Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst Headline
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…
Cheshire conjures up images of wealthy footballers, their wives, their vast luxurious houses, but what about those who are a couple of rungs below, not as wealthy, but financially well off, able to afford that detached house in a gated community. Are their lives full of glamour or do they have to endure the munitae of everyday life like us mere mortals?
To answer those questions Jenny Blackhurst took us inside one such Cheshire gated community. She gave us six individuals, wives, husbands, single mothers, all connected in everyday life, all willing or unwilling participants in a death that could or could not have been murder. Did one of them know more than they let on, was it really an accident or something more sinister.
Jenny Blackhurst took us into those lives, into their secrets they wanted protect at all costs. I loved the rivalry between them, the outward bitchiness between both the men and the women, the sly looks, the whispered asides, that made you wonder who was telling the truth, who you could trust.
No one was particularly likeable, all were selfish and that is what made Blackhurst’s novel so good. Each charcater would stop at nothing to protect themselves, Karla and Marcus and their brand, Felicity and her fatherless twins, Miranda her good name and standing in the community. I relished the way in which they turned on one another, the stakes raised higher and higher.
The use of social media and a podcast that revealed more and more about each of them, worked brilliantly and I shared the same sense of anticipation and tension as the characters as we waited for the next explosive episode.
The secrets when they emerged were often not what you thought or expected and I just love the unexpected in a novel. The myriad of twists and turns were unrelenting and thrilling as Blackhurst left nothing unsaid, all the threads neatly tied up as we reached a thrilling conclusion.
For all its unfolding drama and intrigue Blackhurst gave us another view, one of the importance of loving and respecting those around us, of not taking what you saw on the outside for granted.
You could see the characters realise the superficiality of their current lives, their eyes opened to what was truly important and it did make me like some of the characters a little bit as they slowly redeemed themselves.
Someone Is Lying would make a great TV drama and I do hope that it is optioned, so that I can take a few guesses as to which actors would play which character.
A fantastic read and ideal for a summer beach read!
I would like to thank Headline for a copy of Someone Is Lying to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Jenny Blackhurst grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children. Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels – writing her own seemed like natural progression