THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
This was no accident…
Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter.
I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes . . .
Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary 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 then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.
Jane has tried to put the past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves . . .
Praise for The Lie:
‘Haunting and heart-stoppingly creepy, The Lie is a gripping roller coaster of suspense.’
‘5/5 stars – Spine-chilling!’
‘An excellent psychological thriller’
‘Packed with twists and turns, this brilliantly tense thriller will get your blood pumping.’
Claire Frost, Fabulous Magazine
‘Fast-paced, tense and atmospheric, a guaranteed bestseller’
''A gripping page-turner full of intrigue and suspense."
‘ Creepy, horrifying and twisty. C L Taylor is extremely good at writing stories in which you have no idea which characters you can trust, and the result is intriguing and scary and extremely gripping.’
Julie Cohen, 2014 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club Pick
"The Lie is absolutely brilliant – The Beach, only darker, more thrilling and more tense. It's the story of a twisted, distorted friendship. It's a compelling, addictive and wonderfully written tale. Can't recommend it enough."
"A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller: every bit as good as The Accident."
Black Narcissus for the Facebook generation; a clever exploration of how petty jealousies and misunderstandings can unravel even the tightest of friendships. Claustrophobic, tense and thrilling, a thrill-ride of a novel that keeps you guessing.
“My heart was racing after I finished CL Taylor's brilliant new book The Lie. Dark, creepy and full of twists. I loved it."
C L Taylor is fast becoming the queen of psychological suspense. Read this: you won't be disappointed."
"A plot both brilliant and chilling; characters both appealing and dark and a terrifying climax to which you will race with your heart hammering in your chest. Masterful storytelling; a brilliant read."
C L Taylor produces dark and intriguing page-turners, with strong characters and great pace.
About the author
C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jane Hughes seems to have it all, but someone knows her terrifying secret—and they’re determined to expose and destroy her. Switching between present-day Wales and events from five years ago, this tense, compelling novel slowly teases out Jane’s true identity. The backstory, set in remote Nepal, helps C. L. Taylor’s novel stand apart from other psychological thrillers. We love the way Hughes' story raises provocative questions about the darker side of human nature.
Veterinary aide Jane Hughes, the heroine of this dark, intermittently gripping thriller from British author Taylor (Before I Wake), has created a new life in Wales after a disastrous trip to a spa in the mountains of Nepal cost two of her friends their lives. Jane, whose birth name is Emma Woolfe, lives in terror that the past will catch up to her, as indeed it does. Two voices share the narrative: Emma's from five years earlier and Jane's in the present. The spa slowly reveals its evil heart, but the drama is undercut by the women's implausible behavior. They aren't at the spa more than a day before the reader is tempted to shout, "Stay out of the cellar! Run!" But of course they don't. In the more suspenseful present-day chapters, Jane clings to her fragile new existence as someone tries to destroy it. This otherwise grim tales closes on a note of hope.
Really well written
Couldn’t put it down till I finished it.
One of the best books I have read!
I didn’t want to put it down! So intrigued to find out what happened next! Definitely recommend C.L Taylor 💕
This is one of the most gripping books I’ve read in a little while. Has you rushing to bed a little earlier every night just so you can squeeze in 30 minutes, or maybe an hour if you can.
Very lovely read, has you gripped wanting to know some more; who did it, what’s happening, who’s that, oh no!? All the way through.