Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Review: The Truth and Other Lies

Title The Truth and Other Lies

Author Sascha Arango

Release Date June 23, 2015

On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.

For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.

Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half-truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens.

Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss.

The title The Truth and Other Lies and the blurb make this book sound incredibly interesting. For the most part, I would say the book lives up to the blurb. Mostly.

From the very beginning, my attention was captured. We're thrown right into the thick of things and move full steam ahead. Things stay steady throughout the book, though for the last 15% or so, I did feel my attention slip slightly. The ending just didn't pack the punch that I was expecting and that's why I only gave the book 4 stars instead of five.

The writing is enjoyable, although there are a few times where I had to re-read a passage to make sure I understand exactly what was happening. Sometimes there wasn't a clear transition from one part to the next and it confused me. I felt like this may have been done on purpose, though, to make the story a bit more challenging to figure out (I could be making that up, who knows?).

Without touching on the actual plot or characters, the book was worth the read. I would have preferred a different ending, though. The rest of the book deserved a better ending.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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