“Assured, compelling, and hypnotically readablewith a twist at the end I guarantee you won’t see coming” (New York Times bestselling author Lee Child), T. M. Logan’s debut psychological thriller dissects a troubled marriage straight to the marrow as one man separates the truth from the Lies…
Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband. Before Joe confronted the other man in an altercation where he left him for dead, bleeding and unconscious.
Now, Joe’s life is unraveling. His wife has lied to him. Her deception has put their entire family in jeopardy. The man she met at the hotel has vanished. And as the police investigate his disappearance, suspicion falls on Joe.
Unable to trust the woman he loves, Joe finds himself at the mercy of her revelations and deceits, unsure of who or what to believe. All he knows is that her actions have brought someone dangerous into their livessomeone obsessed with her and determined to tear Joe’s world apart.
What if your whole life was based on LIES?
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About the Author
T. M. Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. LIES is his first novel.
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My son's first word wasn't Daddy or Mummy. His first word was Audi. Which was strange because I'd never owned an Audi, and on my salary probably never would. But William had played with toy cars before he could walk and recognized the badges long before he could actually read the names. At the age of four (and a bit), he was already something of an expert, playing his car game as we inched along in the sluggish North London traffic, spotting badges and calling them out from his car seat in the back.
"Audi ... Renault ... Bimmer."
We were almost home. The traffic lights up ahead began to change, and I pulled up third in line as they turned red. In the mirror, I could see him clutching his first School Superstar certificate in both hands, as if it might blow away in the wind. A CD of kids' songs was playing low on my car stereo. I am the music man, I come from down your way ...
William continued calling out cars. "Ford ... 'nother one Ford ... Mummy car."
I smiled. My wife — William's mum — drove a VW Golf. Every time he spotted one, he'd call it out. Not a Volkswagen. A Mummy car.
"It's a Mummy car. Look, Daddy."
My phone buzzed in the hands-free cradle: a Facebook notification.
"What was that, Wills?"
"Over there, look."
Across the divided highway, on the other side of the junction, a line of cars in the far lane filtered left onto an exit ramp Rush hour traffic streaming through the junction, everyone on their way home. The low sun was in my eyes, but I caught a glimpse of a VW Golf. It did look like her car. Powder blue, five-door, same SpongeBob SquarePants sunshade suckered to the rear passenger window.
"Good spot, matey. It does look like Mummy's car."
I buzzed my window down and felt the cool city air on my face. A gap in the traffic opened up behind the Golf as it accelerated away down the exit ramp. It was a 59 registration license plate. My wife's car had a 59 plate. I squinted, trying to make out the letters.
The number plate was hers — it wasn't like her car; it was her car. There was the familiar buzz, the little glow in my chest I still got whenever she was nearby. The VW indicated left off the exit ramp and turned into a Premier Inn. It headed into the dark entrance of an underground parking lot and disappeared from sight.
She'll be meeting a client, a work thing. Should probably leave her to it. She had been working late a lot recently.
"Can we see Mummy?" William said, excitement in his voice. "Can we can we can we?"
"She'll be busy, Wills. Doing work things."
"I can show her my certificate." William couldn't quite pronounce the word, and it came out as cerstiffa-kit.
Honking from the car behind me as the traffic lights turned green.
"Please, Daddy?" He was jigging up and down on his booster seat. "We could do a surprise on her!"
I smiled again. It was almost Friday, after all. "Yes, we could, couldn't we?"
I put the car in gear. Made a spur-of-the-moment decision that would change my life.
"Let's go and surprise Mummy."CHAPTER 2
I was in the wrong lane to turn right and had to get across two lanes of traffic. By the time someone had let me in — cue more furious hooting — the lights had gone red again.
"Where's Mummy whizzing off to?" William said.
"We'll catch her, don't worry."
My cell phone in its hands-free cradle, blinked blue with a Facebook notification. I pressed the screen, and it brought up my picture of William in the school playground, clutching his first Superstar award from the reception class teacher. The post had four likes and a new comment from William's godmother, Lisa: Awww he looks so cute! [??] What a good boy! Give him a kiss from me xx.
