The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

— feeling shocked
The Big Lie - Julie Mayhew

So. This is a hard one to review. 

I wanted to give this one more stars, I think the only reason I didn't is that it was a hard book to stomach, thus less enjoyable. I can hardly think of my exact stance on the actual plot, except I would have preferred a different ending... The story just kind of gave me the shivers.

But WOW. What a plot.

So here is a sum of what the book is about:


Jessika Keller is a teenaged girl Nazi England, circa 2014. 

Yes, Nazi England. 2014.

In this alternate universe, Germany was victorious in WW2 and everything unfolds from there. Jessika is a good girl, meaning she does what she's told and follows the rules. Her best friend Clementine is quite the opposite, though. She is a rebel, and she questions EVERYTHING. Something Jessika doesn't understand. Her adoration of Clementine and realization of her budding sexuality (as she is very much attracted to her best friend) are part of what cause her to start doubting the regime. It becomes for her a battle of loyalty between the Fuhrer, the regime and it's standards versus the people she loves, herself, freedom and ideals. What is "right" and what is "wrong", in a world so black and white?

How far would you go for your loved ones or the freedom of your people?


Beautifully written. Chilling. Dark. Very quotable. Still, very uncomfortable to read. Pretty surreal.