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Headline, 14 November 2019. ISBN: 978-1-4772-5369-9 (PB)
Everyone has secrets, even (or perhaps especially) people whose lives
are to all intents and purposes perfect. To outsiders, life in Severn Oaks
appears as perfect as it comes: a dozen or so houses forming a safe, well-to-do
community where everyone gets along. But a few months ago, someone died an
unnatural death during a party at Severn Oaks. The verdict at the inquest declared
it a tragic accident, and no one questioned it. Until the Facebook post. And
Someone Is Lying is the story of how a community can come unravelled
when someone dares to suggest things are not as perfect as they seem. Secrets
and skeletons come tumbling into the spotlight; real feelings, less palatable
than the ones people admit to, are revealed and expressed; friendships are
strained to breaking point. And then someone disappears.
Jenny Blackhurst digs down
under the surface of this apparently idyllic community and peoples it with
characters who are flawed, vulnerable, and above all, not at all what they
would like to appear. There's Miranda, super-organized, on top of everything,
happily married, the natural successor as community leader to Erica, the woman
who tragically fell out of a tree house at a party. Or is she? And Felicity,
single mother of twins, successful businesswoman: why does she sneak out late
at night, avoidingthe CCTV cameras? And
as for Karla and Marcus, the golden couple who live out their blissful family
life in the media spotlight: has anyone asked their sons how they feel about it
And what do any of them know
about how Erica really died? Or why Mary Beth, her best friend, has gone
missing, and so has the young barista from the coffee shop?
There's a little of
everything in this well-crafted psychological thriller: characters you feel you
know, a carefully evoked ambience, lots of tension; there's even a policeman
struggling with his conscience, and another one determined to be that
conscience. As the title says, someone is lying; and as the mystery of how –
and why – Erica really died unfolds, you won't want to stop reading until you
find out who that someone is.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children.
Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels – writing her
own seemed like natural progression. Inspired by the emotions she felt around
her own son’s birth, How I Lost You was Jenny’s thrilling debut crime
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.