“I try not to think of the worst thing. The thing I still haven’t told anyone. The thing that squirms and scratches at the inside of my skull.”
One More Lie is a disturbing, creepy, sinister slow burn with deliciously increasing suspense that ends with a startling, punch-to-the-solar-plexus kind of twist.
I was so mind-blown by the author’s capability to create an eight-year-old like Lilly with such precision, and building her up into the woman she is today. Amy Lloyd created this fascinating character that I felt invested in all the way. Lilly/Charlotte is shy, vulnerable, shocking and just someone who easily sips into the heart of the reader. You start to wonder…
“What did Charlotte do all those years ago?”
“Is she as bad as people think she is?”
“Who even is Charlotte?”
Charlotte has gotten out of prison and spent years in controlled care, and now she’s thrown into this world where she feels completely out of place. Her emotions and human skills are underdeveloped to a certain degree. How can she be herself when she has no sense of self?
But that’s the least of her worries, because the past is now suddenly creeping back into her life. And she’s slammed back into the dark place she used to dwell in. The person she once was. The crime that got her here in the first place.
She doesn’t mind though; there’s a delicate memory in her head that’s like an itch she needs to scratch – that will either be her undoing or portal to freedom.
I loved the going back and forth between the past and the present – I think the various timelines added a powerfully chilling layer to the suspense.
I was nervous diving into this at first because I had the feeling this would be one of those thrillers where the protagonist starts with the “bad girl” talk and doesn’t stay true to that aspect in the end (I’m looking at you, The Night Before), but this one doesn’t make any promises, and instead blows us away with this character who is both believable and addictive to read about. And also possesses a certain darkness that is yet to be unveiled.
There’s so much more at stake in this book – the author’s narrative tends to center around: children murdering other children, growing up without a mother, domestic abuse, etc. I fully comprehended what she wanted to convey, and I just love an author who has a way of convincing you what message they are trying to communicate without it feeling forced onto the reader.
This book oozes so much talent. The whole time, I felt like Paula Hawkins and Riley Sager got together and secretly wrote this masterpiece for us. There was never a dull moment. The mystery and suspense remain perpetual and never let up.
One More Lie is my fifth favorite thriller of the year and I strongly urge you to pick it up!
US edition releases May 28th.