Monday, 13 January 2014

The Lie of You by Jane Lythell



Can you hide your deepest fear?

To the outside world, Kathy is the very picture of a happy and fulfilled modern woman. She has a beautiful baby boy, a clever, handsome husband and a glamorous, high-powered job.

But not everybody is fooled. Her employee, Heja, knows the truth: the cracks in Kathy's marriage, her self-doubt, her fear of failure at work. Heja is perfectly placed to destroy Kathy's life. And if she succeeds, she can claim the one thing she wants most...

This is a chilling psychological thriller about obsession, jealousy, and lying to those you love.


If you knew Kathy, you would think she was a very lucky lady. She seems to have the perfect life with her high powered job in a top architectural magazine, a handsome husband and a lovely baby boy. However there is one person at her office who can see the cracks in Kathy's happy life and she wants to make these cracks show and turn Kathy's life upside down. Kathy has the one thing that Heja really wants and she will do whatever it takes to get it, no matter what the cost.

The Lie of You is told in the viewpoints of the main characters, Kathy and Heja and they are complete polar opposites. Kathy is more emotional and feeling, whereas Heja is ice cold and determined. Heja is also a dangerous woman. You really don't know what she will do next and each time the story was told in her point of view, I found I was bracing myself for what was to come. She was highly unpredictable and it was this unpredictability that made this novel so chilling. I found myself getting incredibly frustrated with Kathy. I wanted her to stop being so trusting and get her head out of the clouds and realise that something sinister and underhand was going on right underneath her nose!

When I first started reading this, I thought I knew how it was going to pan out, but I was wrong. There was a lot more depth to the characters than we realise and I found myself being surprised at Heja's side of the story as her layers began to unravel. I actually at one point found myself hoping that Heja would not get caught in one of her stalkerish doings, as I was finding Kathy increasingly annoying, despite her being the victim in all of this.

I read this in a matter of days, as I just had to find out more about these two women and how their stories would turn out. You will definitely find yourself siding with one of these two women, but as I found, your choice may not be who you expect it to be!

7.5/10

The Lie of you is available to order from Amazon UK

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