Lie With Me
Hodder & Stoughton
A rich widow. A Greek island paradise. A missing teenage girl…the past comes back to haunt a group of carefree holidaymakers in the new, brilliantly tense psychological thriller by Sabine Durrant.
The truth is, we all tell lies… take a deep breath and get ready for the most twisty, tense and unsettling book of the summer.
‘If, like me, you have been longing for a psycho-thriller of genius since you finished Gone Girl, then the wait is finally over. There are very few books in this world that are impossible to put down. Lie With Me is one of them.’ Tony Parsons
It starts with a lie. The kind we’ve all told – to a former acquaintance we can’t quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home.
And the next thing you know, you’re having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday – swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of…
Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you’re trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you – by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it’s the lies that cause the real damage…
… well, by then, it could just be too late.
Favourite authors – do you have any? Do you follow their book release dates anxiously waiting till their newest title is tucked up safe and sound on your own shelf and then feverishly read as soon as you can make an opportunity? I have a few authors that I hold in such high regard and Sabine Durrant is on that list.
Is it a mistake to expect so much from an author? Possibly…the pressure is heavy…my expectations are high. I want every read to be as engaging and as absorbing and as twisty as the last 5 star read. Read without expectations perhaps I would rate that new book differently? Who knows?
But back to this book. Sabine Durrant is a master of the psychological thriller and for a little while I did wonder just what I had picked up with this read. The characters in this novel are all pretentious, greedy, self-absorbed, elitists..unlikable. Even the protagonist is an anti-hero – selfish, self-centred, a parasite, the stereotypical “cad.” I struggled to find anything to like in the early part of the book. So I waited and I waited.
What a clever ploy! Just when you think you have all the characters worked out – when you think the pages are turning smoothly and remarkably you are unceremoniously thrown of a very big cliff! When you recover from your fall you are bruised and battered and not sure which way is up – so violent are the twists and turns! I have been played!
What a fantastic ending! (And did I mention the title? Clever – you wait and see)