I hit Like below her comment.
The traffic light went green, and I turned the wheel to follow the route my wife's car had taken, down the exit ramp and left into the forecourt of the Premier Inn. Down the ramp into the underground parking lot, low concrete roof and deep shadows where the fluorescent lights didn't reach, driving slowly along the lines of parked cars.
And there it was: her VW Golf, parked next to the elevator. Mel was nowhere to be seen. A sign on a concrete pillar read:
Parking lot for use by patrons of Premier Inn only.
There were no spaces next to her car, so I carried on around the circle and found a space in the row behind, backing in opposite an oversized white SUV that was clearly too big for the space it occupied.
"Can we go and see Mummy now?" William said. He was still clutching his "I'm a Superstar!" certificate in both hands like he was getting ready to present it to the Queen.
"Come on, then. Let's go upstairs and find her. There's an elevator."
His eyes lit up. "Can I press the button?"
The hotel lobby had dark shiny floors and anonymous décor, a single waistcoated teenager on reception. William's hot little hand gripped mine tightly as we stood looking for Mel. There was a rumpled man with a suit bag and briefcase, wearily checking out, a woman and a teenage girl behind him. An elderly Japanese couple sat in the reception area, poring over a map. But no sign of my wife.
"Where's Mummy gone?" William said in a loud stage whisper. "Come on. Let's find her."
Reception was L-shaped, with elevators and the restaurant signposted around the corner. We followed the signs, away from reception. The restaurant was mostly empty. Recessed off to the left were the elevators and a raised seating area with large black armchairs facing each other across a handful of low tables.
Mel was there. She had her back to us, but I would have recognized her anywhere, the slender curve of her neck, honey-blond hair.
Hey, there. Surprise! Wait.
She was with someone. A man, talking in animated fashion. Something made me stop. I knew the guy she was talking to.
Ben Delaney, married to one of Mel's closest friends. And he wasn't just animated — he was downright angry, his face dark with frustration. He interrupted her, pointing his finger, his voice a barely controlled growl. Mel leaned forward and put a hand on his arm. He sat back, shaking his head.
Something was wrong with this situation.
Instinctively, I moved in front of William to block his view. My first thought was to go over and check Mel was OK, but not with our son in tow. Mel was gesturing with her hands now, Ben staring at her, frowning, shaking his head.
This is not something William should see.
"Come on, Wills," I said. "Mummy's busy. Let's go back downstairs."
"Has she gone?"
"Let's wait for her in the car, matey. We'll be close by."
"Then I can show her my certificate?"
We got the elevator back down to the parking lot level and returned to my car. Mel's number was at the top of the favorites list on my cell phone. It went straight to voice mail.
"Hi, you've reached Mel's cell phone. Please do leave a message, and I promise I'll get back to you as soon as poss." Beep.
I hung up, redialed. Voice mail again. This time I left a message.
"Hi, love, it's me. Give me a call when you get this? Just wanted to make sure you're OK ... that everything's OK. Call me."
I sat five minutes more, starting to feel slightly foolish. I was supposed to be at home by now, running my son's bath. Drinking a nice glass of red. Thinking about making a start on tonight's marking. But instead I was here, in an underground parking lot just off the North Circular, trying to work out what the hell was going on upstairs. I wanted to check on her but didn't want to leave William. My suit shirt felt grimy and claustrophobic, a bead of sweat tracing a path down my rib cage.
So what's the plan, Stan? What if Mel isn't OK? What's up with Ben? How long are you going to sit here with one bar of cell phone reception, waiting and wondering?
There wasn't a plan. I wasn't going to do anything, just sit there and wait. Surprise my wife.
I didn't have a plan. It just happened.CHAPTER 3
I opened up the Angry Birds app on my iPad and passed it back to William, flicked on the radio for my own distraction. Five Live was running a piece about dating websites, featuring a series of quick interviews with women describing what they were looking for in their perfect mate. Expectations seemed to be pretty high. Their ideal man had to be at least six feet tall, in possession of a good sense of humor, a nice smile, and a six-pack. He had to be strong but not macho. Sensitive but good at DIY. Confident but not full of himself. Make decent money at work but still be around to do his share at home.
