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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Seven Lies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dita

    A few really interesting and deliciously written characters buried in too much rambling and some seriously odd pacing. Worth the time but I didn't love it the way I hoped I would. Thank you to Elizabeth Kay and Edelweiss for giving me this DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    marilyn

    Who needs an enemy when you have Jane for a best friend? She narrates this story and she's telling us (or someone) the seven lies that she told her best friend, Marnie. Jane thinks that if she hadn't told the first lie, Marnie's husband, Charlie, might still be alive. But one lie begets another because each lie is told as a way for Jane to keep a stranglehold on her relationship with Marnie, a relationship that has probably outgrown its usefulness, that should have died a natural death, years ag Who needs an enemy when you have Jane for a best friend? She narrates this story and she's telling us (or someone) the seven lies that she told her best friend, Marnie. Jane thinks that if she hadn't told the first lie, Marnie's husband, Charlie, might still be alive. But one lie begets another because each lie is told as a way for Jane to keep a stranglehold on her relationship with Marnie, a relationship that has probably outgrown its usefulness, that should have died a natural death, years ago.  Just because you are best friends with someone, it doesn't mean that they should be the everything in a person's life, almost two decades later. But Jane doesn't see things that way, she sees no reason that she and Marnie should grow apart and she sees no one as better deserving of Marnie's friendship and time, than herself. Jane describes herself as dark to Marnie's light, people are drawn to Marnie while they ignore Jane. But Jane doesn't care as long as she has Marnie. When Charles enters Marnie's life and they get married, Jane knows she needs to do something to right the balance that Charlie has upset.  Let me warn you, Jane likes to talk, ramble, go on and on and on, making excuses that only she can justify, finding fault in everyone else. As I read this story with my reading buddies, I ranted and raved about wanting Jane to get to the point and stop talking so much but in reality, her monologue is what makes the story, it's what makes Jane who she is, we are seeing the real Jane, not the Jane that she allows the world to see. The Jane the world sees steadfastly does her job, takes care of her mom and sister, jumps to do every little thing that Marnie asks of her. The real Jane is something else, something very dark, very sinister, very dangerous. Jane has a story to tell and she is going to tell it, her way.  This was a fun book to read with a group! Thank you to Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.  Available as of June 16, 2020

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Wow!!!!!!! This book was no place on my radar..I was completely caught off guard with just how much I loved this..Hands down, all the stars for this baby! Now this my friends is a psychological thriller. First off this is a debut. It is hard to believe, because Elizabeth Kay knocked this one out of the park. Why was it so fantastic you ask? Not only was it good, unpredictable, it was ORIGINAL. No tired cliche plot here folks. The writing was fast paced, the plot unnerving. There literally came t Wow!!!!!!! This book was no place on my radar..I was completely caught off guard with just how much I loved this..Hands down, all the stars for this baby! Now this my friends is a psychological thriller. First off this is a debut. It is hard to believe, because Elizabeth Kay knocked this one out of the park. Why was it so fantastic you ask? Not only was it good, unpredictable, it was ORIGINAL. No tired cliche plot here folks. The writing was fast paced, the plot unnerving. There literally came to a point where I was frantically flipping the pages saying...nope, nope, nope don't do it Jane. Did she do it? Guess you will need to grab a copy and find out. What else made this unique? I loved, loved, loved the fact that the chapters were broke up in the manner they were. Jane is a psychopath. This girl is off the rails, train wreck crazy. This is what makes Jane so damn entertaining to me. What is she going to do next? Jane likes to lie...ALOT....Jane tells 7 big lies...we are talking ...huge ones...so the book is split into sections...Lie One...Lie Two.. you get the idea....it is highly entertaining. This book is told from Jane's POV...so we have access to Jane's thoughts and feelings. It is never boring in the mind of a psychopath- just saying. Jane is very loyal to those who she loves-but only if they revolve their world around her. See, Jane is all about Jane ..and nobody else. If you cross Jane, well you might have to pay the price. I like nothing better than "finding" a debut author that knocks my socks off. With so many thrillers out there saturating the market, this one really stand out! I can't wait to read more from this author. Huge thanks to Pamela Dorman Books for this ARC via Edelweiss for an honest review..... I am no Jane, I am not going to tell 7 lies here!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    Well friends get ready for a review from an outlier regarding this book. I’m giving it two stars for actually having a psychopath in the story and it did make me turn the pages. Definition of a psychopath in case you are interested : “Common signs of psychopathy socially irresponsible behavior. disregarding or violating the rights of others. inability to distinguish between right and wrong. difficulty with showing remorse or empathy. tendency to lie often. manipulating and hurting others. recurring pr Well friends get ready for a review from an outlier regarding this book. I’m giving it two stars for actually having a psychopath in the story and it did make me turn the pages. Definition of a psychopath in case you are interested : “Common signs of psychopathy socially irresponsible behavior. disregarding or violating the rights of others. inability to distinguish between right and wrong. difficulty with showing remorse or empathy. tendency to lie often. manipulating and hurting others. recurring problems with the law. www.healthline.com › health › psychopathy” This is a story of Jane, who is obsessed with her best friend Marnie. They have been friends since childhood, always together, always doing the same things, often wearing the same clothes. Jane is always described as the dark one, seldom happy, twisted thinking, prefers solitude or her best friend. Marnie is the opposite, light hearted, happy, loves to be around people. The beginning of the novel is told from the first person point of view as Jane recounts her childhood spent with her best friend, Marnie. Soon the story is told in what I would call “stream of consciousness” as it’s Jane telling us the story as she is thinking about what has happened, she is talking to us. She is admitting all of the lies that she has told, her darkest thoughts and imaginings. The beginning grabbed my attention because I had no idea where this was going. The two are great friends until Charles enters Marnie’s life. Jane totally dislikes Charles, how he looks, how he dresses, how he commands an audience, everything about him. Mostly she hates that Marnie loves him and marries him. She feels left out of the love that she has always counted on from Marnie. Marnie seems as though she doesn’t have a lot of intuition into what is happening around her. Jane really has given her signs that she isn’t happy with being left out of anything that Marnie does, but Marnie seems oblivious to these signs or chooses to ignore them and hope things will get better. When the crime in the novel is committed I thought that the story would take off. For me, it didn’t. There were just pages and pages afterwards of Jane’s thoughts. There is one interesting twist with a journalist who works for a small print newspaper. She has followed the story of the two women, their intense friendship, their losses and all that has happened. She isn’t convinced that all of the pieces of the puzzle fit together. She is the only snag in the lies that Jane has told, what does she know, what will she do to find out?? I was hoping for an ending that would bump this book up to at least a 3* but the ending was completely unsatisfying. I can’t recommend this book, it seemed shallow to me. The only character that we really understand is Jane, the others aren’t well defined. Jane’s sister Emma and her mother make cameo appearances but I don’t think really added to the story but did describe more of Jane’s twisted thoughts and feelings. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. This novel is set to publish on June 16, 2020

