BOOK OF LIES
Pants on fire
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.