Blimey. It was exhausting just keeping track of it all.
Mel's cell phone went straight to voice mail again. I buzzed the window down and rested my elbow on the sill, absently turning the black leather bracelet on my right wrist as the radio presenter chattered on. Mel had given me the bracelet as an anniversary present: leather for three years. Now a big one was approaching — ten years — and there were already a few ideas on my list for that one. Ten was supposed to be tin, but someone had said you could substitute diamond jewelry for tin. That was good. My plan had always been to give her a bigger diamond than I could afford as an early-career teacher when we first got —
"What's up, big man?"
"Can I get a hamster?"
"Uh, don't know, William. We'll see."
We'll see. Parents' code for I won't mention it again, wait for you to forget.
"Jacob P. has a hamster."
"He's called Mr. Chocolate."
"That's a good name."
I smiled at my son in the rearview mirror as he played on the iPad. My son, the image of his mother. He was going to be a heartbreaker when he was older, that was for sure. His mother's face, her coloring, her big brown eyes.
And then there she was across the parking lot, walking quickly to her car: my pretty wife, dressed for tennis in her pink Adidas hoodie, blond ponytail tied up high.
She had her head down, a frown on her face.
Looks like she's about to cry.
I was suddenly glad we'd made this detour.
"William, I'm just going to talk to someone for a minute, OK? You stay here like a good boy, and I'll be right back."
He looked up at me with those big brown eyes. "Is it Mummy?"
"You stay here just for a minute, and don't get out, OK? Then after a minute, you can see Mummy."
"What if bad men come?"
"Bad men aren't going to come, big man. You'll be able to see me, and I'll be able to see you." I held up a finger. "One minute."
He nodded slowly but didn't look convinced.
Cell phone still in my hand, I got out and locked the car with the remote. The underground air was flat and sour in my nostrils.
Mel's VW was reversing out fast. Two lines of parked cars between me and her.
I waved. "Mel!"
The VW pulled off sharply, Mel pulling her seat belt across her chest with one hand as she accelerated hard toward the exit ramp. She hadn't seen me. Threading my way between the parked cars, I almost tripped on a low concrete divider between the rows, stumbled, shouted again, my voice flat against the low concrete ceiling.
Her car disappeared up the exit ramp, and then she was gone, out into the Thursday night traffic.CHAPTER 4
There was a soft chime from the elevator at the far end of the parking lot. The doors slid open, and Ben emerged, briefcase in hand, cigarette between his lips. He lit up and lifted his head to exhale, seeming to spot me out of the corner of his eye as he took his cell phone out of a jeans pocket.
He had seen me, I was sure of it.
He carried on walking as if he hadn't.
"Ben!" I said, waving.
He slowed, stared at me for a second, raised a hand half-heartedly as I walked over to him. He stood by his car, a pearl-white Porsche Cayenne with the number plate W1NNR, dressed in that casual-but-not-casual way you get when you spend a lot of money — designer jeans and tailored jacket. He looked at me like I was the last person he wanted to see, taking another drag on his cigarette.
There was a moment of silence, the smoke coiling lazily between us.
"Joe," he said finally, putting his briefcase down. "What are you ...? How's it going, big fella?"
"All good. Really good. How about you?"
"Yeah, sound. Business is booming, you know. You still setting the teaching world on fire?"
I had never been good at Awkward Guy Conversations. And Ben had never looked on me as an equal — more a bit of runner-up just another public- sector softie who wouldn't last five minutes in the dog-eat-dog world he inhabited.
"Something like that," I said, forcing a grin. "You just had a meeting up in the hotel?"
He opened his mouth to reply, closed it again. Tried to look past me.
"Yeah." He took another drag of his cigarette, blowing smoke from the side of his mouth. "A meeting."
"A work thing?" "Potential client. A lead I've been warming up for a while."
"You didn't see Mel?"
"My Mel. She was just here."
He almost flinched at the mention of her name, but caught himself. Instead, he just shook his head, dark eyes shifting toward his car.
"No, mate. Not seen her."
