Sort-of-kinda thinking about reading White Lies but need the encouragement of someone who's actually put in the hours first? Sounds like you need to read a review or two, son.
Fran Slater had this to say about the book in Cadaverine:
"With so much going on in White Lies, there is drama and intrigue on every page. But rather than becoming busy and complicated with so much content, the novel maintains a slick and powerful pace throughout. With almost every chapter concluding on a mini-cliffhanger, the reader is dragged through by an irresistible impetus.
Most impressive of all, perhaps, is the fact that in a novel so full of pain and upset, Gatford manages to tell the tale with humour and make her characters likable and relatable even when they are acting questionably. It’s a novel that feels very real. A novel in which the characters are so well drawn, that you can imagine you know them. It’s a worthy winner of the Luke Bitmead Bursary, and a brilliant start to a promising career." [Read the full review here]
And the lovely author Sarah Naughton pounced on me on Twitter to warn others against the effects of reading White Lies:
Don't read 71% of White Lies by @jmgatford half cut in a bar on a Fri night or people will offer you tissues & ask if they can call someone.
— Sarah Naughton (@SarahJNaughton) June 27, 2014
She survived, however, and then wrote this fantastic review for Families Online which has the best opening line ever:
"This is a book that grabs you by the throat and shakes you violently before finally allowing you to limp away with a crushed windpipe and post-traumatic stress." [Read the full review here]
My work here is clearly done.
AND as if that wasn't enough, my friend and awesome blogger of all things book/tea/make-up/knitting Stephanie Pomfrett took it upon herself to interview me the other week, along with a great summary of the book:
"I found it engrossing and the descriptions of Peter’s descent into himself was heartbreaking, funny and infuriating. The book also includes one of my favourite descriptive sentences of all time: part of the old people’s home is described as smelling of ‘chips and disappointment’. There were times when I wanted to strangle characters, others when I laughed and again when I felt deeply upset. There’s a lot here for a debut novel." [Read the full interview here]
There's also a handful of (ahem ahem) five star reviews hanging out on Amazon, and a few more insights at Goodreads. Thanks to everyone for their kind words - in review form, by tweet, or to my own blushing face - it's good to know that you're enjoying the book. And if you're a book blogger or reviewer and would like a copy of White Lies, please get in touch with me!