When Joe Lynch sees his wife going into a hotel during the middle of the afternoon, his curiosity gets the best of him and he follows her in. After seeing her in an altercation with a family friend, Ben, he comes to her defence and ends up taking part in a brawl. When Joe’s son has an asthma attack during this argument, Joe makes the quick decision to leave and take his son to safety. After this, Joe is filled with guilt about the fight and tries to apologise to Ben. But Ben is missing. And Joe is a suspect.
Lies, the newest psychological thriller by TM Logan, takes readers on a path of secrets and revenge. I read this one as a buddy read with Danielle at The Blonde Likes Books (you can check out her review here). I found this novel to be fast- paced and complex; this plot had me hooked from the first pages.
The novel opens with husband and father, Joe and his son, William, out participating in their normal afternoon routines. William sees his mom’s car (Mel), and Joe, trying to surprise her, follows her into an underground parking garage at a hotel. After seeing her in a fight with her friend’s husband (Ben), Joe confronts Ben in the parking garage and knocks him unconscious. Later, when he tries to seek repentance for this action, he finds out that Ben is missing. Joe quickly becomes a suspect and, as his life unravels all around him, he begins to realise that everything he knows has been built on lies. As he fights to find out the truth, and clear his name, he finds himself in grave danger. From the first page, this novel unfolds with non-stop action.
The novel is narrated fully by Joe as he struggles to find out the truth. I enjoyed his character and found him to be endearing but incredibly naïve. I felt physically anxious as Joe becomes more entrenched in the investigation and, in turn, accidently implicates himself. He truly is an ordinary guy who finds himself in a mess, partially because of technology and social media. This was one of my favourite features of Lies; I loved that this novel toyed with the ideas of social media, technology and how crucial it can be in a developing a person’s perception of a situation.
Although I found most of the novel to be considerably predictable, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending; it truly came out of left field.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I believe that fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this one too! I gave it 4/5 stars!
Thanks to the author (TM Logan), the publisher (Bonnier Zaffre) and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review!