It was weird seeing him like this — evasive, reluctant, almost shifty — compared to his usual alpha-male demeanor. At the one and only poker game I had played at his house, he had regaled the table with a story about a former employee of his company who had quit to set up on his own, in competition with him. Ben had felt betrayed — so he had made it his personal mission to trash the guy's reputation in the industry, warning potential customers off, until the former employee's new company went bankrupt and he lost his house in the process. Ben had related the story with a trace of pride in a rival destroyed, an air of screw with the bull and you get the horns. It was the kind of guy he was. You didn't want to get on the wrong side of him.
"You sure you didn't see her?" I said. "I thought you were talking to her upstairs. It looked like serious stuff."
"Nope." He flicked his cigarette away. "Look, Joe, I've really got to go."
My tie suddenly felt too tight in my collar. He made to move past me, and I instinctively put a hand on his arm.
"Don't want to make a big deal out of it, Ben, I was just worried about —"
He whirled on me and grabbed two handfuls of my shirt, slamming me against the side of his SUV. He was surprisingly strong for his size, and his anger caught me off guard.
"Just leave it!" he shouted, northern inflection rising to the surface. Cigarette breath close in my face. "Just leave it alone, you big daft bastard! You have no idea! Bloody classic underachiever, that's all you are, all you've ever been."
He had anger, but I had size. At six foot two, I was six inches taller than he was. And at least forty pounds heavier.
"Leave what alone?" I said. "What are you talking about?'
"You're so fucking dense that you haven't seen it, have you?"
He shook his head in disbelief.
"None so blind as those that refuse to see, eh, Joe?"
With that, he pulled me forward so he could slam me back against the big Porsche again, and pain surged at the base of my skull. My hands bunched into fists, but some long-lost playground code said I couldn't hit someone smaller, shorter, lighter than I was. There was no way it could be a fair fight. Instead, I grabbed his hands and prized them away from my shirt, giving him a little shove to put some space between us.
He stumbled backward, tripped over his briefcase, and fell.
Hemmed in between two parked cars, he couldn't get his arms out to break his fall. There was a heavy wet smack as his head hit the concrete.
I stood over him for a moment.
He lay on his back, eyes closed, mouth open. One leg crossed under the other.
He didn't move.
Get up. I need to know what you meant. And why you're so pissed off. "Ben?"
I prodded his shoe with the toe of my mine. Maybe he was faking.
"Ben, are you all right?" The world's stupidest question.
Always asked when we already know the answer.
Was he even breathing? I crouched down to look at him more closely.
Just move, Ben. Do something. Anything.
"Ben, can you hear me? Wake up, mate."
The first stab of panic in my stomach. There was a trickle of blood coming out of his ear.
Oh, God. Oh no.(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"There was a stranger in my house and I was married to her." Lies is a compelling cat and mouse thriller that grabbed me from chapter one. Although the premise is pretty implausible, the story is still a fun ride that kept me guessing until the very end. When the truth was finally revealed, I was disappointed. The ending is very contrived and, honestly, pretty ridiculous. I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
**Thanks to St. Martin's Press for an advanced readers copy!** From start to finish, this book had me hooked! Constant thrills, and really it just kept moving so fast I just couldn't put it down. It broke through my reading lull. And you kind of get an idea of what is going on. And you are like, "yeah, here's what is going to happen." And it was still good, but I thought I had it all figure out...nope...just nope. An absolutely amazing thrill ride! Seriously, go buy a copy or go visit your library, but do yourself a favor and read this one.
