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Seven Lies

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  22 reviews
It all started with just one little lie. But we all know that it never ends there. Because, of course, one lie leads to another…

Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other’s deep-est secrets. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. But when Marnie falls in love, things begin to change.

Because Jane has a secret: she loathes Marnie’s wealthy, priggish
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 16th 2020 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published April 16th 2020)
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Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Barnsley
Seven Lies started with a bang and the protagonist voice was genuinely compelling- beautiful writing and an excellent, quirkily dark undertone.

I enjoyed it all the way but can't help but feel it didn't pull off the premise- if I was writing a three word review it would be "Almost, not quite"

This is almost a story about toxic friendship but not quite.

This is almost a story about grief but not quite.

This is almost a tense psychological thriller but not quite.

I honestly felt that it fizzled out
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

It all started with just
Maybe I’ve read too many psychological thrillers, but I found this one a bit disappointing. Narrated by Jane, she details her long friendship with Marnie, from their meeting at school to the present day, when they’re in the late 20s. From the beginning she reveals that she’s told Marnie seven lies, and each section reveals one more. You know from the outset that Jane hates Marnie’s husband Charles, and also that Charles is dead. So it’s quite easy to guess what’s going to happen. Once you’re ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books absolutely deserve a round of applause, and THIS is one of them.

A golden thread of pure anticipation runs through the entire story, hemming its edges and forming discernible patterns by adding and subtracting specially targeted stitches to create the perfectly formed tapestry that is Seven Lies.

It consists of a candid monologue, flawlessly directed, and the measured and effective delivery of these seven ‘acts’ was astonishingly good.

Wave upon wave of revelation rips through the pages
Nov 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sadly just wasn't for me. It had so many plotlines and the author clearly wanted to comment on a lot of things (eating disorders, sexual assault, siblings, parental relationships, dementia, early widowhood etc) but they were just random and didn't sit alongside the main story at all. The book was overly ambitious and as a result of wanting to encompass so many things, it failed at being a mystery/suspense at all.
I also thought there was too much done to make our narrator Jane feel
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
What can I say about Jane? Her childhood friend, Marnie means the world to her, and Marnie's husband, Charles, not so much. Jane actually loathes him and we may or may not ever understand why. Is it because Jane tragically lost her own husband? Does she resent Marnie's happiness? Or it there something aobut Charles that only Jane can see?
Jane, who may well deserve top billing in the unreliable narrator department.tells her tale by sharing the details of seven lies she has told and why she told
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was one of those rare novels that left me breathless. I was racing through it because I couldn't put it down, but was also reluctant to finish as I didn't want the story to end.

Jane, our flawed narrator, is telling the story of her friendship with Marnie, her best friend since they were both eleven year old schoolgirls. Along the way, we learn how Jane became a widow when her young husband was killed by a drunk driver. as well as her intense dislike of Marnie's
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this captivating, creepy story. The last few chapters and the ending were so spine chilling. I had chills and it wasn't due to the temperature outside. This is definitely one of my favourite books of this year

Full review to follow closer to publication day
Lisa Kazi
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Novel:
The debut novel by Elizabeth Kay navigates Jane’s life and her changing relationship with Marnie, her childhood best friend in the face of the events leading up to and after the death of Marnie’s husband.

The Characters:
Kay’s characterisation of Jane is phenomenally sinister. She is incredibly real, developed with the innumerable small, petty flaws we find within ourselves. Jane is incredibly well written, but in a very atypical way; the direct address and effective characterisation
Miss R
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Little Brown Book Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

An astutely observed novel about the dynamics of human relationships. Breathtakingly original.

"Seven Lies" is a wonderful novel and Elizabeth Kay deserves all the plaudits that will surely come her way. This book is impressive, not just because of the clarity of the plot which is refreshingly original, but also because of Kay's acute understanding of human nature and the complex dynamics of female
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven Lies is a Debut Novel written by Lizzy Kay (currently the book on Goodreads is linked to the wrong author).

Women's paths separate in the adult life. Jane falls in love and moves out. Unfortunately her love story is short, and just when it ends, Marnie starts her own.

The story reveals 7 lies that Jane told her best friend throughout their lives. It's a confession full of friendship, grief and need of acceptance. It discusses difficult topics: depression, family issues, dementia, physical
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven Lies is a book full of really well written and well-developed characters alongside an easy-to-read plot that flows really nicely. No, it's not the most exciting story with something occurring in every chapter but then that simply wouldn't work with a story like this. There are some really crucial themes embedded that are explored by the author such as grief, friendship, family and eating disorders though with some I felt the author could have dived into more deeply. Like other readers, I ...more
Christine Rennie
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This was an intriguing book to read by Elizabeth Kay, it is a story about friendship that lasts through school into adulthood, Jane and Marnie are those friends. Each stage of friendship is bolstered by a lie that Jane tells. Jane marries first and then Jonathan is knocked down and killed. Then Marnie meets and marries Charles and Jane’s obsessiveness with Marnie becomes Charles death sentence.
It is a story of two women who know each other so well they can finish each other’s sentences. When
Ben Cooper
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was offered a free advance version of this novel and was intrigued by the concept so gave it a go. Really enjoyed the writing, hard to believe its a debut novel, Ms Kay is definitely talented. The structure and set up is great, really kept my attention, to use the cliché it is a page turner. The only problem is that the ending felt a bit rushed, maybe a little anticlimactic. Over all a good debut and I will look out for future books but just held back by the ending.

I found this one really hard to rate as I loved the start of it, absolutely loved it and it hooked me and there were so many lines I connected with but the further I got in the book the more her actions didn’t really seem to fit with her character? I don’t know the end just didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the book and the middle dragged on a bit.
I was extremely annoyed by this 4th wall thing the narrator kept doing...until I realized she wasn't addressing me at all. Unraveling the who there was absolutely the highlight of this faintly sinister novel.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Though this felt very promising, I feel like this book fell a little flat. I thought it was beautifully written. And I feel like this is absolutely an author to watch whose books I will continue to seek out. 3.5/5 stars for me.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, the only thing that would've made it better were if it were actually gay.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent novel, full of believable characters and an entertaining plot. Highly recommended. Plan on reading more books by this author.
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