The Truth in a Lie by Jan Turk Petrie


The blurb …

Secrets and lies can be so destructive – especially when you lie to yourself.

Charlotte Preece, a successful writer, moves to a riverside apartment after breaking up with her lover. She feels guilty when the upheaval so disturbs her student daughter, Kate, that she fails her first-year exams. Charlotte is then called to the bedside of her ailing mother and has to drive through heavy snow to reach the hospital. She’s astonished when Duncan, her ex-husband, braves the treacherous conditions to join her. Is he being supportive, or does he have other motives? And then the two of them are snowed in together…

‘The Truth in a Lie’ explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, wives and husbands. It is a story of love, loyalty, betrayal and the damage done by untold secrets. A must for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Ann Patchett and Sally Rooney.

My review …

I am delighted to welcome you to my blog today for my stop on the blog tour for The Truth in a Lie. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to join in with this blog tour and also many thanks to the publisher Pintail Press and the author for my gifted copy of the book.

I knew that I was going to enjoy this book right from the first chapter. I love the author’s writing style, it is effortlessly skilled and a pleasure to read. The whole story just flows beautifully. I can see why her writing has been compared to Maggie O’Farrell and Ann Patchett.

We meet protagonist Charlotte as she is going through a difficult period in her life. At 46 years of age Charlotte and her daughter are moving out of their home following the breakdown of charlotte’s relationship with her boyfriend. Her career has stalled, her handsome ex-husband is hovering on the periphery, her daughter is struggling with exams in university and then Charlotte gets a call to say her mother is unwell and she has to rush to be by her bedside. We follow her as she struggles to navigate the relationships with those closest to her and also in her search for the truth in her family’s secrets but are some questions better left unanswered?

This story is a character driven, emotional journey sensitively dealing with themes of grief, adultery and deceit. I liked Charlotte’s classy character immediately and thought she was very easy to relate to and empathise with. I thought the way she dealt with her grief was extremely well written.

Petrie does an amazing job of portraying the different relationships within this story and how the dynamics of these relationships change throughout the years and generations.

I thought this was a lovely, intriguing family drama and I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary literary fiction. I appreciated the short chapters and felt that it was a nice quick read at 260 pages and I would love to read more by jan Turk Petrie.


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About the author …

Jan Turk Petrie

The author Jan Turk Petrie lives in the Cotswolds, S.W. England. She is the author of the fast paced Nordic thriller series: the Eldísvík novels. All three of these novels are set in 2068 in a fictional city state just below the artic circle.

‘Until the Ice Cracks’ – the first of the trilogy was published in July 2018. Volume Two – ‘No God for a Warrior’ was published in November 2018 The third and final volume – ‘Within Each Other’s Shadow’ was published in April 2019 The ebook boxset – The Eldísvík Trilogy was published in August 2019 Jan’s fourth novel – ‘Too Many Heroes’ – a gripping new post-war thriller set in the East End of London was published in August 2019. She is currently working on her fifth book – ‘Towards the Vanishing Point.’

A former English teacher with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, Jan has also written numerous, prize-winning short stories. Twitter handle: @TurkPetrie


Take a look at the other bloggers involved with this tour to read more reviews for this wonderful book.

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