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Seven Lies

by Elizabeth Kay

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Debuts Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Seven Lies

Well! This is an absolute corker of a debut, different and intelligent, it wormed its way into my thoughts and then proceeded to hunt them down. Narrator Jane tells of her friendship with Marnie, and the seven lies that change that friendship forever. This is Jane’s chance to be honest, and if she had told the truth to start with, Marnie’s husband might still be alive. The introduction to each lie hits with hammer hard precision, there are truths waiting ready to trip you up. Elizabeth Kay has the ability to blur lines, and I found myself stopping, questioning, considering my thoughts. She quite simply made me look at things in a different way. I write notes as I read, and these were peppered with ‘Crikey!’, ‘Blimey!’, and an awful lot of exclamation marks! Provocative, thoughtful, and so very clever, Seven Lies deserves to be a huge hit. A debut of the month and a LoveReading Star Book, Seven Lies comes with a tremendous thumbs up from me. 

Liz Robinson

Seven Lies Synopsis

She tells you everything.

Except the truth.

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

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A debut novel which delivers a chilling, clever and enthralling plot. Full review

Deborah Dumville

A story of female friendship, with a twist. It will hook you in and not let you go until the very end. Full review

Pauline Braisher

Compelling, will keep you gripped from start to finish! Full review

Fiona Beech

Jane is unmistakably unreliable as a narrator but she knows she is and so do you, as each lie is explained along the way. Full review

Miriam Smith

Seven Lies Press Reviews

This is a tense nerve-shredder that wrong-footed me again and again, leaving the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. There's nothing more terrifying than watching someone disintegrate when love takes a wrong turn. -- Val McDermid This is the smartest thriller we've read in a while . . . It's twisted and thrilling, and you will zip through it. - Goop

This gripping and very scary tale of obsessive love is a tour de force - Irish Independent

Compelling . . . this fine novel shines a light on how our darkest moments shape our future - ipaper

Beautifully lyrical, infused with a kind of anticipatory dread that grips you from the very beginning. - Birmingham Post

Compelling - Irish Times

This compelling and unsettling thriller will have you totally gripped! - The Sun (Fabulous Magazine)

A remarkable debut from a remarkable author - Shots

A chilling read that we couldn't put down - Bella

What a narrator, and what a plot! Toxic friendships don't get more toxic than this. - Prima

We're in - Stylist

A slick debut ... original and clever - Woman's Weekly

Chilling - Readers Digest

The new face of domestic noir - Evening Standard

What a narrator, and what a plot . . . I was absolutely hooked. Toxic friendships don't get more toxic than this - Prima

A highly entertaining, pitch-dark exploration of an intense and toxic friendship - Sunday Mirror

With a hold-your-breath moment near the end, we can't stop thinking about it - Heat

Chilling and unusual, we couldn't put it down - Closer

An electrifying psychological thriller . . . even readers who suspect where the story is heading should brace themselves for a wild and surprising ride. - Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth Kay's debut is a gorgeously narrated and scarily real account of friendship-turned-fixation. You won't be able to put it down -- Christina Dalcher, author of VOX Superbly controlled writing, a captivating voice and a brilliantly plotted story about a toxic friendship -- Ali Land, author of GOOD ME, BAD ME I loved it from the first page: spellbinding, urgent, creepy, and impossible to put down. Seven Lies is a hugely satisfying novel of deeply disturbed psychological suspense. -- Chris Pavone, author of THE PARIS DIVERSION Brilliantly twisty but also so insightful of human nature: this is a chilling portrayal of an obsessive relationship -- Michelle Frances, author of THE GIRLFRIEND A pacy domestic thriller sure to keep you reading well past bedtime. Kay holds a mirror up to female friendship and the result is both relatable and utterly chilling -- Sarah Langford, author of IN YOUR DEFENSE A compelling take on the obsession that can come with female friendship - Image

Seven Lies takes the idea of the unreliable narrator and spins it on its head. An immersive study of female friendship and loneliness with a scarily reliable narrator who proves that truth is often scarier and stranger than any fiction. Shockingly intimate and scarily insidious. Seven Lies explores the explosive truths behind obsession, love, and a seemingly perfect friendship -- Lisa Gardner, author of FEAR NOTHING I devoured Seven Lies in less than 24 hours. Such a clever, deliciously dark page turner and a compelling read -- Alice Feeney, author of SOMETIMES I LIE With a protagonist to rival Villanelle, you'll love this sharp, original and seductive thriller, which turns the idea of an unreliable narrator on its head. - Cosmopolitan

Compulsive, hypnotic . . . a tale of obsession, grief and the real meaning of truth - Red

Kay's unputdownable thriller follows former childhood friends Jane and Marnie down a devious path littered with secrets, murder and, of course, lies - i

Compelling, clever, imaginative and beautifully written -- Jo Spain, author of THE CONFESSION SEVEN LIES is a relentless, chilling story of what happens when friendship becomes obsession. Keep the lights on - you'll be turning pages deep into the night with this one -- Harlan Coben, author of FOOL ME ONCE You NEED to read this one. So very unsettling! -- Lesley Kara, author of THE RUMOUR Seven Lies is the perfect psych thriller - smart, dark and morally ambiguous. I loved it. -- Tammy Cohen, author of WHEN SHE WAS BAD Dark, vivid, and engrossing. You won't want to put this one down! -- Cara Hunter, author of CLOSE TO HOME 'Friends forever' becomes a weapon swung with fatal force in Elizabeth Kay's debut. A thriller deftly told through seven lies, the calmly manipulative Jane is a protagonist who will haunt you long after you finish turning the pages. The truth, it turns out, can be far more dangerous than any lie....It's going to be the next massive thriller. -- Pandora Sykes A chilling and original voice. It's gripping, fresh and unsettling - all the ingredients I love -- Clare Mackintosh, author of LET ME LIE Breathtakingly good - I devoured Seven Lies in a single weekend. A phenomenal debut. With scalpel sharp writing and a killer concept, Seven Lies is dark, clever, compelling and utterly assured. It heralds the arrival of a hugely exciting new voice in crime fiction -- Lucy Foley, author of THE HUNTING PARTY A dark, gripping story with one of the most interesting and compelling narrators I've ever encountered. Highly recommended -- Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR -

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ISBN: 9780751578102
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780751578133
Publication date: 16/04/2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751578102
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Elizabeth Kay
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 40+ Novels That Feature Friendship,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Romance, Crime & mystery, Violence in society, Crime & criminology,

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