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The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie

Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 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 i…

Title : The Marriage Lie
Author : Kimberly Belle
Rating :
ISBN : 0778319768
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 pages

The Marriage Lie Reviews

  • Mary Kubica
    Mar 02, 2016

    After her husband’s mysterious death, Iris Griffith begins to investigate whether her husband, Will, is the man she thought she knew, bringing her from Atlanta to Seattle as she tries to uncover his secretive past. A taut story with plentiful twists and turns, THE MARRIAGE LIE is a wild ride.

    Thanks to MIRA Books for an early copy of the novel.

  • ♡ Kim ♡
    Sep 13, 2016

    Wow! This was one rollercoaster ride of a great book! In fact, I am still feeling the adrenaline rush of that last sentence.

    Most definitely one of my favorite books I have read this year!

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Sep 16, 2016

    This book was the definition of suspense and compulsive reading. I didn’t want to put it down! As this was my first experience with a

    novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my Nana Book Bestie assured me it was a must read and I had to get my hands on it. As always, her recommendation didn’t disappoint and am happy to say I’m the newest member of the K-Belle Fan Club! After a few longer books, I was looking for something to be a quick, thrilling read that I could get through in

    This book was the definition of suspense and compulsive reading. I didn’t want to put it down! As this was my first experience with a

    novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my Nana Book Bestie assured me it was a must read and I had to get my hands on it. As always, her recommendation didn’t disappoint and am happy to say I’m the newest member of the K-Belle Fan Club! After a few longer books, I was looking for something to be a quick, thrilling read that I could get through in the blink of an eye, and here it was!

    My greatest pleasant surprise was how much I connected with the characters in this story. Usually, when I’m reading psychological suspense, I enjoy the thrilling aspects but feel the character depth and development is lacking; not so here. The characters were diverse in gender, sexuality, and race, but without being so in a pushy, “I’m trying to be diverse” kind of way. I also loved how it felt I was along the journey with Iris; I kept wondering just where we would end up, and while I didn’t feel this book contained a large twist, I was grateful for that. Too many times I’ve entered into a book with my expectations hinged on one shocking moment, and this book was more reliably enjoyable. I found comfort in a “normal” ending as it caused me to focus on the characters and writing style in greater detail.

    If you are looking for a quick read that you simply can’t put down, I highly recommend picking up

    . It had all the components of a book to bust your reading slump and get into the groove of enjoying reading again. This is just a personal note, but I would LOVE to see a spin off book featuring Evan Sheffield and his personal journey after the events of TML. Also, I may have a slight book crush on him. Book Boyfriend Evan; it has a nice ring to it.

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Dec 08, 2016

    Iris Griffith always thought that her marriage to Will was secure. Together they are celebrating seven years of marriage and are trying to start a family. Will is a guest speaker in a business conference and leaves in the morning for Orlando. Later that afternoon, Iris is notified that her husband was killed aboard a plane that crashed enroute to Seattle. Grief stricken, Iris refuses to believe that Will is dead and is adamant that he never boarded that flight.

    As the days pass, Iris still cannot

    Iris Griffith always thought that her marriage to Will was secure. Together they are celebrating seven years of marriage and are trying to start a family. Will is a guest speaker in a business conference and leaves in the morning for Orlando. Later that afternoon, Iris is notified that her husband was killed aboard a plane that crashed enroute to Seattle. Grief stricken, Iris refuses to believe that Will is dead and is adamant that he never boarded that flight.

    As the days pass, Iris still cannot belive that Will would lie about his travel plans. She decides to investigate herself to find out the truth. Iris begins to uncover inconsistencies in Will’s past and feels betrayed. Along the way, she meets a friend of his that he has never mentioned. As her journey continues, she learns much more about Will’s past and clues are revealed.

    This psychological thriller is an addictive read because of the gradual momentum that builds throughout the story. The characters introduced are engaging and I was not sure who to trust. It was quite the page turner!

    $3.99 digital platforms 3/11

  • Kristin (KC)
    Feb 23, 2017

    Ever wish that you just

    have to rate a book? That you could simply read it, ponder its significance, or lack thereof, and then…

    …move on? For us avid reviewers here on Goodreads, that’s not really an option. We take our *job* very seriously, as we should, because there is an emptiness that lingers after finishing a book when we

    outwardly express our thoughts in some way. It can almost feel as though we didn’t read the book at all…we become those trees, crashing down

    Ever wish that you just

    have to rate a book? That you could simply read it, ponder its significance, or lack thereof, and then…

    …move on? For us avid reviewers here on Goodreads, that’s not really an option. We take our *job* very seriously, as we should, because there is an emptiness that lingers after finishing a book when we

    outwardly express our thoughts in some way. It can almost feel as though we didn’t read the book at all…we become those trees, crashing down soundlessly in deserted forests.

    But sometimes it’s hard being critical, dammit. And not every emotion can be adequately explained or fairly measured through a limited band of stars. I’ll give it a shot, though, so my experience with this book doesn’t friggen disintegrate.

    I’m giving this book three and half stars, but it’s a really GOOD three and a half stars! I

    the premise of this story, and the writing in the beginning did a tremendous job pulling me in. It was impressive and had me flipping those pages like the animalistic page-flipper I can sometimes be, dying to know what was going on and where all the suspense was leading.

    That is the basis of this story. After her husband is killed in a plane crash, Iris learns that Will was not at all the man she thought he was. This book then becomes driven by Iris’s frantic chase of the truth, as she gathers shocking bits and pieces of her husband’s past and struggles to fit them all together.

