Published by Atria Books on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Literary, Suspense, Thrillers
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets an untimely death, leaving him to deal with the consequences.“Evil is a matter of opinion…” On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous. For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake. Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half-truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens. Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss.
The title doesn’t seem to make sense, but The Truth and Other Lies is perfect for this book. This book was a total mess, but in all the right ways. The characters in this book were seriously twisted. So I really enjoyed this story and read the whole thing in one day.
Henry is a bad man. To the outside world, he seems like the story of success. His books are all best sellers and he is well respected. No one knows that his wife is the real author, he is just the name. They are happily married and live eccentrically together. When Henry’s mistress becomes pregnant, Henry’s life implodes. In a split-second decision, Henry tries to get rid of the problem of his mistress, and he makes a grave mistake. His shady past comes for him during a police investigation and Henry’s life spirals out of control.
I really can’t say too much about the events in this story. To do so would be to give it away. Just know that Henry’s actions kept me completely captivated. It is hard to sell a story about a pretty unlikeable character, but this author nails it. All of the characters in this story had issues. I can’t think of one person in this book worth rooting for. It was like watching a car accident. I was horrified, but I couldn’t look away.
The only thing that kind of irked me was the ending. We are left wondering…ugh, can’t even say what I was wondering at the end. Henry does have some redeeming qualities in this story. Not enough to be actually forgiven for his actions, but at least his motivation seems less sinister. Henry seems to act of out necessity. He was a perplexing character. I really enjoyed this thriller. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you should definitely give this book a read.