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Everyone has secrets.

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.

Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?

As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.

©2016 Kimberly Swaak-Maleski (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 09-07-17

W.....T......F..... Seriously....?!

Before I get into the story (which started off kind of cool and kept my interest until the last quarter of the book), I just have to say- this narrator was THE WORST narrator I have ever heard. Period. There is no comparison. She literally made every 'guy' voice sound like a stoner from 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.' Every single guy sounded like Spicoli. It was almost to the point of being comical, but I was mostly just annoyed.

The plot- kind of cool- I can see why someone would want to know what happens next. However, what ends up happening is so incredibly stupid and unsatisfactory and frustrating that it ruins all of the good parts.

Kimberly Belle isn't a cliche writer either. She uses fresh symbolism and biting sarcasm, with original similes and empathetic characters. But, it's like she decided she didn't want to write an ending to this book and just cut it off abruptly.

I wont listen to another book she writes. I am too disgusted with her denouement.

Don't put yourself through the narrator, save some patience.

-Wendi

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Last third of the book doesn't hold up

Any additional comments?

Ultimately disappointing. Kind of a romance book mixed with a thriller, or a thriller about a romance. The husband's motives for lying to his wife and not going to Florida felt pretty weak. Then they threw in this handy new love interest who also happens to be a lawyer, (Evan) so he can now help Iris with looking into Will's background, chasing leads, and dealing with the police. He makes Will look bad in comparison, with what meager shading in of his character we do get; plus he's more interested in saving and protecting Iris than almost anything else, despite the fact that he just lost his wife and child in the same plane crash. He even invites her to stay at his home for her safety, saying he can't stand how empty it feels. Idk, i just feel like a lot of the characters motivations seemed manufactured for plot ease.

On the other hand, it's a pretty good thriller, better than your typical dime mystery whodunit, and I liked the twist at the end (the last sentence.) Not a big twist, but kind of an ironic twist; a cynical statement about forgiveness and reprisals, I suppose. Like other reviewers said, it's pretty strong for the first 2/3rds. And it's not as if the last third is weak, exactly, I just felt disappointed by the answers

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Mostly engrossing but not a shocker

A good listen. A somewhat lightweight "suspenseful thriller". But I figured out who the culprit was and what was going on pretty early on. I'm not giving myself credit. I'm just saying it's easy to figure out. Mostly enjoyable nonetheless. Although when the narrator went into the other voices it was a bit annoying. Like, oh she's doing the male voice now.i guess that can't totally be avoided but still annoying. I love thrillers, and I will not listen to this book again, like gone girl which I can listen to time and again. Not bad but not great.

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 01-22-17

Just a Middling Story --Long & Trite at Times

This book didn't quite captivate me -- perhaps because it just sounded like a whiny, good-wifey person trying to figure out what her husband had done to their marriage throughout most of the story. Of course, she found out -- although the finding out was tedious and somewhat contrived it seemed to me. In the end, the whiny wife got her revenge -- but it wasn't a satisfying ending to the story at all. It just seemed that two evil, immature people found each other and made a mockery of marriage. If I could do it over, I wouldn't spend the time or money.

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Putrid

The main character in this book would have to be severely retarded to make the storyline even slightly plausible. The narrator is hideous (especially her version of a mans voice). I cannot believe I bothered with this giant bowl clogger.

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My Least Favorite Book in the World!

IF YOU LIKE DANIELLE STEELE OR LOVE STORIES WITH ANNOYING CHARACTERS AND TERRIBLE NARRATORS GET THS BOOK.

NO SPOILERS! I had a seething anger listening to this story. It was beyond painful listening to this story and the only reason why I finished was because I was hoping she would die. The author goes on and on with these long rambling tangents throughout the book about how in love Iris is with Will. WE GET IT, MOVE ON! It was like listening to a 12-year-old girl crushing on someone.

The narrator was horrible!!!! She tried to do a southern accent yet she was 1000% New Jersey. At certain points, it seemed she didn’t even bother trying to fake a bad southern accent and was straight up Jersey. Also, half the time she is using this whispery, waify, weakling voice... SO ANNOYING! Lastly, the main character is a psychologist so the narrator should learn how to pronounce "sociology."

Overall, the main character was an idiot and the dumbest psychologist ever! it was painful to be stuck in her head. There was NO suspense, NO thrills, NO Mystery! Anyone with half a brain would figure out the plot right away. This book is marketed under "CHIK LIT" yet online describes this book as a psychological thriller. The book claims to be a great book for anyone that loved “Girl on a Train” or “Gone Girl” which is utter nonsense. I have listened to both and the “Marriage Lie” doesn’t qualify as a psychological thriller. This book should be in the “romance” section.

I'm getting my credit back.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Hated it

I don't even really know where to start. Unrealistic plot. Overly whiny and naive main character who also had no growth throughout the book. Horrible narrator who used an awful fake southern accent at time, other times she just spoke normally (for the same character). Introduced characters who implied they'd have more of a part of the book yet disappeared. Frustrating read and waste of a credit.

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Ridiculous

This is without a doubt the most ridiculous book I've ever read. How it got so many good reviews I'll nvr understand. The narrator is awful also. Do not waste a credit. You've been warned.

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disappointed

the change in the male character voices were terrible and they all sounded like the same character.

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Very Good !

very good story , I thought it could have much ended sooner, very good narrator!

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  • Patreesha
  • 09-10-18

Really Good

This book kept me guessing right to the end. A real page turner that I listened to over 2 nights. Not a thriller but a real mystery and there were some lovely parts in it, especially the end was very unexpected. I shall definitely look for more books by this author.

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  • Caroline
  • 06-20-18

It was alright...

I listened to the book all the way through, its a fairly decent story although no real twists in the tale, its almost handed to you, and the end is very predictable. My opinion is the author played it safe with the characters and really should have put them through the wringer a bit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-18

Gave up

I very rarely give up on a book/audiobook but had to make an exception for this.

Irritating narration made it worse but the main flaws were in the bland, stereotyped characters, sprinkled with lazy tropes about race and sexuality (black men are good at running, she knew the brother was gay before he did... ETC!), coupled with the ‘twist’ I saw coming a mile off.

I couldn’t empathise at all with first-person perspective character Iris because she was too annoying and somewhat stupid. On occasion this can be an excellent device (e.g. Wuthering Heights) but I don’t *think* that was intended here.

I was so bored I couldn’t be bothered to find out how it ended. I also couldn’t take any more of this narrator’s attempts to do male voices- apparently all men speak like they’re waking up from a drug-induced coma. Bad attempts at character voices really push me out of the story. Better not to bother - just read the story in your own voice.

Not for me. The first audiobook I’m going to try and return.

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  • C. M. Martin
  • 04-23-18

good story with twist and turns

Know your husband, not such a goody goody. think this book is going in one direction then it turns in another direction

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  • Susana Oliveira
  • 05-30-17

loved it

very surprising book. full of twist. and a perfect ending.
the perfect book for a those long wintery days.

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  • Karla Aguilera
  • 09-16-18

mix feelings

i was hooked from the very first chapter, it was full of surprising turns . I would have like a different ending tho maybe i wanted a more obvious ending for the lawyer and the female leading character .
overall very enjoyable highly recommended