Published by Avon on 23rd April 2014
I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes . . .
Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist.
Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.
Jane has tried to put the past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves . . .
Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter.
Last year C.L. Taylor wrote the engaging ‘The Accident’, a psychological tale about family relationships. This time, Taylor focuses on friendships, with a story about a group of female friends and a nightmare holiday abroad.
We meet ‘Jane’, a woman living incognito. She hasn’t even told her boyfriend who she was. Five years ago, Jane went on holiday with a group of close female friends. They went to Nepal and ended up staying at a retreat. The retreat was not what it seemed. Not all of Jane’s friends came back alive. Five years on and Jane is being pursued and the truth is about to come out. What happened to Jane to make her want to distance herself from the past?
What I enjoyed about this read was its bleakness, strangely enough. It seemed to have a great deal to say on the fragility of friendships and the sadness of toxic relationships. Weak friendships under pressure breakdown. Jane is left alone, having been once part of a happy group of long term friends. It didn’t take much for the friends to turn on one another and to act jealously and possessively. I found this all very easy to relate to.
I was also intrigued by the cult (or what seemed to me to be a very new age type cult) and the way they tried to control the behaviour of the women. It was very well done and I could believe it.
Overall this was a highly readable and rather sad story, about how friendships can go very wrong. It will make you think twice about going to a retreat in Nepal.
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for my review copy!