mine'. This book is based around the lives of two very different women - Kathy and Heja. To the outside world, Kathy looks like she has the perfect life. She is the editor of a very successful architectural magazine, has a beautiful baby boy and a handsome husband but colleague, Heja, can see through the cracks in Kathy's otherwise perfect façade and begins to sneakily medal in Kathy's life. Lies begin to surface and Heja's very private past starts to catch up with them because Kathy has the one thing that Heja wants the most and she will do everything in her power to get it. This gripping, psychological thriller that covers jealousy and obsession, rivalry and deceit and how women pit themselves against one another.

The first thing I noticed about this book was that the chapters are very short and I'm not a huge fan of long chapters so that sat very well with me. I tend to get through books a lot quicker if their chapters are short and sweet. This book is written is 1st person with 2 points of view - Kathy and Heja and you can tell the difference between the two women in the narrative. I very much enjoy books which are from multiple view points but I do find all the points of view are written very similarly - even though they are from entirely different characters however this wasn't the case at all with this book. From the very first chapter I didn't get a very good vibe from Heja, just from the way she is putting herself across to the readers.
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