I have absolutely no idea how to review this.
I found this a little frustrating, a little boring, but a lot addictive. Every time I put it down…I to pick it up again. But at the same time I felt so annoyed at it. How do I review these feelings?!
Just kidding. I don’t quit. I will be brave and strong and attempt it.
It’s written in a very unique style.
The dialogue is in italics instead of “quotation marks”. The narrator, Shelby, is screamingly sarcastic. I hate saying this about characters, but I literally wanted to shake her and say JUST SHHHH a few times. Now, I’m a sarcastic person myself. I usually adore books with sarcasm. I wasn’t sure why it irritated me this time, but maybe it was a little smidge too dry? BUT! I did like it more as the book chugged along.
Basically, the first 100-pages did not sit well with me.
I was weirded out by no quotation marks. I felt the story was off. I hated the negative images it was portraying. Like Shelby was homeschooled but wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone, have friends, go anywhere by herself. I got rather defensive because I thought it was making fun of homeschooling (I homeschooled, by the way). Then I thought it was making light of mental illness, which I figured Shelby’s mother definitely suffered from.*
* Who doesn’t let their kid talk to people?? Who never lets their kid go even for a walk without accompanying them?? WHAT IS THIS BOOK?!!
THEN IT THE BOOK STARTED TO MAKE SENSE.
It was like being hit in the face. But nothing, literally NOTHING is as it seems.
Remember the title: THERE WILL BE LIES.
The book lied to me. I’m remarkably impressed at how well, efficiently, and convincingly it lied. (This is suddenly awesome.)
It’s narrated by unreliable people. It’s an unreliable story. It’s written in a very raw style, stream-of-consciousness, and there’s a huge reason there’s no dialogue tags. I will put the reason in spoilers, because after I found out (and it’s revealed at around pg. 120 or so…so read at your own risk!) I actually started to enjoy the book and stop hating on it.
My biggest annoyance, though, was the chapters about Shelby’s ‘dreaming’.
It was pretty obvious to me why she was having the hallucinations and dreams about coyotes and crazy forests and crones and crying children. (Parellel of her life, much? Just in magical terms?) I was just SO uninterested. I ended up skimming those chapters and wish they’d been left out and it had been a plain thriller.
It’s absolutely full of unreliable twists and turns.
I could NOT stop thinking about it. It’s addictive! I wanted more, but at the same time, I wanted to reach the end and be done already. Shelby grew on me and I got truly invested in her life, her thought process, her decisions. The story is so intriguing and sad and a little scary. It doesn’t make sense until the end. So whatever you do, no matter how much the beginning bugs you, DO NOT GIVE UP BEFORE THE END.
Basically? Ugh to the first half, but OH WOW to the second half.
Thank you Allen & Unwin and Bloomsbury for the review-copy! There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake came out on 6th January, 2015.
In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.
Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.
All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.
Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.
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