The Marriage Lie – Kimberly Belle #bookreview

“Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will’s marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighbourhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby.  But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane. 

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding.  But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone.  Still, Iris needs answers.  Why did Will lie about where he was going?  What is in Seattle?  And what else has he lied about?  As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.”

If something seems too good to be true then it probably is.  That would have been my advice to protagonist Iris.  She is heartbroken after she discovers that her perfect husband Will was on-board a plane to Seattle that has crashed with no survivors.  He wasn’t meant to be on that plane, he told Iris he was headed for Orlando, leading to confusion, denial and heartbreak for Iris.  Bit by bit she begins to uncover her husband’s lies, and soon discovers that he was not the man she thought he was.

The novel is narrated exclusively by Iris, after quickly picking herself up from the floor after her heartbreak she proves herself to be intelligent and steely.  The characters in this are well created, multidimensional and realistic, although I did at times feel slightly frustrated with Iris when she was still in full heartbreak mode, despite the unveiling of her husband’s deceit.  The grief experienced by Iris is well written and the reader cannot help but empathise with her.  The pace of the story moves along quickly, the chapters are baited perfectly ensuring that the reader needs to read on to find out what happens next.  There are strategically placed red herrings to keep the reader guessing throughout.

The “Big Twist” I’m afraid I did guess from early on in the novel, I feel I have read so many of this type of genre in such a short space of time that I am becoming too good at working out the ending to early on.  I was satisfied with the “climatic” ending though as it wraps up the story perfectly.

Overall rating 3.5 stars, this is a fast paced thriller full of grief, secrets and lies.  Thanks to Kimberly Belle, Harlequin and NetGalley for my advanced reader copy.

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