This review is written with thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for my copy of Those Who Lie.
Emily Klein wakes up in hospital to the news that her husband, Greg, is dead. She doesn't remember what happened, and as she recovers, she receives messages from someone claiming to be Greg. Could Greg still be alive?
I read Those Who Lie in just under two days, which demonstrates how easy Jeffrey's writing style is to read. I was intrigued by what was happening to Emily. This was heightened by the different time frames in the novel, which gave the reader insight into Emily's past, particularly her teenage years and her relationship with her husband. I wanted to know the circumstances behind Greg's death and the messages Emily receives, and this encouraged me to read on. The different time frames were punctuated by references to music and television from the decade in which that particular chapter was set, and this helped me to gain a sense of the novel's setting and Emily's tastes. As her tastes were quite similar to mine, this made it easier for me to relate to her. However, in places, the plot did seem implausible, and this made it difficult for me to connect fully with the narrative. Although there is a twist towards the end, which goes some way to explaining the more unlikely elements of the plot, I felt disappointed by the need to suspend my disbelief so readily.
As the plot of Those Wh0 Lie develops, the reader learns that Emily had a difficult childhood, and this allows Jeffrey to explore issues such as alcoholism, sexual abuse and mental health. I admire Jeffrey's ability to do so so boldly, as it gave the novel a darker element which I was not expecting, and this helped me to sympathise with Emily's character, in addition to considering my own knowledge of the issues Emily faced.
Overall, whilst I enjoyed parts of Those Who Lie, I finish it feeling slightly underwhelmed, as I felt that whilst the issues Jeffrey raises are important ones, both personally and in society, the plot which surrounds them was less credible.
Those Who Lie is released on 27th January is available from Amazon.