Seven Lies – Elizabeth Kay

It all started with one little lie . . .

Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men.

But Jane never liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.

Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t lied – then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive . . .

Book Info: Print length: 354 pages. Publisher: Sphere. Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Elizabeth Kay started her career as an assistant at Penguin Random House. She is now an editor there and is simultaneously pursuing her passion for writing. Her debut novel, Seven Lies, published in 2020, and is the story of two best friends and seven lies that lead to a death. She is currently working on her second novel.

My Review:

Seven Lies is the debut psychological thriller by Elizabeth Kay and it’s a cracker!

I’ve got a soft spot for stories about toxic relationship and slightly unhinged narrators and Seven Lies has both.

Jane and Marnie have been friends since childhood and Jane is our narrator. It’s pretty clear from the start that she has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Marnie. Whilst Marnie is an outgoing sociable and warm individual, Jane is the polar opposite: stand offish and introverted with a very dark side she keeps hidden.

These friends have stood beside each other throughout their school years, their teenage years, University, first loves, marriages and death. They have an unbreakable bond, at least Marnie thinks they have – until Jane’s husband dies and then their friendship begins to shatter.

This is a twisted tale of love, loss, grief, friendship, obsession, jealousy and ultimately murder. There are some really creepy and dark undertones throughout the narrative and whilst it’s difficult to feel much sympathy towards our narrator the story kept me gripped throughout.

I thought Seven Lies is an enjoyable and tension filled debut novel and I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Kay.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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