Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.
At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…
But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.
And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.
Can she really trust herself?
About the Author
Diane Jeffrey grew up in North Devon. She lives in Lyon, France with her husband and their three children, black Labrador and kitten.
THOSE WHO LIE is her debut psychological thriller.
Diane is an English teacher. She hates marking and Mondays. When she’s not working or writing, she likes swimming, running and reading. She loves chocolate, beer and holidays.
Above all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
The synopsis of this dragged me in immediately .. imagine waking up in hospital with police offers next to your bed only to find out your husband is dead, you have no memory of it and then find out they think you killed him!
She was the driver when their car crashed, he didn’t survive the accident.
Emily has a history fraught with issues of anxiety, depression, childhood trauma so having memory loss just adds to her delicate state. With the help of her sister Amanda and her best friend Pippa by her side she attempts to come to terms with Greg’s death and prove her innocence.
But weird events keep happening, she believes she sees messages on Facebook, has glimpses of him, receives texts, hears noises in the night, mislays things .. poor Emily is she losing her mind?
The story alternates between two time periods so we find out what happened to Emily as a child and present day so can perhaps see how events may tragically repeat themselves. The finger of suspicion is pointed in several directions and the reader begins to doubt each person as well.
Emily has a loving relationship with her sister, a strained connection to her recovering alcoholic mother, younger half-brother Matt was one of my favourite characters, he seemed to have her best interests at heart. And her father met his demise when she was younger.
There is tension throughout, just as you think you have reached a conclusion another obstacle gets in the way. The author has a unique way of leading you to the end of a chapter while holding your breath which then enforces you to begin the next one and repeat! I really enjoyed the complexities of the book, I had an inkling I knew who the guilty party was but I was wrong!
Poor Emily was a pleasant character and I was rooting for her to have some peace of mind which isn’t easy when it seems everyone is out to get you or mess with your head.
Great debut and I look forward to what comes next from this author. I really enjoyed the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ references in connection with Oxford, nice touch.
1st prize: eBook of Those Who Lie
2nd prize: Teddy and chocolates
3rd prize: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland notebook & chocolates
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