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Publisher's Summary

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, best-selling 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 instantly gripping, 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.

©2014 C. Bertelsmann Verlag, Munchen, in der Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Robert
  • Morrisville, PA, United States
  • 09-09-15

Wrong Narrator?

Intriguing book full of dark comedy which was muted by the Audio production.

I think Corey Brill is a talented narrator who just wasn't right for this book. He read the book, prose and characters, with an American accent and while stylistically he was excellent, it stripped some of the atmosphere from the book and often pulled me out of the story.

I don't blame the narrator but the seeming production decision that American's would prefer European novels if they were presented as if they took place in Akron.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Intriguing listen

This story held my attention all the way through. I like the pace of this book, the twists and I am really relieved about the ending. No spoilers-well worth my time and money!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 01-12-16

Beautiful writing

A dark comedy of errors, told beautifully. Like other reviewers I wonder at the choice of narrators since the protagonist is an Englishman. And yet, Mr. Brill's tone is pitch-perfect. How can people fall for this base, evil guy?...and yet, you almost do yourself. While there were some aspects of the plot that left me hanging, I can't wait for another novel from this author.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Beautifully written

Very engaging storytelling with an interesting twist on an individual's "truths". I enjoyed it a lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Odd

This book was hard to follow. The back and forth story line was not my favorite.

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Not Much Truth At All

I have very mixed feelings on rather this was actually a good novel......... And that is the Truth!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Distressing

What would have made The Truth and Other Lies better?

The book deals with the basest of human traits. I would rather spend my leisure time exploring more uplifting ideas. I know that selfishness and negativity exist in this world. I just choose to spend as much of my waking hours practicing positivity.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Corey Brill?

Yes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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horrible

awful story telling.sorry I bought it.if it was free it would b to much. ugh

0 of 6 people found this review helpful