Hugh thanks to the publishers for a proof copy of this book. An excellent thriller, this had me glued to the page!
He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.
Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.
Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.
But it was all built on the perfect lie.
Dare I say it but I’ve never actually read any of Jo Spain’s books before, so when the opportunity came up of reading her new book, The Perfect Lie, and to try out this author, I jumped at the chance.
This new book, as I understand, is a little different to her previous novels, as it’s set in the US and not in Ireland, although our main character Erin is from there. Now living in Long Island, Erin is married to a detective called Danny, happy and very much in love, her world is devastated one morning when, as the synopsis explains, one morning they are called on by Danny’s partner and two other colleagues. Erin thinks nothing of it, yet they are acting strange. When Danny walks into the room he takes one look at them, and with a turn of the head towards Erin, jumps to his death from the balcony of their apartment.
It’s a great opener! Plus the rest of the story had me just as intrigued.
The novel is split into three time lines, and at the beginning I did need to go back and check a few times as to where we were in the overall story, but it was well worth it, as these different storylines work so well in this format. We are told the story in chapters headed NOW from Erin, as she is on trial for murder. THEN, again from Erin at the time of Danny’s death and HARVARD, where we hear from a young women called Ally. As you read, the different time lines build up the foundation of the story then slowly start to connect together building wonderful tension and jeopardy plus also spinning the reader around, down numerous alleys, only to have you second guessing what you originally thought. The short chapters and ever changing action gives the book a wonderful pace and keeps the reader on high alert, ready to read what will happen next or if what we’ve just read is a clue to working out how this book can possible end in the way it suggests.
A hard book to review without giving you a bunch of spoilers so what I will tell you is that I really enjoyed reading this new novel. A pacy, imaginative thriller with a wonderful array of fully described and interesting characters. I warmed to Erin quickly and her connections and relationships were very believable. Mis-directions aplenty, but not so that you feel cheated just grabbed my attention even more and I didn’t want to putt the book down in a rush to find out how it all ends. Who is telling the truth here? Or are they all telling The Perfect |Lie.
I’m a little late in writing this review so you will find this new book already released (May 13th) and available to read now!!
Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a proof copy to read.