Book Title: Lies
Author: T.M. Logan
REVIEWED BY: MARY
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?
When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.
And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.
But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.
When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.
And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .
We’ve all been faced with hard choices. Sometimes doing the right thing for one person, means doing the wrong thing for another. A sick kiddo means cancelling date night with the hubby no matter that you’ve been looking forward to this dinner and a movie with him for a month. We make sacrifices for the people we love all the time. They may not all be enormous, but sacrifices nonetheless. And when a sacrifice is made, someone inevitably ends up with the short end of the stick, usually the person making the sacrifice.
For Joe Lynch, he is faced with a simple decision that leads him down an unforeseen path, which leads him to a hard choice. He makes the one any parent would, sacrifice everything to protect your child. But when he acts on this parental instinct, what he could never know is that one choice was the key to his undoing. From the moment he decided to appease his child and follow his wife’s car to a hotel, and then to save his son from an asthma attack rather than an acquaintance from injury, his life began to fall apart, or rather began to be taken apart, piece by piece.
It begins with a cryptic Facebook post to his account from his lost phone. Then escalates into an embroiled battle for his freedom. As more and more evidence mounts against him, Joe Lynch must uncover the truth, which stands to destroy everything he thought he knew about his marriage and his life, or let his fate rest in the hands of an enemy and surely spend the rest of his life in prison. With very little time and crushing realities around every turn, Joe finds that every secret he uncovers reveals a darkness he never knew existed.
LIES is a compelling read chalk full of twists and turns. The suspense is undeniable and the ending so unpredictable that it left me slack jawed. The characters are well-developed and some as easy to love as others are easy to hate. There is no lack of villains in this dark and twisty tale of deception! LIES is a 3.5 star fast read that’s easy to devour and pairs well with a crisp, cold bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.
*Review copy furnished via the publisher.