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Thursday, May 4, 2017

#CJSReads REVIEW: Lies by T.M. Logan

Lies by T.M. Logan
Bonnier Zaffre

A chilling psychological thriller that shows how social media, though seemingly essential in our lives today, can become your enemy in the tap of a finger.






Synopsis from Goodreads:

WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?

A gripping new psychological thriller of secrets and revenge.

When Joe Lynch sees his wife enter an underground car park in the middle of the day, he's intrigued enough to follow her down.

And when he sees her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he naturally goes to her defence - and doesn't for a minute believe the accusations Ben makes against her.

It's pure misfortune that, just as the clash becomes violent and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe's son has an asthma attack, and Joe has to take him to safety.
  
 


Jessica's Thoughts:
5 / 5 Stars

Lies by TM Logan was a great new psychological/domestic thriller. The cover alone is what caught my interest: "What if your whole life was based on LIES". Sounds interesting right away, right? Well, I was not disappointed!

When Joe Lynch sees his wife enter an underground parking ramp of a hotel in the middle of the day, he's intrigued enough to see where she's going. When he sees her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he naturally goes to her defense - and doesn't for a minute believe the accusations Ben makes against her. Unfortunately, just as the clash becomes violent and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe's son has an asthma attack, and Joe has to take him to safety. However, when Joe comes back to check if Ben's alright, he's disappeared. And that's when Joe receives the first message.

This was an incredibly fast read and I couldn't put it down. I've been enjoying that a lot of thriller writers are embracing the new technology and incorporating it into their novels. Social media and technology are a huge factor in Joe's manipulation in this book. While it read at a good pace, I was not expecting that ending. I had a few guesses, but I was not prepared for this one! If you want a good cat and mouse thriller mixed with a psychological thriller, then you need to pick this one up!

I give this 5/5 stars!



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Sam's Thoughts:
4 / 5 Stars

When Joe Lynch sees his wife going into a hotel during the middle of the afternoon, his curiosity gets the best of him and he follows her in. After seeing her in an altercation with a family friend, Ben, he comes to her defence and ends up taking part in a brawl. When Joe’s son has an asthma attack during this argument, Joe makes the quick decision to leave and take his son to safety. After this, Joe is filled with guilt about the fight and tries to apologise to Ben. But Ben is missing. And Joe is a suspect.
Lies, the newest psychological thriller by TM Logan, takes
readers on a path of secrets and revenge. I read this one as a buddy read with Danielle at The Blonde Likes Books (you can check out her review here). I found this novel to be fast- paced and complex; this plot had me hooked from the first pages.
The novel opens with husband and father, Joe and his son, William, out participating in their normal afternoon routines. William sees his mom’s car (Mel), and Joe, trying to surprise her, follows her into an underground parking garage at a hotel. After seeing her in a fight with her friend’s husband (Ben), Joe confronts Ben in the parking garage and knocks him unconscious. Later, when he tries to seek repentance for this action, he finds out that Ben is missing. Joe quickly becomes a suspect and, as his life unravels all around him, he begins to realise that everything he knows has been built on lies. As he fights to find out the truth, and clear his name, he finds himself in grave danger.   From the first page, this novel unfolds with non-stop action.
The novel is narrated fully by Joe as he struggles to find out the truth.  I enjoyed his character and found him to be endearing but incredibly na├»ve. I felt physically anxious as Joe becomes more entrenched in the investigation and, in turn, accidently implicates himself. He truly is an ordinary guy who finds himself in a mess, partially because of technology and social media.   This was one of my favourite features of Lies; I loved that this novel toyed with the ideas of social media, technology and how crucial it can be in a developing a person’s perception of a situation.
Although I found most of the novel to be considerably predictable, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending; it truly came out of left field.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I believe that fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this one too! I gave it 4/5 stars!



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My Thoughts:
5 / 5 Stars


Poor Joe finds his wife at a hotel with his friend, Ben, who is clearly upset with her and Joe is completely confused as to what is going on.  Joe confronts Ben when he's walking to his car which leads to an altercation rendering Ben unconscious.  Leaving Ben on the pavement to tend to his son's asthma attack, he fights with his guilt until he decides to go back and check on him.  Ben has disappeared and that's when the game begins.  

I found this book to be extremely fast paced - I almost read it in one sitting but then life happened.  It brings up social media and technology being a factor in corruption and manipulation, which I'm finding lately to be a theme among thrillers... and for good reason given this day and age.  While this book trods along in an expected manner, it's the ending that threw me for a loop.  I certainly did NOT see that coming and for that, a 5 star rating. 

You like fast pasted, engrossing thrillers with a touch of psychological chill?  Here's your next read!














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