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The Perfect Lie [Paperback]

Emily Barr
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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13 May 2010

A girl flees to Venice to escape her dangerous past in this electrifying novel of intrigue, psychological tension and suspense...

For Lucy Riddick, Venice has always been the dream destination. A dream inspired by the pretty picture pinned to her mother's kitchen wall. To Lucy, Venice seems the ideal place to lose herself. And now she needs to do just that. The secret she's been keeping from her boyfriend and her friends has finally caught up with her and Lucy needs to disappear - and fast. There's no better time to pack her bags and head for Italy. But what if, when she sets foot in Venice, Lucy finds that the one thing she has been running from, the one thing she has been trying to escape, is already there, lying in wait for her? Time to run away again? Or time to end the chase, once and for all?


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755351339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755351336
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Barr is the well-loved and bestselling author of BACKPACK, the original backpacking novel, and many other highly acclaimed novels. A former journalist, she has travelled around the world and written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian. After living in France, Emily and her husband (whom she met backpacking) have settled in Cornwall with their three children. For more information on Emily Barr visit her website www.emilybarr.com.

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If you're looking for nail-biting suspense, characters you really care about, and dark, exotic locations, you'll love Emily Barr...

About the Author

Emily Barr is the well-loved and bestselling author of Backpack, the original backpacking novel, and many other highly acclaimed novels. A former journalist, she has travelled around the world and written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian. After living in France, Emily and her husband 'whom she met backpacking' have settled in Cornwall with their three children.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Lie 6 May 2010
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Lucy Riddick has always dreamed of going to Venice particularly since it's been pinned up on her mum's wall for as long as she can remember. She doesn't think she'll ever get the chance to visit Venice but she's soon proved to be wrong as the secret she's been carrying has finally caught up with her. All of a sudden Lucy realises she needs to escape. She immediately decides that Venice is the place for her and sets off, leaving behind a boyfriend and her life in Cornwall, but it's still not enough and suddenly Lucy finds herself closer to the thing she's been trying to escape from for most of her life...

Emily Barr seems to be the queen of Chick Lit thrillers so it was very interesting to read the blurb of The Perfect Lie and try to figure out what it all meant - the blurb gives nothing away though so it wasn't too helpful really so I started the book hoping to unravel it all. The book begins on an ordinary day of Lucy's life - out with her boyfriend, Seth, and best friend, Eliza, but an incident at the beach causes Lucy's world to collapse in on itself. Lucy tries to carry on her life as normal but as her paranoia grows it becomes more and more apparent that that is not an option and so Lucy decides to take flight, leaving behind everything she's come to know and love.

The book as I mentioned is part-set in Venice and that's another thing Emily Barr excels at: making her locations as glorious as she possibly can and Emily's descriptions of Venice were fantastic and I really felt that I was there with Lucy. As the book came towards it's conclusion, the showdown I was expecting materialised and I wasn't disappointed. It was a fab conclusion although there were some questions marks for me as to what Lucy did. Or didn't do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick-lit with a darker edge 1 Sep 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Lucy loves her life - until she is thrust into the local news. Desperate to escape the dark deeds of her past, she walks out of her life and the people she loves and tries to start again in Venice. But even there the past can reappear and Lucy has to decide whether she can deal with it once and for all.

I expected this to be a `woman finding herself' chick-lit book and while there is that element about it, it's also much darker than you might think from the publisher's blurb.

Written in three narrative voices, the chapter are short which can make this sometimes feel like a very choppy read. There are also some points at which the story feels very padded out and could do with tautening up.

However, despite the extremely contrived and artificial plot, this is still an engaging and compelling read that draws you in despite its own flaws. The pitiful innocence, especially, of Marianne is articulated well, as we feel the menace surrounding her well before she does.

This is the kind of book that I didn't believe at all - but that didn't stop me enjoying it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping with a capital G.... 1 Oct 2010
By LittleReader VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
....Though not really believable with a capital B :o)

I love EB - she writes gripping, often chilling but always always very dark novels and 'The perfect Lie' is no different.

