#BookReview #OneMoreLie by Amy Lloyd @AmyLloydWrites @PenguinUKBooks

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Source: Netgalley

I am delighted to have been lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of the second novel by Amy Lloyd, “One More Lie” via Netgalley. I loved her debut “The Innocent Wife” (you can read my review of that here)

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

How do you live with yourself as an adult when you were convicted of murder as a child?

And when you can’t remember the crime…
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE GUILTY?

Charlotte wants a fresh start. She wants to forget her past, forget her crime – and, most of all, forget that one terrible moment.

It’s the reason she’s been given a new name, a new life. The reason she spent years in prison.

But even on the outside, with an ankle monitor and court-mandated therapy, she can’t escape the devastating memory of the night that turned her and her only friend into national hate figures.

But now her friend has found her.

And despite the lies she tells to survive, she soon finds herself being dragged deeper and deeper into a past she cannot confront.

Even if it’s going to cost Charlotte her life…

Amy Lloyd won theDaily Mail First Novel competition for her debut, The Innocent Wife. Now she returns with a chilling portrait of a woman trying to be good, even when she isn’t sure she wants to be. 

My thoughts:

I knew straight away that this book was going to appeal to me and the opening chapters simply confirmed those thoughts! Child killers behind bars, released with new identities are fairly topical in the news and evoke all kinds of heated discussion and debate. “One More Lie” offers a thought-provoking exploration of this subject. It will make you delve deep into yourself as you are firmly placed inside the head of Charlotte via the first person narrative. It is hard not to feel any kind of sympathy for her in the first chapter where the journey to court as a ten-year-old is portrayed.

Is Charlotte a reliable narrator though? Her memory of what actually happened is lost. The crime she committed with her childhood friend was a heinous one. I felt torn between sympathy and disgust, the conflict inside my head had me doing somersaults! Such is the author’s skill in creating tension and teasing out a real feeling of unease in the reader, it is impossible to read this novel without feeling the words on the page. It is impossible not to get caught up in an internal debate over crime and punishment, children who kill, nature versus nurture and a whole raft of social issues.

Never an easy read but definitely a deeply disturbing read. It would have been easy to take this subject matter and sensationalize it but Amy Lloyd tackles it with empathy and sensitivity. She has taken the subject and turned it into something that really makes you think. A real character-driven novel which burrows its way inside of your head. Hard to believe that it is only this author’s second book.

One More Lie was one of those books that makes me glad that I don’t sleep much! More time to read and definitely a “read past your bedtime” book!

One More Lie is available to purchase from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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