Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Book of Lies
When a story begins with a confession of murder, and the murderer insists the victim deserved her fate, I have to read the whole thing.
From the Publisher:
Life on the tiny island of Guernsey has just become a whole lot harder for fifteen-year-old Cat Rozier. She’s gone from model pupil to murderer, but she swears it’s not her fault. Apparently it’s all the fault of history.
A new arrival at Cat’s high school in 1984, the beautiful and instantly popular Nicolette inexplicably takes Cat under her wing. The two become inseparable—going to parties together, checking out boys, and drinking whatever liquor they can shoplift. But a perceived betrayal sends them spinning apart, and Nic responds with cruel, over-the-top retribution.
Cat’s recently deceased father, Emile, dedicated his adult life to uncovering the truth about the Nazi occupation of Guernsey—from Churchill’s abandonment of the island to the stories of those who resisted—in hopes of repairing the reputation of his older brother, Charlie. Through Emile’s letters and Charlie’s words—recorded on tapes before his own death— a “confession” takes shape, revealing the secrets deeply woven into the fabric of the island . . . and into the Rozier family story.
It took me forever to get through this book. I liked it, but...it wasn't a book that I had a problem putting down, though I did sometimes have to force myself to pick it back up. I found Cat's story interesting, and as a history buff, I also enjoyed her uncle Charlie's story. It was a slow moving book, especially in the beginning, but I'm glad I finished The Book of Lies. Overall, it is an interesting story. You just have to force yourself through it at times.
Copy provided by publisher for review.