The Truth in Our Lies

Written by Eliza Graham
Review by Viviane Crystal

How does one live a moral life when carrying horrendous physical and mental scars from the unforgettable experiences of wartime events? Anna Hall was once a beautiful and highly skilled RAF volunteer who guided pilots during the Battle of Britain during WWII. An incendiary German bomb killed her sister and scarred her face from the fire, which left her with severe pain, guilt, and a desire for revenge. Her role has now changed to that of a radio script writer for a group that sends lies and truth in news and stories to the German people. Everyone in her group is carrying similar, awful memories with debilitating effects. The group is directed by a blunt, tough, but fair man who falls for Anna. She is initially shocked as she deliberately lied to her former lover in order to escape the shame of her appearance. One girl in the group is a Jew who used to perform in the circus, one man is a priest and another is a German refugee whose family could be extremely vulnerable because of his role in this radio show. But, not all of these characters are who they appear to be. As a result, one of them will die and the tight-knit relationship of their mutual trust will begin to unravel.

This novel covers what motivates each person to create insecurity and fear in their German audience. Are these characters as dangerous as armed military troops? How far does war change one’s personality, and does the goal of winning the war make all deception acceptable? The Truth in Our Lies is stunning, poignant historical fiction that is highly recommended.