Happy new week! Let’s kick off this one with a fantastic and compelling read!
First, let me thank Rachel and Century for allowing me to read and review One More Lie for the blog tour. This review is unbiased and reflects my own opinion.
Title: One More Lie
Author: Amy Lloyd
Date of publication: ebook: 01/02/2019 – hardback 04/04/2019
Number of pages: 400
Amy Lloyd returns with a chilling portrait of a woman haunted by the mistakes of her past and trapped in a present threatened by revenge.
Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget the years of her childhood spent in prison, and most of all forget Sean. But even with a new identity, old habits die hard.
Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, Charlotte’s demons begin to catch up with her and drag her back down a dark path. And the further down that path she goes, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago.
And then, one day, when her old ‘partner in crime’ tracks her down, Charlotte is forced to face the one devastating memory she’d much rather forget…
Some characters carry darkness with them wherever they go. Charlotte is one of them. When we meet her, the first thing that came to my mind was that she was out of sync with the world. As if she were one second behind us all. The reasons were unknown to me but it did look like Charlotte herself couldn’t totally comprehend the gap between her and the rest of the world.
Amy Lloyd brilliantly made me care for a character I’d just met within a few pages, with careful details, remarks from a mind sounding as though it has already seen too much yet feels so young, too young to grasp human subtleties. I was unsettled, but highly interested. Who was Charlotte? Why is there a tag on her ankle? Of course, a crime reader always jumps to the worst conclusions, don’t we? I couldn’t help myself and I took great pleasure in trying to figure out how clever hints thrown here and there, from the mention of a doctor to what could be seen as weird habits, could lead me to the truth.
The truth, isn’t this what we all want? Well, Charlotte wants it but her brain refuses to open the door to her memories.
Through Now and Then chapters, we get to know more. And with each chapter, I wanted more than more! Charlotte from the present is supposed to try and get a normal life after years in prison. Except something is holding her back. The more days passed, the less free she seemed to be. I had the feeling an evil hand was dragging her back into the past.
What happens when this hand is yours? How do you build your new self if you don’t make peace with who you used to be and what you did?
One More Lie tackles the subject of child crimes. Charlotte was sent into the system at an early age. I was gobsmacked to find out about her sentence and her growing up. Flashbacks had me tutting and wondering as I tried to reconnect the Charlotte from nowadays to the child she used to be and her younger self. Child killers? Are they born this way? Can we blame a domino effect, a million factors reunited to enable the evil to inhabit those tiny bodies and force them to do the unspeakable? My mind was running wild!!
Sean. A taboo name. A shadow Charlotte craves as much as she fears. The author captures the intensity of their relationship in such a way that I felt my heart break. What is only a newspaper headline for us is life for the two of them. We don’t get the keys to the past until the very end of the book, so the reader gets plenty of time to ponder about the information they get, and form an opinion… Until Amy Lloyd deals the final cards and blurs a world of innocence gone wrong.
One More Lie also takes you on the bumpy and muddy road of the aftermath. What happens when you’ve served your time? Can you come back to normal life? What is normal life for kids who have been judged so early in their life? Is there a way for them to adapt to society? One More Lie is engrossing and raises so many questions. More than a psychological thriller, it is a study in the effects of lives destroyed too soon. We can sense Charlotte’s fears and shame at what happens. She hides and is so insecure, I couldn’t help but want to help her. But is redemption even on the table? With such a weigh on her shoulders, Charlotte makes for a wonderfully tragic heroine. I devoured every word of One More Lie!
If you are looking for a dark read without blood on your hands, look no more, and grab One More Lie, which is devastatingly intense and criminally disturbing!
Amy Lloyd’s journey to becoming a bestselling author started when she left secondary school with only a handful of GCSEs before going to university as a mature student to study English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. When she was unable to afford fees for a masters, Amy entered and won the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, beating out over 7000 entries.
Her debut novel The Innocent Wife debuted as a Sunday Times bestseller, was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, sold rights in over 18 countries and won the prestigious Foreign Thriller of the Year at Le Prix du Thriller in France, 2018. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. One More Lie is her second novel. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and two cats. @AmyLloydWrites #OneMoreLie