Thank you to Ivy Smoak and NetGalley for providing a copy for review.
For a few weeks now I haven’t been too impressed with the books I’ve read, with the exception of one. That book was good but it also wasn’t amazing. After months of procrastinating, I finally picked up The Truth in My Lies by Ivy Smoak. When I read the blurb back then, I immediately knew that I was going to really like the story and I did, but what I didn’t know was what I had signed up for. This story was absolutely nuts and I still can’t fathom the craziness of this thriller.
My name is Adeline Bell. I’m a suburban housewife. Period. My husband has always kept me on a tight leash. I’m not even supposed to leave the house.
My husband leaves every Monday morning for business and comes back Friday night. I have the weekdays to myself. And I always leave the house every morning. What my husband doesn’t know won’t kill him. I wake up, run, clean the house, wish for a better life, repeat. It’s best when I have a routine. And every day is exactly the same.
Except for Thursdays. I live and breathe for Thursdays. It’s when he comes. You know the type. The guy that is the epitome of escape from your wretched life. The one who embodies the strength and freedom you don’t have. I watch him from a distance. I can’t help myself. But I was never supposed to talk to him. I was never supposed to fall for him.
I know what you’re thinking. But you don’t know my story. You don’t know the kind of monster my husband is. And trust me, you have no idea who I am.
Now, what do you think after reading the blurb? I’m pretty sure that your thoughts on how the story is going to unfold is something like this: The husband is a terrible human being; Adeline gets saved by the mystery stranger; they are going to live happily ever after. And obviously there a few twists and turns along the way because it’s a thriller after all. Well… Think again because this novel is nothing you would expect. And I mean nothing! The plot is totally and without a single doubt insane!
I usually don’t mind predictable endings in New Adult and/or Contemporary Romance books. It’s obvious that the guy gets the girl (or the guy the guy and the girl the girl) and I’m kind of hoping for it because I am a sucker for happy endings. The path they go, however, to get to their happily ever after is a different story. I expect there to be some small twists and turns to keep it exciting.
Thrillers, if they are plotted well, shouldn’t be predictable at all. They should make you gasp, they should captivate you from the very first page, they should blow you away. All of this happened while reading The Truth in My Lies. However, I figured out the plot twist of the thriller. At least I thought I did because as it turned out it was only a minor plot twist and the big one was yet to come and that one was shocking! Now imagine my surprise when I found out! I never saw this coming. And then the ending! I am really impressed with Smoak’s plotting.
Adeline was one of the most unreliable characters I’ve ever read about. Honestly, that made the book even better and more intriguing in my opinion. It was oftentimes difficult to tell if Adeline was telling the truth or if she only told lies. On top of that, she didn’t seemed to know herself if the things she did, said and thought were true or not. I got very confused throughout the book because I didn’t know what to believe anymore. I really liked this concept here.
“Don’t be fooled by what you see. It’s the things you don’t that really matter.”
There were a few scenes in the middle of the book that dragged a little and they didn’t seem to fit properly in the story. But the pace which picked up again after the halfway point and the shocking ending of the story totally made up for the dragging part. Speaking of the ending. I really liked the fact that it was an open end. Now it’s up to the reader’s imagination to finish the book. If you’ve read this thriller, let me know and we can discuss possible endings together. 🙂
The Truth in My Lies is definitely a surprising and brilliant read, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This thriller is definitely going to be on my ‘Favorite Books of 2018’ list.