Joe Lynch is a teacher with a son named William, age 4. He is driving his some home from school when William sees his mother’s car turn into a hotel. William loves cars and recognizes all the makes. He points it out to Joe and insists that they surprise Mummy and show her the special certification he got at school today. They park in the underground parking garage and follow Melissa into the hotel. The find her talking to Ben Delaney, the wealthy husband of her best friend, Beth. Ben appears to be very angry. Joe follows Ben and Melissa back down to the parking garage and before he can say anything to Melissa, she drives off. Joe sees Ben heading to his car and stops to ask him what was going on inside the hotel. Ben gets angry and a scuffle ends up with Ben falling, hitting his head, and passing out. When William sees the altercation, he becomes upset and starts having a severe asthma attack necessitating Joe take his home for his inhaler. Returning to see if Ben is OK, he finds him and his car gone. Problem is, Joe’s cell phone is gone too. Did he drop it in the scuffle? When Melissa comes home, Joe tells her he saw her, but she lies and tells hims that she was playing tennis. Joe doesn’t know why she is lying. Later, she tells him that Ben needed her human resources advice on an employee of his who was cheating him. Joe never finds his phone and has to get a replacement. Although he tries to call Ben to see if he is OK, he can’t get in touch with him. When he talks to Ben’s wife, Beth, she says that Ben has been very angry and violent lately, hurting her physically. She adds that Ben has been cursing about Joe to her. He then took a gun and left. No one has seen Ben but Joe is worried not only for himself and his family but for Beth and her daughter, Alice, as well. He tries to look for him but then texts and other threatening messages begin coming into him from Ben. What is going on and where has Ben gone? This is a good story with an ending that caught me totally unaware. Wow! I didn’t see that one coming. I know readers will enjoy this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy. I am voluntarily leaving a review. This is the story of Joe, a happily married man, father and teacher. His life is turned upside down one day when he spies his wife driving into a parking garage. He becomes the prime suspect in a murder without a body. He doesn't know who to trust and it seems like whoever is doing this to him is always a couple of steps in front of him. The story is all told in Joe's POV. I found him to be a little too naive and trusting but OMG, the twist at the end I did not see coming.
How awful to realise that most of your life thus far was based on lies! Joe thought he had the perfect life, a great wife and wonderful young son, William. While out driving, William spots his mother’s car and so Joe follows it into a hotel car park. He sees his wife, Mel, in a confrontation with a friend of theirs, Ben, who is a married man. From then on it seems Joe is confronted with lie after lie from Mel. It seems Mel was having an affair with Ben who was obsessed with her and is trying to erase Joe from the picture. The tension in this story just kept rising and I found it hard to put the book down, I had to know more. A great mystery and the ending was stunning!
What happens when an innocent request by your child winds up turning your whole life upside down? This is what happens to Joe. As he witnesses an argument between his wife and a male friend of theirs he’s quite perplexed. To remove his son from a potentially upsetting situation his wife speeds out of the parking garage, confronting the friend who then tries to attack him. He pushes the friend out of the way, injuring him. Before he can decide how to help him, his young son has a life threatening asthma attack, causing him to speed home for the inhaler which seems to be missing from Will’s backpack. When he goes back to check on Ben, both Ben and his car are gone. In approaching his wife about the situation, the lies begin. This is a great psychological thriller with complex characters. My suspicions about some of the situations changed throughout the book and the ending was spectacular. A great read!
Even though I guessed it early on, I was captivated by to story and could not put it down. Very well written, fast paced and well thought out. Very much enjoyed it. Thank you publisher and netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.
Ben was playing head games, having an affair with his wife, taunting him online, on his phone. His life was falling apart. What was real? Could he be sent to jail for murdering a man who was still alive? What is reality? Is he losing his mind? You will never see it coming.
Ever done anything on impulse? Ever thought what if...? LIES opens with "I often wonder what would have happened if....if ........" Joe and his son see his wife's car downtown. Joe says, "Let's go and surprise Mummy." Uh oh, it turns out Joe is the one most surprised. Joe runs into a friend, Ben, in a hotel parking lot. Ben disappears. So does Joe's cell phone. Cell phones play a important role in this thriller. Lots of texts. Facebook posts and pictures, including one photo of Joe being escorted by police. Gasp! Someone photoshopped handcuffs in that picture. Where's Ben? More irritating texts. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel because of all the social media in it. The ending was a surprise twist. Highly recommended. One of the best thrillers I've read all year because of the social media in the book. I confess, I'm a Facebook addict.
