Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
Two Truths and a Lie
Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Class/Genre: Mystery Romance
Warner, Jun 2001, $22.95, 352 pp.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, drama teacher Dair Canard’s philosophy of life is simple. A well-designed exciting lie is more fun to tell than the boring truth. That technique combined with adding kernels of truth within the fabrication has enabled her since childhood to refine her fabricating methodology to the point where she sometimes cannot find the line separating truth from falsehoods. Still Dair and her husband Peyton take immense pleasure in her story telling abilities. However, keeping track of the mountains of lies that serve as the foundation of he marriage is beginning to take its toll on a weary Dair as she has reached a point of no return where the fibs seem to run her life.
Things further unravel for Dair, already struggling with alcohol, when a close friend Craig MacPherson jumps off an overpass into traffic. Craig’s death has a deep impact on Dair almost as much as the years of lies piled on lies. Now she seeks solace while trying to understand her friend’s suicide even as Dair will soon learn the one underlying truth about life is that everyone, including Peyton has secrets, hidden behind lies and half-truths.
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE is a strange tale that is more of a relationship drama with a side mystery. The intelligent story line is deep as it peels away the human mask to reveal that lies are part of the ego. The characters including several animals, seem genuine and turn Katrina Kittle’s novel into must reading for those who enjoy a powerful look at the underside of the human psyche.
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