Lies: From the author of Netflix hit THE HOLIDAY, a gripping thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night

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Lies: From the author of Netflix hit THE HOLIDAY, a gripping thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night

Lies: From the author of Netflix hit THE HOLIDAY, a gripping thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night

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He's super tall, has a beautiful wife, an inquisitive young son he adores, a comfortable profession as a part time schoolteacher, AND is happy and content with life. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

As I reflected on my year in books while writing this blog post, it felt nearly impossible to narrow down my picks. So this simple event — this last minute decision to do a surprise on Mommy — turns Joe’s life completely upside down.

Here’s the thing, the author never said William had autism, but he did make a point of mentioning a whole lot of behaviors that, when appearing together, could indicate the presence of this condition. However, I would recommend adding this one to your library list rather than purchasing a copy - it may work for you in the end, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable sending you out to spend your hard-earned money on it. Viewed through this lens, social media really does become quite disturbing; after all, just as Joe can easily be tracked and targeted on his social media accounts, so too could most of us.

I read closely the first 50% and skim through the last 50% because the last 50% was not thrilling for me. I didn’t find that this novel got particularly interesting until I’d reached the almost 40 percent mark (I read it as an e-book). Excited about a certificate he got at school, he convinces his dad to follow his mom into a parking garage and surprise her.Almost immediately things start falling apart for Joe, as he get threatening messages from Ben, the man his wife might be having an affair with, while this same man has disappeared and Joe is being suspected by the police, of having killed Ben. If you’re a reader who considers that fair play important, you’ll want to avoid LIES—you will very likely be frustrated by its bizarre and melodramatic finale. I’m confident there will be many readers for whom the addictive pacing and easy-to-binge entertainment value of LIES will make it very well suited, I simply wasn’t one of them.

The social media component quickly became my favorite element of the book; as someone who (evidently! TM Logan’s thrillers have sold more than a million copies in the UK and are published in 19 countries around the world including the USA, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Greece and the Netherlands. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit Iceland, or if you’re curious about attending a crime fiction festival in the future, I highly recommend adding Iceland Noir to your bucket list. Had it not been for the final 40-odd pages of LIES, my final review of this thriller would look a whole lot different than the review you are currently reading.

Despite some of my personal hesitations about this book, I would be remiss not to praise the book’s page-turning plotting—I devoured LIES in just a couple sittings, and found it to be a welcome escape from a stressful week. At this point, Joe kinda comes to his senses and does what he should have done before — takes his son and tries to get the hell out of there. Unable to trust the woman he loves, Joe finds himself at the mercy of her revelations and deceits, unsure of who or what to believe. There’s just no rhyme or reason for the way LIES wraps up; try as I might, I can only find one very tiny clue placed earlier in the story that would in any way allude to this shocking finale. As Joe goes deeper into his investigation of his own personal life, it begins to appear that someone is threatening him - and that they are using the anonymity of social media to do so without repercussion.

The police have a growing pile of evidence against him and Joe realizes that he's going to have to find a way to bring Ben out in the open, proving that Joe hasn't killed Ben. Suddenly finding himself without an inhaler and with a child who desperately needs one, Joe reluctantly flees the parking garage, leaving Ben still unconscious on the pavement. Ben is animated and plainly angry, pointing his finger at Mel, “his voice a barely controlled growl. Let me preface this whole review by saying: I love a good plot twist, but I love it when that twist is done right. One day on the way home from picking up his son William from school they see his wife’s car turning left ahead of them.

be read year-round, but there’s something undeniably perfect about cozying up with a great crime novel as the weather gets colder. So while I hate to say it yet again I think this is another title that just went on a bit too long in the middle focusing on one big lie and had it moved forward a bit faster it would have maintained my attention a lot better. The world of technology and social media can be a dangerous place and is a great setting for the biggest LIES of all in T. in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter. On the other hand, there’s absolutely no shame in simply wanting an entertaining and jaw-dropping finale, and if that describes you, you’re likely to find the LIES conclusion quite entertaining indeed—it certainly fulfills the shock value requirement and then some.



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