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What I Saw And How I Lied Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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While there, Evie and her family run into Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served with Joe in the war. Peter is charming and movie-star handsome, and Evie soon finds herself falling head over heels. But Peter has brought with him secrets about Evie's family and Evie finds herself caught in a web of lies. No one is who they seem and Evie has to decide who she should trust and who to betray.
When I opened my copy of WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED and saw it described as a mystery/detective novel, I knew I was in for a treat. This is an engaging coming-of-age novel set against mystery and scandal. I loved the film noir style, which helped move the mystery along at a quick pace. I was immediately drawn into the story and the setting and felt like I was there with Evie as she was uncovering the truth.
If you get your hands on WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, be prepared to be sucked into the 1940s and be up reading all night. This is a book that should not be missed!
Reviewed by: Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen
The main character's innocence heightens the reader's reaction to the dark discoveries she makes about the world around her. When she witnesses anti-Semitism, Evie says, "And the manager's face. He had been waiting to deliver that news. He had been happy to do it. That was the ugliest part." I loved the way Evie weighs family loyalty against being true to herself when the adults in her life let her down. "I touched the place on my temple that her lips always found, ever since I was a baby. Did everything funnel down to that one delicate place, the place where love was?" Blundell's writing is really beautiful, and her descriptions of first love and the pain of betrayal are touching and very true to life.
Oh, and on top of a writing style that takes your breath away, it's a great murder mystery (including adultery, blackmail, and courtroom drama) with a really satisfying ending. It's been so long since I read a book I fell in love with, I'd almost forgotten what it feels like. This is one I'll pass along to all my reader friends!
After World War II is over, Evie Spooner is happy to have her stepfather Joe back home from the war. She just wants things to be normal again.
Evie is dying to grow up, be a woman, explore, experiment, but her mother still treats her like a child.
On a whim , Joe takes Evie and her mother to Florida on a holiday. There they meet Peter Cooleridge,who had served with Joe in the war. Peter is handsome, charming and Evie finds herself falling for him.
But he has his secrets and Joe's dislike for him becomes more and more apparent. Evie is soon caught in a tangle of lies, secrets and her world tumbles upside down after a tragic accident and she doesn't know whom to trust anymore.
Judy Blundell has created a great atmospheric novel. I love the feel of the 1940s and I love how the author has described it. I found myself engrossed in Evie's story, so much so that I read the book in a span of 3 hours!!
Though its a sad story and has a sad ending, its a very well-written realistic coming-of-age story.
Every character is beautifully etched out. I really loved Evie and truly felt for her.... I felt her pain, her inner emotional turmoil. Evie with her dreams, desires was so relatable.
Blundell's writing is beautiful, even haunting.Her descriptions are so vivid, especially the descriptions of Evie's love, her feeling of being betrayed..they have been so well done that they almost feel real.
Beautiful and Lingering.
Yes, to all lovers of good coming-of-age novels
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