Lies by TM Logan
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on May 4, 2017 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 418
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WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?
A gripping new psychological thriller of secrets and revenge.
When Joe Lynch sees his wife enter an underground car park in the middle of the day, he’s intrigued enough to follow her down.
And when he sees her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he naturally goes to her defence – and doesn’t for a minute believe the accusations Ben makes against her.
It’s pure misfortune that, just as the clash becomes violent and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s son has an asthma attack, and Joe has to take him to safety.
Holy cow! One of the few five star books I have read so far this year, Lies pulled me in and wouldn’t let me put it down!
As you can see, the blurb for this book is short and doesn’t give too much of the book away. And what it does, happens as soon as the story opens, and is just the jumping off point for what is to come.
We follow Joe, an ordinary guy, as he navigates through a series of events that confuse and anger him. It kept me guessing and changing my theories the whole way through and for once, I can say that I totally did NOT expect the final plot twist until just before it happened. Looking back, I can see that all the clues were laid out, but I was so caught up in Joe’s experiences and thoughts that I never looked in any other direction.
Logan’s writing here is not what I would necessarily call beautiful, but it was so effective and impactful. Noticeably for me, the usage of repetition was handled well and directed your attention right where the author wanted it. I loved how short sentences and paragraphs were used in areas with lots of action verses longer descriptive passages for slower sections. And short chapters made it easy to read this quite compulsively.
Not only was this a page turner, but it also examined themes of love, trust, betrayal, and our culture’s use of technology, adding depth to an already entertaining story. Highly recommended, especially for those who love psychological thrillers!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.