Company Of Liars

Company Of Liars

Book - 2008
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In 1348, as the Black Plague holds England in it's grip, nine strangers attempt to outrun death. Each member has their own story to tell and each has a secret.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780385341691
Characteristics: 465 p. : map ; 24 cm.


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Nov 15, 2018

As the plague is spreading through England a group of strangers band together as they roam the increasingly deserted countryside in search of food and shelter. Everybody has a tale to tell but as their story progresses you realize that they all have something to hide as well. Historical fiction is at its best when it puts the reader right into the scene and while reading this you can certainly imagine yourself running from the plague.

MissRoslyn Jan 07, 2016

I actually read the paperback (not avail.)
The book did not feel long or slow, despite the depth of the world. It is not an uplifting or feel good book (obviously, being set in a plague), but if you like historical fiction, it's a good one.

Aug 17, 2014

The author does a wonderful job of immersing her readers in a medieval world afflicted by the Pestilence.

The characters were very well written and realized. The mystery, or I should say the mysteries because every character has their own secrets that are doled out through the tale, are fascinating and kept me enthralled though impatient to find out what the next secret would be.

I learned a few very interesting items and look forward to reading more from this author.

Sep 14, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. A bunch of characters thrown together and trudging through medieval England trying to escape the plague while being haunted by supernatural influences. Great read!

Jan 15, 2013

This book is very well written, very well researched and beautifully plotted. That being said, do not read this novel unless you are in a mood to be totally depressed. It is the story of nine chance-met strangers on a journey across England in the first wave of the Black Death. There are vivid descriptions of plague mass graves and the despairing people in near empty towns and villages amid fields rotting after nearly six months of rain. There is the desperate use of amulets and superstition to ward off death. There are anti-Jew, anti-homosexual scenes and hate speeches. There is murder both of regular people and “witches”. And at the end, all the main characters die.

I am giving the book four stars because of the superb writing although I will not read it again.

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