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Another disturbing, gripping, character-driven and impressively well-written debut centered around two close friends’ dysfunctional, overly obsessive and unhealthy relationship! How far you go for sharing your sacred relationship with your friend? Marnie and Jane grew up together. Jane is dark and intense one who may do anything to protect her friend from the dangerous guys trying to hurt or abuse her! Marnie is the joyful, friendly, easy going person who may be naïve to believe in people’s man Another disturbing, gripping, character-driven and impressively well-written debut centered around two close friends’ dysfunctional, overly obsessive and unhealthy relationship! How far you go for sharing your sacred relationship with your friend? Marnie and Jane grew up together. Jane is dark and intense one who may do anything to protect her friend from the dangerous guys trying to hurt or abuse her! Marnie is the joyful, friendly, easy going person who may be naïve to believe in people’s manipulations. Jane told seven lies to her friend starting with her thoughts about Marnie’s husband. She never likes him and she thinks she did something terrible to her at the wedding night. But she is not reliable witness, is she? Because she already told too much lies to her best friend to protect her from the beginning but what if she told them to prevent her what kind of person she really is. This is well-developed, smart and outstandingly nerve bending debut! Jane is the master of manipulation and her narration was original, decisive, cunning and addictive. You know she is batshit crazy from the beginning but you surprisingly connect her easily because the way she tells the story like you’re having a coffee talk and get permission to be in her head to learn more about her inner thoughts were fascinatingly entertaining and thrilling. She reaches our dark sides of personalities and pushes deeper to face with our own inner demons and makes us question what would we do in we were in her shoes! She might be liar, killer, manipulator or delusional. We don’t know it yet. We just have to listen to her story till the end and keep our judgments and opinions to ourselves. I liked the author’s different and creative writing style and I’m looking forward to read more works of her. blog instagram facebook twitter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Have you ever wanted to sit down at a table with a glass...make that a bottle of wine with one of our infamous “Jane” characters? Have them explain their side of the story? Hear how everything unfolded from their perspective? That’s how I felt reading this book. Perhaps, I’m sitting in a bar sharing a drink with Jane. Or maybe I’m her therapist, listening as she opens up to me in my office while sitting across the desk. Whatever the scenario, the author did a magnificent job of putting you right Have you ever wanted to sit down at a table with a glass...make that a bottle of wine with one of our infamous “Jane” characters? Have them explain their side of the story? Hear how everything unfolded from their perspective? That’s how I felt reading this book. Perhaps, I’m sitting in a bar sharing a drink with Jane. Or maybe I’m her therapist, listening as she opens up to me in my office while sitting across the desk. Whatever the scenario, the author did a magnificent job of putting you right alongside Jane. It was as though just the two of us were having a private conversation! But at some point you’re going to ask yourself, wait a minute…who exactly is she talking to? Jane loves her best friend Marnie so much! They’ve known each other since they were kids and have been through so much together. Best of times and life’s tragedies as well. Now that Marnie is getting married, that balance and relationship is about to change. And Jane isn’t sure she can handle that! What’s a girl named Jane to do?💁🏻♀️ We all love our unstable female lead characters named Jane! And there have been quite a few over the past few years. But there’s something about each one that you know is going to shock and keeping you flipping furiously through the pages! Thank you to Edelweiss and Pamela Dorman Books for an ARC to read and review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    What is it with the name, Jane? 🤷🏻‍♀️ All of our favorite psychopaths seem to share this name.. Jane Doe (Victoria Helen Stone) Jane Harris (The Favorite Daughter-Kaira Rouda) And, now Jane Black, our protagonist from this book. The entire narrative is Jane, sharing her SEVEN LIES, and the TRUTH- broken down ONE LIE and ONE SECTION at a time. If you struggled with the style of Ruth Ware’s “The Turn of the Key”, a long letter written by the protagonist to her lawyer- or with the style of Roz Nay’s “Ou What is it with the name, Jane? 🤷🏻‍♀️ All of our favorite psychopaths seem to share this name.. Jane Doe (Victoria Helen Stone) Jane Harris (The Favorite Daughter-Kaira Rouda) And, now Jane Black, our protagonist from this book. The entire narrative is Jane, sharing her SEVEN LIES, and the TRUTH- broken down ONE LIE and ONE SECTION at a time. If you struggled with the style of Ruth Ware’s “The Turn of the Key”, a long letter written by the protagonist to her lawyer- or with the style of Roz Nay’s “Our Little Secret”-a suspect telling her story in the interrogation room of police station... Chances are that you may NOT enjoy the style of this book, either. BUT, if you are like me...a person fascinated by psychosis, a fan of character studies, one who doesn’t mind hearing a CONFESSION, which may or may not be true... THEN this book about obsession and toxic friendship IS for you! Jane and Marnie were inseparable childhood friends. Until Marnie falls in love. When Marnie asks Jane if she likes her future husband, Charles, Jane tells her first lie... If she had been honest, maybe Charles would still be alive.. After all, Jane feels it is her responsibility to PROTECT Marnie. Isn’t that what a best friend does? 4.5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (rounded up) Thank You to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books, and Elizabeth Kay for the digital ARC, I received in exchange for a candid review! NOW AVAILABLE!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Phew, what a debut! Jane and Marnie have been friends since they met on the first day of Year Seven. They are bound together tightly in a delightful friendship which is strained once Charles enters Marnie’s life. Charles likes to be the centre of attention and he takes Marnie’s attention away from Jane. What unfolds in this gripping, tense novel at times beggars belief as Jane tells her seven lies which become increasingly audacious. I love the way the story is written which I think is very orig Phew, what a debut! Jane and Marnie have been friends since they met on the first day of Year Seven. They are bound together tightly in a delightful friendship which is strained once Charles enters Marnie’s life. Charles likes to be the centre of attention and he takes Marnie’s attention away from Jane. What unfolds in this gripping, tense novel at times beggars belief as Jane tells her seven lies which become increasingly audacious. I love the way the story is written which I think is very original. You feel as if Jane is talking to you, that you are actually having a conversation in which she tell you her truth, which may not necessarily be the truth. I could describe this book as being a bit like a bowl of minestrone as it too has a lot of tasty ingredients. There’s love and grief, friendship and obsession, secrets and lies, jealousy and possession, need and protectiveness, there’s murder and some remorse, chuck in a bit of black humour, a few sinister moments and loads of tension - there’s are several scenes where you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. The two main characters are intriguing. Marnie is light and Jane is twisted and dark, they are so different but perhaps this is what keeps the embers of their friendship alive for so long. There are some excellent descriptions and conversations as Jane’s story emerges and some of it is jaw dropping and astonishing. I love the way the lies are slowly released and the story builds to its breathtaking conclusion. Overall, a fantastic and fast paced read which intrigues you from start to finish and an outstanding debut. Thanks to NetGalley and Little Brown Group for the ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    WOW! Seven Lies is a twisted psychological thriller and I could not get enough of it! This book will keep you guessing until the very end. I was shocked at what I was reading at times. This was a fantastic and original plot - highly recommend. How do I even start to explain what it is about? It is a story of love, friendship, obsession, grief and jealously, among other things. Jane and Marnie have been friends forever and Jane wants it stay that way. when Marnie meets Charles the worst comes out WOW! Seven Lies is a twisted psychological thriller and I could not get enough of it! This book will keep you guessing until the very end. I was shocked at what I was reading at times. This was a fantastic and original plot - highly recommend. How do I even start to explain what it is about? It is a story of love, friendship, obsession, grief and jealously, among other things. Jane and Marnie have been friends forever and Jane wants it stay that way. when Marnie meets Charles the worst comes out in Jane. She does not like him at all and is scared of losing her best friend. This is when the lies begin.. and they escalate from there. She is determined to keep her relationship with Marnie as strong as ever, she has nothing else in her life. and she will do anything for her best friend. It is dark and funny and very entertaining. This is Elizabeth Kay's debut novel and I believe that the TV rights are being fought over. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next. Thank you Hachette Books Australia for my advanced copy of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!! This is my truth, after all. And that is not the same as the truth. this is an o-kay thriller, but a much better character study that takes the reader deep into the mind of a woman who isn’t gonna let her best friend of nearly twenty years slip out of her life and into a domestic bubble that easily, especially not with that man. jane and marnie have been besties since they were eleven years old, despite being—you guessed it—total opposites. where marnie is warm, open, confident, ja NOW AVAILABLE!! This is my truth, after all. And that is not the same as the truth. this is an o-kay thriller, but a much better character study that takes the reader deep into the mind of a woman who isn’t gonna let her best friend of nearly twenty years slip out of her life and into a domestic bubble that easily, especially not with that man. jane and marnie have been besties since they were eleven years old, despite being—you guessed it—total opposites. where marnie is warm, open, confident, jane is cautious, watchful, braced for disappointment. as jane recounts to the novel’s ‘you,’ She is light where I am dark. I knew it then. Now you’ll know it, too. although congenitally predisposed to this darkness, jane’s life has given her plenty of reasons to be less sunshiny than marnie: her mother is in a home suffering from dementia, her sister has been battling anorexia for years, and, after unexpectedly meeting and marrying the love of her life, jane was widowed young and tragically after only a few months' bliss, sending her into a grief so profound that it derailed her career. and through it all, marnie was there for her. so now that marnie has found her own true love, the handsome and wealthy charles, jane will be the first one to step up and root for their happiness, right? oops, nopes. jane just does not yike charles. in fact, she says, “I had never hated anyone the way I hated him.” and that much vehemence must stem from more than mere jealousy, right? more than a woman platonically obsessed with her best friend, more than a woman who simply cannot afford to lose anyone else? what’s the deal, jane?? jane’s not telling yet—when marnie asks her if she thinks charles is right for her, jane is afraid to share her true feelings about him, assuring her that they are meant to be and of course they have her blessing. and that was the first of the titular seven lies. If I had been honest—if I had sacrificed our love for theirs—then Charles would almost certainly still be alive. AND THAT IS THE END OF CHAPTER ONE. the rest of the book shows the ripple effects of mendacity; how one lie necessitates the scramble to manufacture additional lies, each one only delaying the inevitable; jane helplessly watching the slow-approaching train of doom her first lie set in motion, uncomfortably aware of the irony that the polite lie she told to avoid any awkwardness between them has been responsible for so much worse. TFW you are your own undoing &etc. jane is a fascinating character; somewhere 3/4 of the way on the road between ‘sympathetic antihero’ and ‘sociopath,’ but the rest of the characters, even the most-perfect-ever marnie, are a little one-note. some of my dislikes: the journalist character seemed unrealistically…dogged. i get that her persistence was just another kind of obsession, but her stubborn pursuit of a story; doubling down on finding “something” even after so many of her speculations had been demonstrably incorrect came across more as “obstacle contrived for drama” than “how a professional journalist behaves, even in her side-gig.” i also didn’t get why the mom-stuff was such a BFD. seems to me that a girl like our jane could have deflected any of that without breaking a sweat. still, an enjoyable debut with a pleasantly soapy aftertaste. come to my blog!

