Book review: Why Did You Lie?

A JOURNALIST working on a historical child abuse story tries to hang himself in his garage.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir

(translated by Victoria Cribb)

Hodder & Stoughton, €19.80;

ebook, €11.65

A woman returns from a house-swap holiday in Florida with her family to find turbulence has visited her life — their home is in disarray and their guests are seemingly missing.

A technician who, with three other people, has been sent out to do repairs on an old lighthouse on a windswept rock out in the Atlantic, finds himself trapped there by bad weather and high seas.

On the face of it, these people have nothing in common, yet each of them has received menacing letters asking, “why did you lie?”

Yrsa Sigurdardottir skilfully weaves these disparate plots together to create an atmosphere so dark and tense it’s almost claustrophobic.

It’s a masterpiece in tight plotting and suspense.

The reader is kept guessing right until the end.


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