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The Perfect Lie: The addictive and unmissable heart-pounding thriller

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I loved the characters. Erin was quite likeable in her crusade against the police to find the truth. Karla, her lawyer, was such a pleasure to read and her courtroom scenes were some of my favorites. The characters were believable, captivating, relatable, and overall likeable, especially Erin’s palpable grief which definitely tugged at my heartstrings. Having read Jo Spain before, this novel was written in her usual clear, concise, and enthralling style. What she loves most about writing the crime thriller genre is her ability to hold her fictional villains accountable for their crimes.

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The Perfect Lie opens with Danny jumping to his death in what everyone assumes is a suicide. Spain then flashes forward to a ‘now’ scene where Erin is in court, on trial for the murder of her husband. This opening is very effective and leads the reader to come up with all sorts of explanations including whether or not Danny is truly dead after the jump, given that Erin wasn’t allowed to view his body. The resolution may not have been as tight as I would have liked but, in books as in life, there are loose ends sometimes. How well do you know your spouse? This really forms the central question to Spain’s new mystery, and it’s something you will ask many times as the story unfolds from it’s jaw-dropping opening chapter to the final tying up of threads. If you are looking for a domestic thriller that stands apart from others in the genre by clever layering of multiple elements and by withholding just the right details to keep you guessing, then give this book a go!Anytime, I find myself tempted to skim, and wanting the book to end, I round down-so, despite the original premise and engaging start-I went with 3.5 ⭐️ rounded down. Jo, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, writes TV screenplays full-time. Her first crime series was broadcast on RTE in 2018 and she's currently involved in a number of TV developments including adaptations of her own novels. In 2021, she co-wrote Harry Wild, starring Jane Seymour, with the Emmy award-winning David Logan (airing 2022). Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband's murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

Award-winning novelist Jo Spain on new crime thriller The Perfect Lie Award-winning novelist Jo Spain on new crime thriller The Perfect

The second POV is also Erin’s as she is recounting the time leading up to Danny’s death. And the third POV introduces two other characters who are seemingly unconnected to the main story. Where is this all going to lead? Overall, I love Jo Spain’s books and this one is no exception. It’s very gripping, hard to put down, keeps you guessing and you certainly don’t want anyone to interrupt you while you are so engrossed!!

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The opening chapter is about as intense as a book gets and then via 3 time lines we get to the reason for the opening chapter, having ‘past past’,

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