So many lies!! Who do you trust?? Joe is headed home with his son William, and they decide to follow his wife once they happen to see her at a light 'just to say hello'. And Joe's life is turned upside down from there. I have played that game before - if only I had went straight home that day, if only I had not answered that phone call, etc. However, for me, these decisions did not have the dire consequences that they did for Joe. He sees his wife go to a hotel and get into an argument with a man, Ben, who happens to be the husband of one of her close friends, and it just spirals and twists and turns from there. There were almost too many lies / twists for me, but I did enjoy the book. I was able to figure out almost all of it, minus the ending, but I was often distracted trying to guess what was going on little too much. Sometimes this happens for me when there are so many twists and lies, I begin trying to anticipate curve balls instead of just enjoying the flow of the story. Eventually, Ben goes missing, and then Joe becomes prime suspect #1 in Ben's murder, (even though said murder has not been confirmed, I know, I know.....), and he realizes he cannot trust anyone, not even his own wife as she has lied to him several times since he confronted her, and therefore he must figure out what is going on himself. Ben has been emailing him regularly with threats, so surely he is not dead, but why won't the police listen to him??? This was a fast paced story that starts with the opening chapter and never lets up. Overall this was a good thriller although a tad unrealistic, but I liked it. 3.5 stars Thank you to NetGalley for an electronic ARC of this book to review. All opinions above are my own.
Put on the Coffee, this will be a long night!! I would like to thank the publisher, St Martin's Press and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this great psychological Thriller. #Lies This book is one of those thriller that is very hard to put down. I read the book in two sittings. The story is told from the point of view of the faithful husband, Joe lynch. Joe is very devoted to hos son William and his wife Mel.. One day on the way home from school, William spots Mel's car and ask Dad if they can go and meet with her. Joe follows the car into an underground parking lot of a hotel. He enters the hotel looking for his wife and then he sees her sitting with a family friend in a agitated discussion. He immediately feels that something is not right but he does not approach them. He returns to the parking lot and observes Mel getting into her car and she seems very upset. Shortly after, he encounters Ben in the parking lot and a altercation ensues. This event leads to a complete destruction of his life as he has know it. One lie after another is uncovered and keeps the reader wanting to know more. The ending is so unexpected. Great read!
This was a very entertaining psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. Joe is basically a stay-at-home dad who is out driving with his young son when they see his wife driving and on the spur of the moment decide to follow her into a hotel parking lot. What he witnesses is his wife having a heated argument with a family friend and when he intervenes they come to blows and punches are exchanged and the friend, Ben, is knocked to the ground where he hits his head and is left unconscious. In the meantime, Joe's son suffers an asthma attack and he leaves to seek medical attention and when he returns Ben and his wife are gone. Are you hooked yet? This is just the start. There are so many twists and turns to keep the pages turning and a well developed story it was hard to put this one down, so I didn't. I recommend this one! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
This is the story of a man who accidentally stumbles across his wife meeting a man at a hotel because of one choice to follow her after their son spots her car as they are driving home from school. It was meant to be a surprise to the wife, but the man is the one that ends up surprised, and confused until the very end! I loved this book. This was my first T.M. Logan read, but it definitely won't be my last! I didn't want to put it down after the first page! The story was well written, and it was pleasant to read. I hate choppy writing, where it feels like the author is just throwing words at the page. This was definitely not that type of writing! The story was interesting, and I definitely didn't see the ending coming. I knew there was more to it than what was told in the beginning, but I couldn't quite figure out exactly what I was missing! Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my advanced copy!
