Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies: A Novel (P.S.)

Title: The Book of Lies
Author: Mary Horlock
Source: Netgalley

Synopsis from Netgalley:
Life on the tiny island of Guernsey in the English Channel can be tough for some, but things have become particularly claustrophobic for Cat Rozier. She’s fifteen, an overweight bookworm, and she’s just killed her best friend.

Nicolette is the new girl at Cat’s all-girls high school, beautiful and instantly popular. But Nic, without explanation, takes Cat under her wing, inviting her out to parties and teaching her to drink whatever they can shoplift. The two become inseparable, while the other girls wonder why Nic’s hanging out with this geek. A perceived betrayal, however, sends them spinning apart, and in the way that small-town bullies do best, Nic’s retribution is larger than life.

Cat’s father, Emile, has died just months before. While running the small press he’d inherited from his father, Emile made it his life’s work to bring to light the truth about the Nazi occupation of Guernsey, from Churchill’s abandonment of the island to those families and individuals who tried to resist in their own way. But above all, he hoped to set straight the reputation of his older brother, Charlie. Through audio recordings Charlie left behind before his death in 1965 and letters Emile wrote to various publications, we piece together Charlie’s own confession, his struggle against the Nazis, and the betrayals buried deep in the island and in the Rozier family story.
My review:

My rating:
I really enjoyed this book.  I liked the back and forth between narrators.  I do wish the author would have focused more on the father's part of the story.  I didn't really like the main narrator, Cat.  She kind of annoyed me and her situation didn't seem to bother her at all.  The book was well written and entertaining.  Another thing I didn't like was the cover.  I don't usually judge a book by it's cover, but all of the covers I've seen just didn't pull me in.

4 stars

**I received an electronic copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. I have a copy of this one, I'm looking forward to read it.

  2. I started reading this one, but couldn't get into it. I didn't much like the main narrator either. Based on your review, though, I think I should give it another try!

  3. I don't really like the cover of this one either. I thought the reviews for this one seemed just lukewarm but I did enjoy the dual narration and although Cat was irritating, she still had a good story to tell.

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