  11. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    *This one is available today! 4 Liar Liar, Pants on Fire stars This one gives us a peek into the mind of a very unreliable narrator, Jane Black. Although she promises that this time, she is telling the whole truth. The story rambles on, much the way Jane’s mind works, as she spins her tale and gives us her confession, almost like a conversation. We learn about the seven lies that she has told. Jane is obsessed with her long-time best friend Marnie. The two have dinner together every Friday night an *This one is available today! 4 Liar Liar, Pants on Fire stars This one gives us a peek into the mind of a very unreliable narrator, Jane Black. Although she promises that this time, she is telling the whole truth. The story rambles on, much the way Jane’s mind works, as she spins her tale and gives us her confession, almost like a conversation. We learn about the seven lies that she has told. Jane is obsessed with her long-time best friend Marnie. The two have dinner together every Friday night and they are very close. As often happens though, when love comes along, friendship takes a backseat. Jane is unhappy that Marnie has fallen in love and is planning to marry. This psychological thriller builds to a tense confrontation. I enjoyed this debut novel and I am wondering is a sequel is in the works. Thank you to Edelweiss, Elizabeth Kay, and Pamela Dorman/Penguin for an early copy of this one to read in return for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Rambling Prose. This was the second consecutive book I've experienced featuring verbose narrators compelling readers to discern the story in a sea of words. Patience and perseverance were my friends as I was tempted to quit. There was an atmospheric element piquing my interest, however I admit to skimming which unfortunately diluted the mood - the strong point of the book in my opinion. Intriguing story about two best friends from childhood navigating early adulthood and marriages. Both of their Rambling Prose. This was the second consecutive book I've experienced featuring verbose narrators compelling readers to discern the story in a sea of words. Patience and perseverance were my friends as I was tempted to quit. There was an atmospheric element piquing my interest, however I admit to skimming which unfortunately diluted the mood - the strong point of the book in my opinion. Intriguing story about two best friends from childhood navigating early adulthood and marriages. Both of their husbands died young. Hmmm… Is there anything to this? I was also invested in discovering the truth behind Jane our first person narrator. Is she sane, unreliable, or certifiably crazy? Thank you to Edelweiss, Elizabeth Kay, and Pam Dorman Books for my advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Icewineanne

