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The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie

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by Kimberly Belle

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Everyone has secrets… 

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline,


Everyone has secrets… 

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. 

Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.

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Publishers Weekly
Will and Iris Griffith have the perfect marriage and a dream home, and they’ve just started talking about children on the morning that Will leaves for a business trip in Orlando. When a plane bound for Seattle that same day crashes and kills everyone on board, Iris is stunned to discover Will’s name on the passenger manifest, and the conference in Orlando at which he was scheduled to speak turns out not to exist at all. With the help of her brother, Dave, Iris attempts to learn why Will was bound for Seattle, and in the process, she discovers that almost everything she knew about Will is a total fabrication, including his birthplace and his friendships—and there’s also a large sum of money suddenly missing from the company where he worked. Each piece of the puzzle seems to create more questions than answers, especially once Iris’s phone begins receiving anonymous text messages ranging from concerned to outright threatening. This is not a unique premise, and Belle’s (The Last Breath) main villain is a little bit cookie-cutter, but numerous skillfully executed twists will force readers to constantly shift their allegiances from character to character, never entirely sure who to trust or what’s really going on. A surprising and fast-paced read. (Dec.)
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"[A] compelling domestic thriller."-Buzzfeed

"This delicious, serpentine thriller starts from a simple premise: what if your husband was not who you thought he was.... A good, old-fashioned page-turner, with a poisonous sting in the tail."-Daily Mail

"After a plane crash claims herhusband's life, questions abouthis death surface as Iris Griffithfollows a trail of cryptic clues todiscover if Will was the man shethought she knew.Taut andbriskly told, The Marriage Lie is asmart mystery that takes readerson a wild ride.Fans of domesticsuspense will adore KimberlyBelle." -Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby

"Belle harnesses her heroine's grief, disbelief, anger, and love to fuel this domestic thriller, splicing in modern technology for a ripped-from-the-headlines feel. Belle's taut pacing drives the story forward, and the relatability of the Griffiths will hit readers close to home. With plot twists around every corner, Belle isn't afraid to keep her readers guessing until the very last page of this heart-pounding story of one woman's desperate search for answers."-Booklist

"The suspense builds rapidly... A compelling adventure."-Kirkus Reviews

"A surprising and fast-paced read."-Publishers Weekly

"The Marriage Lie is the definition of a page-turner. Every chapter ends perfectly hooked, every emotion is laid bare to experience along with Iris. We feel every one of Will's carefully crafted lies. We don't know who to trust, who to root for, who is dangerous, and the effect is dizzying. A pulse-pounding good book." -Katie Moretti, New York Times-bestselling author of The Vanishing Act

"Unimaginable loss leads to shocking revelations in this suspenseful, layered and emotionally gripping novel. Belle steers a twisting course that will have readers breathlessly turning the pages." -Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of The Guilty One

"Perfectly paced,highly suspenseful, and heart-rending, The Marriage Lie keptme enthralled right up to theshocking final twist." -A. J. Banner, #1 bestselling author ofThe Good Neighbor

"Mesmerizing. An excellent study of human nature, The Marriage Lie explores what makes people 'tick,' squints at the blurring of lines between good and bad, crime and human nature. A beautifully-written, perfectly-populated, edge-of-your-seat story, The Marriage Lie is not to be missed!"-Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife

Kirkus Reviews
On the day after Iris and Will's seventh wedding anniversary, they're ready to start trying for a baby. But all is not as it seems.From the outside, it looks like they have a perfect marriage. Friends and family admire their beautiful home, great jobs, and passionate commitment to each other. All this changes when Will dies on a plane flight he wasn't supposed to be on. Scheduled to be en route to Florida to make a presentation at a cybersecurity conference, his name is found on the passenger manifest of a plane bound for Seattle after it crashes in a field. Looking through his files to try to figure out what he was up to, Iris finds a new will and $2.5 million in life insurance policies Will had taken out only months earlier. At a memorial service for the crash victims, she meets Corban, who introduces himself as a friend of Will's from the gym. According to Corban, Will was on his way to a job interview in Seattle, but the office he was interviewing with has never heard of him. Will doesn't seem to be hiding a secret lover, but nothing Iris believed about her husband turns out to be true. Iris proves herself a relentless investigator in a case that takes her to Will's hometown to solve the mystery of whom she married. High school classmates present a very different—and chilling—picture of Will. The suspense builds rapidly from there as Iris pulls back Will's layers of deception and solves the mystery of what the circumstances of his death meant for their marriage. A compelling adventure.

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Kimberly Belle is the author of The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, and The Marriage Lie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College and has worked in fundraising for nonprofits at home and abroad. She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.


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The Marriage Lie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bumblebee23 2 days ago
All the excellent reviews were right! I didn't want to put the book down and the surprises kept coming!!!! Do we ever completely know a person? Join Iris as she figures everything out about her husband!!!
ShelbyLA 12 days ago
Suspenseful, evocative, and heartbreakingly real. Iris' grief is palpable and very accurate for anyone who has suffered a great loss. If you have and you don't get a lump in your throat when reading this, you aren't human. The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages and wondering "Is he...or isn't he?" and the final act is one that we can all relate to. An absolutely great read.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Loved this book! Interesting plot and likeable characters. Lots of twists and turns. Read it in two days! Looking for more from this author.
Holly 20 days ago
The Marriage Lie is the story of a woman coming to finding out that not everything is what it seems in her marriage. Iris and Will's marriage was as close to perfect as you think with a very nice house in Atlanta, careers they both love and the excitement for trying for that first baby. It takes a plane crash for everything to crash down around Iris when she discovers that Will was on a plane to Seattle that crashed in a field when he was supposed to be flying down to Orlando. As Iris struggles with her loss and trying to figure out why Will was on a plane to Orlando, a trip with her brother to Seattle will bring her more questions than answers on who Will really was. With Iris trying to find answers and dealing with a corrupt airliner, texts to her phone will bring answers that she wished wasn't true. In a stunning ending to the story that leaves Iris the truth about everything on who Will really was and what she will do with the truth! I so don't want to give things away about this story but this was a awesome thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat and it will keep you wondering what happens after the last word is read! As you read this story and you get pieces on who Will really was, that ending is something that you won't see coming at all even if you think you know how it's all gonna end! I would love to see this book made into a movie just to see it play out on the screen with the last scene in the movie with how it ends in the book that will have people wanting more of this story like I do! Thank You to Kimberly Belle for writing a story that turned me into a fan of yours from this day forward, I can only imagine what is to come from you in the future! I received this book from BookSparks : Fall Reading Challenge 2016 in exchange for a honest review.
Mengel2 21 days ago
Will and Iris seem to have the cookie cutter life. Living in a beautiful house in Atlanta, working in their chosen fields and trying for a baby; life for them is great. But life as they know it comes to a crashing halt when Will’s plane goes down. Iris was stunned to find that the flight he was on was not the one to Orlando as he told her, but instead heading to Seattle. As Iris deals with the loss of her husband, she’s trying to put the pieces together to try to come up with a reason for his deceit. She hopes a trip to Seattle with her brother will help her find answers. But, while there, she’s greeted with more questions than answers. What she does find is that Will had a hidden past full of secrets that will leave her wondering if anything in her marriage was real. The Marriage Lie is a thrilling read full of complex characters that will have you wondering what is going to happen next.