Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd

I was in the mood for a thriller so I picked up the ARC of One More Lie by Amy Lloyd that my contact at Harper Collins Canada had sent me.

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

Blurb:

Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget prison and, most of all, forget Sean. But old habits die hard. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she soon finds herself sliding back toward the type of behavior that sent her to prison in the first place. The further down that path she goes, however, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that’s the one memory she can’t face. Until, one day, Sean tracks her down.

My thoughts:

Do you ever wonder what happens to those children who kill when they themselves are children? This book plays out a possible scenario as the writer takes us on a journey of one such person attempting to function in society.

The best thing about this story is that the reader is not told everything from the start. As I read Charlotte’s experience, I caught glimpses of her past experience and the lead up to the event that sent her to prison. I read, as well, of her relationship with Sean and how it may have affected her decision-making.

By mid-way of the novel, I began to feel empathy for Charlotte – even though I know that she killed a child when she was a child herself. Lloyd succeeds in this because of the information she gives the reader – she almost seems to suggest that it is Charlotte’s childhood experience that led her to take another person’s life. But once Charlotte had my empathy, I learned more about the events that took place and I began to doubt what I had presumed. Even my feelings towards her began to change.

One More Lie is a novel that encourages a reader to make a prediction – and then sneaks in a piece of information that changes that prediction. I enjoyed the subtle twists in the story – and appreciated, especially, the ending (which is totally what I did not expect). I enjoyed this read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys twisty psychological thrillers.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 45th in my book pledge for 2019)

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Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

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I enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons,  and The Lost Symbol so when Dan Brown’s most recent novel, Inferno, came out I knew I had to read it. As soon as I got my hands on a copy, I found a moment to sit down on my sofa and open the book. From the first sentence in the prologue, Brown’s story drew me in. I had questions after reading the prologue and, curiosity roused, I turned the pages eager to know more. I read that Langdon wakes up in a hospital with amnesia with no recall of how he arrived there. He comes to the realisation that he is in Florence – and does not know why. Suddenly he is being shot at and escapes with the help of Sienna Brooks, a woman who appears to be a medical intern.

The story of Inferno centres around the character we met in Brown’s first novel, Robert Langdon. Reading this story was like meeting with an old friend – his story was known to me as well as the type of person he is. Before starting the novel, I figuratively rubbed my hands in anticipation of his latest adventure. I had suspected that it would be woven with history and symbols – after all he is a professor of symbology at Harvard university – and I was correct.

Woven throughout the story are references to Dante and his epic poem, The Inferno. As in Brown’s other books, we are introduced to a little history. These snippets of history, however, do not bore the reader. Instead, they are essential to the understanding of the story and the solution that the protagonist of the story uncovers.

The reader is taken through the streets of Florence and introduced to the historical beauty of Venice. We learn of Dante Alighieri and the many ways in which his work has been represented through Art over the years. We are teased with the solutions to the problem of overpopulation on our planet. And we are given an experience of the imagination that does not disappoint.

I recommend reading this novel filled with mystery and suspense. I enjoyed reading it and made sure that I was able to turn some of the pages everyday.

Have you read any of Dan Brown’s books?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The Watchers by Jon Steele

My children and I stopped by the library 2 weeks ago on Saturday. While they were browsing for something to read, I stopped by the Adult New Fiction shelves. Often when I look at the titles on these shelves, I find an author whom I have not read before whose works I come to enjoy reading. The WatchersMy last visit was no different.

Looking at the covers displayed on the middle shelf, the title of a 574 page tome caught my eye: The Watchers. I picked it up and read the blurb on the inside cover of the novel: “BENEATH LAUSANNE CATHEDRAL, IN SWITZERLAND, THERE IS A SECRET BURIED BEFORE TIME BEGAN. SOMETHING UNKNOWN TO ANGELS AND MEN. UNTIL NOW …..” These bold and capitalised words intrigued me (Yes, I am a fan of Dan Brown‘s novels 🙂 ). I continued to read what is printed in the flap and I was hooked: Characters who live lives that are not what they seem. And all with one purpose: “save what’s left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.”

Cathédrale de Lausanne de nuit, février 2006
Lausanne Cathedral at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steele slowly introduces the reader to the three main characters of the story: Marc Rochat, le guet of the Cathedral in Lausanne; Katherine Taylor, a high class call-girl who discovers that her life is not the fairytale she thought it was; and Jay Harper, a detective who cannot remember anything from his past. In the beginning of the story these three characters seem to have no connection at all. Yet their connection is adroitly weaved into the pages by this first time novelist. Add to the weave the references to the Book of Enoch, and one slowly comes to understand the reason for the title of the book. And the capitalised words printed on the inner flap. Angels and the Nephilim play an unexpected role in this story; a story that is full suspense and twists and turns.

The Watchers is catalogued in the library as murder and suspense; and yet is not like most novels of this genre. I enjoyed the unexpectedness of it; and the unusual conclusion.  For his first novel, Steele has written a tale that I could not put down. Its intrigues captured my imagination and left me with the desire to finish reading the story. If you can suspend your disbelief, you will enjoy this unusual yarn with a unique ending.

Do you enjoy reading suspense stories?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012