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  • Not as suspenseful as I hoped

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read other reviews, and don’t share the same sentiment. This was a good book, well-written, however, the story is flat. The author tried to build up suspense by giving out the story a bit at a time, however, it never worked up the suspense it should have. The characters were well-developed in the beginning of the story, but we never seem to understand their thinking when the story is at its most intense. As for Emma/Jane, she was really a bit too naive in her belief that maybe someone was in my house, but maybe not. Maybe someone tried to kill me, but maybe not. Yes, she was a wishy washy character all along, but if we were to believe what happened in Nepal had changed her, she should have been wiser. That was supposedly the theme of the book (and part of the author’s discussion guide), but it never is exemplified by the main character. Unfortunately, the story never worked up the suspense it should have, never become a psychological thriller and the story ending up being predictable and preposterous in some places.

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  • Suspense novel set in Wales!

    The Lie by C.L. Taylor is about a woman with a secret in her past and the past is about to catch up with her. Jane Hughes is living in Wales, has a job she enjoys at Green Fields Animal Shelter, and is dating William Smart. But Jane has a secret and a past that she would like to forget. Unfortunately, someone does not want to let the past stay forgotten. One day Jane gets a note and it opens up the door to the past. We go back five years to Emma Woolfe. Emma and her friends (Leanne Cooper, Al Gideon, and Daisy Hamilton) are thinking about taking a vacation to get Al over her recent breakup (especially after they had to help break up at fight at a bar). The four of them have been friends for a while, but there is some tension in the group. They decide to go to Nepal and spend time at the Ekanta Yatra retreat (can only be accessed by walking). There is more to Ekanta Yatra then meets the eye. It is not quite the retreat it was made out to be. The leader, Isaac woos the women and Daisy is infatuated with him (but jealous of the attention he pays to other women). There is soon trouble within the group. Emma believes there is something wrong at Ekanta Yatra. When Emma finds out what is really going on at this place, she is ready to leave. But leaving is not as simple as it sounds. Five years into the future and it is evident that someone knows about Jane’s (aka Emma’s) past and they are coming after her. We get to see what happened in Nepal and what the person after Jane really wants. Read The Lie to see how it plays out. The Lie sounded like such a good thriller, but it was not as exciting as it sounded. It is a dark (crude) tale that I really did not enjoy. The book contains fighting, stalking, foul language, intimate relations, drugs, drinking, etc. The book goes back and forth from the past to the present and it gets confusing. There are quite a few characters and it can be hard to keep them all straight (I just tried to focus on the main character). The pace slows down considerably in the middle of the book but picks back up near the end. Was it full of suspense and intrigue? Not so much. I did not like Jane (Emma) very much. She overreacts to everything which grew old quickly. I give The Lie 2.75 out of 5 stars (I have to admit that I being generous). It was obvious to tell was Ekanta Yatra was from the very beginning, but these idiotic girls continued to stay (even when it was obvious that there was something very wrong going on). Several parts of the story were very unbelievable (it had me yelling at my kindle). The best part of the book were the animals at Green Field’s Animal Shelter. The Lie was just not for me. I received a complimentary copy of The Lie from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

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