The title was initially published in the UK on the 16th April 2020 by Little, Brown / Sphere and in the US on the 16th June 2020 by Penguin Random House / Pamela Dorman Books.
Deemed “a wild and surprising ride” by Publishers Weekly, this suspense-filled thriller follows immensely unreliable narrator Jane Baxter, whose intense bond with her best friend Marnie is put through the fire as Jane’s deceptions bubble to the surface.
It all started with one little lie . . .
Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men.
But Jane never liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.
Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t lied – then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive . . .
This is Jane’s opportunity to tell the truth, the question is:
Do you believe her?
Readers, the press, and fellow authors went wild for this twisted expose of toxic female friendship. It peaked at No. 5 on Apple’s ‘Top Ten Crime and Thriller Chart’, as well as being selected as one of the best books of the month for their ‘June Picks‘. It was additionally featured in high-profile round-ups such as Red Magazine’s ‘Books to Read in 2020‘, Marie Claire’s ‘Best Fiction Books 2020‘ and Stylist‘s ‘Best new books to read in April.’‘, BBC’s ‘
Elizabeth herself has featured in many publications; she has written a guest article for Cosmopolitan Magazine about female friendship, and has been profiled in the Evening Standard as “the new face of domestic noir.”
The book has also been an international success, having sold in an eye-watering 30 territories.
“Seven Lies is a relentless, chilling story of what happens when friendship becomes obsession. Keep the lights on — you’ll be turning pages deep into the night with this one.” Harlan Coben, bestselling author
“A dark, gripping story with one of the most interesting and compelling narrators I’ve ever encountered. Highly recommended!” Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
”’Friends forever’ becomes a weapon swung with fatal force in Elizabeth Kay’s debut. A thriller deftly told through seven lies, the calmly manipulative Jane is a protagonist who will haunt you long after you finish turning the pages. The truth, it turns out, can be far more dangerous than any lie… It’s going to be the next massive thriller.” Pandora Sykes, co-host of No. 1 iTunes Podcast, The High Low
“Frustrating, fascinating, and wicked entertainment.” Kirkus
“Seven Lies is a seriously creepy, tightly plotted, gripping debut thriller that had me hooked in from the first page. I really didn’t want to put this brilliant book down.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“The characters are beautifully realised, and the writing style is amazing – I knew from the first couple of paragraphs that this one was going to hook me in. This is a book that I will be thinking about for a long time… I’m already looking forward to re-reading this.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
Elizabeth Kay started her career as an assistant at Penguin Random House. She is now a commissioning editor and is simultaneously pursuing her passion for writing. She lives in London with her husband and child.
This is a read that you need on your bookshelf – so be sure to pick up a paperback copy now.