The Body Lies

The Body Lies

A layered and thrilling suspense novel that grapples with how to live as a woman in the modern world - or in the pages of a book - when the stakes are dangerously high. When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it?s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she?s desperate to forget. But despite t A layered and thrilling suspense novel that grapples with how to live as a woman in the modern world - or in th...

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Title:The Body Lies
Author:Jo Baker
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Body Lies
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Body Lies Reviews

  • OutlawPoet
    May 01, 2019
    The book is described as suspenseful and thrilling. It's not. The story is plodding, with not much happening until the end. And even that end is more unsurprising than exciting. Our characters are smug and insufferable and they spend the book doing smug and insufferable things - ...
  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 21, 2019
    The beginning had me intrigued. I loved the writing. ?The beck is frozen into silence. Snow falls. It muffles the road, bundles up the houses, deepens the meadows, turns the river black by contrast. It settles along the gray-green twigs and branches of the beech wood, sifts like su...
  • Barbara
    Jun 22, 2019
    I chose to read (listen) to this book because I enjoyed A Country Road, A Tree, and took a liking to Baker's writing. She was educated at Queens University, Belfast where (I believe) she did her dissertation on Samuel Beckett. It was in Belfast in the mid-to-late 90's she recalls "You ...
  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    Jul 13, 2019
    A clever and sinister little book. The narrator (I don't think we learn her name but maybe I wasn't paying attention) is a writer who is assaulted running in a London park while pregnant. Three years later she still bears the psychological scars and decides to make a fresh start by tak...
  • Jill
    Apr 25, 2019
    I was hooked on this book from page one?sinking into it like a knife into butter. The premise is galvanizing: a thirty-something woman takes a position as a creative writing professor in the rural English countryside on the heels of a violent assault. She is assigned six students, in...
  • Darcia Helle
    Jun 17, 2019
    I'm cranky. Having established that fact, if you're interested I'll tell you why. This book is being marketed as "psychological suspense". It's really not. I've grown weary of the use of labels that don't fit, simply because it's the latest hot genre. This book is more literary dram...
  • Genevieve Taylor
    Mar 01, 2019
    It starts with a dead girl, but The Body Lies is so much more than just a thriller. It's a literary analysis on the way that our social environment shapes creative writing and individual voice; a heartfelt depiction of assault-related trauma and the associated anxiety and depression; a...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    May 28, 2019
    Do women have agency over their lives, when threatened by men? How can this topic be grappled with without platitudes and clichés so that the story is bracing, believable (and imaginative) as it shakes us up and drops us in? Jo Baker convinced me that I was living in the house with ou...
  • Kathleen
    May 09, 2019
    This is being marketed as "thrilling suspense" and I don't think that is describing the book well and may set people up for a disappointment. In my opinion this is a very well written book that slowly plods along somewhat suspense-fully. I don't mean slow in a negative way. It's more o...
  • Cynthia
    May 22, 2019
    It was ok....it's billed as a suspenseful thriller.....but I really didn't get that out of it. I hate to say it, but I thought it kind of just a flat story...I never felt real warmed up/in to the main character, or any of the characters for that matter...it just felt like 'a story.' Ce...
  • Susan
    Jun 11, 2019
    This is a literary crime novel ? where the emphasis is far more on the characters than a fast moving plot. That doesn?t mean this is not an excellent read, but if you read this thinking it is a fast paced crime novel, then you may be disappointed. The main character in this nove...
  • Cathy
    Jun 23, 2019
    When I reviewed Jo Baker?s book A Country Road, A Tree (shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017), I described it as ?clever, literary and powerful?. I feel the same adjectives can be applied to The Body Lies, the author?s foray into the psychologic...
  • Jeanette
    Jul 15, 2019
    So I give it a full 5 stars. Is it perfect? Not entirely. But it's close. After finishing I did read others' reviews. Plodding? This is how fiction exists to meet life. And how women, no, a WOMAN- proceed to follow or connect to those paths of anxiety or extra radar or just a trying to...
  • Siobhan
