The Book of Lies
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
The book alternates between the diary-style writings of 15-year-old Catherine/Cathy/Cat Rozier and items from her late father's files: interviews he did with his older brother who was interned in a German concentration camp as a teenage...more
Catherine Rozier – 15, drama queen, self-confessed murderer and our narrator – is as cold as what I imagine the Channel Islands to be. She d...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
Such an emotional and exciting book. There are two story lines that alternate between chapters, one is the story of Cat which is set in the 80's and the other is of her father's family in the 40's. The point is that history repeats itself, and the execution was done brilliantly. The different story lines involve 1.) The Nazi occupation...more
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
When I first picked up The Book of Lies, I thought it was young adult fiction because this is what I had seen others referring to it as, but then I noticed that the publisher was marketing it as adult fiction. Not that this makes any diff...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
Cathy’s father, recently d...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
Interestingly, a large chunk of this novel involves Cat reading letters written by her father (transcriptions...more
Catherine vertelt haar verhaal in 1985. Ze doet verslag van de gebeurtenissen. Bij ieder hoofdstuk staat uitdrukkelijk vermeldt hoe laat het is en waa...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 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