Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date of publication: September 11th, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?
When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.
And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.
But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.
When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.
And that’s when Joe receives the first message…
I can’t even begin to explain how much I liked this book. Can’t even begin. I will admit that I went into reading Lies, thinking that this book was going to be an ordinary mystery. Then I started reading the book and well, I was proven wrong, This book is anything but ordinary.
Lies had a simple plot. Joe sees his wife going into a hotel parking lot. Seeing that she is supposed to be at work, he follows her. He ends up witnessing her arguing with a family friend. Breaking them up, the friend turns on Joe and tries to start a fight. Forced to defend himself, Joe knocks the friend unconscious. Before he could get help for him, Joe’s son has an asthma attack…which requires Joe to go home to get his inhaler. Returning, he finds that his friend has disappeared. Strange things start happening that culminate with the police charging Joe with murder. But everything is not what it seems. The truth is more sinister than what Joe expected.
I felt awful for Joe. His life was destroyed within a week. I did think that his reaction to what was going on was pretty dead on for an ordinary guy. His confusion over everything came off the pages. Even his actions started showing how erratic he was becoming. I love it that the author took him to the edge and then pulled him back. I won’t say what pulled him back. But I will say that it was brilliant.
The mystery angle of the book was excellently written. I did figure out part of what was going on. I thought it was the whole thing. But, then the major plot twist happened and it seemed like it came out of left field. There is a smaller, minor plot twist that happens almost after the major one. It only added to the story. It was also sad.
The suspense angle of the book was awesome. I was with Joe, wondering who was tormenting him.
The end of the book was insane. Like I mentioned above, there was a plot twist that blew my mind. I didn’t see it coming. But, the author also touched on what happened afterward. Which is something that I don’t see too often in books like these. I was glad that the author chose to do that. It gave me the closure that I needed.
What I liked about Lies:
A) How intense the book was
C) The plot twist
What I disliked about Lies:
A) Nothing, the book was very well written
I would give Lies an Adult rating. There is no sex. But there are sexually explicit pictures and talk. There is violence. There is language. I would suggest that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
There are trigger warnings for Lies. They are stalking and death.
I would reread Lies. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.
I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Lies.
All opinions stated in this review of Lies are mine
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**