Today I’m delighted to start the week off with my review of A Lie for A Lie by Julie Corben. Many thanks to Myrto at Hodder for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
We all tell lies, don’t we? Most of the time, they’re harmless. But every now and then, we lie without thinking about the consequences.
As a school nurse, Anna Pierce is a well-respected and trusted member of the community. So when she is accused of hitting a pupil, the reaction is one of shock and disbelief.
The pupil is Tori Carmichael – Anna’s mentee and a troubled child known for bending the truth.
With her career and reputation on the line, Anna is determined to clear her name. But before she can, the worst happens: Tori is found dead.
Suspicion mounts against Anna, who says she didn’t do it.
But if she isn’t the killer, there is someone out there who is . . .
I’ve been a huge Julie Corbin for many years and it’s always an exciting occasion for me when I get my hands on her latest book. A Lie For A Lie appealed to me greatly due to the relationship between school nurse Anna and pupil Tori and the educational setting that acted as a backdrop to it and I’m happy to report that it lived up to all my expectations!
It can be difficult to remain neutral in a school especially when pupils end up disclosing issues that lead to a safeguarding situation. Tori Carmichael isn’t a happy child and envy’s the life lived by Anna and her family. She’s formed a bond with her mentor which has helped to improve her mental health so it comes as a huge shock to Anna when Tori accuses her of hitting her. But the shocks don’t stop there for Anna. She is suspended from her job pending an investigation but before that happens Tori is found dead. Did Anna have anything to do with her demise? And if not then who?
There was obviously a lot of research done on safeguarding and the education system for A Lie For A Lie and because of that it came across as a realistic and insightful look into teenage girls and the difficulties they face. Anna came across as an understanding and law abiding citizen who did her best-given her job more than she needed too and always going that extra mile for those in her care. I found it puzzling that she was such a bad judge of character and didn’t seem to know Tori or even her own daughter very well. I had a lot of empathy for her as I understood her need to find out why Tori had lied and I have to say that the answers were pretty shocking! In fact nothing and no one is as they seem in this twisty tale that delves deep into how well we know our friends and family.
I was kept guessing until the very end about what really happened to Tori and I loved the suspense that built up throughout. Julie Corbin works her magic well as she spins her web of lies, deception and emotional treachery. I was gripped by every single page.
Highly recommended by me!
Julie Corbin is Scottish and grew up just outside Edinburgh. She has lived in East Sussex for the last twenty-nine years and raised her three sons in a village close to the Ashdown Forest. She is trained as a nurse and combines school nursing with writing novels. Her seventh novel Lie For A Lie will be published in October this year.
Her psychological thrillers have been described as ‘creepy and gripping’ (Closer) and ‘remarkably assured… suspenseful narrative’ (Daily Mail)
She speaks at writing events, book groups and libraries, and runs writing workshops for beginners and more experienced writers.
For more information visit Julie’s website http://www.juliecorbin.com and follow her on Twitter @Julie_Corbin