Blog Tour: The Victoria Lie – Sarah Marie Graye

The Victoria Lie

 

*I received a free ARC of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour, with thanks to the author and publishers. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

 

TheVictoriaLie-BookCoverBlurb:   When is a lie a lifeline? To Tori lies are everything.

ZOE wants to end her life. But she can’t just leave a note. She needs to say goodbye to boyfriend JAMES and best friend ALISON.

TORI is waiting in the wings to fill the space ZOE will leave behind, wanting to claim both James and Alison for herself.

But with ZOE still alive and Alison’s childhood friend RUBY now on the scene vying to fill the gap, TORI realises she has her work cut out.

Just what lengths is TORI willing to go to in order to claim Alison and James for herself?

 

The Victoria Lie is the second in Sarah Marie Graye’s The Butterfly Effect series, following an overall theme of the decisions we make and how they impact those around us.  In this book there is more of a focus on suicidal impulses and actions than in the previous, so it may be triggering for some people, especially in the detailed realism of Zoe’s planning.

Whilst a few of the characters from The Second Cup do pop up here, it is more in almost a cameo role towards the very end of the novel, so this can definitely be read as a standalone story.  As someone who has read both, I felt somewhat starstruck by the reappearances of Faye and Beth in amongst these new characters and new story, almost like when tv series do crossover episodes and you see Horatio Caine and co outside of their usual context!

In terms of similarities to the previous book, I would say that the writing style and structure are the same; moving between the narrative viewpoints of the characters to give the reader a full and intimate insight into the motivations behind the actions we see.

Most of the story involves conversations between the characters and flashbacks to their memories to provide context for their current thoughts, therefore there is not a lot of action after Zoe’s first initial and impactful journey.  However emotionally there is a lot going on here and the exploration of lies (that we tell ourselves and others), mental health issues, and relationship analysis is both thought-provoking and moving.  Graye also throws in a couple of unexpected curve balls which made me reassess the whole situation and come to some different conclusions.

For example, I initially disliked all of the characters, with the notable exception of Ruby.  Zoe, Alison, Tori and James all came across as selfish or self-centred, to the point of sociopathic manipulation in some cases.  Gradually though, as the author drew me into the inner lives of the characters and revealed more about how and why they behave the way they do, I realised that maybe I had been a bit too quick in my first impressions and my sympathy grew for all bar one of them (no spoilers!).  I can’t say I’d want to be roommates with any of them, except Ruby, but at least I had more understanding and empathy (a lesson I learnt alongside and with the characters!).

The Victoria Lie is another well-written female-centric novel, this time exploring some of the intricacies of mental health and forming/sustaining relationships at times of mental unhealth.  This would be a great book for book group discussions as there is a lot of food for thought here.

 

Tell yourself a lie enough times, it feels like the truth.  It seeps into the cracks and your sponge brain becomes swollen with it.  It becomes part of who you are.
If anyone questions it, you’re horrified, indignant – of course it’s true.  It’s only later you remember, sheepishly, it’s not.
How many of the certainties in your brain started as lies?

– Sarah Marie Graye, The Victoria Lie

 

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Find more from Sarah Marie Graye at her website here, or follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Goodreads.

The Victoria Lie is available on Amazon right now, or check out the special offer below to get it for the bargain price of 99p!

Don’t forget to drop by the other stops on the blog tour (poster below) for more great reviews and other content!

 

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