BOOK OF LIES

Pants on fire

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Sarah Dobbs

re­leased 24 March 352 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thor Teri Terry Pub­lisher Orchard Books

One of them al­ways lies,

and one of them al­ways tells the truth. Nope, not a weird rid­dle de­signed to test your skills of de­duc­tion – just a de­scrip­tion of the teenage nar­ra­tors of Book Of Lies. Sep­a­rated at birth, iden­ti­cal twins Piper and Quinn Black­wood are un­ex­pect­edly re­united at their mother’s fu­neral. But their ini­tial ex­cite­ment turns to con­flict as the girls re­alise that de­spite their shared ge­net­ics, they have al­most noth­ing in com­mon. Es­pe­cially when it comes to fig­ur­ing out their mag­i­cal in­her­i­tance…

Al­ter­nat­ing chap­ters give each twin the chance to tell her side of the story, but even so it’s clear which one you’re meant to side with. While Quinn gets a tragic back­story and com­plex, sym­pa­thetic per­son­al­ity, cool kid Piper is much less in­ter­est­ing, and her POV never quite rings true. As a re­sult, you’ll find your­self rac­ing through her chap­ters to get back to Quinn’s. And when the girls come into con­flict, it’s not hard to fig­ure out who’ll win.

If the in­ter­play be­tween the twins had worked bet­ter, this could’ve been bril­liant – its mythol­ogy is com­pellingly strange, and its ro­mance as creepy as it is charm­ing. As it is, it’s a fun, light­weight read that’s a lit­tle too bla­tant about its anti- lie agenda.

Teri Terry’s par­ents aren’t to blame: her hus­band’s sur­name is Terry, and she took it be­cause the idea amused her.

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