    This book begins with a bang, Jane (MC) speaks in first person and tells the reader right off the bat that she hates her best friend Marnie’s husband Charles. And by the end of the first chapter the reader knows that Charles is dead but not why or how and Jane teases the reader that if she had been honest, Charles would still be alive. So begins Jane’s confession of the series of lies that she has told. Unfortunately what promised to be a exciting book after such an excellent beginning, ultimately This book begins with a bang, Jane (MC) speaks in first person and tells the reader right off the bat that she hates her best friend Marnie’s husband Charles. And by the end of the first chapter the reader knows that Charles is dead but not why or how and Jane teases the reader that if she had been honest, Charles would still be alive. So begins Jane’s confession of the series of lies that she has told. Unfortunately what promised to be a exciting book after such an excellent beginning, ultimately turned out to be a letdown. This book is very much Jane’s story and no one else’s. We don’t get any real insights into any of the other characters including her best friend Marnie. Other characters include Jane’s mother who has dementia and is living in a nursing home, plus a sister who’s anorexic, but they both seem like little more than filler in this story. After the midway point I began losing interest in Jane’s character. She was just too shallow and far too much of a whiner. I began to wish the author would put Jane (and this reader) out of her misery. The story dragged in too many spots, and overall there wasn’t enough suspense in the story. My thanks to Pamela Dorman Books & Netgalley for the ARC

