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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  10,601 ratings  ·  905 reviews

Haunting and compelling, this psychological thriller is perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, and Daughter.

Jane Hughes has a great boyfriend, a job in an animal shelter, and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She's happier than she's ever been...but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist.

Five years earlier, Jane and her best friends set off on what w

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 2015)
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C.L. Taylor Thanks for your question, Carrie. It's a book for adults. The women are 25 years old when they go on holiday together and Jane is 30 when her past…moreThanks for your question, Carrie. It's a book for adults. The women are 25 years old when they go on holiday together and Jane is 30 when her past catches up with her. There is some violence and some sexual scenes in the book so, whilst older teens could probably read it I wouldn't recommend it for younger teens.(less)
C.L. Taylor Hello, Karime. Thanks for your question. I have no plans to write a sequel to The Lie at the moment.
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Shirley Revill
Jane has a contented life or so it appears to the outside world. She has the job of her dreams working with animals in a rescue center. She lives in a cottage Wales and she has met a man she really likes.
Her boyfriend has a daughter from a previous relationship and Jane gets on well with his little girl.
What could possibly happen to threaten Jane's happy and contented life. Lies have a way of catching up when we least expect it and Jane's entire life is based on a lie. Jane was once known as Emi
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychological Thriller Fans
I absolutely loved The Accident by C.L. Taylor, thought it was really taut clever fiction, so naturally I dived into The Lie with much gusto and excitement, waiting for that page turning feeling that is like an addiction to book addicts around the world.

What I got was a mixed bag of a book to say the least. It's left me somewhat baffled as to where it went in places and why. I shall do my best to express how it impacted me.

I know your name's not really Jane Hughes...

Jane Hughes has a loving par
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

3.5 Stars

I would have to say that overall I liked this book. I enjoy a wide range of books and find that mixing things up works best for me. I have been reading way too many romances lately so I was immediately interested in this book because I was in the mood for a mystery. The fact that the cover promises that it will be "Dark and creepy" was really just an added bonus.

I really had a hard time getting into this story as I started reading th
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Elaine
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a creepy read which just oozes menace in every chapter. Five years ago four friends – Emma, Al, Leanne and Daisy went on holiday to a spiritual retreat in Nepal, but it was a holiday that ended in disaster and we know right from the start that not everybody returned although we don’t know the full horrific details until much later in the book. Five years later Emma has a new identity - Jane – a new job and a blossoming relationship. Her past is a highly guarded secret, or is it? Someone ...more
Christine
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: several to read
3.5 stars

Thank you to Net Galley, HarperCollins UK, Avon and author C.L. Taylor for an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

The Lie is a suspenseful novel about a British woman who is being stalked five years after a horrifying experience while on vacation in Nepal. It is immediately clear that the events are connected. The tale is told in first person narrative from the point of view of the protagonist Emma (aka Jane). The chapters alternate between the Nepal adventure five years
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Courtney Newton/Shawnmarr
I... did not enjoy this at all. It felt way too unrealistic and predictable. I hated each of the characters for various reasons and could not connect with any of them, nor did I want to. The ending was zero percent satisfying, and in all honesty, the writing was bland. I never felt the suspense I was supposed to, and I felt like I was being told more than shown. The flipping back and forth between past and present was fine until the present spoiled things that happened in the past that could hav ...more
Liz Barnsley
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lie is a really excellent follow up to “The Accident” a book I was enthralled by last year, clever and tense psychological thrillers both. In The Accident the focus was on parental relationships and secrets, here with “The Lie” it is all about friendship.

Jane Hughes was not always Jane Hughes. In her other existence she and a group of friends went on the trip of a lifetime – What happened during that holiday led Jane to change her name and hide away from the world. Now, however, someone has
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Mark Edwards
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the crowded psychological thriller market it can be tough to stand out, but CL Taylor succeeds here by mixing a zeitgeisty tale of friendship-gone-wrong and secrets from the past with Alex Garland's 90s blockbuster The Beach. This is a fast-paced, tense and atmospheric novel; a good old-fashioned thumping good read. The descriptions of the sinister community in Nepal are evocative and exciting. There are some great set-pieces - CL Taylor is brilliant at writing nail-biting action scenes - and ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
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I snapped up this book without even looking at the synopsis as I enjoyed this authors début novel so much. Pretty smart decision by me as this one was even darker and had a sinister setting that gave me all the creeps that I expect from a psychological thriller!

