Welcome to the series where I will be sharing a selection of book reviews I have posted in the last few years. I would like to take the opportunity to showcase books that I have enjoyed and their authors and if you have not read the books, I hope it will encourage you to check them out.
This week a thriller that was recommended to me and I reviewed in October 2018. Having read my review again it has reminded me to head over to check out this author’s latest releases. Lies by T.M.Logan
About the book
“Assured, compelling, and hypnotically readable―with a twist at the end I guarantee you won’t see coming” (New York Times bestselling author Lee Child), T. M. Logan’s debut psychological thriller dissects a troubled marriage straight to the marrow as one man separates the truth from the Lies…
Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband. Before Joe confronted the other man in an altercation where he left him for dead, bleeding and unconscious.
Now, Joe’s life is unraveling. His wife has lied to him. Her deception has put their entire family in jeopardy. The man she met at the hotel has vanished. And as the police investigate his disappearance, suspicion falls on Joe.
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. All he knows is that her actions have brought someone dangerous into their lives―someone obsessed with her and determined to tear Joe’s world apart.
What if your whole life was based on LIES?
My review for the book which I give 4.5 Stars in October 2018
On the UK site there are over 2,000 reviews for the book and I was surprised by some of the varying reactions to the book. Clearly the plot is in the eye of the beholder, as some thought it predictable and others edge of your seat.
I enjoy thrillers, and don’t like to predict the outcome in the first couple of chapters. With this book, I was certainly caught on the wrong foot with the ending. Also the plot kept me guessing, and there were times when I almost shouted out loud ‘Don’t Do it!’ Even when you know a car crash is coming, you can’t bear to look away.
For anyone who has been in a long-term relationship, you will understand that trust has been built up, habits, routines, and there is a solidity to the structure that reassures and keeps the connection strong. But like a thread in a piece of knitting, you start pulling on one strand, and the whole thing unravels.
This is where Joe was in his relationship with his wife Mel, and their son William. Joe is not in the fast lane, and is content in his job as a teacher, leaving the high flying to Mel. They have a small circle of friends, some of whom they have known since college and others who have joined the group as they have married and had children. They all get along although most of the interaction is driven by Mel.
The action starts within a few pages, as the first questions and doubts are raised, leading to a face off in a car park, and the worm of distrust creeping into what was once a strong and seemingly loving marriage.
It then becomes a free for all, with accusations, suspicions, threats and lies.. plenty of lies. Joe goes from being a back seat kind of guy to the passenger at the front of a roller coaster. The police are not much help as they focus their attention on Joe, with carefully orchestrated clues and circumstantial evidence muddying the waters.
I did enjoy the book very much. I did get a little frustrated with Joe’s dogged determination to make things work between himself and Mel… Not sure I would have given her as many passes, but at the heart of it is the well-being of William their young asthmatic son, who is bewildered by it all and is Joe’s first consideration.
I do recommend that you read for yourselves…
Also by TM Logan
About T.M. Logan
Bestselling author TM Logan was a national newspaper journalist before turning to novel-writing full time. His debut thriller LIES (2017) was one of Amazon UK’s biggest ebooks of 2017, selling 330,000 copies and gathering more than 1,300 5-star reviews so far. It is now being published in ten other countries worldwide. His next thriller, 29 SECONDS, will be published in the USA in summer 2019. Tim lives in Nottinghamshire, UK, with his wife and two children.
I hope that you have enjoyed todays look back at a previous review thanks for dropping by… Sally.