I love a good thriller, and so when The C.L Taylor's Lie ended up back on my desk (I suspect my mother stole it then accidentally gave it back to me forgetting where she first got it) I decided this was definitely going in my immediate to read list and so it was the first book that I got through this month. The back of this definitely makes it sound as though it's going to be the next Gone Girl, and so I was keen to get stuck in (I actually ended up reading it in two straight sittings in less than a day, so that probably says something about it).
The book follows Jane, a volunteer in an animal sanctuary going about her seemingly normal life - at least until she gets a letter, off somebody who seems to know who she was and what she did before she ever became Jane; when she was Emma. The book shadows the intricate relationship between four females in a friendship group - it shows how normal squabbles and arguments can become a lot more dark than anybody could have anticipated and as we follow Jane in her current life, with the past haunting her - we also follow Emma, five years ago, to see exactly what past she has to be haunted by.
The books does, for the most part, follow alternating chapter patterns - every second chapter is the story from five years previously - and so you do have to make sure that you're holding both stories in your head, as I quite often got lost in Emma's past story so much that I forgot how we'd ended Jane's present chapter. Once you get to terms with it though, the only thing you need to watch out for is if there's a sneaky double chapter, which can be confusing for a moment! As we watch Jane's life unfold and her past is forced to be laid bare, we see Emma travel with her friends to a commune, and we watch their friendships, and their lives unravel; a long way away from home.
The book is dark and haunting, some parts are uncomfortable to read, and it genuinely did keep me on the edge of my seat for the whole novel - but I do have to say that the end just seems to feel a little lacklustre, a little subpar in comparison to the rest of the book. It's not bad, and it's not enough that I would say don't bother reading, but it's just a little predictable when you compare it to the book that precedes it. Like I said - it's not enough to out me off the book, but it's definitely a tiny pitfall when I'm looking at the novel as a whole.
Overall, I enjoyed the book - it was my first offering by C.L Taylor and I'll definitely be reaching for more. It's not going to hit my favourite thrillers list any time soon - but it's definitely a good holiday read if you're composing a list for the Summer already.
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