Lies by Oliver Dahl, Review

March 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

Upon my picking up Lies by Oliver Dahl— though I love to read, my picking up any book with my busy schedule is shocking enough— I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I mean, a 16 year old author? Com’mon. However, I have found this book to be an incredibly well-woven story which leaves the reader wanting more. The author’s note in the back helps quell some of this fiery desire, but the unanswered questions I have continue to gnaw at my brain. Throughout the book, I noticed that Dahl uses cliché similes and metaphors— which will no doubt be used less and less as he continues to grow as a writer— but as I continued reading, the story itself pulled me in as a beautiful piece of art.

The characters are engaging and I found it easy, yet painful, to empathize with them as their true natures were turned for the worse, driven by the earthly achievements they longed for— recognition, revenge, power. A quarter of the way through Lies, I found myself flipping ahead to discover the outcome (sorry Oliver). This book is a great achievement for anyone, especially one so young. Dahl ends the book with powerful symbolism I will not forget. I received an electronic of this book in exchange for an unbiased review, but I intend to buy a print version of this book as well. It is definitely worth it!


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