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The Perfect Lie: A page-turning thriller of intrigue and suspense Paperback – 19 Aug 2010
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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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I won't spoil it (although it will be obvious when you start reading) but the story is told from the perspective of Lucy, a 15 year old named Marianne and Eliza, Lucy's almost sister in law. In having three narrators, the reader is able to keep up with the life Lucy has left behind and another secret is revealed.
If you have read any of Emily Barr's other books, you will know to expect the darkness of plot and character that we see in Lucy. If you are new to Barr's books, then be prepared. Her characters are not the light hearted cocktail sipping socialites of the majority of chick lit. They all bear a secret, a past that is damaging and haunting and will keep you thinking about them for days after you've finished the book.
This book will have you engrossed from page one. Emily Barr manages to detail harrowing and hateful experiences in her pages which leaves the reader feeling disturbed during those scenes but then continues without being too heavy going. Having read this, I can't wait for her next book and also quite fancy a trip to Venice!
I also like the way the author portrays a very good image of Venice. Unlike many authors, this author is able to describe a setting without the use of overly descriptive, tedious writing and over-the-top metaphors and flowery poetry, which are used by so many authors to ruin their novels. Emily Barr has the knack of portraying settings really vividly and well and makes you feel you are there, and never strays from the exciting plot and story line. A great escapist read!
Very enjoyable, touches on some darker issues but not it a way that I found it too uncomfortable to read.