Reviewed by Barbara Povel
The Lie is a modern day story set in the Middle East, in Israel and Palestine. We all hear about it in the news, the conflicts, the tragedies, and the crimes against humanity from both sides.
It’s written by Hesh Kestin, an Israeli correspondent who is also a veteran of the Israeli army. Knowing that in advance, I wondered which path he was going to take in telling his story… and was pleasantly surprised! The main caracter is a female Israeli defence attorney for Palestinians who are accused of terrorist activities. She is known to be against torture as a way of interrogation, but is asked by the government to decide when torture could be used as a legitimate method. When her own son is kidnapped by Hezbollah, one Palestinian man might have the information needed to find him back. He happens to be an old colleague of hers, and a longtime friend of the family; their mothers are very close. Will she stand by her beliefs, or is torture admissible if it could save her son’s life?
The book is a bit like a movie: going from one location to the other and back and I just couldn’t put it away until I knew what had happened. It’s not just a thriller, it’s also a story about people and humanity and the roles women play.
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There is no ebook available (yet) for The Lie, but there is an ebook available of an earlier book by Kestin: The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats.