The Lie by C. L. Taylor

I would rate this novel a 2.5 – 3 stars, this book is an exploration of the main character Jane’s past and how it is creeping out of the box that she filed it a way in. I’m a big fan of novels with a twist or revelation in it so I thought that this would be right up my street. The problem for me was the format of the narrative. The novel jumps from the past to the present but I felt that the whole thing would have been better if the only narrative was the past. The story that was unfolding in the present didn’t really add anything to the story, was very obvious and I got rather bored. The culmination of what happened in the past when it catches up with the present was a massive anti climax. Although this book wasn’t gripping, it didn’t have some unique ideas that I enjoyed reading and these were all set in the flash backs to the protagonist’s past. Hence why it would have been more interesting if it was just this narrative. The main character goes to Nepal, somewhere I have always wanted to go on a retreat. This part of the story was really interesting and there was lots of action, twists and interesting psychological discussions. I really liked the explorations made into friendships. I could really relate to this, as I have been through what the main character goes through in realising that some people just aren’t good friends and can be toxic on your life. There isn’t much more that I can say about this novel. It was interesting to read and very quick and easy. Recommended for light reading!

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