C.L. Taylor


Four girlfriends set off on the trip of a lifetime. When they return only two of them are left alive…


I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes…


Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary 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 exist.


Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.


Jane has tried to put her past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves…




Haunting and heart-stoppingly creepy, The Lie is a gripping roller coaster of suspense.

Sunday Express
Sunday Express

Packed with twists and turns this brilliantly tense thriller will get your blood pumping.

Fabulous Magazine, The Sun
Fabulous Magazine , The Sun

5/5 stars – Spine-chilling!

Woman Magazine
Woman Magazine

An excellent psychological thriller


The Lie felt to me like a Black Narcissus for the Facebook generation, a clever exploration of how petty jealousies and misunderstandings can unravel even the tightest of friendships. Claustrophobic, tense and thrilling, a thrill-ride of a novel that keeps you guessing.

Elizabeth Haynes
Elizabeth Haynes

The Lie is absolutely brilliant – The Beach, only darker, more thrilling and more tense. It’s the story of a twisted, distorted friendship. It’s a compelling, addictive and wonderfully written tale. Can’t recommend it enough.

Louise Douglas
Louise Douglas

C.L Taylor delivers another compelling read that’ll keep you turning pages way too late into the night. Warning: may cause drowsiness the following day.

Tamar Cohen
Tamar Cohen

Tense, menacing and utterly addictive, The Lie is a superbly crafted thriller.' I loved it!

Miranda Dickinson
Miranda Dickinson

A real page-turner, with two storylines: one of growing menace in the present, and a past narrative of a girls-only holiday that goes horrifically wrong. Creepy, horrifying and twisty. CL Taylor is extremely good at writing stories in which you have no idea which characters you can trust, and the result is intriguing and scary and extremely gripping.

Julie Cohen
Julie Cohen

A plot both brilliant and chilling; characters both appealing and dark and a terrifying climax to which you will race with your heart hammering in your chest. Masterful storytelling; a brilliant read. This dark, ingenious story will keep have you gripped from the first chapter. A brilliant reminder of the dark capacities of the human mind . . . A fantastic and thrilling read.

Lucy Robinson, Author of The Unfinished Symphony and The Day We Disappeared
Lucy Robinson , Author of The Unfinished Symphony and The Day We Disappeared


Psychological Thriller

UK Publication

HarperCollins / Avon, April 2015

US Publication

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