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    SEVEN LIES is the debut psychological thriller novel by Elizabeth Kay. It is a compelling thriller about the toxic friendships between women, obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love. Marnie and Jane have been best friends for more than eighteen years. Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other's deepest secrets. Marnie is open and invites warmth and love. Self-confident. She is light. Persuasion came naturally to Marnie. Jane is an introvert who lacks confi SEVEN LIES is the debut psychological thriller novel by Elizabeth Kay. It is a compelling thriller about the toxic friendships between women, obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love. Marnie and Jane have been best friends for more than eighteen years. Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other's deepest secrets. Marnie is open and invites warmth and love. Self-confident. She is light. Persuasion came naturally to Marnie. Jane is an introvert who lacks confidence and is always waiting to be ridiculed. She is dark. They were still two, Marnie and Jane, after University, when they moved into a flat. They were bonded by their intense friendship. Marnie was freelancing alongside her job. She wrote a blog about food, that quickly grew. Then Marnie meets Charles and soon marry, but Jane is afraid of losing her best friend. Jane does not think that Marnie and Charles have a love greater than theirs. But when Marnie falls in love, things begin to change. Because Jane has a secret: she does not like Marnie's wealthy, husband. 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. . . Then one lie leads to another… Jane moves in with Jonathan when they were both twenty-two, as Jonathan filled a gap for Jane, providing the home she always needed but had never really known, as her parents argued al the time and were later divorced. Soon after Jane and Jonathan were married. They were two people that had shared so much, and over time they had been separated by romantic love. Favorite Quote: “Life moves in only one direction. Every decision that you ever make will be written in stone, permanent, never to be undone.” Seven Lies is Jane's confession of the truth--her truth. It is a story about love, toxic friendships between women, hardships, changes, obsession, jealously, and grief. This novel will have you hooked and keep you guessing until the very end. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the author, Penguin Random House Canada (Viking) and Netgalley for my digital copy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fictionophile