Joe Lynch has the perfect life – or so he thought. He suddenly discovers that he never really knew his wife. How much of their relationship has been based on lies? While out with his son William one afternoon he happens to see his wife out on her car instead of at work. William was given a certificate at school and wants his mother to see it. So Joe decides to surprise Mel and follows her into a hotel car park. He then sees her having an argument with her best friend’s husband Ben. After Mel leaves, Joe confronts Ben and there is an altercation. Thus begins the destruction of Joe’s “perfect” life. Through texts and emails Ben tells Joe he is going to take everything from him – everything! The suspense starts early in the book and builds with each chapter. Is there no end to the depth of betrayal here? A real page turner! While the characters were not very well developed, this is still a compulsive read. If you were not wary of how technology can be used against you before reading this book, you will be when you complete this well written psychological thriller. Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Joe has a great life, an ordinary life. Being married to Mel and father to William – Wills as he calls him, makes him content. He teaches school, helps around the house and does his fair share of parenting. Life is pretty darned good. That is until it slowly begins to unravel. It all begins when Wills and Joe see Mel’s car on their way home from school. Wills wants to surprise her, but unfortunately Joe is the one who is surprised. Mel seems to be in some sort of meeting with an old college buddy, Ben Delaney. Joe knows Delaney, his daughter babysits Wills and their social circles sometimes intersect. He cannot figure out why Mel is meeting with him when she said she was at work. Later, what begins as a conversation between Joe and Ben quickly develops into a confrontation. Words lead to shoving and Joe pushes Ben a little too hard. Shocked, he feels he must do something, but Wills is waiting in the car and has an immediate medical need that can’t be delayed. Once Wills is safely home and has been given his medicine, Joe worries about the fight he had with Ben. Giving an excuse to his wife, which is nowhere near the truth, he leaves the house to make sure Ben is okay. When Joe gets back to the hotel parking lot where he left Ben, he is gone. Could Ben have been lying about his meeting with Mel? Was Ben hurt worse than it seemed when Joe had to attend to his son and left him bleeding next to his car? Or was he fine and simply gone home. Joe can’t tell Mel what happened or why. Then she lies to him about the meeting with Ben. As the lies pile up they gain momentum. And to make matters worse, it appears as though someone begins to systematically ruin Joe’s peaceful, perfect life. It begins almost immediately after the incident, whispers and rumors that become accusations and arrests. How did his life unravel in less than a week’s time? Will anyone believe the truth? Does Joe really know the truth about anyone or anything? His life depends upon him finding the true behind all of the lies before it is too late. The scariest thing about this fabulous book is that it is totally believable. Technology and crime unfortunately have become willing partners. Life as we now know it could end with a few clicks of someone’s computer or a quick picture or two on an anonymous cell phone. Joe’s life goes from bad to worse in the time it takes to pay a bill or “like” something on FB. The tension ramps up from mild to out of control then continues with breakneck speed up until the final chapter. Lies is Logan’s debut novel, published last year in the UK where he resides. It is now available in the US. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries featuring psychological twists and turns. The characters are everyday people you work with or that live next door. Who knows what secrets they have or what their past and/or present situations may motivate them to do. Logan’s next book, 29 Seconds is also a psychological thriller and will be available in the US next year. It is available now in the UK if you happen to be traveling there, pick me up a copy. Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
What do you do when your significant other is caught in a lie? Can you believe what they tell you from that point on or do you remain suspicious and doubt everything they say? Do you find yourself reviewing all the things they have ever told you? Do you feel like you never truly knew them? Do you feel like maybe you've been coasting along in life and that is why you missed the signs? Did you see things and just dismiss them as nothing? What an amazing read this was, it kept me on the edge of me seat from start to finish. I knew my feelings were set from the beginning and I rooted for Joe the whole way through. I hoped that by the end he would find the truth because with all he goes through I knew that I would want truthful answers. One small thing set his life upside down and you immediately realized that things would never be the same for him. In that one moment his life changed forever. You'll wonder the whole way through who is lying and who is actually telling the truth. The author intricately wove a tale filled with untruths, will you be able to tell fact from fiction or will you fall for a web of lies? #LiesBook
Wow! This was amazing! The author did an amazing job of showing how we can make a decision that we ultimately regret while in the heat of the moment. Highly recommend!
This book is excellent. It truly deserves five stars. I would highly recommend this read.
