The Body Lies

The Body Lies

A layered and thrilling suspense novel that grapples with how to live as a woman in the modern world - or in the pages of a book - when the stakes are dangerously high.


When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she’s desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group.

When a troubled student starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognises herself as the main character in his book - and he has written her a horrific fate.

Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it's too late?

At once a breathless battle-of-wits and a disarming exploration of sexual politics, The Body Lies is an essential book for our times.

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'Gripping and strange in the best possible way: the perfect marriage of risky literary fiction and full-on thriller' MARIA SEMPLE, bestselling author of Where d'ya go Bernadette?

Title:The Body Lies
ISBN:9780857526434
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    The Body Lies Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    By this point I'm sure you're tired of hearing me hem and haw over my inability to enjoy the flashy psychological thrillers being published these days, but I think I've found an excellent compromise. ...

  • marilyn

    The Body Lies starts with the assault of a thirty year old pregnant unnamed woman and this assault colors her life in the next years. Three years after she has her baby, she takes a job as a professor...

  • Elyse Walters

    The beginning had me intrigued. I loved the writing. “The beck is frozen into silence. Snow falls. It muffles the road, bundles up the houses, deepens the meadows, turns the river black by contrast....

  • Miriam Smith

    "The Body Lies" by Jo Baker was a compelling, tense and suspenseful thriller that I enjoyed right from the start. “When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it’s...

  • Olive (abookolive)

    Beautifully told, thought-provoking, and DEEPLY unsettling....

  • Tucker

    Many thanks to Knopf Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewEdit: (temporary?) dnf. I'm so bored plus there are a ton of other books that I have audio for and that I'm more intere...

  • Jill

    I was hooked on this book from page one—sinking into it like a knife into butter. The premise is galvanizing: a thirty-something woman takes a position as a creative writing professor in the rural E...

  • Roman Clodia

    And I was struggling with my own question of whether there was a way to write female without writing body, and whether there was a way to be female without being reduced to body The thing I like abou...

  • OutlawPoet

    The book is described as suspenseful and thrilling. It's not.The story is plodding, with not much happening until the end. And even that end is more unsurprising than exciting.Our characters are smug ...

  • Barbara

    I chose to read (listen) to this book because I enjoyed A Country Road, A Tree, and took a liking to Baker's writing. She was educated at Queens University, Belfast where (I believe) she did her disse...