"Relationship drama with a side mystery"
In Cincinnati, Ohio, drama teacher Dair Canard's
philosophy of life is simple. A well-designed exciting lie
is more fun to tell than the boring truth. That technique
combined with adding kernels of truth within the
fabrication has enabled her since childhood to refine her
fabricating methodology to the point where she sometimes
cannot find the line separating truth from falsehoods.
Still Dair and her husband Peyton take immense pleasure in
her story telling abilities. However, keeping track of the
mountains of lies that serve as the foundation of the
marriage is beginning to take its toll on a weary Dair as
she has reached a point of no return where the fibs seem to
run her life.
Things further unravel for Dair, already struggling
with alcohol, when a close friend Craig MacPherson jumps
off an overpass into traffic. Craig's death has a deep
impact on Dair almost as much as the years of lies piled on
lies. Now she seeks solace while trying to understand her
friend's suicide even as Dair will soon learn the one
underlying truth about life is that everyone, including
Peyton has secrets, hidden behind lies and half-truths.
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE is a strange tale that is more of
a relationship drama with a side mystery. The intelligent
story line is deep as it peels away the human mask to
reveal that lies are part of the ego. The characters
including several animals, seem genuine and turn Katrina
Kittle's novel into must reading for those who enjoy a
powerful look at the underside of the human psyche.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2002
Dair Canard has made up tales since she was a child. Now,
as an adult, she finds herself lying at the slightest
provocation, with greater and greater finesse. She has
established herself as an actress, and bonded with her
husband, Peyton, on the premise of her greatest lie ever-a
fictitious twin sister who died at the age of 10. But Dair
now finds herself at a point in her life where her lies
threaten to avalanche. The mysterious death of a dear
friend, the divorce of her parents, her increasingly
serious drinking problem, and the strain of deceiving
Peyton all finally collide. While attempting to sort the
truth from the lies, Dair encounters a blurry line between
what is real and what she has made up. As she struggles to
get her life back on track, Dair learns the truth about her
friend's death...and all her lies come tumbling down to
unveil a few basic truths, one of which is that each of us
has something to hide.