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.
This is the story of Iris, whose husband Will died on a plane where he wasn’t supposed to be. Right after his death, Iris starts to investigate the lies he told her and the reasons behind his deception. Who was Will exactly? Why did he lie? Could he be hiding something much more dangerous?
One of the aspects I liked the most about The Marriage Lie was the wonderful relationship that Iris had with her family. My favorite parts were the scenes between Iris and her brother when they travel together and begin to investigate. I loved their interactions because I don’t usually read about that kind of relationships in the novels I choose. I kept thinking that, even though she had lived through hell during those days, she was lucky to have such a great family.
Another enjoyable theme was Iris’ conflicted feelings. Because Iris loved Will with all her heart, but at the same time she knew he had been lying to her. I thought that was a fascinating issue to explore. Do you stop loving someone just because you find out they haven’t been honest with you? What does it take to make you stop loving them? Would you forgive them knowing they’re dead? It definitely made me think of what would I do if I were in Iris’ situation. Because it’s not that easy to separate the bad stuff from the good, especially in a case like this one.
After all the clues and thrilling situations, I have to say that the revelation was kind of a disappointment because I was expecting something much different (and bigger). However, the last two pages and the final sentence of The Marriage Lie were so powerful that they surely made up for the rest. The ending won’t leave you indifferent, I can promise you that.
If you enjoyed Distress Signals, I think you’ll really like this one too. This one I’d say is less tragic but equally thrilling. Kimberly Belle has made sure that I read her next book no matter what.
What I liked the most
The relationships between the characters felt realistic and I enjoyed Iris’ interactions with her family and the friends he made along the way. Will was such a complicated character that it would be too easy to judge him without any further thinking.
What I didn’t like that much
As I said, the revelation, the “why”. Then again, I think I might be the guilty one here, as I’ve had the same issue with most of the books I’ve been reading lately. Maybe I should start my books with more of an open mind.
A compelling and addictive mystery that explores some great marriage issues.
MIRA 2016, Netgalley