Published by St. Martin's Press on September 11, 2018
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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 . . .
Joe Lynch is an average kinda guy. He’s a teacher, married to a beautiful woman, with an adorable four-year-old son. He’s happy with his lot, content in his marriage. Until the day he’s confronted with evidence that his wife might be having an affair, and his love rival sets out to destroy his life.
T.M. Logan has set out a masterful tale with a somewhat unreliable narrator, struggling to find his way through the sudden curveball life has thrown him, and it’s interesting to see how Joe struggles with his own feelings, his anger, and trying to both maintain and defend his status quo.
A rare first-person tale, Lies confronts us with our own insecurities surrounding relationships and ups the ante with a twisty tale of betrayal, online subterfuge, and suspected murder. Seriously. What if your whole life was based on lies?
At various points, I looked at other characters with my own suspicion and thought I had figured it out, but when Mr Logan finally lets us in on the conclusion of the story, it’s not exactly what you expect. An extra twist adds to the shock factor. The inclusion of day-to-day social networking activities and our dependence on it, our tablets and our phones, adds a little touch of reality and mystery.
All in all, Lies is a good, easy read, although I felt it dragged a little somewhere in the middle. That wasn’t enough to hinder my enjoyment, and I would definitely recommend this one as one of the better reads of 2018.