Book Title:
The Marriage Lie
Book Author:
Kimberly Belle
Page Count:
Publishing Date:
December 27th, 2016
Date Read:
January 26th, 2020


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.

My Review

The Marriage Lie is another one of those thrillers that I have wanted to read for some time now, and I was lucky enough to find a copy at my local library, so I picked it up there. I had really high hopes for this book, but for whatever reason they kind of fell a tiny bit short, and I was somewhat disappointed.

I did fly through this, but it wasn’t as amazing as other books that I’ve been reading in the same genre.

“How well do I know my husband?”

This is the question that Iris asks herself after a plane crash that kills everyone on board – including her husband, Will. Will, however, was not supposed to be on that plane – instead, he was supposed to be at a conference in Florida for his job.

So what exactly was Will doing on a plane going to the other side of the country?

When Iris finally begins dealing with her grief (thanks to the help of her parents and her brother, who is also like her best friend), she begins to uncover little things about Will that just don’t add up – like where he grew up, for example. It makes Iris wonder if everything she knew about Will was a lie.

“What else do I not know about my husband?
What else did he not tell me?
How many more lies?”

When Will’s boss, the owner of the company, comes to Iris and informs her that a large amount of money is missing from the company and he will go to any length to get it back, Iris knows she has to act fast. Where did that money go?

Strange text messages from unknown numbers start appearing on her phone, and when she and her brother hop on a plane to Seattle to uncover the truth about Will, she learns a lot more than she bargained for – and it’s looking more and more like Will may still be alive.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.

It was good, and it had a story line that kept me wanting to read, but at the same time, it was kind of predictable. Like I knew exactly what was going to happen before it did, and none of those surprising twists were really that shocking.

It’s so hard to talk about this book without giving away any details that can spoil it, so I’m just going to point out that I disliked the main character’s husband immensely for a lot of different reasons, and it didn’t change throughout the book. In fact, my opinion of him only went downhill. The main character, Iris, was written pretty well, and I had no problem falling into her life while reading this book. I felt a lot of the emotions that she did, and in my opinion these are signs of a great character.

But that’s where it ended for Iris, too – there wasn’t any character growth. Iris didn’t really change from the beginning of the book to the end. This always bothers me – I love when characters change and develop over the course of the book.

If you don’t read a lot of thrillers, this one may be worth the read. It’s entertaining, the writing really captures the interest and makes you want to keep reading, and it’s definitely interesting.

3 stars
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