    This story expertly poses the question:

    And then attempts to answer this question through a plot overflowing with doubt and suspicion. You will question the validity of everything, and it is addicting, to say the least.

    My qualms can best be expressed through a strange comparison of a beloved old game show I used to watch with my grandmother—

    , with host, Dick Clark. I’m referring to the speed round at the end, when the winning pair of contestants guess at category titles listed on the pyramid. The answers typically go like this:

    While reading, I felt as though every single character in this book could have been neatly pressed inside one of those golden triangles of stereotypes on that pyramid. The criminals did and said what you’d expect them to. The lawyer was a textbook case. The psychologist said everything you’d expect a qualified psychologist to say. The gay man fit the hollywood stereotype to a T. The pretty, popular girl in high school was as generic as they come… and I think you get the point.

    It felt like this author played strictly by the rules, not venturing too far outside the box while composing her cast of characters, and it didn’t really seem as if the use of stereotypes was necessary to enhance this plot (as sometimes is the case).

    I know my complaint is pretty elaborate, but the thing is, I really did enjoy this read—namely the first half. The second half began to lose its spark a bit, but the first fifty percent or so was solid enjoyment. Then there’s the very ending…that final, tiny twist

    the twist that sneaks in as quietly as a whisper, but changes the dynamic entirely. Kind of crazy—and I kind of loved it.

    A good read that I’d recommend to thriller seekers! (And possibly The $10,000 Pyramid show lovers?)

  • Norma
    Mar 07, 2017

    Okay first off I am definitely all about how a book makes me feel while reading and after finishing it. The emotions can either be positive or negative doesn’t matter it just has to make me feel something. Have you ever felt like you were just reading a book just to finish it? To be totally honest that is how I felt. It just seemed like I was just reading it and knew what was going to happen next. Although I did like the storyline and the characters which kept me interested enough to finish this

    Okay first off I am definitely all about how a book makes me feel while reading and after finishing it. The emotions can either be positive or negative doesn’t matter it just has to make me feel something. Have you ever felt like you were just reading a book just to finish it? To be totally honest that is how I felt. It just seemed like I was just reading it and knew what was going to happen next. Although I did like the storyline and the characters which kept me interested enough to finish this book otherwise it was definitely a strange feeling for me!

    THE MARRIAGE LIE by KIMBERLY BELLE is a good domestic psychological thriller that had me pretty engaged and interested throughout the first half of this book. Then it fell a little bit flat as I could see where everything was headed and there were no real surprises for me along the way or even on the outcome. So with that being said I am pretty sure that is why it just wasn’t a better read for me.

    KIMBERLEY BELL does deliver a well-written and interestingly enough read here but with typical characters. I did really like the premise of this story and needed some clarification on some of the events that transpired to keep me wanting to turn those pages to get to the ending.

    To sum it all up it was an interesting, slow-paced, suspenseful, quick and easy read with a satisfying and twist ending! Would I recommend if asked? Sure it was still mostly enjoyable!

    All of Brenda and my reviews can be found on our sister blog:

  • Bibi
    Feb 11, 2017
  • Julie
    Feb 21, 2017

    The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle is a 2017 MIRA publication.

    Wow! The Marriage Lie is an outstanding domestic thriller that captured my attention from page one and never let go.

    Iris and Will are happily married, blissful, even, until Will leaves town on a business trip. As word trickles back to her that Will may have been on an ill-fated flight, Iris discovers her husband may not be the man she thought he was. As she peels away the layers of the foundation her marriage was built upon, one sho

    The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle is a 2017 MIRA publication.

    Wow! The Marriage Lie is an outstanding domestic thriller that captured my attention from page one and never let go.

    Iris and Will are happily married, blissful, even, until Will leaves town on a business trip. As word trickles back to her that Will may have been on an ill-fated flight, Iris discovers her husband may not be the man she thought he was. As she peels away the layers of the foundation her marriage was built upon, one shocking revelation after another is unearthed, until Iris finds herself in deep trouble, unsure what or whom to believe or trust.

    Was Will on the plane that crashed? Could he still be alive? If so, why did he lie to her? Did Will place Iris in danger?

    The stories centered around double lives or big secrets revealed after the sudden death of a spouse has always drawn me into their web. This story, however, did not employ that slow, steady, atmospheric pacing some domestic or psychological thrillers use in these instances. This book charges from the gate and maintains a breakneck speed, but still captures that atmospheric tone that makes your spine tingle with the anticipation, knowing something truly sinister is afoot.

    The characters really stand out in this one. Iris’s emotional turmoil is palpable and felt truly genuine. The secondary characters are also well drawn and made a terrific supporting cast.

    I had heard good things about this book, but, I never imagined it would be this good.

    I highly recommend this one to fans of psychological thrillers/ domestic thrillers, or to anyone who enjoys a taut novel of suspense.

    4.5 stars

  • Tulay
    Mar 16, 2017

    Really enjoyed this book, in some parts became long and boring. Every character in this story has problems but you couldn’t help yourself to like them. Romantic thrillers not my kind of books, this one was suggested to me, glad I read it. Answered all the questions at the end, surprising ending was shocking. Yes I would have done the same thing, but before…

  • Tanya
    Apr 18, 2017

    Although the story is not very original, it still had a few surprises. This book had my attention from the very beginning and kept it till the very end. I’m impressed, a very good read.