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Revue de presse

Gillies writes magnificently on everything she touches. --Sunday Times Top 100 Summer Reads

Absolutely searing... we have a major new talent in our midst. --Daily Express

A really terrific read... Elegant, well written, genuinely gripping. --Joanne Harris

This immersive story is... a page-turner. It is also, finally, very moving. --Francine Stock, Guardian

There s an echo of Virginia Woolf that lifts Gillies work above the average family drama... This is an unusual, unsettling, often lovely story that plubs the depths of what family means. It is a fine debut novel. The Scotsman

Gillies excels in her portrait of a landscape that consumes the merely human, and slowly over many generations has created a family in its own image. --Helen Dunmore

Gillies beautifully crafted debut combines page-turning aplomb with psychological insight... She is a tantalising storyteller, dropping in clues, vertiginous surprises and unexpected revelations. --Marie Claire

Gillies writes with elegance... bringing the closed world of the big house to life with cinematic clarity, the guilt-ridden residents as distressed as the threadbare furniture. A gripping exploration of the stories families tell about themselves, myths sometimes more potent than the truth. --Financial Times

**** Gillies handles her large cast and clashing versions of events with a precision that makes reading this imaginative novel a fascinating process of discovery. --Metro

The prose is elegant and beautiful, and Gillies has a skill for creating both character and a sense of place; Peattie is so vividly described that I had no trouble imagining the crumbling interior or the sun-baked loch. I couldn t put The White Lie down. --For Book s Sake

Gillies excels both at describing the landscape and at delineating those subcutaneous secrets and shared assumptions that bind families together. Literary Review

Fizzing with energy, suspense, and tense dialogue, this is an elegantly brilliant novel. Red Magazine

Gillies s descriptions are precise, particularly of gardens, food and clothes, and often wry. Gillies relishes the absurdities of dialogue... the slow torture of barely enunciated rivalries and feuds keeps the Salters at odds in a particularly cruel, snd and funny northern European way. Guardian

Andrea Gillies, winnder of the 2009 Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the Orwell Prize for 2010, writes in The White Lie as if she herself lived in Peattie House, as if she draped the dust sheets in the rooms of the dead. As frustratingly obtuse and uncommunicative as many of the Salters are, the author encourages our understanding by artfully teasing out hurts, coping mechanisms and shortcomings many would recognize. Book of the Month, The Scots Magazine

An intricate, well-observed novel of secrets and guilt. Woman and Home

By the time I was half way through the book I was returning to it at every spare moment to find out what happened and it really wasn't what I was expecting... --Bookbag

A wonderfully compelling portrait of a family haunted by secrets and lies... pitch perfect on the chilling, devastating consequences of guilt. -- Sally Brampton

A truly gripping read. --Emily Rhodes, Fiction Uncovered

A wonderfully compelling portrait of a family haunted by secrets and lies… pitch perfect on the chilling, devastating consequences of guilt --Sally Brampton

Gillies excels in her portrait of a landscape that consumes the merely human, and slowly over many generations has created a family in its own image --Helen Dunmore

Présentation de l'éditeur

On a hot summer s afternoon, Ursula Salter runs sobbing from the loch on her parents Scottish estate and confesses, distraught, that she has killed Michael, her 19-year old-nephew.

But what really happened? No body can be found, and Ursula s story is full of contradictions. In order to protect her, the Salters come up with another version of events, a decision that some of them will come to regret.

Years later, at a family gathering, a witness speaks up and the web of deceit begins to unravel. What is the white lie? Only one person knows the whole truth. Narrating from beyond the grave, Michael takes us to key moments in the past, looping back and back until - finally - we see what he sees.