    For my entire review of "Seven Lies" visit: https://fictionophile.com/2020/06/27/... I think this is the first time I’ve read a book that reads as a confession. The entire novel was written in the first person and did just that! Our protagonist, Jane, had a lot to confess – as the titles suggests she told seven lies that served to influence her life. Needless to say, she did some unforgivable things, yet somehow I felt real empathy for her. She was lonely her entire life. She just went about reme For my entire review of "Seven Lies" visit: https://fictionophile.com/2020/06/27/... I think this is the first time I’ve read a book that reads as a confession. The entire novel was written in the first person and did just that! Our protagonist, Jane, had a lot to confess – as the titles suggests she told seven lies that served to influence her life. Needless to say, she did some unforgivable things, yet somehow I felt real empathy for her. She was lonely her entire life. She just went about remedying her loneliness in ill-advised ways. It takes real talent to create a fully rounded character and Elizabeth Kay did so in this novel. Although we know just how devious Jane can be, we also know how loyal she is, her strong sense of familial duty. Some readers might think Jane is a psychopath, but I don’t agree. Jane is a girl with obsessive-compulsive tendencies who has had some major emotional trauma in her life. This has affected her psyche – in a detrimental way. With themes of jealousy, loss, widowhood, female friendship, and obsession this novel kept me riveted throughout. It is one of those books that I loathe to say too much about for fear it will ruin the reading experience for others. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed it to the extent that I will be keeping an eagle eye out for this author’s second novel. A clever and very compelling psychological thriller which I highly recommended!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Elizabeth Kay's debut novel is a compelling tale of a toxic friendship slash obsession. Jane and Marnie have been best friends since the age of eleven. As you can imagine how important they are for each other. When Marnie gets involved with Charles and seeks Jane's approval, Jane doesn't tell her how much she hates her boyfriend. Now Jane is confessing her deepest secrets, the complicated web she has woven with that first lie. It becomes apparent fairly quickly that Jane is an unreliable narrator Elizabeth Kay's debut novel is a compelling tale of a toxic friendship slash obsession. Jane and Marnie have been best friends since the age of eleven. As you can imagine how important they are for each other. When Marnie gets involved with Charles and seeks Jane's approval, Jane doesn't tell her how much she hates her boyfriend. Now Jane is confessing her deepest secrets, the complicated web she has woven with that first lie. It becomes apparent fairly quickly that Jane is an unreliable narrator or if you prefer mentally unstable psychopathic narrator. The story is dark and twisty and full of tragic circumstances. There is a lot of tension building and seemingly unnecessary 'asides' that in time become vital clues when all the details come together. Despite the slow burn, the story is compelling and whatever your feelings towards the main characters are, you will want to know who Jane is making her confession to. The ending...well, personally I found it dark and sinister. Who would I recommend this book to? Fans of dark psychological thriller who enjoyed Gone Girl and love exploring dysfunctional relationship dynamics. Thank you to Edelweiss and Pamela Dorman Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: June 16, 2020 Elizabeth May’s debut novel, “Seven Lies” is an obsession-driven, powerful novel about the intensity of female relationships, and how one little lie changes everything. Jane and Marnie have been friends since childhood, and they have shared everything, from clothing to secrets. Even as they grow up, the two remain inseparabl Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: June 16, 2020 Elizabeth May’s debut novel, “Seven Lies” is an obsession-driven, powerful novel about the intensity of female relationships, and how one little lie changes everything. Jane and Marnie have been friends since childhood, and they have shared everything, from clothing to secrets. Even as they grow up, the two remain inseparable. Until the inevitable day when Marnie meets Charles, and she becomes enveloped in talk of living together, marriage and babies, leaving Jane on the sidelines. Desperate to once again be the most important person in Marnie’s life, Jane develops a plan to re-immerse herself into the life of her best friend. So she begins with a little lie, and soon the lies spiral out of control until Jane is trying desperately not to be caught out by the only person she has ever needed, Marnie. “Seven Lies” is one heck of a story. Jane is quite clearly in a spiral of twisted, psychotic jealousy, desperate for the complete love and attention of her oldest and dearest friend, as Marnie goes on living life completely unaware of the level of Jane’s obsession. A story of childhood friendship turned into dangerous obsession, it is definitely entertaining, full of disturbing and gripping twists and turns. The story is told through Jane’s perspective, as she dictates it to someone else (until the very end, it is not revealed who Jane is telling her story to). I enjoyed the story being told this way, as it allowed for a more personal, one-sided view of Jane’s background and standpoint. The novel also touches on both dementia and bulimia, as members of Jane’s family struggle with these disastrous and life-altering illnesses, providing heartbreaking honesty and somehow encouraging a little bit of empathy for Jane. For a debut novel, I was very impressed with Kay’s creativity and talent. Well-developed characters and a strong story, “Seven Lies” was able to pull me in from page one. The story itself is a little bit “Single White Female”, and the theme is definitely not a unique idea. But Kay writes very well, and I am very excited to see what she comes up with next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    Jane and Marnie have been friends for a long time but Jane does not like Marine’s husband and this situation leads to lies and deception. Unfortunately I could not relate to the characters in this book and the story didn’t hold my interest. Thanks you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    I'm all about books about dark family secrets yaaaass

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Seven Lies started with a bang and the protagonist voice was genuinely compelling- beautiful writing and an excellent, quirkily dark undertone. I enjoyed it all the way but can't help but feel it didn't pull off the premise- if I was writing a three word review it would be "Almost, not quite" This is almost a story about toxic friendship but not quite. This is almost a story about grief but not quite. This is almost a tense psychological thriller but not quite. I honestly felt that it fizzled out i Seven Lies started with a bang and the protagonist voice was genuinely compelling- beautiful writing and an excellent, quirkily dark undertone. I enjoyed it all the way but can't help but feel it didn't pull off the premise- if I was writing a three word review it would be "Almost, not quite" This is almost a story about toxic friendship but not quite. This is almost a story about grief but not quite. This is almost a tense psychological thriller but not quite. I honestly felt that it fizzled out into nothing after promising so much. That didn't mean it was a bad book - indeed there are elements here that are brilliant and clever. Overall though for this reader it just fell short of the mark. Almost. Not quite. On the hugely positive side this is likely an author to Watch. I will definitely read future books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    Will you walk into my parlour said the spider to the fly Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they met on their first day at secondary school. Their friendship as strong as the threads of a spiders web,even after they both got married in their twenties. But Jane hates Marnie's husband Charles,to her he is a loud,obnoxious bully and is the reason why the threads of her and Marnie's friendship are starting to fray and come apart. Then tragedy strikes and Marnie needs her best friend again,the Will you walk into my parlour said the spider to the fly Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they met on their first day at secondary school. Their friendship as strong as the threads of a spiders web,even after they both got married in their twenties. But Jane hates Marnie's husband Charles,to her he is a loud,obnoxious bully and is the reason why the threads of her and Marnie's friendship are starting to fray and come apart. Then tragedy strikes and Marnie needs her best friend again,the only person that in Jane's mind she ever needs. But Jane has a secret so feeling that she needs to protect herself,she tells the first of her seven lies. Because if Marnie was to ever uncover the truth,their friendship would be blown apart like a spiders web caught in a storm The events of this mesmerising thriller are voiced entirely from Jane's perspective as she takes us through the history of her and Marnies friendship,her feelings of rejection and acrimonious relashionship with her mother when she was younger. Her happiness during her relationship and marriage to lovely Jonathan,her interactions with with her work colleagues,her sister Emma and her mother who is now in a nursing home suffering from dementia. Her interactions with Marnie and Charles and the reasons behind each of her seven lies. The story is written in a way that makes it appear as if Jane is telling her story to you,the reader something that adds a feeling of intimacy to this gripping story. Jane was a complex character who had some very serious mental issues,this woman's narratives and thoughts were seriously chilling and creepy,her one redeemable quality was her concern for her sister who also had serious issues. It was a shame that none of the chapters were voiced by Marnie,it would have been interesting to read her thoughts on Jane and their friendship and have the opportunity to get to know her character better. There was a character named Valerie who was a reporter and had a significant role in this story. I did have mixed feelings about her,one one hand I thought she was nasty and obnoxious but on the other hand,I really really wanted her to succeed in her quest to expose Jane's lies. Seven Lies is a seriously creepy,tightly plotted,gripping debut thriller that had me hooked in from the first page. I really didn't want to put this brilliant book down and didn't want to go to bed until I had finished it but unfortunately my old eyes had other ideas. The story was still playing on my mind before I fell asleep and was the first thing that I thought of after I woke up which,when it comes down to books is something that doesn't happen to me very often. This well written story covers a number of mental health issues which the author has written about with care and sensitivity,it also covers different aspects of stalking,both in person and on social media. A sinister sense of foreboding permeates the pages of this enthralling thriller,a sense that gradually builds as the story unfolds. I really loved this amazing book and look forward to reading more of this author's books in the future. Worth far more than five stars and definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. Very very highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    I wonder now—most days, in fact—if I hadn't told that first lie, would I have told the others? I like to tell myself that the first lie was the least significant of them all. But that, ironically, is a lie. If I had been honest that Friday evening, everything might have been—would have been—different. 4.5 stars Review coming soon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Addition Angela

