When a plane crashes, Iris Griffiths watches the news unfold with horror…and then relief. Her beloved husband Will had just flown out from the same airport, but he was on a different flight. So why is his name on the list of victims?
Surely there’s some mistake – her husband would never lie to her. Would he?
But wading deeper into the truth of her husband’s deception, Iris begins to think the unthinkable. Maybe she’s glad that he’s dead…
An exploration of betrayal complex lies and dark secrets of a marriage
I’m not sure if it’s just me or I just need a break from this genre but I’m finding there are lots of novel that seem to have the same formula, a happily married couple living the perfect life, and low and behold it soon becomes apparent one of them has built their marriage on lies and deceit. Some of the novels I have read following this well used theme have been exceptionally good others mediocre, The marriage Lie By Kimberley Belle sits somewhere in the middle. Iris thinks she has the perfect husband, they share everything or so she believes, but all that changes when Iris’s husband is believed to be one of the victims of plane crash, a plane he wasn’t meant to be on. What follows is Iris’s quest to find out the truth about the husband she never really knew.
I must admit I did have trouble forming a connection with the characters, Iris doesn’t come across as the most likeable character, in fact I found myself becoming very irritated with her, she spent much of the book crying, being angry or feeling sick, yes I know the poor woman was grieving but even so there are only so many times you can read about a persons emotions before it becomes a tad irritating. I know it’s possible to enjoy a novel and not like the characters, but for me I need to have some sort of connection even if it’s only wanting to see someone get their comeuppance. So although the plot was suspenseful and intriguing at times my indifference to the characters spoilt my enjoyment of this novel.
The plot of The Marriage Lie did intrigue me as you can’t help wondering why Will based his marriage on so many lies, the author gradually reveals Will’s reasons and there not pretty. For me the pace wasn’t as fast paced as I normally like, but it does have suspense and intrigue. There weren’t any big shocks in this novel, I think I was expecting something “mind blowing” to happen, but unfortunately it never materialised. In the authors defence I do think there are going to be a large number of readers who will love this book, but for me personally I wanted something more, better character development or a twist I didn’t see coming to make this an outstanding read.
Although an enjoyable read and one I read quickly The Marriage Lie lacked the “thrilling” element I relish when reading a book of this genre. There are lots of five star reviews for this book so it’s definitely one you may prefer to check out for yourself, and in the authors defence if I hadn’t read so many books that involved lies, marriage and secrets I may have felt differently and enjoyed The Marriage Lie much more than I did.
3.5 out of 5
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ (29 Dec. 2016)