Sunday, 17 November 2019

Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst @JennyBlackhurst @headlinepg #SomeoneIsLying #BookReview

One year after Erica Spencer trips and falls down a flight of stairs at a lavish Halloween party, the residents of the exclusive gated community where she lived have comes to terms with her death and moved on with their lives.
Until one day, a post on the school's website announces there will be a podcast to expose what really happened on the night of the accident. Six suspects are named, with the podcaster promising to reveal the murderer by the end of the series.
Everyone in this community has secrets to keep, and one of them is already a killer...

Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst was published in paperback by Headline on 14 November 2019.  My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

I'm such a fan of Jenny Blackhurst's writing. I've followed her career from book one and I really do think that she improves with every book.

The story takes place in Severn Oaks; a small, exclusive gated community in the heart of Cheshire. The residents are a mixture of yummy mummies and wannabe celebrities and the community is linked together by the death of prominent resident Erica Spencer. It's a year since Erica died; tragically falling down stairs whilst drunk at a Halloween party.

The residents have all tried to move on from the tragedy and are now concentrating on the annual community picnic - usually organised by Erica, but now happily taken on by the remaining female residents.

By the end of the picnic the community are in shock, especially the Severn Oaks Six ..... six residents who are very fearful after first reading an anonymous Facebook post and then hearing a podcast in which the unknown narrator threatens to expose what really did happen to Erica.

There are quite a few characters to get to know at the beginning of this story, and it did take me a while to sort them all out, but once I had, there was no stopping me! I become completely consumed by the whole community thing and of course, by the mystery of what really happened a year ago.

Jenny Blackhurst excels at taking her readers on a twisted journey with sharp bends and shocks along the way.  Her depiction of the effects upon not only the Severn Oaks Six, but the rest of the community is excellently done. She creates a sense of controlled hysteria amongst the cast of characters which compels the reader and keeps them on their toes.

Someone Is Lying is a thoroughly entertaining, gripping read. It's fast-paced, well thought and kept me turning the pages well into the night.

Jenny lives in Shropshire where she grew up dreaming that one day she would get paid for making up stories. 
She is an avid reader and can mostly be found with her head in a book or hunting Pokemon with her son, otherwise you can get her on Twitter @JennyBlackhurst or Facebook. 

Her favourite film is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but if her children ask it's definitely Moana.

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