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?
(Trigger warnings: Suicide, depression, IRA bombings, ADHD, Autism, manipulative characters.)
Amazon book page: https://getbook.at/VictoriaLie
Caitlin’s 3 Star Review
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog
I love the kind of stories where authors take real life issues, especially ones that aren’t spoken much of, and shines a spotlight on said issue with a book that many will read and gain understanding and even take something away from it. The Victoria Lie by Sarah Marie Graye is that type of story but written in a much different way, not so much about the victim but more for who gets impacted. My first from this author so I’m not used to her style of writing.
The Victoria Lie is a story about suicide without the person actually being gone. Zoe plans everything out in such a way that still gives her time to say goodbye and explain why she doesn’t want to live anymore. But her plan backfires with each visit from someone and she goes from being the center of attention to a background player while the rest find their way to move forward without her.
It’s an interesting story but at the same time left me confused. There was actually less about Zoe and more about the few friends and boyfriend she has. Each one has their own issues that doesn’t even get acknowledged until well after learning about Zoe’s suicide attempt and that she is dying. Sometimes it felt the characters were more childish playing the “my friend not yours” game. And honestly I didn’t connect to any of them. There’s about five people in total to keep track of but no one stood out to me and I easily forgot at times who the characters were. I’m sure The Victoria Lie is great for others and may even help someone who has the same thoughts as any of the characters, but I can say this really wasn’t my kind of book.
British writer Sarah Marie Graye is the author of The Butterfly Effect series, which looks at suicides and those left behind. The Second Cup, the first book in the series, was published in July 2017, and this Blog Tour is to celebrate the launch of the second book in the series, The Victoria Lie.
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