The Book of Lies
A new arrival at Cat's high school in 1984, the beautiful and instantly popular Nicolette inexplicably takes Cat under her wing. The two become inseparabl...more
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15 year-old Cathy describes herself as ‘a murderer before she was born’, revealing this at the conclusion to the opening chapter in which she has confessed to the murder of Nicolette, her ex- best- friend, the girl-everyone-wants-to-know.
The language used by Mary Horlock plunges the reader into that skewed morality of...more
Sprinkled between Catherine's narrative is the story of Guernsey's history during World War II, when it was occupied by the Nazis. This secondary...more
Both were based around what happened on the Isle of Guernsey, which was occupied during WWII. It's a complex story. People on Guernsey suffered greatly during...more
Sometimes I like books for the story and sometimes I like books for the storyteller. The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock is definitely in the second category. Though the book is a fantastic tale in and of itself, the true beauty of it lies in the teenaged narrator, Cat.
Cat’s story starts in 1984, on the Channel Island of Guernsey. It also starts with her immediate dismissal of the horrible death of her previously alleged best friend, Nicolette. Backtracking...more
The Book of Lies opens in late 1985 with 15-year-old Cat Rozier admitting that she's murdered her best friend, Nicolette. Her narrative then begins to chart the short history of Cat's tumultuous relationship with Nic. Cat's written confession is interspersed with pages of documents that Cat found in her late father's office. Those documents tell the story of Cat's uncle Char...more
Life on the tiny island of Guernsey has just become a whole lot harder for fifteen-year-old Cat Rozier. She’s gone from model pupil to murderer, but she swears it’s not her fault. Apparently it’s all the fault of history.
A new arrival at Cat’s high school in 1984, the beautiful and instantly popular Nicolette inexplicably takes Cat under her wing. The two become inseparable—going to parties together, checking out boys, and dri...more
One of the themes is, as the title suggests, lies - in particular, the devastating damage they can cause, no matter how small, off-hand or innocent they seem at the time. But what I found most interesting was its exploration of the truth - and, by extension, history - beautifully demonstrating how subjective it is, and how one person's truth is another's lie. We each experience events...more
The Book of Lies tells two stories which took place on the island of Guernsey. The novel begins in 1985 with fifteen-year-old Catherine (Cat) Rozier writing a confession about how she killed her best friend, Nicolette (Nic). She also tells us that her own father is dead, and that she didn't kill him, although she thought about it. We also learn whatever happened to Cat's father is connected to Nic.
It seems Catherine isn't the only one who got away with murder on the island, which was occupied b...more
I felt that Catherine’s voice rang very true throughout the novel. A highly intelligent yet lonely and naïve teenager. Much of what she said was simply repeating the mantra of her recent
The lies told by the Rozier family during the Nazi Occupation in WWII resound down the years to impact on fifteen year old Cat Rozier
Cat the brain, the outcast, becomes fast friends with Nicolette, the new girl in town...The lovely and wild Nicolette. they become inseparable.....partying, drinking, hooking up with the local boys. All the while Nicolette alternates her friendship with taunts and bullyin...more
What I didn't like - the secondary story: the account of what happened in the war. I found that slightly *too* confusing and it didn't quite sit properly for me re motivations. I feel it missed a trick or two with what could have been done.
As a side note, this book has footnotes in it. I was...more
Unlike the teenage protagonist, I’ll be kind: none of the positive reviews on this site is a lie. It’s just that, as only one other reader has written, I never warmed up one degree to any of the characters. I did finish the book, but only out of the same sense of duty felt halfway through Miss Smilla’s Sense of Snow, when I started counting down the page numbers.
Catherine Rozier – 15, drama queen, self-confessed murderer and our narrator – is as cold as what I imagine the Channel Islands to be.
Very unique book about the Channel Islands and how the German Occupation affected the little island of Guernsey over the next several decades. It is based on true events and the author grew up in Guernsey and heard first hand accounts of that time period of Guernsey's history before deciding to write this book. It is about being a teenager just wanting to fit in, dealing with d...more
It did drag on a bit, and I think some of the characters could have been de...more
Cat, a teen living on the small island of Guernsey, has a rather miserable existance. She's overweight, unhappy, drinks and parties too often, and, oh yes, has killed her best friend, Nic. Throughout the course of the book, the circumstances surround both Nic's death, and the death of Cat's father, are slowly revealed. The highlight of The Book of Lies is the strong sense of place that the book has-- the...more
The alternating Uncle Charlie wartime narrative worked for me too - this isn't Potato Pie Guernsey, this is cruel and raw.
This is a really clever and well written book exploring issues like truth and guilt in a dark, funny...more