Elizabeth Kay

Seven Lies

""This is Kay's debut novel and has definitely left me wanting to read more from this author." "


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

This is Jane's opportunity to tell the truth. The question is, do you believe her?

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The friendship between Jane and Marnie has lasted throughout their childhood and into both Jane and Marnie's marriages. To begin with I felt almost envious at the closeness of their friendship. As the story developed I became relieved that neither of these women were my friends. 'Seven Lies' tells the story of this friendship and leads up to the explanation of how Charles (Marnie's husband) died. Each of the lies is revealed in a chapter. The lies were no huge revelations which probably made them a little more believable. With all characters starting off with a clean slate, as the story progresses so do the flaws and facets of each person which changes your viewpoint on who is at fault and what outcome you want for each of them. Jane is quite a sad character. With a childhood spent with less than perfect parents, she is rather obsessive and without conscience. Marnie is Jane's complete opposite but still with her imperfections. Without giving away too much of the plot, 'Seven Lies' follows both girls through school and after, dealing with love and loss. There was no huge culmination to the story but in some ways I preferred this as I didn't feel it had been written to just tie off any loose ends. I wanted to keep reading not just to find out the lies Jane told but also the impact of each of her lies. This is Kay's debut novel and has definitely left me wanting to read more from this author.

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