    Seven Lies is a story ultimately of Jane's confession and a narration of telling the truth. But the book is called seven lies and that is exactly what the story tells the tale of... Lies The seven lies that Jane tells her bestest friend in the whole world. Jane reveals the seven lies and it is only then we begin to understand more about her life. As we were all told as children, one lie leads to another so... when Marnie asks Jane if she likes her new boyfriend - Jane tells her first lie. If she h Seven Lies is a story ultimately of Jane's confession and a narration of telling the truth. But the book is called seven lies and that is exactly what the story tells the tale of... Lies The seven lies that Jane tells her bestest friend in the whole world. Jane reveals the seven lies and it is only then we begin to understand more about her life. As we were all told as children, one lie leads to another so... when Marnie asks Jane if she likes her new boyfriend - Jane tells her first lie. If she had been honest maybe things would be different and he would still be alive to tell a tale. Lots of great creepy moments that would translate into a great movie. The female characters are fantastic, I feel that the male characters needed a little more depth to them. Great twists and turns and a few held breath moments. A story of friendships and how they develop over the decades of life together, how dynamics change when friends become married and have children. How a best friend can be your Mum and Dad and whole family rolled into one and then a husband comes along and changes that relationship... A well written debut novel, touches on obsession, grief and jealousy great narration from Jane. Some missing depth in the other characters. A quick and easy paced book that moved along at a great pace. Great for a beach read, a long train journey or sat curled up while the rain pours down over a weekend. I will watch Elizabeth Kay with interest. Thank you Netgalley for the ARC

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    One word came to mind right after I finished this novel 'Diabolical'. It was outrageously wicked and so incredibly clever. Jane and Marnie are the best of friends. They have known each other since school and they were inseparable. But then they both fell in love and married. Secretly, Jane never liked Marnie's husband. But she has lied. As we are told from the synopsis and at the beginning, if Jane had been honest, Marnie's husband may still be alive. The story was told from Jane's point of view One word came to mind right after I finished this novel 'Diabolical'. It was outrageously wicked and so incredibly clever. Jane and Marnie are the best of friends. They have known each other since school and they were inseparable. But then they both fell in love and married. Secretly, Jane never liked Marnie's husband. But she has lied. As we are told from the synopsis and at the beginning, if Jane had been honest, Marnie's husband may still be alive. The story was told from Jane's point of view and she outlines the seven lies. While her friendship is built on love, there are so many secrets and this tale is one of a dark obsession. This had me captivated throughout and it was such a fast paced novel for me, which I LOVE. While I felt I knew what was to come in some parts, I did not see it going in the direction that it did. Such a fantastic novel and one I definitely recommend. Can't wait for more by this author. Thanks so much to Hachette Australia for this advance review copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PUBLICATION DAY: June 16, 2020!!!!! A menacing thriller about an extremely toxic friendship... PLOT SUMMARY: Jane and Marnie are the best of friends, they have been since they bonded while being in school together as children. Nothing can come between them, right? Right...that is until they grow up and fall in love with their significant others and suddenly Jane realizes that she does not like Marnie’s partner Charles...in fact she hates him. And with everything else that Jane has had t Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PUBLICATION DAY: June 16, 2020!!!!! A menacing thriller about an extremely toxic friendship... PLOT SUMMARY: Jane and Marnie are the best of friends, they have been since they bonded while being in school together as children. Nothing can come between them, right? Right...that is until they grow up and fall in love with their significant others and suddenly Jane realizes that she does not like Marnie’s partner Charles...in fact she hates him. And with everything else that Jane has had to deal with in her life, that just will not do…. PROS and CONS: Woah, Seven Lies is a lot, and Jane tells some big ones over the course of her friendship with Marnie. Seven Lies is the story of Jane and Marnie’s toxic friendship, and it’s all from the POV of Jane. Insecurity, grief, jealousy, disappointment - there are a lot of issues to be dealt with! Actually, not a lot happens in this one...it’s more about the internal conflict within Jane, all of which affects her relationships with her mother, sister and best friend. When a devastating event occurs, fractures begin to appear in Marnie and Jane’s friendship. How will Jane deal with this, when everything else in her life is also crumbling? Will she handle it with grace? Or will she tell even more lies...well I guess you’ve seen the book title and can probably figure this one out for yourself! YES or NO: It’s a YES - I enjoyed it even as I cringed while reading, wondering what lie Jane was going to tell next! 4 Stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Hélène⚜️

