Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded.
Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing - but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them.
Sally Verity, happily married but unhappily childless, knows a different side to country life, as both a Health Visitor and a sheep farmer's wife; and when Lottie's innocent teenage son, Xan, gets a zero-hours contract at a local pie factory, he sees yet another. At the end of their year, the lives of all will be changed forever.
A suspenseful black comedy, this is a rich, compassionate and enthralling novel in its depiction of the English countryside and the potentially lethal interplay between money and marriage.
Regular price: £19.99
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for £19.99
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By becsicle on 22-03-18
This was a bit of a slow burner for me. I think I struggled to get into it because I just didn’t care much for the characters. The son Xan was the only one I did like.
A bit predictable but I did enjoy it in the end.
The narrator was ok in general but was terrible at ‘accents’ and that put me off a bit.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By penelopepurple on 22-03-18
riveting plot but much too wordy
What would have made The Lie of the Land better?
I was longing to edit out some of the long, repetitive passages. I thought the themes of the novel, town v. country values, longterm marriage, men and women, guilt and forgiveness were great and the plot excellent. The story alone could have held these themes without the point being laboured so, and the novel would have been shorter, more subtle and less predictable.
What was most disappointing about Amanda Craig’s story?
The amount of repetition and how things were spelled out rather than suggested
What about Emma Powell’s performance did you like?
Voice and pacing were great
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It was a cracking story. Much as I was irritated by some of the long passages, I had to know what would happen
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Sara on 19-04-18
A Country Life Transforms
This has been such a difficult book for me to review because the writing was so perfect, so supremely beautiful and completely spot on in its descriptions of farm life, complex families, end of life care and the mess that can occur in marriage. I absolutely loved the depth and connection between the characters. Even better, the really scary bits were subtly woven into the story. For me, the scariest parts of the book oddly had little to do with the murder mystery.
Craig really captured the realities of farm to table food production in all its horrors and heartbreaks. She got so much right about the back breaking degree of labor required to live the country life. She delved deeply into complicated issues of trust and honesty in relationships. My favorite aspect of the book was the year-in-the-life tone it took in portraying living in the country and the impact that had on each family member. The descriptions of the seasonal changes, the harshness of winter, the beauty of nature and the seaside were evocatively written and wonderful. I really loved so much about this book.
That said, I have to admit that there were things I disliked or really disagreed with about the book. I, for example, hated the ending. I cringed at the factory food production stories and I found that I disagreed with some of the medical info presented. In the end, however, it was precisely these extreme feelings--both positive and negative, that made me choose to rate the book all five stars. The story had real depth and caused such powerful reactions and emotions that it had me fussing and thinking. The sign of really good fiction. Glad I didn't miss this one.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful