Have you ever picked a book expecting it to be one thing and it turned out to be completely different?
When I received A Time To Lie and read the synopsis I thought I had it all figured out – it will be a fast-paced, James Bond-esque thriller about another deadly threat to the United Kingdom and brave, silent spies protecting their country and the queen.
I was wrong.
After 20-30 pages, I figured out that it is a relatively deep political (fictional) thriller. While it still contains a tiny bit of spying, murder and even drugs, it mostly talks about real political parties, government institutions and posts. Also, it is full of mind games, backstabbing and royal speeches. As someone who has very little interest in modern politics, I initially felt a bit of disappointment. Still, it was quickly replaced with actual interest in the story and characters.
The story is fast-paced, characters are quite vivid and engaging, and overall it reads really well. The author uses fictional characters while keeping institutions, political events and parties real. I even managed to pick up a few things about how the government works, what institutions there are, and what goes behind the closed doors in the country’s top posts.
After finishing the book, I must say that I’m delighted I got a chance to read it. Because of my initial misunderstanding what it was about, I gave myself a chance to try the whole new genre! And while it is not my new favourite, I no longer think that books about politics are dull and snobbish!
Would recommend if political thrillers are your cup of tea.
4 stars out of 5 from 🧔
Thank you @hqstories for proof copy 💖