Today I’m thrilled to be on the Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst blog tour. If you enjoy a psychological thriller with unreliable narrators then this could well be the book for you. Read on for my thoughts, but first the book description…….
It’s been a year since Erica Spencer died in a tragic accident at a party, and the community where she lived has moved on with their lives.
Everybody has secrets.
But someone thinks it wasn’t an accident. Someone thinks it was murder.
Some are worth killing for.
And when an anonymous podcast names six local suspects, shockwaves ripple through the neighbourhood. Before the podcast is over, the police will be opening more than one murder enquiry. Because someone is lying…
When I first started reading Someone Is Lying, I must admit I had some reservations, the first few chapters are taking up introducing the reader to an array of characters, so it took me a while to work out who was who. My other reservation concerned the use of podcasts, I’m a huge fan of a certain crime series that uses podcasts to good effect, so I wasn’t convinced Jenny Blackhurst could offer anything new to this style of sharing a story. At this point I should apologise to the author because Jenny Blackhurst came up trumps and delivered a belter of a psychological thriller.
It’s been a year since Erica Spencer died in a tragic accident at a party, or was it something far more sinister? Now six of her closest friends known as “The Severn Oaks Six” are spotlighted in six podcasts which aim to reveal the truth behind Erica’s death. The six suspects live in the gated community of Severn Oaks, it’s the type of place where only the privileged live, where money and status are as vital as oxygen.
From the off you sense there’s friction between the so-called friends, there the sort of characters who have to shine the brightest, their public persona is one of high gloss and fake smiles, but behind the masks are a bunch of people who have much to hide. I can’t say I particularly liked any of the characters, there a difficult bunch to like, there all pretty much wrapped up in their own perfect little bubble, self absorbed and very untrustworthy. These type of characters can normally spoil a read for me, but in this case I found it heightened my enjoyment, because I found I could look at each character objectively.
As the podcasts reveal more “The Severn Oaks Six” friendships fracture as each becomes a suspect, paranoia grows, hostility and resentment bubble away beneath their shallow friendships. Someone Is Lying is a crime thriller packed with conundrums, who is the mysterious podcaster? What secrets are the six friends hiding? who would want Erika the “pillar of the community” dead? Jenny Blackhurst draws the reader into a classic whodunnit, but by adding the podcasts it gives a current vibe to the book. The further you get into the book, so does the sense of tension and suspense thus pushing the reader onto its dramatic conclusion. Someone Is Lying is a tangled web of Lies, revenge and deception when you add to to the mix unreliable characters, it has all the ingredients that make a Psychological thriller a thrilling read. Highly recommended
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Headline (31 May 2019)
Buying link: Amazon Uk 🇬🇧
My thanks to the publishers and Anne Cater for my ARC in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Jenny lives in Shropshire where she grew up dreaming that one day she would get paid for making up stories. She is an avid reader and can mostly be found with her head in a book or hunting Pokemon with her son, otherwise you can get her on Twitter @JennyBlackhurst or Facebook. Her favourite film is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but if her children ask it’s definitely Moana.
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