- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus; Eight Impression edition (17 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781855307
- ISBN-13: 978-1781855300
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 249 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Lie of You Paperback – 17 Jul 2014
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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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This is a fascinating novel that unfolds in each chapter to a very moving end. It left me with the question of is this obsession or is this really the love of her life. I think the line is very thin. With each chapter Jane Lythell is able to capture the emotions of how these two women real feel and how they are viewed by each other. Very clever writing. There is a brilliant build up in this book with an emotional end for all of them. A very good psychological thriller. A definite recommend.
Kathy's physicality (her period unexpectedly returning and when she breastfeeds her baby) makes her loveable in the context of of being a glossy career woman. Also the incident on the boat with Hector.
The characters' context within their birth families also adds to their depth.
The descriptions of the different locations and the beautiful buildings give the book and the story a satisfying fullness. The author's experience in television has brought a strongly visual quality to the writing.
I loved it!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a psychological thriller which is fleshed out with deep characters, wonderful locations and believable human dilemmas.
Also, the reality of the characters responses. So often, characters appear stupid, and slow in books in order for readers to realise the significance of situations etc, but not the characters. Jane Lythet ensured that her characters were intelligent and insightive, they immediately reached the correct conclusion when possible scenarios were presented to them. This Mage the story even more plausible.
That is where the brilliance of this book lies. In its pure plausibility of a terrifying situation which could happen. The ending was unexpected, which I liked, and the only criticsn I have is that I would have liked that part of the book to have been longer and explored in more depth. I think the book deserved another chapter, for all that, it's worthy of five stars, and I look forward to reading more by this author,
One of its strengths is that it is told from the point of view of two women, alternating chapters.
Kathy is the editor of an architectural magazine who has just had a baby and back from maternity leave. Her husband Markus is a bit remote and distant (and Finnish). A new employee at the magazine is Heja who is a bit remote and distant (and Finnish). The story is the interaction of the 3 characters and Heja's apparent jealousy of Kathy, her new baby and her husband.
Strengths of the book: interesting plotting, "page turning", but it's main strength is that it makes you think about it after you have finished it - not least because of the question of why people choose to do certain things and "the evil men do" etc; also a very intellectually challenging feature of this book (MINOR SPOILER) is the extent to which people may still cause emotional disturbance after their death and whether that is deliberate or accidental. I found this very thought provoking and it was quite a carefully crafted theme throughout the novel and impacted several characters.
Weaknesses: Not the greatest writing in the world. A few characters poorly drawn. Markus, as other reviewers, have said is a shallow character. A lot of the plotting around him is weak as a result. Eg. it's not at all clear why Kathy married him even though she was pregnant; there is no "chemistry" between them. Kathy is very irritating. and it's not at all clear why Markus (who seems inordinately selfish - despite the constant refrain of him being responsible/doing the right thing it is not borne out by his actions) would have married her.
A prequel featuring Heja would be interesting. Heja is a fascinating character
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Impressive debut novel from an author that I have started to really enjoy in her newer books. I loved seeing the two different view points Kathy and Heja.Read more