Sunday 16 June 2019

The Body Lies By Jo Baker

The Body Lies by Jo Baker is a slowburn psychological thriller published on 13th June by Doubleday Books. 

The Blurb

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote English countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the bustle of London and the scene of a violent assault she is desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of her new life and the demands of single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative-writing class. When a troubled student starts turning in chapters that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognizes herself as the main character in his book–and he has written her a horrific fate. Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it’s too late? At once a breathless cat-and-mouse game and a layered interrogation of the fetishization of the female body, The Body Lies gives us an essential story for our time that will have you checking the locks on your doors.

My Thoughts

A tense, unsettling, compelling and suspenseful thriller, The Body Lies is definitely a MUST-READ.

The Body Lies starts off with a bang, the beginning had me intrigued and I was glued to the book. 

Without giving too much away, the story starts off with our protagonist (pregnant at the time) randomly getting attacked by a total stranger. Thankfully, no serious physical harm had been done to her and her baby and she was later able to deliver a healthy baby boy called Sammy. 

Her husband, Mark, is desperate for her to forget this horrifying incident but after months and even a few years, she still hasn't been able to. She then accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside and moves there with her son to be away from the city and environment of the violent attack. 

At the university, she's in charge of a creative writing group where she meets different students all wanting to have a finished novel. Soon enough, things start to change with her students in the writing group especially with one particular student and the story just takes an interesting turn. 

I loved and enjoyed most parts of the writing, the author is indeed very talented. Although it was a bit confusing towards the middle, the story as a whole is BRILLIANT. 

The topics and issues dealt with in this book such as sexual assault and boundaries between teachers and students are so important.

Content Warning: As some readers are sensitive to this type of content, this book does contain 2 scenes involving sexual assault. They are not written in an overly graphic manner and are "readable". 

My Rating:  3.5 / 5 STARS  🌟🌟🌟

Grab your copy of The Body Lies here


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