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.
Hi and welcome to my review of The Perfect Lie!
I loved Jo Spain’s Six Wicked Reasons, I loved Dirty Little Secrets even more, I went into The Perfect Lie with the highest expectations but they were all met and – dare I say it – exceeded. I don’t know whether to sing Jo Spain’s praises for being so clever or hit myself over the head for being so dim!
The first thing that came to mind after a few chapters of The Perfect Lie was WTF. Of course it was right there in the blurb, I could have known that police detective Danny would jump to his death, that his wife Erin would be charged with murder. I would have known all that had I read that blurb, but I was craving a proper thriller so I grabbed one off Mount TBR that was bound to satisfy my thriller needs, it was Jo Spain, that was all I needed to know. But there I was, two chapters in and faced with the conundrum: how is Erin charged with murder when it was clearly a suicide, which was witnessed by a few police officers to boot? I couldn’t wait to find out how Jo was going to make that one work!
The narrative takes the reader back and forth in time. We find out what happens after Danny’s death, up to and including Erin’s trial, while also learning about their earlier relationship. Thrown into the mix, rather incomprehensibly at first, is a storyline set at Harvard a few years earlier. The alternating storylines allow Jo and her characters to keep their secrets close to their chests, keeping the reader in the dark, guessing at every little thing.
As the story progressed I figured a few things out, but there was a whole bunch of things I didn’t see until I practically crashed into them. The less you know, the better, just read it!
I just have to pull out all the clichés for this one. I was intrigued from the get-go, it had me glued to its pages, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and kept on my toes as well. All of that at once. What a feat!
The Perfect Lie is a cracking thriller! Intriguing, tense and super addictive, it’s a corker any thriller lover needs to add to their collection right this instant! Need I say it? Highly recommended!
The Perfect Lie is out today in digital formats, audio and hardcover.
Huge thanks to Quercus for the ARC! All opinions are still my own.