Saturday, January 17, 2015
REVIEW: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
This story doesn't have that many characters in it, but those it does are really interesting and intriguing characters and I loved discovering more about each of them, especially Shelby, Shelby's mother and Mark. The main character, herself, Shelby Cooper was a great character. I really enjoyed her mathematical exaggerations and the way in which she tells this story.
She leads a rather unusual and isolated life with her mother. Shelby is home-schooled and her life is very ordered and predictable. Her only 'treats' are on a Friday where she goes to the batting cage and then her and her mother have ice cream for dinner. And we get this sense straight away that Shelby's mother is very over-protective of her, despite Shelby being almost 18. The reasons for this become more apparent as the story continues but I loved all the questions that popped up as I was reading.
When Shelby is almost run over by a car everything changes. A coyote appears to Shelby and tells her that she will be told two lies and then the truth. And that's the beginning of this strange, intriguing story. One that covers truth and reality. It makes Shelby question her life and her identity as she struggles to know who she can trust and who she is. Some of my favourite parts of the story take place in The Dreaming, a sort of alternate reality in which Shelby finds herself in a fairy tale that mirrors some aspects of her own life.
There Will Be Lies was a really great book to read. It was interesting and felt different to anything I'd read recently. It has an engaging voice, great characters and I was reading it I felt like I was taken on a roller coaster ride! I really recommend it!