Monday, 6 July 2015

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

I really wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book. I’d heard so much press about it although even then other writers weren’t giving too much away. A couple of years ago I read and reviewed Hostage Three by Nick Lake and very much enjoyed it. Other than the fact that it is also narrated by a teenage girl, that is where the similarities end with There Will Be Lies. 

We are introduced to Shelby Jane Cooper who lives a sheltered life with her mother. When Shelby is knocked down by a car, her life is turned upside down when following the accident her mother takes on the road, away from the regular routine she had become so accustomed to. 

And then there is the mysterious coyote, who tells Shelby that there will be two lies and then there will be the truth. With the upheaval of her life and unfamiliar situations, Shelby finds herself at a loss of who to trust or what to believe. 

It’s really hard to review books like this without giving away crucial elements of the story so if this review seems a bit vague then it’s because I’m trying not to spoil the story for you! I liked Shelby as a lead character; she is very much her own person with her own unique way of thinking and I enjoyed her honest and witty narration of events. 

I found the story to be one of two halves. There is the real world half and then an alternate reality where Shelby is faced with a personal mission that will have real world consequences. The alternate reality was a surreal setting, with a bit of fairytale and a bit of mythology mixed together. 

I loved the premise behind the expectation of the lies and then the truth. As Shelby’s life unravels and she is wondering what the truth is and what is not, the reader is in the same position and it gets your mind racing to work things out along with Shelby. 

There are so many twists and turns in this thriller and you can’t help but keep turning pages to see how one action leads on to another. I think if you’re looking for something a little unusual, then this is a great book to try; it’s not outlandishly crazy but it is original and intriguing enough to keep you fully committed page after page. 

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