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Parallel Lies

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  9 reviews
'Parallel Lies' is a fast-paced and fiendlishly plotted novel about a menage a trois that becomes a menage a deux when one of the trio is murdered. Which one of the two survivors was the murderer, and what have they got to hide? Things are never quite what they seem in Duffy's effortlessly entertaining novel.
Published April 1st 2006 by Virago Press (UK) (first published 2005)
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In retrospect I loved the title and liked the twists and turns in the story but I also disliked all the people - as perhaps one was meant to do - and that means it wasn't such a good read for me. I read it on Kindle which means that there are no clues as to what to expect. I am interested in Stella Duffy - she's a writer i'd like to explore furhter.
I did not finish this book since I couldn't get into it at all and dreaded having to read on.
I'm not quite sure how to describe this book -- noir, perhaps, as it's neither mystery* nor romance nor general non-genred fiction (any of which I had expected) and has that sort of old-school sit-back-and-I'll-tell-you-what-happened-in-a-gravelly-voice tone.

There's a distance to the narration and characters that, ultimately, didn't work for me. Penny doles out information piece by piece, sometimes withholding critical details, leaving Yana's secrets (not to mention her open) to be uncovered onl...more
Jun 21, 2007 m rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick-lit fans
Some years ago, I'd picked up a Stella Duffy at Waterstone's on a whim and quite enjoyed it -- neat little mystery, attractive heroine, all wrapped up with a bow on top. But somewhere along the way I'd gone off Duffy -- I think it may have been after picking up "Beneath the Blonde," which I never finished. The covers and subject matter were getting more grim, all knives and overturned lamps and dark colours.

Then comes Parallel Lies -- the cover screams "beach read" and for me, beach reads are fo...more
Elaine Burnes
This is just plain creepy. Not a single character with any redeeming qualities. Makes you want to shower after reading. If this is what Hollywood is really like (and I suppose it is), I'm even more disgusted by our celebrity-worshiping society. And I've always been very disgusted. On the writing side, Duffy is a well-known, much published and awarded writer, so the quality is there (this is another Bywater and kudos to them in getting the U.S. rights to this which was originally published by Vir...more
Crikey, two stars seems very harsh, doesn't it, but I'm trying to be led by the associated descriptions rather than the numerical rankings themselves, and two stars equal "it was ok". Which it was. I just found myself not very engaged with it at all, though, sadly.

While I don't fully agree with the reviewer who says none of the characters is likable, certainly they're not particularly pleasant. But it may just be that they don't feel all that fleshed out.

There's not a huge amount more I can writ...more
V.T. Davy
Chic-to-chic lit. I have nothing positive to say about this novel. Duffy barely conceals her dislike of the characters she has created and, consequently, I could not care less what happened to any of them. There were massive motivational inconsistencies, the plot was predictable and the characters stereotypical. It had nothing new to say about the well-worn cliché that Hollywood is filled with unscrupulous worshippers of the god Mammon. Even the sex was bad, reduced to one-liners containing an f...more
I read this book quite quickly - always a good sign. But there was something about it that grated with me. Maybe it was simply that the whole book is about deceit.
Non riesco a decidermi. Non mi e' rimasto indifferente ma allo stesso tempo non mi ha preso fino in fondo. Scorre ma sembra mancare di qualcosa...
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Stella Duffy grew up in New Zealand and lives and work in London. She has written thirteen novels, fifty short stories, and ten plays. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both longlisted for the Orange Prize, and she has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She won the 2002 CWA Short Story Dagger for Martha Grace. She is currently adapting her novel State of Happiness for featur...more
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