Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Drama book “The Truth in a Lie” by Jan Turk Petrie, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B63J77K.
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Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite
Even before you have finished reading the opening chapter of The Truth in a Lie by Jan Turk Petrie, you know you have discovered a skilled creative writer. It takes well-honed writing talent to quickly arouse reader interest in something as ordinary as moving residences and to hint, through carefully created dialogue, at the as-yet-undisclosed reasons for strain in two relationships: that between lovers and that between a mother and daughter. Carefully chosen words and phrases that focus on showing rather than telling us about the key areas of plot, characterization, mood, and setting are all established in Chapter One, and we are curious to learn more about what hasn’t yet been revealed e.g. why Charlotte, the protagonist, bottles up so much of what she’s feeling; why her daughter, Kate, seems hell-bent on doing things differently from her mother; why Lottie and Michael have split up and, intriguingly, why Duncan, Lottie’s now-remarried ex, is suddenly back in her life when her mother is on her death-bed.
“Under the strain of watching her mother die, bit by bit Lottie reveals to us the truth behind the lies. As she does, though the plot details may be different from what happens in our own lives, readers will recognize themselves as Jan Turk Petrie gets into the guts of human psyches, motivations, actions, and consequences. I can’t tell you how many times I stopped, quietly laughed, and thought, “Yep…that’s exactly what I would say or how I would feel.” When an author does that for me, has made me connect so closely with her fictional characters, she is one superb writer. According to Petrie’s bio, The Truth in a Lie is quite a departure from her previous genres. She is a huge fan of Margaret Atwood. So am I. Like Atwood, Petrie doesn’t rely on super-hero characters pulling off amazing feats. Petrie’s characters are ordinary people living ordinary lives but we can’t forget them because they are so like us. The Truth in a Lie is top literary fiction: characters matter more than plot. The novel’s power lies in its simplicity, and it’s wonderful!”
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