    It’s a thriller. Friendships can be good or a nightmare for Marnie and Jane it was a nightmare. Jealousy is a powerful emotion and denied. Didn’t like any of the characters. Thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Random House Canada and Elizabeth Kay for this arc in exchange of an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    2.5 stars Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay  is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank both Edelweiss and NetGalley, the publisher Penguin/Random House Canada, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Jane and Marnie have been friends since they were twelve.  Even when they went off to different universities, they spoke every day.  There were 2.5 stars Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay  is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank both Edelweiss and NetGalley, the publisher Penguin/Random House Canada, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Jane and Marnie have been friends since they were twelve.  Even when they went off to different universities, they spoke every day.  There were so many secrets to share, so many things to tell each other.  After university, they lived together for a time.  Jane was sure that nothing would ever come between their friendship.  But eventually something did. His name was Charles, and he swept Marnie off her feet.  Jane was going through her own hell, but Charles took precedence with Marnie.  But Jane was sure Marnie would wake up soon, so even when Marnie needed her reassurance that she and Charles were a perfect match,  Jane lied and said she agreed.  This was the first lie that lead to the others...for Jane detested Charles. My Opinions:    Okay,  I think I will be in the minority on this one.  I didn't like it.  This book seemed to drag.  It was definitely a slow-burner.  There was so much back-story, that I started skimming.  The narrator (Jane) told her story, (you don't know who she is talking to until the end), but she told it in a rambling way that was boring.   I didn't like any of the characters, with the exception of Emma. The story is basically about an obsessive friendship that gets out of hand.   Yes, it is about lies, but basically, it is about mental illness.  It is a sad, depressing book. However, the writing was really good, especially for a debut novel, and I actually liked the ending.  Just not enough. For a more complete review of this book and others (including author information and quotations), please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    This book wasn't even on my radar until I saw it on Netgalley ... I was VERY impressed! Seven Lies is Elizabeth Kay's debut novel. Definitely adding to my watch list - can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next! With friends like Jane who needs enemies? Seven Lies is Janes confession of the truth - her truth. The thing is, she's a psychopath. Following her confession will have your full attention ... likely shaking your head or sitting with your mouth hanging open. There are definitely se This book wasn't even on my radar until I saw it on Netgalley ... I was VERY impressed! Seven Lies is Elizabeth Kay's debut novel. Definitely adding to my watch list - can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next! With friends like Jane who needs enemies? Seven Lies is Janes confession of the truth - her truth. The thing is, she's a psychopath. Following her confession will have your full attention ... likely shaking your head or sitting with your mouth hanging open. There are definitely several wtf moments. Split into lies, this book takes the reader on a crazy ride ... Jane is obsessed, jealous and wants her best friend Marnie all to herself... but Marnie has other obligations in the form of a man named Charles who Jane can't stand. From there the lies start ... Huge thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Netgalley for my review copy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Harris

    Dark and twisted the blurb said ! Well that exactly what it is with ANOTHER Obnoxious character,can't get away from them at the moment !,! A good page turner . Well worth a read

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book sadly just wasn't for me. It had so many plotlines and the author clearly wanted to comment on a lot of things (eating disorders, sexual assault, siblings, parental relationships, dementia, early widowhood etc) but they were just random and didn't sit alongside the main story at all. The book was overly ambitious and as a result of wanting to encompass so many things, it failed at being a mystery/suspense at all. I also thought there was too much done to make our narrator Jane feel lik This book sadly just wasn't for me. It had so many plotlines and the author clearly wanted to comment on a lot of things (eating disorders, sexual assault, siblings, parental relationships, dementia, early widowhood etc) but they were just random and didn't sit alongside the main story at all. The book was overly ambitious and as a result of wanting to encompass so many things, it failed at being a mystery/suspense at all. I also thought there was too much done to make our narrator Jane feel like she was the deadly creepy type if she could have showed us rather than telling us that would have been fine. But her progression into this character didn't feel real, her final act would have been ridiculous and no way would she have gotten away with it. The biggest gap in this book was the journalist, are we expected to believe a woman who dug so much into this just walks away like that? Why on earth wouldn't Marnie go to her after once she knew the real story? This part was so incredibly far-fetched that it was amusing, then frustrating. The journalist character she constructed had more grit in her to just walk away and it is a "oh I'm jealous you've kept long-term friends" thing. I'll be doing a review on my YouTube channel for the month of November talking more about this book and where it fell for me as I do feel bad writing this review here. Review video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LwjD... Overall it just wasn't for me, the character development was lacking, too much wanted to be done and the plot was uninteresting and weaved in with more uninteresting characters.

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