I received a sample of this book Lies by T. M. Logan. The very beginning had me hooked. Joe Lynch is driving with his son Will and the little boy spots his mother’s car, asks if they can surprise her. Joe follows her into a hotel parking garage, heads upstairs to the lobby, and then sees his wife Melissa talking heatedly with Ben, the husband of her best friend.
Joe doesn’t want their young son to witness any unpleasantness so he heads them back to the car. He tries to catch Melissa as she drives off but then runs into Ben and gets into an altercation. Ben is knocked to the parking garage floor and isn’t responsive.
To make matters worse Will has gotten out of the car and sees Ben knocked out on the ground, blood seeping from his ear. This upset causes an asthma attack and Joe has get his son medicine. So he leaves Ben, gets the boy help, returns to the garage and Ben is gone. So is Ben’s car. When his wife returns home he asks her about meeting Ben but she lies and says she’s been playing tennis. More conversation between them makes it clear she’s hiding something.
Based on that, and it was edgier than I wrote this out, I requested the book from NetGalley. The first part of this book was great and highlighted the dangers of social media. Joe had lost his cell phone in the struggle in the parking garage – suddenly his Facebook page has updates that he isn’t making. Photos posted from that hotel parking garage clearly showing blood in the background. People “liking” and commenting on the posts.
“They knew where I’d been. It was like suddenly realizing you lived in a goldfish bowl. Both updates had been posted this evening. I had driven out of the Premier Inn around 5:10 p.m. and both Facebook posts had followed inside the next ninety minutes.”
Can’t imagine someone hacking my social media account and posting as me.
Towards the middle I felt the plot dragged a bit and wasn’t believable. We have to suspend disbelief with some story lines but after a while, I just couldn’t do it with this story. Joe’s reactions to the “implied evidence” his wife was cheating was very unrealistic. I know my husband wouldn’t be as understanding and rightfully so!
Obviously you have to have a weak character, the fall-guy so to speak, but this just didn’t fly. Melissa Lynch is a completely unlikable person in the way she is manipulating her husband. Why didn’t he toss her out? Should of done so. Is Ben a dangerous man or another victim? You will see at the end. Overall I felt disconnected from the characters and repelled by Joe (even though he is the victim) by his weak behavior.
The ending had a twist I certainly didn’t see coming and I will say well done there.
Would I read more by this author? Probably so. I’d try one more book. It kept my interest until the end with the twists and turns and I wanted to know whodunit.
Linking up with Joy’s Book Blog for British Isles Friday as the author is British and the setting is London and Sunderland.
Much thanks to NetGalley for the digital copy. I was not compensated for the review, all opinions nice and otherwise are my own.