Review: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle


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.

Other reviews:
Cleopatra Loves Books
Clues and Reviews
Novel Gossip

Similar books:
Distress Signals
In Too Deep

MIRA 2016, Netgalley

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27 thoughts on “Review: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

  1. Donna says:

    You are becoming too difficult when it comes to endings, haha! πŸ™‚ This books sounds like it has some of the things I really enjoy: a guilty husband, a strong family connection, and secrets! I love the questions you raised. Finding out you’ve been lied to when the person isn’t there anymore? Is it enough to stop loving, can you really find closure when you must face the questions and answers on your own? This sounds really good!


    • Annie says:

      I KNOW! I hate myself hahahaha I think you’d enjoy this, the plot definitely made me think about what I would do… I enjoyed this a lot, I hope you give it a chance!

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  2. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    I’ve read quite a few reviews of The Marriage Lie and now with yours, it’s definitely at the top of my list the next time I’m in the mood for a mystery/thriller. Thanks and Happy New Year!


  3. Renee says:

    Great Review! I think you touched on some good points for readers to think about. Maybe you’re in an endings slump haha…they’re just not meeting your expectations lately:) Hopefully an ending comes along soon that has the WOW factor!!


    • Annie says:

      I’m definitely in an endings slump XD I hate it!!! I need to start lowering my expectations when it comes to endings, I’m really trying haha


  4. amandalynn9204 says:

    Love your review! I’m reading this book soon and I can’t wait. It sounds so good, and I’m really interested in the family relationships now too because I also love that and you don’t get a lot of it during thrillers or mysteries.


  5. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    I think endings and revelations are everything! You go right ahead and knock ’em down when you do not like how it concludes πŸ˜‰ I sure will haha.

    This one already has a typical ending playing out in my head. Not sure if that is accurate, I would have to read to find out. But I think again, this is a title that would tick me off. Having the man you love turn out to be a total liar. Call me a hard case, but no matter the reason.. shame! Haha. But seriously.

    Love your review as always. Might pass on this one since the end reveal didn’t quite make the cut πŸ˜‰


  6. Grab the Lapels says:

    Aw, do you think you’ve read too many books in the same genre and now you’re bored?

    Also, I’ve noticed lately how so many book descriptions begin with hyperbole: perfect life, spouse, job, etc. Am I crazy, or does anyone else see that?


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