The Good Lie by D.f. BaileyThe Good Lie by D.f. Bailey

The Good Lie

byD.f. Bailey

Paperback | October 31, 2007

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As Paul Wakefield paddles his kayak across Mouat Channel off Vancouver Island, he hears the engine of a yacht cutting through the fog toward him. In an instant, the cruiser swamps Paul and the young girl beside him, then disappears into the fog, never to be seen again. Dumped into the winter ocean, the terrified girl thrashes in the ice-cold water, submerging Paul in her frenzy to survive. In a desperate attempt to save them both, Paul makes a fateful decision.
D.F. Bailey was born in Montreal. He received a B.A. (English) from the University of New Brunswick and a master's degree in counselling psychology from University of British Columbia. He is the author of two other novels, Fire Eyes (winner of the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award) and Healing the Dead. He works at the Unive...
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Title:The Good LieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:October 31, 2007Publisher:Turnstone PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888013299

ISBN - 13:9780888013293

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dangerous precipice of the mind An examination of the fine, fine lines between sanity and insanity, reality and fiction, grief and depression, The Good Lie crosses boundaries throughout. With a narrative voice that itself sometimes seems not sure what is real and what is not, the reader is drawn into an enormously suspenseful encounter with tragedy and redemption. In the trickiest boundary blending event of all, the ending leaves the reader questioning what redemption really is, and what guilt and forgiveness are about. Plumbing the depths of grief only a bereaved parent can comprehend, the storyline weaves and bobs like the choppy seas. The story begins in a physical fog, proceeds through psychological fog, and exits through a fundamental quirk of human nature - the ability to write one's own stories to maintain our grip on sanity.
Date published: 2008-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping!! This wonderful story captures one on the first page with a horrific kayaking accident, and never lets go. The building suspense was unrelenting throughout, and one had to pause to "catch one's breath". The moral dilemma which faces our protagonist continues to linger long after the book's conclusion. The characters were so well drawn that their individual personalities and imperfections, shone through clearly , page after page. What a treat to enjoy a novel so completely. A wonderful intriguing story set in a beautiful locale. A must read!
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Good Read A thought-provoking premise and an engaging voice move this novel along and make it hard to put down once begun. A quiet start rapidly explodes in a moment of crisis, like a rogue wave appearing out of nowhere on a calm sea. Then the real storm waves of human drama begin to build. Read The Good Lie and you’ll find that the quandaries and revelations it raises linger long after you’ve finished.
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping, suspenseful novel Once started, this book is hard to put down! Set on the west coast of Canada, the author has created a powerful story of the moral and other consequences of a kayaking accident . Crisp narrative and a sympathetic protagonist combine to make this a tale that the reader can easily identify with. One of the top 5 books read in 2007.
Date published: 2008-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing, and absolutely apt! This fine package of suspense begins with a quiet little day trip, kayaking through a west coast bay of islets. The gentle hero enjoys the sights of the sun and sea, the sounds of the wavelets and nearby seals, the smell of the salt...... a world he loves. His world shatters that day, and this is the story of his survival. There is the discovery of his vulnerability, his cowardice, his sensitivity, love and kindness. We witness the creation of his ability to fight back when emotions run wild. Survival indeed! This is an excellent example of the superb writing currently being done in Canada. Mr. Bailey writes with love of his home, with love and understanding of his characters. "The Good Lie" is definitely in the running for the next season of prize-giving.
Date published: 2007-12-24