The Perfect Lie

The Perfect Lie Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 9 hours and 42 minutes
Author Jo Spain
Narrator Sophie Jo Wasson
Whispersync for Voice Ready Release Date 13 May 2021
Publisher Quercus
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank 235 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
3 in Women Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Domestic Thrillers
9 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)

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Malcolm R
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely complicated but curiously tension free
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another twisty un-put-down-able book by Jo Spain.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 June 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable But A Slow Burner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 September 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended—a good read- three and a half stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Jo Spain
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Jo Spain
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2021
Opening with an intense and dramatic scene, The Perfect Lie tells the story of Erin Kennedy who moved to New York from her home in Ireland after a devastating family tragedy. She met and married homicide detective Danny Ryan two years previously.

The day that changed everything and turned Erin’s life upside down began as normal…until the knock on the door. Erin saw it was Danny’s partner, Ben Mitchell, claiming he was bringing bad news. An utterly defeated look appeared on Danny’s face, he walked to the balcony outside the French windows, climbed over the rail and disappeared before Erin realised what was happening. Their apartment was on the fourth floor.

The narrative is told in three timelines – Erin then as she deals with life after Danny’s suicide. Harvard, with two women coping with the aftermath of an attack on one of them, and Erin now, as she is being tried for the murder of her husband. The plot initially is slightly confusing. I didn’t see where the Harvard timeline fitted in and honestly felt that could have been condensed somewhat, but it does all tie together as the story progresses and information is drip fed slowly.

The more Erin digs, the more she realised the Danny she thought she knew didn’t really exist. He had so many secrets and also, it seems, demons. Swamped by confusion and intense sadness, Erin was determined to find out the truth even as it lead her down paths she didn’t want to travel, throwing up things about Danny she could hardly credit. She didn’t know who to trust or what to believe, finding herself blocked at every turn.

I always look forward to a new Jo Spain novel and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s quite a study in how people present themselves, the face they put on for others. The Perfect Lie is plot driven, complex and multi layered, as are the great cast of characters whether you love them or not, sending the reader in one and then another direction, only to find they lead nowhere. The plot and writing are wonderful as always. It’s an unpredictable and intriguing guessing game with some unexpected reveals as things unfold, which fleshed out the characters and brought emotions to the surface—anger, guilt and revenge among others. A very enjoyable read.
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