So you’re living and loving your life. You have a job you enjoy, a wife you love, and a son who holds your heart. Then, by pure chance your son spots her car and asks to see her. On a whim, you stop and suddenly your world turns on its axis. Lies builds suspense from the first page, this chance encounter leads to a moment of violence that comes back to haunt our narrator Joe Lynch who soon becomes a suspect in the murder of a “friend”, the husband of one of his wife’s college classmates who remained a lifelong friend.

This is a story with all sorts of misdirection and suspense, ideal for thriller lovers who like nothing better than a line of red herrings and lies. Phones, computers, texts, and posts play a big role in this thriller both in setting traps for Joe and for Joe to set traps for Ben. You will have to decide who made better use of technology.

Lies  has all the elements of a good thriller, but I did not find it particularly compelling. The resolution was more or less what I guessed it would be and really, I wanted a different one. By the end of the book, I was tired of Joe. Don’t get me wrong, he is a good man. He put aside his anger at his wife for the good of their son, he was committed to their marriage come what may, he was okay with his wife having a bigger career than his, he was happy to be the primary caregiver, he was understanding, forgiving, and just tediously Mr. Perfect. I want my characters to have flaws. Sure, he is narrating the story, but generally, narrators don’t polish their apples this much.

I received an ARC of Lies from the publisher through Shelf Awareness.

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