Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

The Marriage LieThe Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A chillingly unsettling psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins, Liane Moriarty , Shari Lapena and Clare Macintosh. Are you ready to question if everything in your life is really as it seems…
She thought they had a perfect marriage….
When a plane crashes, Iris Griffiths watches the news unfold with horror…and then relief. Her beloved husband Will had just flown out from the same airport, but he was on a different flight.
So why is his name on the list of victims? 
Surely there’s some mistake – her husband would never lie to her. Would he? But wading deeper into the truth of her husband’s deception, Iris begins to think the unthinkable.
Maybe she’s glad that he’s dead…

I enjoyed this evenly spaced thriller; unusual start that someone takes a flight they are not meant to and the plane crashes killing everyone on board including Iris' husband Will. At first Iris refuses to believe Will is dead, after all he was meant to be flying to Florida not Seattle and she is convinced that the airline must have got it wrong. The main reason she believes it can't be true is that she would have to believe that he lied to her and she can't come to terms with this. She sets about finding out what really happened and comes to realise that the man she married and thought she knew is not the man she thinks he was.

As Kimberley Belle builds momentum she succeeds in keeping the reader in suspense and not knowing who to trust. The character of Iris is believable and she does what you'd expect her to do in trying to piece together this mystery and when she uncovers truths about her husband its possible to feel her frustration and pain. Good solid characters but for me the ending was not the best. Well executed piece of writing, good steady suspense building enabled this book to climb to its climax but as I said the climax left a little to be desired.

It was great for 3/4 of the book then fell a little bit flat, the ending was disappointing however at least it was not 100% predictable which is why I have given this a 4 star rating. Enjoyable novel but just lacked the killer punch to make it truly memorable.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This sounds interesting ... what a shame though that the ending fell flat! The

    1. I know, I think though it could be because I read so many thrillers now I am really looking for something to make it stand out.