Author: Helen Dunmore
Published by: Windmill Books on May 8, 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction
Book Rating: 8.5/10
Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers.
Cornwall, 1920, early spring.
A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family. Behind him lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life.
Daniel has survived, but the horror and passion of the past seem more real than the quiet fields around him. He is about to step into the unknown. But will he ever be able to escape the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie?
Extremely compelling, poignant, and hauntingly realistic!
This is a novel that reminds us of the considerable physical and psychological horrors of war and their effects on both the soldiers themselves and the loved ones they left behind.
It is a subtle, but deeply moving story about familial relationships, friendship, loss, guilt, grief, survival and ultimately love.
The writing is clear and precise. The prose is beautiful and poetic. The settings are vividly described. And the characters are strong and multifaceted, especially Daniel, who is resilient, damaged, lonely, and empathetic.
This truly is a powerful, heartbreaking story that I won’t soon forget.