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HASH(0x97815f78) étoiles sur 5 Lochside conundrum 16 février 2012
Par yjr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Gillies' prose is SO eloquent, I re-read many sentences over and over, little jewels, delicious words.
The story is gripping: many characters in scenes from a modern-era period play (I kept referring to the handy family tree at the front of the book to make sure I was getting who was related to whom in the hierarchy), all of whom are complex characters in their own rights, for various reasons that are revealed, ever so subtly.
The house, the descriptions of the weather, the loch - all gorgeous & evocative Scottish loveliness -
and then the sinister ...
Hard to put down, and good twists in the plot that have you turning page after page with increasing rapidity!
But for me, it was more than the mystery, it is her beautiful turn of phrase, the descriptive manner in which she notices the smallest of details and weaves them in to craft a multi-layered confection which I found absolutely irresistible.
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HASH(0x977386f0) étoiles sur 5 Gillies's Eloquent Prose Make this a Must Read 4 mai 2012
Par GP_writes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'd received this novel in the mail weeks ago and finally had time to properly dig in beyond Chapter 3 on a recent 4-day trip to London. I finished the novel on the flight home, and would have done sooner would it not have been rude to read during a night out at drinks with friends. The characters in the novel are so richly drawn, so absorbing, they are still speaking to me weeks after putting them on the shelf. I keep wondering what Mog is up to now, where is Otillie, what fate awaits Ursula? I'd completely entered the world of the Salters. For four glorious days I sat on the banks of the loch of their Scottish estate, peered through the windows, eavesdropped on private conversations, and, as often happens when finishing a book that's become an entity, I've mourned and felt its loss. Writing this rich and fertile deserves a wide audience. I can't recommend this novel enough. You will be richer having read Ms. Gillies exquisitely crafted prose. Discover the mystery of the Salters family, the web of lies and deceit spanning generations, and when you've finished don't mourn too heavily - simply return to page 1.
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HASH(0x9722de34) étoiles sur 5 An Unusual and most gripping book 29 avril 2012
Par Maxxx - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
On a sweltering day in 1994, our narrator, Michael, slips beneath the dark waters of the loch near his stately home. Michael begins his story in 2008, admitting that he is dead and describes the events of his demise.

However, his large family have their own interpretations. Is he dead or did he run away? For their own reasons some select one explanation and others reason differently, and some prefer to lie. Four generations live on the property. (There is a family tree at the beginning of the book to elucidate if necessary).

Another mystery for Michael during his 19 years has been the identity of his father, as his mother refuses to say. This too is a matter of speculation for Michael, his family, and the villagers.

Michael relates the story in flashbacks which slowly give us new slants and turnarounds on the story until you are not sure what you believe. All is revealed in 2008 when the story comes to a climax.

The writing is beautifully descriptive and provides several points to ponder about life itself. One wants to keep on reading to get to the next bit of information. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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HASH(0x977bd480) étoiles sur 5 Totally absorbing 21 mars 2012
Par Book Addict - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I lost an entire weekend to this book, drawn in by my delight in the richness of the characterisation, as well as by the intriguing layers of mystery at the novel's core. I had just a moment's doubt about the narrator's unusual position, but by the time I'd reached the bottom of the first page, suspension of disbelief was no longer an issue. The emotional range is impressive and the story-telling compelling. It would make a brilliant TV drama series. Highly recommended.
HASH(0x9790c1a4) étoiles sur 5 What We Need Is Facts 17 juillet 2016
Par Reader2307 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Ursula Salter has just confessed to mistakenly killing her nephew Michael after an argument. Her immediate family begin to question her version of events as her story is full of contradictions and because this incident is eerily similar to another family tragedy that occurred years ago. In shock and disbelief the family concoct a more suitable explanation of what has happened and in doing so create divisions that will tear them apart and ruin their lives.

This book is about family secrets which is always an interesting premise but fails to engage the reader because of Gillies' writing style. Her descriptions are verbose and of the most mundane things. These descriptions are necessary fluff for an author that didn't know how to keep the story suspenseful without revealing the secret.

Speaking of the secret, it is revealed much too late and the denouement is an anti-climax because the reader can easily guess the secret a few chapters into the book. The characters are not interesting especially because they all share one trait which is self-absorption. As a reader, I couldn't become invested in any of them and didn't care how any of them ended up.
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