- AUTHOR – C.L Taylor
- PUBLISHER – Sourcebooks Landmarks
- PAGES – 400
- SUBJECTS – #fiction #thriller #suspense
Jane Hughes has a great boyfriend, a job in an animal shelter, and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been…. but her life is a lie, Jane Hughes does not really exist.
Five years earlier, Jane and her best friends set off on what was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, but it rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of her friends. Ever since, Jane has tried to put the lady behind her and lead a normal life. But someone out their knows the truth about what happened – and they won’t stop until they have destroyed Jane and everything she loves
This was an amazing thriller to the end the year with… it keeps you on your toes from start to finish and always keeps you guessing. I love how the book flips from the present to five years previous each time giving you little snippets of what happened but never giving too much away.
I really loved and connected with Jane, the main character and from the first chapter I fell in love with the book, with the main character working within an animal shelter how could I not have.
The story was very consistent throughout and always had me guessing at who had it in for Jane and not once did I guess it right. The ending kept me on my toes more so than the rest of the book and it finished beautifully… I’m not one for a happy ending but I am so glad that the main character got hers.
- One of the themes of the book is weather your past defines your future. At the end of the book Emma says that it doesn’t if you surround yourself with people who love and care for you. Do you agree?
Yes, 100% I agree. I think that if our past did define us then none of us would ever get into a second relationship after our first heartbreak. I think that some people do let the past define them but it is only a small minority.
- What did you think of the character Al? Was she sympathetic or unsympathetic?
I liked the character Al, I think she was a little of both to be honest. One minute she could be and the next she is not and just hanging the phone up but given what they had been through who knows how we would react in a similar situation.
- After Emma has told Will about who she really is she tells him she’d rather he still called her Jane. Why do you think she did that?
She had built a new life for herself, she had moved to Wales as Jane Hughes and that is who she was and who everyone knew her as. I think it would have been weird for him to call her by Emma, she had changed her name for a reason and that is to be respected.
- At what point in the story do you think Daisy’s death could have been prevented?
At the beginning by them going to Ibiza instead. The whole Ekanta Yatra thing always sounded a little strange to me.
- When Emma reads Leannes emails she finds out that Leanne thinks she’s a pessimistic person who uses what happened to her in the past for her own gain. Do you agree with this?
Absolutely not!!! I think Emma is a realist, and she may overthink which can seem like you come across as pessimistic and well anxiety can be triggered by anything or nothing so her being triggered by an abortion is 100% believable… anxiety is a word thrown around too much these days and that doesn’t go well for the true sufferers of anxiety which is a horrible thing to have to deal with.
- How do you think Emma changes over the course of the book (both as Emma and Jane)
I think she grows stronger in personality… at the beginning she seems very weak willed and will just say yes and go with whatever everyone else is doing but by the end of the book she is a much stronger willed person and will not shy away from such things like confrontation
- What did you think of the ending? Should it have ended differently?
I loved the ending, I could have done without the big fire but I definitely think the ending was spot on.
- The book explores female friendships and the fact that some friendships ha e under-currents of jealousy competitiveness and resentment running through them. Is this true of any of your friendships?
Yes I have been there, I had a heterosexual friend who could only have been explained as jealous of me and my new relation (homosexual) that she tried to split me and my partner up, in anyway possible. It was very strange and a horrible feeling.
I would definitely recommend this book to any thriller lover.