Title: The Truth-Teller’s Lie
Author: Sophie Hannah
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5
When her married lover doesn’t show up for their weekly tryst, Naomi Jenkins knows there is something very wrong. After all, Robert is meticulous and very punctual. He hates change or deviating from any sort of routine; therefore, she knows that if he’s not there, it’s because he’s been injured or worse. When the police don’t believe her and think that she’s just been spurned and Robert wasn’t brave enough to tell her, Naomi decides that more drastic measures need to be taken.
The Truth-Teller’s Lie was originally published as Hurting Distance, a piece of information that may seem trivial, but I hate it when I think an author has a new release and it turns out to be a repackaged old one! Penguin seems to be doing well in making sure readers know about this, including it (in small print) on the book cover, but I just thought it was something that should be mentioned from the beginning.
At its core, The Truth-Teller’s Lie is a mystery, but it’s not a traditional one. It has layers that must carefully be peeled back before you can really understand what’s going on. Naomi is an unreliable narrator; she tells the reader when she’s lying and telling the truth, yet it is clear that even when she claims she’s lying, there is truth behind her words. It takes some time to sort out what’s really going on, what the larger mystery is behind the facade of Robert’s disappearance.
There are a lot of seeming coincidences in The Truth-Teller’s Lie and at times it seems a little too convenient. The connections are so ubiquitous, they’re bizarre. I’m not sure it’s entirely believable, but it makes for a really good story. If you can suspend any sense of disbelief and just go with this book, it’s one you’ll enjoy.
If you’re in the mood for a solid, suspenseful mystery, then The Truth-Teller’s Lie is a great pick. The book is puzzling, and nothing is as it seems as you delve deeper into it. Sophie Hannah has a few other US releases, and I’ll definitely be checking them out, as I’m always looking for a good mystery!