Saturday, January 02, 2010

Review #2 - The Lie by Petra Hammesfahr

The Lie by German Novelist Petra Hammesfahr is a translated novel about two people who are so similar that they can pass as each other. It is said we all have a Doppelganger in this story Susanne and Nadia live very different lives. One is wealthy and the other is down on her luck, no job and slowly taking money from her mother.

Nadia has a lover and wants to pay Susanne to live her life so that she can sneak away with  her lover, even sharing her husband's bed for $1,000 each weekend.

Interesting premise no?

Who wouldn't want to chance to step into a different life especially one that includes Porsches and Mercedes, indoor swimming-pool and designer clothing and a cute husband?

Nadia and Susanne have just met. They look uncannily alike, practically doppelgangers, but one is filthy rich, with a husband and a lover, and the other dirt poor and single. When Nadia eventually asks Susanne to spend the weekend with her husband how can she refuse the outrageous fee on offer? Nadia wants to spend a few days with her lover and convinces Susanne that the subterfuge will work. Nadia and her husband barely speak to each other, sleep in separate bedrooms, and he will be working in the office most of the weekend. So Susanne changes her hairstyle and clothes and, one Friday afternoon, drives Nadia’s wine-red Alfa to her beautiful suburban villa with its indoor pool, glass doors opening on to the sloping lawn. What appears to be a harmless game becomes a deadly web of lies.


  1. Looks good, great review!

  2. This one sounds REALLY good... I think I will definitely look into this one for my new Kindle.
    Thanks for a great review.

  3. I hope the library has this one--it does sound deliciously deceitful! I have always been fascinated by the thought of having a doppelganger somewhere in the world. If she's rich and unhappy I'd love to meet her and change places for awhile, let her scrub a toilet or two :)


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