The Perfect Lie – Jo Spain

He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

But it was all built on the perfect lie.

‘A fabulous page-turner that will keep you guessing and guessing’ CARA HUNTER

‘Intense, clever writing and packed with twists and turns’ DERVLA MCTIERNAN

‘Another twisty and intense thriller from the great Jo Spain’ ADRIAN MCKINTY

Jo Spain is the author of the bestselling Inspector Tom Reynolds series and several international No. 1 bestselling standalone novels, including The Confession and Dirty Little Secrets. Her first book, With Our Blessing, was a finalist in the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller.

Jo, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, writes TV screenplays full-time. Her first crime series was broadcast on RTE in 2018 and she’s currently involved in a number of TV developments including adaptations of her own novels, in Germany, Britain, Iceland and Finland.

Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four young children.

My Review:

Having read Jo Spain’s previous 3 standalone books, Dirty Little Secrets (see here for my full review), The Confession (click here for my review) and Six Wicked Reasons (click here for my review), I was thrilled to see another new standalone psychological thriller The Perfect Lie was being published on 13th May 2021 and when I was asked to participate in the blogtour by the publisher I jumped at the chance.

This is the story of Erin Kennedy, an Irish woman who emigrated to New York after a family tragedy, meet and married Danny, a police detective and is living a seemingly happy life working in publishing. When the door bell rings one morning and it’s the police, her life is thrown upside down and shattered in a matter of minutes.

The story is told in “then” and “now” chapters and the book slowly reveals Erin’s emotional journey leading up to the incident and then how she finds herself standing trial for her husband’s murder many months later.

This is the type of book to give you whiplash because you are going back and forth so much and trying to work out who, why and when each time the author slowly reveals a little more information. At times I was convinced I knew what had happened and then something else was disclosed which blew my theories out the water.

A cleverly plotted and twisty tale which makes you ask how well you know your loved ones!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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