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Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay
Narrator: Katharine Lee McEwan, Pearl Hewitt
Published by Penguin Audio on June 16, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 10 hours, 52 minutes
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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 husband. So when Marnie asks if she likes him, Jane tells her first lie. After all, even best friends keep some things to themselves. If she had been honest, then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive today…
For, of course, it’s not the last lie. In fact, it’s only the beginning…
Seven Lies is Jane’s confession of the truth—her truth. Compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic page-turner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love.
The title, Seven Lies, means that someone isn’t telling the truth. I usually prefer those who tell the truth. But I understand the sort of white lie which is part of not hurting someone else’s feelings or even to allow them to express their own opinion separate from your own. We get the honest story from Jane about her lies.
I related to Jane. She works hard, treats others well and enjoys having a close, best friend. She finds the love of her life, only to lose him. Her family isn’t really a close connection for her, more like she is their support. Somehow she crosses into obsession of having that best friend and closeness, no matter the cost.
I felt Marnie was a bit callous to Jane at some points. While Jane did some bad things, Marnie didn’t know about them, but perhaps she sensed them or their attitude? I found it sad Jane couldn’t honestly express some of her feelings to Marnie, as her best friend. I wish things could have been different.
McEwan was a new narrator for me, but I have listen to Hewitt before. I was so caught up, I barely paid attention to the narration but I think that’s a compliment to the narration keeping me focused on the story. I always appreciate voices which are clear to understand and feel appropriate to the characters. I listened comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed.
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This sounds like a fantastic idea and framework for a story! Even though you don’t like lying (I don’t either), it sounds like you enjoyed the story?
It’s really creepy. But I liked the liar better than her friend.
i find even a good book can be better when it’s easy to relate to a specific characters
This one was creepy but compelling. I preferred the liar to her friend but it was all just sad.
Just the title pulls me in and makes me curious. Glad you were able to appreciate Jane as her story unfolded. Sounds like it wasn’t as simple as black and white lying.
Well, Jane definitely did some major lies about some bad things but I just liked her better. Which is crazy. I felt she got the short end of the stick as they say but better communication, honest communication might have improved things all around.