First Line of The Lie by C L Taylor:

“I know he’s trouble before he even set foot in the building.”



My Thoughts on The Lie by C L Taylor:


The Lie is told in two different timelines – t
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sue


After reading "The Accident" which kept my blood pumping fast way into the night I have been silently stalking C L Taylor. From afar I have been waiting for this book to come out, and way hooooo, it came out on Net Galley. I also heard from her publishers in my email account, so hey, I guess they knew I couldn't wait.


I have purposely waited until now to get my reading matter done on this new book from this author as I know many would grab and start reading it right away. I wanted to wait. I want
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Aoife
Jun 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
HOW CAN ONE CHARACTER BE SO STUPID?

That's literally the thought that was screaming through my head the whole time I was listening/reading this book. The Lie focuses around Emma and is split into the present where she is working in Wales and known by the name Jane Hughes and four years earlier when Emma went on a holiday to Nepal with three of her best friends and only two of them returned alive. Emma has built a new life for herself as Jane but she sudden;y starts receiving ominous messages and
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Tracy Fenton
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a gripping psychological thriller examining the fragility of friendship between 4 young women each emotionally damaged in their own way. I literally could not put this book down and read it within a day whilst cooking and stayed up most of the night to finish it. CL Taylor has a fabulous talent of describing places and people that I could visualise everything as I read it. Highly recommend this book.
Tonkica
2.5
Ako ste slučajno gledali Znam što si radila prošlog ljeta (1997.), a ne želite se zamarati s time još jednom.. Preskočite ovaj roman. Tada je ta ideja bila interesantna, no ponovno se s njom sresti, ne nudi baš previše zanimljivosti. Likovi, radnja, pripovijedanje.. Ništa što bih mogla izdvojiti kao posebno. Sigurna sam da ću je jako brzo i zaboraviti.
Bill Kupersmith
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An honour one can acquire on Goodreads is to have written the ‘go to’ review for readers who had a very strong positive or negative reaction to a particular book. I’ve not achieved the former—proud as I am of my reviews of Dare Me & The Likeness—in several cases I fear I’ve accomplished the latter, to have written the review that captures perfectly the faults of a book. My review of C. L. Taylor’s The Accident seems to be one of them. I’ve felt guilty about that ever since, because the manif ...more
Paul
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Lie – Brilliant Psychological Thriller

The Lie is the second book from Cally Taylor who debuted with The Accident in 2014 which was a wonderful debut. If Cally was a musician who had an excellent debut album we would be talking about the difficult second album but fortunately for us she is a writer who gets even better with her second book. The Lie is an absolutely brilliant thriller that keeps you guessing all the way to the end, with plenty of twists that keeps you guessing. The telling of
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Jules
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Lie was a thrilling read that was very hard to put down. If I didn’t have to eat, sleep and work, it wouldn’t have left my hands.

The main focus of this story is about female friendships, and what can happen if those friendships become strained and taken over by competitiveness, jealousy and lack of trust.

Jane (previously named Emma) tries to reinvent her life after the traumatic holiday in Nepal, which she went on with her three friends five years earlier. Unfortunately that is not meant to
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Gary
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank both Net Galley and my Goodread friend Jules for recommending this book to me. A psychological thriller based on the friendship of four girls who encounter jealousy and misunderstandings that put their relationships to the test. The story alternates between present day and the nightmare that occurred 5 years ago. A fast paced thriller that is both an excellent page turner and a very good novel that is full of very strong characters.
I enjoyed the book so much that I plan to
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Karen
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read C L Taylor's debut thriller last year, The Accident, which I loved, The Lie was on my wishlist as soon as it was announced. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the publisher which has been glaring at me from the bookshelf, until I couldn't wait any longer and bumped it up to the top of the TBR.

Five years ago, Jane Hughes was called Emma Woolfe and she and three friends set out for the holiday of a lifetime to Nepal. The fun that they were expecting however soon turned into a ni
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Petra
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Your past doesn't have to define your future, not if you won't let it" is one of the messages in The Lie. Told in the first-person perspective of Jane/Emma, the story alternates fluently between the present and the past. 5 Years ago, Jane was known as Emma. She embarked on the trip of a lifetime with three female friends visiting a "retreat" in Nepal. 5 years later, she's living a secluded life in Wales, working in an animal shelter and using a different name. What happened during their time ab ...more
Margaret Madden
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Jane has a nice settled life. Living and working in the Welsh countryside has its benefits. A job in the local animal sanctuary, a new boyfriend with great potential as a keeper and a peaceful existence overall. However, she has been hiding the truth from everyone and an anonymous note may be the beginning of the end of her quiet days, as her secret comes back to haunt her.
Five years previously, a different world, a different circle of friends and a summer of change.
A girls holiday, a right o
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Christine
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last year C.L. Taylor wrote the engaging ‘The Accident’, a psychological tale about family relationships. This time, Taylor focuses on friendships, with a story about a group of female friends and a nightmare holiday abroad.

