The Truth in my Lies is the new book from Ivy Smoak. I hadn’t read any of her work before, but with a synopsis that hit all the right notes of mystery, sinisterness and intrigue I couldn’t turn down reading it. I love books that put me on edge, mess with my mind and that aren’t predictable. For me, The Truth in my Lies is all that and more.
Adeline Bell is an interesting character at best. I started out with one opinion of her that progressively change throughout the book. Is she a reliable narrator? I don’t really want to say, I think she tells you the truth in her best way. But you’d need to read the book to really hear her truth. Adeline lives for Thursdays. With an abusive, controlling husband who is only home from Friday night till Monday morning, she has the week to herself. She is without a doubt a prisoner in her own home and mind, due to the abuse she has suffered. But Thursdays are her day she longs for each week, for she sees the lawn guy as she runs past to the woods and back again to her home. Its a fantasy, she has never spoke to him but he makes each week bearable for her. I can’t say more about the story that that, in fact the synopsis won’t tell you much more. I won’t give you spoilers and ruin The Truth in my Lies. I will say it wasn’t what I was expecting, but I’m so glad it wasn’t too.
There aren’t many characters in this book, mainly you have Adeline whom the story is told by, her husband, the gardener/lawn boy and a nosey neighbour. There are more characters, but again… No spoilers here. The Truth in my Lies has a good pace, I felt like it was a novella as I read it so fast and yet its a full 345 page novel. You just get swept up on Adeline and her story of what has happened and what will happen. Is it predictable? At times yes, but the complete ending I didn’t see coming. The end was fitting for the book though and I don’t feel Ivy (Author) could have wrote it any other way and done it justice still.
I find too often with thrillers I work things out which leaves me feeling let down at the end, this book didn’t make me feel that way at all. I was left with that ‘Wow I’ve just read a really great book’ feeling. The story is captivating, the characters interesting and developed and The Truth in my Lies left me thinking about it after I put it down. Available on Kindle Unlimited as a free read if you subscribe I highly recommend this book if you like a good thriller – 4.5 stars.