Book review: Lie With Me

By Philippe Beesson
Translated by Molly Ringwald

When someone recommends a book for me, I have to admit I’m often quite nervous. Will I really love it as much as they think I should? How do I explain to them that the book they love I had to stop after a few paragraphs?

Well, I needn’t have worried with Philippe Besson’s superb Lie With Me. Translated beautifully by Molly Ringwald (yes – the Molly Ringwald), the tale is sent in provincial France and follows two young lovers.

It’s a painfully short novel. Just 148 pages split into three beautiful chapters, I didn’t want the book to end. In my last review, I spoke of the authors superb ability to describe, but Besson’s ability to craft characters is divine.

“He taps on his cigarette to make the ashes fall, but he hasn’t smoked it enough. It’s a gesture intended to convey composure, but it only makes him appear more vulnerable.”

It’s no surprise that many people have drawn comparisons to Call Me By Your Name, and André Aciman himself describes the novel as “heart-gripping”.

A love that once dare not speak its name is torn apart as young lovers are divided. A chance encounter between a writer and a boy reignites feelings. Truths that go untold, connections left unmade a life that could have been but never was.

If ever there was a cautionary tale of spending a life denying one’s truth this is it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Nick (he/him) is an editor and proofreader, specialising in LGBTQ+ writing. He is an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and a member of PEN, the Professional Editors Network.

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4 thoughts on “Book review: Lie With Me

  1. What is it with leaving comments on WordPress? I tried to say I enjoyed your review with a (cheeky) request that you make your reviews longer, please; cos I enjoy reading them. But the first time I tried I was frozen out and had to navigate a password maze. Hopefully this will get past the guard.

    1. Hi!

      Thanks for letting me know about the comments system – I would guess it’s a spam filter.

      I’m really glad you enjoy reading my reviews. It’s really encouraging to hear from people who have read what I’ve written! Next time I’ll be sure to write more! (It’s going to be a non-fiction book next time.)

      All the best,

      Nick

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