We meet ‘Jane’, a woman living incognito. She hasn’t even told her boyfriend who she was. Five years ago, Jane went on holiday with a group of close female friends. They went to Nepal and ended up staying at a retreat. The retreat was not what it seemed. Not all of Jane’s fri
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This is one of the most suspenseful books I have read lately....
Four seemingly benign friends set out for the holiday of a lifetime in Nepal to separate one from an ex-lover whom she is stalking.
But that is not the only reason for this holiday. The main reason is known to only one of the four......
Five years later, one of the four has changed her name and carved herself out a comfortable new life in Wales. She has the job she has always dreamed of, and a promising relationship with a new man in
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Lisa
I don't know how to review this book The Lie by C L Taylor was okay but i was not sure where it was going was totally confused & really did not get me in at all i know a lot of 5 star ratings were given but to me it was a flat read maybe i am in the minority but its just my opinion. 21/2 stars
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

A tense thriller from author C.L. Taylor, The Lie is a story of friendship, deception, secrets and betrayal.

"A couple of weeks ago I found a picture of the four of us, taken by a stranger outside Kathmandu airport...We all look so fresh faced and hopeful in the photo, and we were. It was supposed to be a holiday of a lifetime."

Best friends since university, Emma, Al, Daisy and Leeanne, are heading to Nepal for the holiday of a lifetime, where, in between exploring Kathmandu and treking in Chitwa
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Elaine
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, arc

What happens when a group of close girlfriends decide to take a trip to help one of them get over a broken relationship?

Nepal seems a great place. Al one of the friends tells them of a great paradise retreat she's heard of in the mountains and they can just chill for a few weeks.

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Sounds great!!!!


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But this trip will be nothing like paradise and soon the friends friendship will be tested far more than they could ever imagine ....
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My thoughts...
This was very different, told in past and present it w
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Louise Wilson
Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a small cottage in Wales. She's more happier than ever but her life is based on a lie.

She receives a letter at work in which its one line content was definitely not what she expected.

A phycological thriller that mixes friendship and trust.

I would like to thank Net Galley, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and the author C.L. Taylor for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kate
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, age-adult, thriller
Jane seems to have a great life, working at an animal shelter, and dating a nice guy. She has a big secret though: her name isn't Jane. Her name is Emma, and five years ago she went on a trip with three friends that turned into a nightmare. Only she and her friend Al survived, and after Al sold the story Emma changed her name. Now Jane is receiving threatening notes implying that her friend Daisy is still alive...

I read this book nearly in one sitting, on a 7-hour flight after my own big vacati
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Barbara
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was really intense, the story was so sick, yet so stupid.. The characters were unbelievingly annoying.. I really don't know how to write a review for this book because it's so stupid but you have to keep reading... I don't know how I feel about this book.
Rebecca Carter
Was hard to put this book down, I kept thinking just one more chapter, then there'd be an edge of your seat cliffhanger, and I had to continue - lol.
A really suspenseful psychological thriller about a group of friends who go off to on holiday to Nepal, where the little splinters in their friendship start to appear as canyons. I quite enjoyed how the story is told in two threads - one of the present day and another of the time in Nepal. I'd recommend this book to anybody who enjoys books like th
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Lucia
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*
Sva sam podijeljena što se tiče ove knjige.
U početku mi je malo dosadnjikava, a onda mi brzinom munje postaje sve napetija i napetija. Kad sam krenula čitati, pomalo su me ove četiri prijateljice i odnosi među njima podsjetile na one u knjizi U mračnoj, mračnoj šumi. To mi se nije svidjelo. Odmah na početku sam osjetila odboj prema njihovom prijateljstvu, baš sam dobila dojam da je lažno i trulo. Sve je nekako prenaglašeno i neprirodno. Najbolje prijateljice, a već na početku (još prije puto
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C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She is a four times Sunday Times bestseller and her books have hit the number one spots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl's Tale ...more