Lie Lay Lain

Lie Lay Lain

by Bryn Greenwood

Overview: Jennifer has a great job and a go-getter fiancé. She's on track for success, until she witnesses a fatal hit-and-run. Mistaking Jennifer for someone else, the dying victim extracts an impossible promise. Jennifer's fiancé wants her to forget the whole incident, but when she closes her eyes, she can still see the bloody face of the woman who asked for her help. Olivia is in a rut. Burdened with caring for her brain-damaged brother and already feeling like a spinster at 27, she's desperate to escape. In a moment of weakness, she tells a lie that draws an unsuspecting paramedic into her life. As she struggles to expiate the lie, a horrible act of violence will test her resolve to be honest. Where Jennifer's promise and Olivia's lie intersect, their lives begin to unravel.

Sidny Bronson (05/14/19): The sad reality of our flawed child care services is brought to life in this gripping novel. Being set in the humid head of Tampa Bay, Florida, close to my home town, I felt a true connection to the back drop of this novel. The book begins with a bloody, depictive, and devastating scene which turns into a tale of everyday life and the difficulty that comes with navigating our way through its ups and down. Events happen so quickly and sudden that impact our lives forever, this reality is faced by both the main characters of this well written story. The two different female perspectives of this book are wildly different; the only similarity between them seeming to be that they attend the same church, yet the differences between them complements the story so well. Bryn Greenwood provides a new take on perspectives with the narration of oppositions, the materialistic, self-absorbed fiancé and the kind, often taken advantage off daughter. I found myself at first annoyed to read the perspective of a character who seemed so shallow, yet intrigued, as we must sometimes step into the shoes of people unlike ourselves to better understand our differences. Lie, Lay, Lain follows Olivia on her journey to find her confidence, her voice, and become the true woman she is, no longer hiding from the world. While Jennifer must reach rock bottom completely, before she realizes what is of true importance in life. The book leaves you to imagine the two characters future journeys as completely changed woman, and the growth that comes with hardship.
Rating: ****

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