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What Clare Clark fans have been waiting for ...,
This review is from: Beautiful Lies (Hardcover)
Beautiful Lies is quite simply this year's high water-mark for historical fiction. In fact, its appeal should stretch far beyond the conventional norms of the category because, where most historical fiction reads like a history lesson dramatised through the perspective of one or more protagonists, Beautiful Lies surpasses this and a far more fundamental literary principle - namely, a great story well told.
I have read and enjoyed all Clare Clark's work; and as an avid fan, this is the work I've been waiting for. From the first few pages, the central character feels like someone I have known and loved my whole life; and her journey is at the same organic to who she is, yet utterly surprising and rewarding. There is a scene at the beginning of the narrative where she first meets the moralising, sinister Webster that is as electrifying a passage of prose as anything I have read in years.
In the light of the Leveson enquiry and the constant re-evaluation of Britain's 'special' friendship with the USA, Beautiful Lies provides an extraordinary counterpoint to much contemporary debate. But somehow the political undertow never intrudes on the personal conflicts - rather these two dynamics of the novel co-exist to shine a light on each other.
It's been a while since I read a book whose pages I cherished such that I neither wanted to stop reading nor wanted the book to end. This is a masterpiece and I hope it receives it's just recognition