Review: The Marriage Lie

January 13, 2017 book review, Kimberly S. Belle, Mira 3

  • Written by: Kimberly Belle
  • Published by: MIRA, an imprint of Harlequin Books, December 27, 2016
  • Length: 352 pages
  • Source: Advance Reader Copy from publisher

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Iris and Will’s marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris’s 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 on this plane.

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has 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.

My Thoughts:

I was late in requesting a copy of The Marriage Lie, between the impending holidays and my slower reading pace, I didn’t realize Kimberly Belle had a new book coming out.  I rushed to request any copy, e galley, print ARC, and thankfully the good people at MIRA were gracious to send me a print copy.  I’ve read and loved Kimberly’s first two books, so I had high hopes for this one.  Oh my stars….what a fast paced, who the hell is the man I married, book this is!!

Iris is gobsmacked, honestly no one expects to learn their spouse has deceived them, but to lie about a trip, to even concoct an event flier, all part of an elaborate lie to cover up what?  In the midst of haze filled days, Iris mourns but keeps questioning.  She attends a mass memorial service for the deceased of flight 23, and there she meets other families and a man who says he was a friend and workout buddy of Will.  Iris has never heard of this man.  Will his relationship with Will help her uncover the reasons for his lies?

With the help of her twin brother Dave, Iris begins looking for anything to give her answers to questions she didn’t know she had.  Is it odd that her husband seems to leave no personal affects lying around, never any odd receipts or random business cards or pieces of paper?  Searching through files and recalling things from their life together Iris and Dave uncover just a few secrets, but when the head to Seattle the lies begin to spill out….and Iris isn’t sure she knew Will at all.

I enjoyed every minute of this book, it read quickly and of course when reading you can’t wait to see what happens next.  Kimberly Belle has once again kept me up late reading and holding my breath until the last page, and oh what an ending!  I highly recommend The Marriage Lie if you’re a fan of thrillers and mysteries. I have loved sharing my thoughts with several friends looking for new books to read post Holiday.

Other books by Kimberly Belle- The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust

3 Responses to “Review: The Marriage Lie”

  1. Heather

    I haven’t heard of Kimberly Belle but this definitely sounds like the kind of book I race through. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

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