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.
Wow! I am a huge thriller fan and have very high expectations of what makes a good thriller and The Perfect Lie completely met the brief.
From the very first page you are hooked and Spain leaves you wanting more. I started this before going to bed one night and suddenly realised it was past 23:00 and I was already 40% through! I love a book that completely immerses you in a way that you lose all track of time and suddenly realise you had fully escaped real world. That is what made me fall in love with books at a young age, the escape they provided and the opportunity to let your imagination truly free.
The characters are excellent. You can sense the underlying emotions that motivate them and you get to know each of them on a deep level. Even Tanya and Bud who only appear as supporting characters, you still feel like you got to know them as real people and as people you could see yourself having a drink with. I really liked Erin and honestly, this was such a relief, I have read a lot of books, especially thrillers, lately where the main character just annoyed me. I know they were meant to come across that way and it just shows how well the author depicted them but there is only so much frustration a reader can take. Whereas, I thought Erin completely owned her role in this story and I loved that she was Irish (maybe a slight bias there!).
The Perfect Lie is a tense, on the edge of your seat, story that you very quickly realise has a lot more layers to it than would seem. This isn't just about a beloved husband who has committed suicide, if anything this is what open's Pandora's Box and shapes what will be an extremely harrowing and eye opening journey for Erin and the other characters. The story is laced with tragedy and loss and some parts of it are very heavy and really hit home. It's a fantastic thriller with great twists but it also a story that addresses some big topics like rape, grief and suicide and you really feel for some of the characters throughout these parts of the story. The level of emotion throughout the book is fantastic and you become so invested in each and every character's loss and struggle. There is a lot more to it than the 'Whodunit' that we love about a good thriller.
The narrative is really good but I will admit that I found the timelines a little confusing at first. I had to go back once or twice to check if I missed a chapter but quickly you get the hang of it and I actually found these mixed timelines made the book in the end.
The ending....I knew to expect something big but Jo Spain, please take a bow! It isn't an ending or twist that will change thriller writing forever but it is so clever and also painfully obvious when you realise and yeah...so well done. There are so many good thrillers out there that are just ruined by their predictability and before you're halfway through you already have an idea of what to expect.
So yeah, a big 5 starts from me! You will absolutely fly through this and it is a great read for those who love thrillers, those who want to get into thrillers or those who have lost love with thrillers.
A big thank you to Net Galley for letting me read it before it was published. Can't wait to see what Spain comes out with next!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'The great advantage of growing old is discovering how little you know about everything and everyone and learning to live with your own limitations. In the words of the wise Game of Thrones writers, you know nothing.'
Karla, she seemed like the kind of friend everyone should have - loved her!