Book Review: Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey is a complex and clever puzzle of a novel that I was incredibly eager to figure out. So many secrets, teasing and taunting, had been hidden between the pages, revealing themselves only when the author gave them permission to do so, and always just at the right time. It's safe to say that Those Who Lie begins with a bang. In a harrowing scene, we're introduced to Emily Klein, the leading lady of this novel, and Jeffrey ensures that it is one that we won't forget quickly. This scene truly sets the tone and the foundations for the rest of the novel, and gave Emily a shocking history which helped to define her character in the present day and also lay behind some of the decisions she made. When Jeffrey brings readers forward to the present day, Emily wakes up in a hospital bed, with little to no memory of how she ended up there, or why. The police want to speak to her. They have questions they would like to ask. Does she know that her husband is dead? Does she know what happened on that day of the car accident? Does she remember anything? Only time will tell.

In the most tantalising of ways, Diane Jeffrey begins to reveal this novel's secrets piece by piece, like that of a jigsaw puzzle. It's only once Emily has been discharged from the hospital and is back in the familiar surroundings of her home that she begins to put together what happened that day, however sketchy her memory is turning out to be. It's a tough position to be in. The house is empty without Greg there. But her family, along with her best friend, are there to remind her that she is not alone, and help is on hand if she needs it. But then strange things begin to happen, before Emily can become used to her new life without Greg. Things that she tries her best to explain but can't seem to find logical reasons behind why they're happening. Like Facebook messages from Greg, despite him no longer being alive. Like bizarre telephone calls, and sightings that she is certain are her husband. Or is it just Emily's mind playing tricks on her? She isn't quite sure of what to make of it all, because who on earth is going to believe the things the she is having to deal with?

I adored the mystery behind this novel. I'm really not sure what I would have done if I had been in Emily's shoes. Her past was being used to taunt her in the most unsettling of ways, and I couldn't
help but to study each person who knew Emily in the hopes of figuring them out and discovering
whether they had a part to play in the nasty game that was happening in Emily's life. As if missing
the funeral of your husband wasn't bad enough in the first place, she now had the tricks being played
on her to deal with. It would be enough to drive even the sanest person mad, and have them beginning to question their sanity. This in itself added a truly tense and dark atmosphere to the novel that only remained right the way through. It was dark, intriguing, and certainly kept me on my toes. I couldn't wait for the truth to be revealed and I felt as though I read the entire book with baited breath, only able to exhale once the final conclusion had been reached. That's a long time hold one's breath for, don't you think?

All in all, Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey was a secretive novel with plenty of twists to surprise the reader with. Just like Emily herself, I couldn't quite ever decide whether what was happening was real or not. My suspicions swapped and changed repeatedly throughout the novel, never sure of whether I was right or wrong, and when the truth was finally revealed, I was struck speechless.

Hummingbird Reviews is rating Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey with four out of five stars. A fantastic debut from this author, and I can't wait to see what she has got in store for her readers next. If Those Who Lie is anything to go by, then it will be a read that will get beneath your skin.

Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey will be published on January 27th 2017 by HQ Digital. You can pre-order your copy here.

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