Some secrets should never be kept… Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match … and she loves his son like he is her own.
When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it. A dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.
A brave, deeply moving, page-turning psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s finest crime writers, exploring the lengths people will go to hide their deepest secrets, even if it kills them…
1-2-3 and breathe ……I really had to get my emotions in check before I wrote this review, this book literally took my breath away. Michael J Malone has done something incredible, never have I felt so emotionally drained after reading a novel. Whilst reading this book I experienced so many emotions, anger, bewilderment and intense dislike to name but a few. A Suitable Lie has to be one of the most unsettling and disturbing stories I have read in a long time. If you are looking for a fast paced read then this book won’t be for you, but if you are looking for a book that is hard hitting with characters you will invest in emotionally then I would highly recommend it.
After loosing his first wife Andy thinks he has been given a second chance when he meets Anna, she is everything he could ever wish for that is until the unthinkable happens on his wedding night and he ends up in hospital. What follows is an unsettling and at times very disturbing and brutal portrayal of domestic abuse. Unusually the conventional roles of domestic abuse are reversed, and the reader follows Andy and Anna as a marriage built on love and trust crumbles leaving a trail of destruction and bitterness in its wake.
This novel is very much a realistic portrayal of a difficult subject, as for the characters they are so well developed I found myself immersed in what was happening to them. My heart shattered into a hundred pieces as Andy’s personality is slowly but deliberately chipped away at by the ever volatile Anna. Some of Anna’s actions chilled me to the bone and the malevolence surrounding her made for a very uncomfortable read at times.As Anna’s behaviour becomes more erratic the author paints a vivid picture of the abuse so much so at times I found my stomach churning and the tears falling. The author descriptions are so vivid and believable that I felt like I was there observing Andy and Anna’s destructive relationship which made for a very emotional read
A Suitable Lie is a very realistic portrayal of domestic abuse and the author deals with the subject with great empathy and understanding. Yes there are some very graphic scenes but in the authors defence if you are writing a book about abuse you aren’t going to be able to sugar coat the details if you want a story that’s credible.
This is a book that highlights domestic abuse and explores issues surrounding a subject that is shrouded in secrecy and fear. The author has written a book that is both profound and insightful and brings a very little talked about subject into the open. I don’t feel comfortable saying I enjoyed this book considering the subject matter, what I will say is it’s beautifully written, heartbreaking and very realistic. Michael J Malone has written a book that will continue to haunt me in the weeks to come.
I won’t be giving A Suitable Lie 5 stars, but I will be giving it the very prestigious GOLD STAR AWARD, I give this award to a book I feel covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that drew me in from the first page and kept me in its grip until I reached the very last page.
Print Length: 300 pages
My thanks to Karen over at Orenda for giving me the opportunity to read A Suitable Lie.
Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (5 Aug. 2016)
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