Lie Like A Magpie

Lily Anna
Maggie Morton is good at pretending. Pretending she can forget the past. Pretending she didn't make a life-changing mistake. Pretending her identity isn't faked. She hides behind her cover as an 18-year-old Sixth Form student believing she can protect herself that way. If she can hold on to some normality, no one can hurt her again. Or so she thinks, until, a figure from her past comes back to haunt her. Her front is threatened. Try as she might to remain strong, the new person she has become begins to fall from her grasp. She's forced to realise you can't hide behind lies forever. Maybe if you try to, it hurts you more in the end. Maybe it's time she faces the truth; the real truth of what happened and who she really is.

Lie Like a Magpie is a self-published young adult read by an exciting new author Lily Anna. It follows eighteen-year-old Maggie Morton, a member of a prestigious crime family, who lives a double life. When she starts at a school though, her cover is close to being blown by her arch enemy. This time it's different and soon becomes personal. Will she manage to hold it together?

I've read this book twice now. First time was when it appeared on a writing website as a rough draft. Then the second time it was a full-blown published debut novel. The transformation is breath taking. Taking a very good story that was a little rough around some of its edges, rather like copies of books on my shelf, she has polished this golden egg until it sparkles and crackles. Not that this was bad to start with, yet the writing is crisper and flows better.

The story has some great moments, the description of the raid on the school is akin to Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. You're dragged along willingly as the story gathers speed until its final dizzy conclusion. An excellent book and story. look forward to reading more from this author. Five stars all the way.

Review by Brompton Sawdon
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