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The Marriage Lie: A bestselling psychological thriller Paperback – December 27, 2016
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"[A] compelling domestic thriller."-Buzzfeed
"You need to check out The Marriage Lie. This domestic thriller will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night to find out how it all ends." -Redbook
"This delicious, serpentine thriller starts from a simple premise: what if your husband was not who you thought he was.... A good, old-fashioned page-turner, with a poisonous sting in the tail."-Daily Mail
"Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will eat up Kimberly Belle's latest novel. The pace is relentless, and the plot never runs in a straight line.... Beware, The Marriage Lie might very well undermine your confidence, your convictions, and your trust in loved ones. This one is a true brain twister!"-Bookreporter.com
"After a plane crash claims her husband's life, questions about his death surface as Iris Griffith follows a trail of cryptic clues to discover if Will was the man she thought she knew. Taut and briskly told, The Marriage Lie is a smart mystery that takes readers on a wild ride. Fans of domestic suspense will adore Kimberly Belle." -Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby
"Belle harnesses her heroine's grief, disbelief, anger, and love to fuel this domestic thriller, splicing in modern technology for a ripped-from-the-headlines feel. Belle's taut pacing drives the story forward, and the relatability of the Griffiths will hit readers close to home. With plot twists around every corner, Belle isn't afraid to keep her readers guessing until the very last page of this heart-pounding story of one woman's desperate search for answers."-Booklist
"The suspense builds rapidly... A compelling adventure."-Kirkus Reviews
"A surprising and fast-paced read."-Publishers Weekly
"The Marriage Lie is the definition of a page-turner. Every chapter ends perfectly hooked, every emotion is laid bare to experience along with Iris. We feel every one of Will's carefully crafted lies. We don't know who to trust, who to root for, who is dangerous, and the effect is dizzying. A pulse-pounding good book." -Katie Moretti, New York Times-bestselling author of The Vanishing Act
"Unimaginable loss leads to shocking revelations in this suspenseful, layered and emotionally gripping novel. Belle steers a twisting course that will have readers breathlessly turning the pages." -Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of The Guilty One
About the Author
Kimberly Belle is the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie, The Last Breath, and The Ones We Trust. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College and has worked in fundraising for nonprofits at home and abroad. She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.
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Then, glowing with love, Will departs for his conference and Iris heads to school. The day is interrupted with news of a terrible Seattle-bound airplane crash with no survivors. Iris, while feeling compassion for the victims and their families, is relieved that this can't be Will's Florida-bound plane.
Only, according to the airline, Will is among the victims.
Which opens a great big can of worms. What would Will be doing on a plane to Seattle? What was he doing? Why had he lied to Iris? What else had he lied about?
Things get more and more complicated.
Iris is forced to undertake her own investigation to find the truth.
Kimberly Belle writes a convincing portrait of grief. Iris' pain is tangible. The storyline is involving, full of deception and surprises, twists and turns.
Beyond that, I should point out that I am not the target audience for this book. I don't read cozies. I don't read romantic suspense. If you do, read no further in this review. Enjoy the book. It's full of twists and surprises.
If you are like me, you won't be thrilled with this thriller. All of Kimberly Belle's great storyline is smothered in, what was to me, an assaultively overwritten style. Iris doesn't cry. Tears prick her eyes. She doesn't get angry. Rage coils in her belly. She doesn't get frustrated, Helplessness presses down on her hard enough to make her breathless. And while I wouldn't object to these descriptions being liberally sprinkled throughout the book, they crowd the pages. The other descriptions that crowd the pages are descriptions of Iris' and Will's bodies fitting together, their warmth, the frequency of their lovemaking, their smells, their tender moments...
I'm gonna need a good serial killer to get the taste out of my mouth.
Her twin brother accompanies her on a trip to find out the truth about this man she married. I loved their dynamic.
A fellow grieving husband, who happens to be a lawyer, assists her with the legal issues that come out of nowhere.
Her husband's good friend latches onto her in an undying vow of support.
But nothing is what is seemed, it seems. Iris receives bizarre, spooky texts from anonymous numbers. She finds ghoulish notes in her home, in her husband's handwriting. The hits keep coming.
I did like book, but the explanation(s) fell flat for me. The author focused most on Iris's journey, which I liked, but didn't devote quite enough energy to enhancing the big reveal. It was a little too thrown together for me. Perhaps a dual perspective telling would have been more effective.
Overall, I liked the book, and I give it a solid 3 stars.
I just skimmed this repetitive text till the panic button moment. Just skimmed it not to totally waste my 7.99!!!
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