Book of Lies by Teri Terry

Received from NetGalley for review.

Book of Lies had a promising premise and beginning – twins (Piper and Quinn) who had been separated at birth, as one was supposed to be filled with darkness, that meet at their mother’s funeral, and several allusions to the paranormal and mystical. But 200 pages in I realised that it had descended into dullness and didn’t seem likely to come out of it, and the story was really dragging; the story had become a game of which twin can cause the most trouble.

How can a book with such a beautiful and creepy blurb be so dull?

They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return.
And the ground will run with blood.

I didn’t get that blood, that wildness. From a scan ahead it seems that the ending became more exciting, and played out in a lot of the ways I thought it would, but it took way too long to get there – so much of the middle of the story could have been cut down whilst still creating a strong sense of the characters. I have to give credit where it’s due and say Terry crafted the characters of Piper and Quinn very well, revealing their personalities slowly and building up a lot of tension between them, I just wish that the story had moved faster.

I may revisit this book at some point; maybe I’m not in the right frame of mind to enjoy the slow build of the story, but for now I’m leaving it and hoping that others enjoy it more.

Read: March 9th-14th 2016

2/5 stars


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