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The Lie of You: I Will Have What is Mine

The Lie of You: I Will Have What is Mine [Kindle Edition]

Jane Lythell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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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.

'Highly unpredictable, chilling' Laura's Little Book Blog.

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One woman's fear is a another woman's weapon...

''When I look back on my relationship with Kathy I marvel at how naive she was, how little she knew.

But then, she always thought she had everything: the job; the baby; the friends; and him. She thought she was safe. She thought that nothing could touch her perfect world.

She should never have trusted me.''

A woman sets out to destroy a female colleague in this chilling psychological thriller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 966 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live in Brighton, UK and I'm a sea-lover, star-gazer, film and football fan.
My debut novel THE LIE OF YOU is published by Head of Zeus and I'm working on my second novel.
My background is journalistic writing and television production. I was a Producer at TV-am and then 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.

On Twitter: @janelythell
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I also blog for the Huffington Post UK
Author photo by Patrick Tsui.
Author video by Amelia Trevette.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A psychological thriller of great power. 29 Oct 2013
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One of the best experiences in the world is when a book grips you with increasing intensity as you read through it. Jane Lythell has written a psychological thriller of great power - a real page-turner.

It's set in the world of publishing; the office of an architectural magazine. Lythell writes the background details fairly flatly, and the first (short) chapter or two made me feel that I was reading chick-lit. The author gets into her stride very quickly, though, and succeeding chapters, written in the alternating voices of the two main characters, Heja and Kathy, drew me in to the developing emotional drama. I literally couldn't put the book down. I read it in two intense sessions, interrupted only by a night's sleep - where the obsessional machinations of one of the women kept running through my mind.

Jane Lythell has pulled off that rare feat of creating characters that we not only believe in and care about, but who make us change our opinions of them as the book progresses. I started off hating one of the women, but her fate at the book's climax (which is not necessarily the last page) had me in tears.

As I said at the beginning - a real page-turner. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, thrilling and deeply atmospheric 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 20 Jun 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It took a couple of chapters for me to get into it, but then it really drew me in. For me, it was very disturbing in places, and I got emotionally involved. This may be because, like a couple of the characters, I have a baby of a similar age and so I could put myself in their place. I would give this 4.5 stars if there was the option. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling! 30 April 2014
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I found this book to be a real page turner from beginning to end with a lot of twists which made me gasp at times!
I don't want to give anything away, just to say as the story progresses you mightn't dislike Heja as much as you might imagine when you first start reading! A very good book, will be on the lookout for more from this author soon, highly recommended...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic or Evil? 4 Nov 2013
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Broadly speaking, books fall into two categories. Those you take your time with and read when you can fit them in around all the other things going on in your life and those, like 'I WILL HAVE WHAT IS MINE:THE LIE OF YOU', which grip you in a way that causes everything else to be put on hold until you've reached the final page.

Jane Lythell takes us straight into the minds of the two main protagonists, Heja and Kathy, and initially everything seems so clear cut. The one, cold and malignant; the other, trusting, unknowing, wondering why her life is starting to unravel and unaware that her work colleague bears her such ill will and is plotting to destroy her. At this stage it is not difficult to take sides, but such is the skill of the writing that as the layers are gradually peeled away from these two women to show us who they are, our sympathies start to shift in a way we could never have anticipated at the outset.

The writer never takes sides, but it is almost certain that her readership will. Heja or Kathy? You decide. You're unlikely to remain neutral and your final choice might well surprise you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking story 20 Jun 2014
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I enjoyed this book. I really like to read books with unusual story lines. A sad and thought provoking story
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3.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read.
A cleverly written book.
Liked how both sides of the same story was told through two very different perspectives. Both equally sad and emotionally thought provoking. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kerry Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok***spoilers****
I'm at odds with how I feel about this book. The pages were turning quickly enough but so much annoyed me. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I absolutely loved this book and just couldn't put it down. I look forward to more reads by this author.
Published 25 days ago by S. Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!
This is a rather fabulous read, I loved the Finnish character Heja, very cold and calculated. Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Chullie236
3.0 out of 5 stars What is the moral of this story?
I read this to the end but I didn't connect with any of the three main characters which may be why I didn't enjoy it as much as if it had been about people more like myself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keely
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
a good read for all ages,
would recommend, 5 stars,
kept me wanting to keep reading, couldn't put it down
Published 1 month ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly brilliant
This book had me on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter - it even gave me one sleepless night, not through fear, but through the thrill of wanting to know what was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Clifford-Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
I love psychological thrillers so I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately I didn't find it even half as suspenseful as so many other reviews suggested. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MrsG
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Having bought this book cheap on Kindle, I originally thought it may be a waste of time, but I'm pleased to say I couldn't have been more wrong. Gripping story throughout. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MadmarsUnknown
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
Couldn't put this book down! Thrilling read, very well written, escapism at it's best and leaves you wanting more! Fab!
Published 1 month ago by Holly Reid
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