The Lie by Helen Dunmore

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The Lie takes place in England after World War I. Daniel returns from war to the town he grew up in with a haunting secret about the death of his closest friend, Frederick. Daniel takes up residence with an elderly woman who needs help around her farm and he re-friends Frederick’s sister, Felicia. The elderly woman dies and Daniel tells no one. He buries her on the farm overlooking the sea as she requested. He then continues to tell everyone who asks that she is bedridden. You know this isn’t going to end well for Daniel but you root for him anyway.

The author of The Lie tells the story in present time and flashbacks. There are lots of interesting details about trench warfare.

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