Review: Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

**Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

Jane and Marnie have been tied at the hip since childhood. Marnie is the light to Jane’s dark, and Jane grew up dependent on her friendship with Marnie. They tell each other everything, their secrets and their lovers. However, Jane doesn’t approve of Charles, Marnie’s new lover. When their engagement is revealed, it threatens Marnie and Jane’s 20-year-old bond, and Jane will do anything to protect it.

Structured in the series of seven lies, the novel reveals that actions that lead to Jane’s growing obsession to keep Marnie for herself. The writing is utterly compelling. Jane is scary as she is obsessive. We see everything through Jane’s eyes, from the first time she meets Marnie, to her falling in love with Jonathan, and to her role in the death of Charles.

The book was an enjoyable read, however, I didn’t find it as thrilling as I had anticipated. The climax of the story occurred mid-way through, and by then Jane’s character felt very fleshed out. The last half lost momentum and the ending didn’t really surprise me.

Regardless, I think the strongest aspect of the book is the analysis of Jane’s character and her toxic relationship with not only Marnie but her dysfunctional family. I was drawn in by Jane’s character, that at points of the story, I was convinced that she was normal and was just suffering grief and jealousy. Though the plot fell flat, I was compelled to continue reading to know Jane’s past.

Rating: 3/5

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