Book Reviews

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

13 December, 2017


Book: The Marriage lie

Author: Kimberly Belle

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense:

Pages: 352

Format: paperback

Goodreads rating: 4.06

My rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Even the perfect marriage has its dark side…

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.

My review (Spoiler Free):

I’m sad that this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I was really excited with the synopsis since December when I knew this was coming out soon and when I finally got it in the mail in January I made it a priority.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

The book starts in a very romantic way and if you know me I like to read romantic books when they are written in a way that pleases me. This was not the case. I was just wishing and wishing for this part of the book to be over because it was too cheesy.

Fortunately my wishes were heard and the book started to become very interesting, leaving me curious with every single page. Still, that feeling was destroyed when the story became predictable and took a route that I did not expect or liked.

A little bit past the second half of the book I became bored and the main character, Iris, was also becoming annoying and repeating the same thoughts over and over again. It was also frustrating to see her push aside obvious clues that could have made her reach the truth faster.

By this time, I was also convinced that there was something in the writing style that I disliked and I discovered that it was the amount of steriotypes that the writer presented us with, whether in main or minor characters. With this I mean that the writer made certain observations (as Iris point of view) that I considered ignorant and retrogressive.

The only reason I didn’t give this book a lower rating was due to the ending which seemed rushed but was also like fresh air after some frustrating pages.

This had the potential to be so much better. It had amazing moments but everything started to crumble towards the second half of the book and I’m sad that this turned into a boring and frustrating experience.

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