Author: Rathan Krueger
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
About the Book
On the surface, “Lie” is about a group of four women who go on a getaway to a cottage to help one of their own through a life-changing problem.
Underneath the bridge, “Lie” is an attack on bland female characters in modern fiction.
Wherever you look, it’ll be a lot of fun.
In alphabetical order…
Quinevere Ainsworth is the one with the problem. Under normal circumstances, she’s quiet but with the right accident, this white-haired comic book geek can be quite the companion.
Fantine Karoly is quiet under pretty much all circumstances. In her defense, she’s a rather shy teen. She’d much prefer to watch films or let her mind drift to faerie folk. Her aunt, however, wants her out of her shell and feels that this getaway will do her a world of great.
Veronique Karoly is a middle-aged woman with no regrets. Save for how her niece acts sometimes. She’s done it all in life, and sometimes twice. The only thing she loves more than Fantine is being a woman.
Idette Rudelle has known Quinevere for most of her almost-30 years being alive. Although she’s younger, she’s the protector of the two. A bit like those tiny dogs that are cuddly with the ones they like, and insanely… chompy around everyone else. Except she’s obviously not a dog and I’ve never seen a ginger pooch.
Lie is about four women who go out of town for the weekend. There really wasn’t a lot to this story other than the four women getting to know each other or reconnecting.
The beginning of Lie was pretty confusing and difficult to follow but once they got to the cottage that they were staying at for the weekend, Rathan Krueger’s writing was much easier to follow. I also like the author’s wit.
Because the characters were getting to know each other, I was able to learn quite a bit about them. Idette is friends with Veronique and Quinivere and she invited them for the weekend, as well as Veronique’s niece, Fantine.
Near the end, it gets interesting when Quinivere announces, sadly, that she is pregnant and doesn’t know if she’ll keep it. There was an interesting fight between Idette and Quinivere, but I kept expecting more to happen.
And then I read the synopsis that says “Underneath the bridge, Lie is an attack on bland female characters in modern fiction.” So now I say, touché.