'A hugely exciting new voice in crime fiction' Lucy Foley
'The new face of domestic noir' Evening Standard
'One of the most compelling narrators I've ever encountered' Shari Lapena
'A protagonist to rival Villanelle' Cosmopolitan
HAVE YOU READ THE MOST EXPLOSIVE DEBUT THRILLER OF THE YEAR?
'Chilling and original' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'A tense nerve-shredder' VAL McDERMID
'The perfect pscyh thriller - smart, dark and morally ambiguous' TAMMY COHEN
'You NEED to read this one' LESLEY KARA
'Toxic friendships don't get more toxic than this' PRIMA
'Breathtakingly good' T.M. LOGAN
'You won't want to put this one down' CARA HUNTER
'This is going to be the next massive thriller' PANDORA SYKES
'You'll be turning the pages deep into the night' HARLAN COBEN
'Shockingly intimate and scarily insidious' LISA GARDNER
'The new face of domestic noir' EVENING STANDARD
'Brilliantly twisty' MICHELLE FRANCES
'A clever, deliciously dark pageturner' ALICE FEENEY
'Takes the idea of the unreliable narrator and spins it on its head' ARAMINTA HALL
'Brilliantly plotted' ALI LAND
'You won't be able to put it down' CHRISTINA DALCHER
It all started with one little lie . . .
Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men.
But Jane never liked Marnie's husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.
Because if Jane had been honest - if she hadn't lied - then perhaps her best friend's husband might still be alive . . .
This is Jane's opportunity to tell the truth, the question is:
Do you believe her?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As commissioning editor at a publishing house, Elizabeth Kay knows a good thriller when one lands on her desk. It’s perhaps little surprise, then, that she’s crafted one of rare quality. It’s a debut that introduces us to both a deeply impressive writer, and a deeply interesting unreliable—or is she?—narrator. Jane Baxter is a gloriously complex and increasingly desperate protagonist and one half of the book’s focus. Her friendship with Marnie Gregory (“she is light where I am dark”) is endlessly fascinating—built on jealousy, twisted love and dependency, it can only end one way. What Kay is so skilled at, however, is keeping you guessing at precisely what that way will be. We think you’ll be shocked long after the final page.
There are unreliable narrators and then there's Jane Baxter, the self-proclaimed prevaricator who anchors the pseudonymous Kay's debut, an electrifying psychological thriller. Speaking with eerie calm to a listener whose identity will only be revealed in the chilling penultimate twist, Jane spins the story of how the friendship she forged at 11 with polar opposite Marnie Gregory "She is light where I am dark" mutates over two decades into an obsessive, jealously defended lifeline she would do anything to preserve. Just how dark the perennially anxious young woman is capable of being becomes apparent as she charts the course of the pair's relationship from halcyon post-university days sharing a South London flat through the point where their trajectories start to diverge. Blindsided by tragedy, Jane finds her world shrinking at the same time Marnie is succeeding as a food blogger and cooking video star. And then there's Marnie's romance with a wealthy, self-important man Jane instantly loathes. But she doesn't dare tell Marnie how she feels for fear of destroying the friendship she craves more desperately than ever, instead taking the first step onto the slippery slope of deceit. Even readers who suspect where the story is heading should brace themselves for a wild and surprising ride. Kay, a British publishing professional, is off to an impressive start.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Clever & gripping
Very cleverly written. Loved the perspective & the characterisation is brilliant. Pragmatically sad and evokes so many questions about the nature of friendships, loss and unreciprocated romantic and platonic love. In a word- fab
Twists and turns