Instantly drawn in, the chapters are short, sharp and snappy and I swiftly got from cover to cover.
Lucy is living a big fat lie that eventually catches up with her and she feels forced to flee a cozy life in Cornwall for the waters of Venice. A time slip novel, it's narrated by three central characters - Lucy, her boyfriend Seth and his sister Eliza, which is fab for offering perspective and a style I particularly enjoy.
My only criticism (and it's a tiny one), is that aspects of it are really quite unbelievable - Lucy's 15 year old self has an emotional awareness and maturity far beyond her years and though she does experience a harrowing ordeal or two, this didn't feel right for me.
However, it's pacy and emotional and gave me the odd tingle of anticipation/dread... Well worth a read...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Emily Barr 27 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
Any readers who enjoy novels with - intriguing and involving plots, set in locations in UK and around the world that are evocatively brought to life (and make you want to grab your passport and head off,offer believable characters facing extraordinary challenges and deliver all these in a prose style that is direct and straightforward but with poetic grace notes - who have not yet come across Emily Barr should make her fictional acquaintance immediately.

The latest of her novels that I have read 'A Perfect Lie'delivers all the punch and pleasure that I have come to expect. This book untangles the story of Lucy Riddick over two decades and moves with her between Falmouth, London and Venice (via a brief sojourn in Paris).And in true Emily Barr fashion there are twists, turns and surprises (for this reader anyway)right up until the last page or two.

If you've not visited Barrworld yet then the price of admission is another bargain from Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, slightly hard to follow 17 April 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is great. The feelings that the author expresses through the character's voice is useful to the reader because it helps you to feel exactly what they feel, and it also helps you to understand the story a little more. The chapters are confusing, because the characters like Marianne and Lucy have different chapters throughout but turn out to be the same person. It is not a book where you can put it down half way through a chapter. The characters go through traumatic experiences and the author really captures this by carefully wording dialouge between various characters. I love this book, it is the first Emily Barr book i have read, and it will certainly not be the last!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly too predictable
I love Emily Barr's books, but I must confess this was not one I enjoyed so much. I don't think it is so much the familiar format as I have enjoyed Barr's books that were written... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Katie85
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots Going On
The Perfect Lie was full of twists and turns and kept my interest to the end. There was one part that stretched my imagination a bit but it's no different to strange things you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Escapism
Engaging and with believable backgrounds, this woman in peril novel makes an interesting read. To say it's an easy to read book is in no way a criticism and I will probably look... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars bought on a friend's recommendation
My friend's book club were reading this and she suggested I try it. I did find it easy to read but like so many other books it just seemed to wrap up too quickly at the end.
Published 5 months ago by Littletrueblue(Scunthorpe)
5.0 out of 5 stars another great Emily Barr novel
Loved this, twists, turns and heart racing, gut wrenching brilliance, set in stunning Cornwall and Venice. Gripping and all-consuming all at the same time.
Published 5 months ago by vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read From Barr
Barr's usual high standard. Really enjoyable read. Creepy in parts but also rather touching at times. A must read. Can't wait for Barr's next book.
Published 7 months ago by Mum of Spud
3.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Lie
This book was OK, but...and it's a big 'but' I found the story line about the mother simply ridiculous, and then it just got worse from there. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
This was a fantastic read! I felt every bump in the road for Marianne and Finn. Twists and turns all the way through and I loved the way it had 3 narratives from the point of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by kelios 123
5.0 out of 5 stars fab read
Absolutely enthralling as always from Emily Barr. Really hard to put down! Thoroughly recommend so descriptive you are almost there!
Published 8 months ago by Clare Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
A nice little story. It was easy reading, perfect for a light bedtime read.
The ending was a bit predictable but final chapter redeemed the story
Published 9 months ago by WAINWRIGHT
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