It all started with just one little lie. But we all know that it never ends there. Because, of course, one lie leads to another…

Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other’s deepest secrets. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. But when Marnie falls in love, things begin to change. Because Jane has a secret: she loathes Marnie’s wealthy, priggish husband. So when Marnie asks if she likes him, Jane tells her first lie. After all, even best friends keep some things to themselves. If she had been honest, then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive today…

For, of course, it’s not the last lie. In fact, it’s only the beginning…

Seven Lies is Jane’s confession of the truth—her truth. Compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic page-turner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love.

Seven Lies

I would have given this 5 stars but it took me quite a while to get into. I could not identify at all with either of the main characters – Jane with her obsession with Marnie – and of course Marnie herself. I’ve probably never been the sort of person who has known this kind of friendship. I still see people from school (though my friends now are not the ones who were my best friends then). We’ve grown apart over the years and in some cases I don’t even like them much. But I know people who are still best friends with their schoolmates but they give each other room to breathe. Jane has an expectation of friendship that goes beyond normal. Everything in her life revolves around her best friend. She also has issues with her mother who always favoured her younger sister Emma, now anorexic (though we are never really sure what triggered it). Jane’s mum suffers with early onset dementia and Jane visits her once a week. Out of duty? Not sure why. Their issues are unresolved but Jane makes no effort to resolve them. When she tells her mother about the sad or cruel things that have happened, she seems to do it out of spite. There was no need to tell her at all.

The one part that I didn’t get is how Jane switches her love temporarily to her husband Jonathan, but can’t understand when Marnie falls in love and gets married. Jane hates Marnie’s partner Charles with a vengeance. He’s a bit of an arrogant prat but that’s Jane’s version as she sees it. Charles has replaced her in Marnie’s life and Jane is insanely jealous. People get married Jane, and putting their family first becomes the new ‘normal’.

The writing and emotions portrayed are wonderful and beautifully written but I still struggled to find sympathy for Jane. She has no empathy with any of the other characters such as her sister Emma and at the end I felt there were a couple of strands left unresolved such as the introduction of journalist Valerie. But we do get to discover who Jane is ‘talking to’ and that part will have you holding your breath till you gasp out loud.

A great story though and many thanks to The Pigeonhole, my fellow Pigeons and the author for making this such an enjoyable read.

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