FICTION

The Book of Lies

384p. HMH. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544900486.
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Gr 7–10—A thriller fantasy novel complete with ferocious hounds, a chilling moor landscape, and mysterious twin sisters separated at birth. Told in alternating chapters, readers learn that Quinn Blackwood lives a harsh life on the moors under the watchful and disapproving eye of her grandmother. She is often punished and warned of her darker element, but has no grasp of its meaning. Piper lives a lavish life filled with many friends, a doting father, and a present mother. When the twins' mother is mysteriously attacked and killed by a pack of dogs, Piper and Quinn are secretly reunited at her funeral. Piper's boyfriend, Zak, is the only other person to know about the discovery and assists them in uncovering their family history. As the twins trade places to learn about each other's lives, Piper discovers vulnerabilities in Quinn and Quinn becomes aware of Piper's uncanny ability to lie and manipulate others. Quinn is increasingly drawn to Zak but committed to exploring a loving relationship with a sibling. When Quinn returns to Dartmoor, she dreams of a frantic chase by hounds while Piper dreams more frequently of the hunt and the taste for blood. One twin is drawn to the kill, and Quinn's darkness may have been misread. Several flashbacks draw readers to the origins of the Blackwood curse. Terry weaves elements of time travel, witches, cursed hounds, and betrayal in a style that is heavier on mystery and relatable characters.
VERDICT A great addition for those who enjoy thrillers or fantasy fiction.

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