    Apr 13, 2019
    The Body Lies is a tense and unsettling novel about the way men see women and the line between reality and fiction. A writer accepts a job at a university in the countryside, trying to escape memories of a past assault in London, and moves with her young son to make a new start. Howeve...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    Jul 17, 2019
    Beautifully told, thought-provoking, and DEEPLY unsettling. ...
  • Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
    Aug 01, 2019
    In parts, this book works. However, the character comes off as weak. I would have preferred a stronger character. ...
  • Barbara Schultz
    Jul 25, 2019
    I love psychotically thrillers. This one had me curious but I soon lost interest. It just wasn?t working for me.. DNF ...
  • Nicole
    Mar 17, 2019
    ***This will have spoilers in as I have lot to say about this read *** I did not read Longbourn but if you are looking for a historical read go elsewhere as Jo Baker has punched a belter of a contemporary novel & did not hold back. Straight in our pregnant bookseller heroine is...
  • SueLucie
    Apr 25, 2019
    I?d not be doing anyone any favours by rehashing the publisher?s blurb on the plot of this novel. Enough to say that a young university lecturer in creative writing finds one of her male students submitting pages of his work describing his relationship with a woman bearing a striki...
  • Alison Hardtmann
    Jul 22, 2019
    While pregnant, a young woman is mugged by a stranger as she walks home from work late one winter afternoon. While the physical damage is minimal, she no longer feels safe. When her child is a toddler and it's time for her to return to work, she applies and gets a job teaching at a uni...
  • Claire Fuller
    May 20, 2019
    I really loved the writing. It was a pleasure to read a thriller (if that's what it was) that was beautifully written. The beginning really pulled me in, as well as the university life - which I believe (knowing lots of university lecturers, including some teaching creative writing) wa...
  • Michelle
    Jun 13, 2019
    One of my GoodReads friend's major complaint about this book is that the protagonist comes across as weak. Things just happen to her and she accepts them. Extra work is piled on her. Her husband takes a lover and wants to leave the marriage. She never has much to say in defense of hers...
  • Mandy White
    Jun 01, 2019
    The Body Lies sounded just like the sort of book that I could really sink my teeth into. It started off well but at around 30% I had to stop. The characters were just awful and obnoxious and the story got confusing and slow. The subjects discussed were also graphic and hard to read. ...
  • Miriam Smith
    Apr 17, 2019
    "The Body Lies" by Jo Baker was a compelling, tense and suspenseful thriller that I enjoyed right from the start. ?When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it?s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assaul...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    May 22, 2019
    By this point I'm sure you're tired of hearing me hem and haw over my inability to enjoy the flashy psychological thrillers being published these days, but I think I've found an excellent compromise. Enter the literary crime fiction novel: typically, it is dark, gritty, atmospheric, an...
  • Donna Hines
    Mar 02, 2019
    This is so much more than a thriller about a dead body and characters fleeing from their pasts. This is about nature v nurture for one psychopath writer in a creative writing class. This is about not turning a blind eye to a troubled individual who clearly needs help. This is about ...
  • marilyn
    Jun 16, 2019
    The Body Lies starts with the assault of a thirty year old pregnant unnamed woman and this assault colors her life in the next years. Three years after she has her baby, she takes a job as a professor in rural England university, living apart from her partner/husband Mark, seeing him o...
  • Roman Clodia
    Jun 17, 2019
    And I was struggling with my own question of whether there was a way to write female without writing body, and whether there was a way to be female without being reduced to body The thing I like about Jo Baker is that every book of hers I've read has been utterly different: she's no...
  • Tucker
    May 22, 2019
    Many thanks to Knopf Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Edit: (temporary?) dnf. I'm so bored plus there are a ton of other books that I have audio for and that I'm more interested in. Bye for now ********** Me: *eats gluten* Body: ALERT! BACTERIA! DESTRO...
  • OLT
    Jul 12, 2019
    Can a reader like a book without liking any characters in it or even liking the story arc? Well, in my case, I guess so. The writing is very good and clever for the bulk of the story. No one is exactly a real person here. In particular, the unnamed protagonist remains unknown to us ...