ship has been a lie. It appears that not only is Ben obsessed with Mel, he is determined to destroy Joe in order to get what he wants. Ben is a charming, highly successful, and wealthy businessman known for his ruthless competitiveness. He simply does not lose. And because he is in the tech industry, his knowledge of computers and other devices is far superior to Joe's and allows him to embroil Joe is a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. Joe comes to believe that Ben poses a threat to his family, and is convinced that Ben is alive, but taunting him as he makes it appear that Joe has murdered him. Thus, Joe sets out to prove that Ben is not only alive, but the mastermind behind a series of events that jeopardize Joe's reputation and career, including an altered photograph that is posted on Facebook. Lies is a tautly imagined and plotted thriller with a jaw-dropping ending, featuring an empathetic and sympathetic main character in Joe Lynch. Joe is truly a good man, devoted to his wife and son, committed to his profession (teaching), and honest. Through Joe's first-person account of the nightmarish circumstances in which he finds himself, readers understand and can relate to his frustration, anger, and sheer terror at the prospect of being wrongly accused of committing a heinous crime. Assuming, that is, that Joe Lynch is a reliable narrator. Once Mel is revealed to have deceived her husband, she is also a suspect, although her possible motive for wanting to further hurt Joe is far from apparent. Ben's inspiration is clear. But debut author T. M. Logan keeps readers guessing as to exactly what happened to Ben, who is responsible for his fate, and exactly why Joe finds himself at the center of the mystery until the very end of the story. The pace never slows, accelerating to a shocking conclusion that will take most readers completely by surprise. Lies is an impressive and engrossing first novel, and bodes well for the prospect of more intriguing thrillers to come from Logan. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
This is a twisted story that keeps you guessing from beginning to end. I thought I would get bored with yet another story with a “surprise twist” that really is not all that surprising, but this one got me. I loved it! The only issue was that the story got a little slow at times but it would quickly pick up again. Some of the character’s actions became a little confusing and convoluted, and it is a bit confusing once the ending is revealed. However, it leads to the “lies” that are told throughout the story and the misleading actions by the characters. This is a good story to pick up and read when you have some downtime. It’s engaging enough that you will want to continue picking it up to finish the story. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy to read. All opinions are my own.
The whole time I was reading Lies, the only thing that kept popping into my head was, "This is so messed up and crazy!" Joe and Melissa have been married for many years and they have mutual friends in Beth and Ben. Joe doesn't much like Ben and the feeling is mutual. One night, Joe sees Melissa's car going somewhere she normally wouldn't have and he follows, seeing her at a hotel with Ben arguing. This leads to the craziest round of events I've read in a very long time! Joe is being set up by Ben, but he doesn't understand why. As he goes on a search for answers and his marriage is on the rocks, what he finds out is crazier than he could have imagined. I loved this book! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the ARC of Lies!
There are times in life when it just seems like the bad guys always get away with everything! That is clearly how I began to feel early on while reading “Lies.” Joe had what he thought was a great, if somewhat boring life with his wife and young son, that is, until he accidentally saw her arguing with the husband of her best friend in a hotel lobby. It wasn’t long before Joe’s life was anything but bland as he was finds himself being perfectly framed for murder. Logan had me wondering if Joe’s ex-lover was truly that devious or if his wife was an exquisite liar. However, I never saw that ending coming.
Joe Lynch is a decent, caring man who dearly loves his wife and son, enjoys his teaching job, and feels lucky to have such a great life. Then, one day while driving on the freeway with his son, the boy spots his mother’s car and wants to see her. Joe makes a split-second decision that will drastically change his life and follows her off the freeway. He gets the shock of his life when he catches up with her, just in time to see something that shakes him to the core and upends his life. Read this enjoyable whodunnit to find out what he saw and the chaos that ensued. Note: I received an advance copy of the ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This was an intense ride that left me breathless more often than I expected. The twists and turns just never stopped coming and even at the end I was still trying to slow my heart down from the excitement. Logan did an excellent job in engaging and diverting and just generally entertaining the reader. A well written story definitely worth your time. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book.
I did finish this book but, I found it mediocre at best. It’s a great read if you’re hankering for a mystery and don’t have anything more pressing to read but I didn’t find it anything special and it doesn’t offer anything new to an already overstuffed genre. The storyline was not engrossing to me but the pacing was snappy and quick (except the middle which was a bit of a slog). I didn’t find the characters super appealing, or the dialogue for that matter, and the ending seemed to come out of left field. Yet, I still found myself mostly entertained. It’s a very easy, readable story that you could easily consume on a lazy Sunday. Thank you to NetGalley for these ARC’s in exchange for my honest opinions!