#7 The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

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Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will’s marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, 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 on this plane. 

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.

I saw this book mentioned in a magazine so when a friend asked for a recommendation, I mentioned this book. After her and our other friend both finished it in 2 days, I knew I needed to read it right away.

The Marriage Lie is a very easy, quick read. The story line is interesting, full of twists and turns and SO engrossing. The book has a really good pace and the author does a very good job at building suspense with her writing. 

The characters were really well developed (I feel like I write this a lot) and likable. I liked Iris the most and her need to know everything was definitely relatable to me. I spent a lot of time thinking which celebrities would play each character in a movie and that only happens when the characters are lifelike with well composed personalities and thoughts etc. 

I finished this book quickly, it kept me hooked until I finished it and I liked the end. 

I give The Marriage Lie 4 stars. 

 

 

 

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#5

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

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A friend at work and I seem to have the same likes and dislikes so when she told me I needed to read this book, I knew it was going to be good. When I realized I already had it on my ‘To-Read in 2015’ list, I bought it right away.

I loved this book. It has everything I like: creepy small town, mystery, suspense, just enough vulgarity to put me off but in a good way, strong characters.

The description as per Goodreads:

The Dane family’s roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn’t keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy’s few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri’s necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri’s death could be linked to her mother’s disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.

I tend to make judgments quickly when I’m reading and if it doesn’t grab me in the first couple pages, I’m apprehensive. I’ll admit, the description doesn’t do this book justice. That being said, I liked The Weight of Blood from the beginning; it’s a page turner. There were plot twists that weren’t obvious and I always appreciate when a book ends well, but it’s not predictable, which this book wasn’t.

Unlike some other reviews I’ve read, I enjoyed the dual narrating of this book. I thought different chapters by different people added depth to the story, especially because the story intertwined with the residents of the small town. I think it also contributed to the overall character development.

I’m not too sure if I can chalk this down to my own hormones at the moment, or the way I resonated with Cheri, Lucy (the main character’s) “slow-minded” friend, but this book made me feel so many things. I felt relieved and happy, disgusted and anxious. Laura McHugh does a good job of evoking emotion.

I can’t say enough about this book, if you like mysteries, read this book. The Weight of Blood is McHugh’s debut novel and it’s a great one! I found myself texting my friend who read it before me things like ‘HOLY SHIT!!!!!!1” and “WHAT THE ******* ****”. The author has a book due to be published this year and I will definitely be checking it out.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.