Review: Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

Review: Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay is a mystery novel that has an intriguing premise. The main character is clearly deranged, which makes for some interesting themes in the novel. While this book will have the reader turning pages, the story is more dramatic than it is a thriller.

Review: Seven Lies by Elizabeth KayTitle: Seven Lies
Author: Elizabeth Kay
Publisher: Viking
Genres: Mystery
Publication Date: June 16, 2020

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

It all started with just one little lie. But we all know that it never ends there. Because, of course, one lie leads to another…

Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other’s deep-est secrets. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. But when Marnie falls in love, things begin to change.

Because Jane has a secret: she loathes Marnie’s wealthy, priggish husband. So when Marnie asks if she likes him, Jane tells her first lie. After all, even best friends keep some things to themselves. If she had been honest, then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive today…

For, of course, it’s not the last lie. In fact, it’s only the beginning…

Seven Lies is Jane’s confession of the truth—her truth. Compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic page-turner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

This is one story that definitely has a luring synopsis. The concept of a toxic friendship that is tainted by lies just seems like quite an exciting story. It starts off slow, which is fine for a thriller if it is going to lead to an explosive ending. However, this book seems to fall flat.

❀ Unreliable Narrator

Jane is quite a psychopath and it becomes clear at the beginning of the story that she is an unreliable narrator. Her life takes some unexpected turns and she is definitely suffering as a result. It is easy to feel for Jane and her longtime friendship with Marnie makes for some really touching moments.

❀ A Dramatic Mystery

Although there are some interesting aspects to this novel, it feels like more of a dramatic mystery than a thriller. As the story progresses and more of the lies are revealed, it just seems that the plot does not ramp up enough to have the reader on edge. Also, the ending feels unsatisfying and rushed, even though it has an interesting twist.

If you enjoy a dramatic story that has an unreliable narrator, Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay is one book that you might want to check out. The premise is very appealing and it will be one that many find enjoyable. That being said, it is not quite the thriller that it appears to be.

About Elizabeth Kay

Elizabeth Kay

Elizabeth Kay works in the publishing industry under a different name. She lives in London and has a first-class degree in English literature.

20 thoughts on “Review: Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

  1. Angela says:

    It’s always a bummer when you’re expecting one thing but get another with a book, but an unreliable narrator is something I tend to enjoy!

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