It’s my turn to host a stop on the blog tour for A Suitable Lie and I have to start off by thanking (the lovely) Karen, Queen of Orenda Books, for sending me a book she knew I’d absolutely love(!), and thanks to Michael J Malone for penning a book that literally kept me awake at night.
It’s not often that I say this about books but Michael J Malone’s A Suitable Lie disturbed me in the best of ways. I mean…wow, what an absolute cracker of a psychological thriller. Here’s what it’s about:
Some secrets should never be kept…Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match…and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it. A dangerous mistake that could cost him everything…
What I say:
I actually finished this book in two sittings because it was just that good. Sigh…where do I begin with this review? I’ve honestly not picked up a crime fiction book like this before and that really excited me when I first sat down to read it.
The story follows the main character Andy Boyd, who lost his wife and raised his son with the occasional help of his mum and brother, Jim. Andy’s a bank manager who takes pride in his work and his appearance – he’s the all round lovely guy, yes, he’s a character like no other. He was content as he was (single dad) until he met a woman (Anna) who stole his heart with the touch of a pinky finger.
It’s a whirlwind romance and I wasn’t really sure when the sense of danger would come in until it smacked me in the face. (I’m really, really trying not to give the game away here.) After Andy and Anna tie the knot, the honeymoon period doesn’t stand a chance and, unfortunately, it’s less a bed of roses and more a battlefield (I just can’t and won’t say in how – that would be cruel.)
What I can say, though, is that I genuinely did not expect to read such a gripping book and spend most of my time bulging my eyes in disbelief at the issues raised in this novel. I felt uneasy with every chapter I raced through. The writing drew me in from the beginning, the tension was ever present, the action was plentiful yet humiliating, which in actual fact made me read even faster.
Every single character in this book stood out and had their own unique qualities that was refreshing. I loved Andy’s relationship with his family and his devotion to them. I also really loved the demonstration of control and the fight for power in the home and the workplace. Expect your heart to wrench and to be extremely angry because of some of the events that take place in this novel, but I assure, you’ll love it.
It kills me that I can’t say more but I honestly don’t want to spoil it for you. You simply must read A Suitable Lie. I’ve come to the conclusion that Malone is a game-changer and this novel has set off a new wave of psychological thrillers.
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