Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Release Day! The Body Lies by Jo Baker ~ My Thoughts #TheBodyLies

Happy Release Day!!


Congrats Jo
on the release today of
The Body Lies!

The Body Lies: A novel by Jo Baker 
Print and e-book, 288 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Knopf

A dark, thrilling new novel from the best-selling author of Longbourn, a work of riveting psychological suspense that grapples with how to live as a woman in the world--or in the pages of a book--when the stakes are dangerously high.

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote English countryside, it's meant to be a fresh start, away from the bustle of London and the scene of a violent assault she is desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of her new life and the demands of single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle.

To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative-writing class. When a troubled student starts turning in chapters that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognizes herself as the main character in his book--and he has written her a horrific fate. Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it's too late?

At once a breathless cat-and-mouse game and a layered interrogation of the fetishization of the female body, The Body Lies gives us an essential story for our time that will have you checking the locks on your doors. 


My thoughts about The Body Lies~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First lines—"The beck is frozen into silence. Snow falls. It muffles the roads, bundles up the houses, deepens the meadows, turns the river black by contrast." 

Jo Baker is a new-to-me author but this cover grabbed my attention. Then the synopsis just screamed 'Read me!!'. I'm so glad I did even though it sort of creeped me out. But since that was probably the author's purpose, she achieved her objective—mission accomplished.

I have to admit that the story seemed to start out a little slowly for me but I realize that that was just the author setting up the story. Once it got rolling, this story became a definite page-turner, clear up to the exciting end.

I received a copy of The Body Lies via First to Read and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

Jo Baker is the author of six novels, most recently Longbourn and A Country Road, A Tree. She has also written for BBC Radio 4, and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies. She lives in Lancaster, England, with her husband, the playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville, and their two children.  ~ Goodreads

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