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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 in…

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

The Marriage Lie Reviews

  • Kate Moretti
    May 04, 2016

    The MARRIAGE LIE is the definition of a page-turner. Every chapter ends perfectly hooked, every emotion is laid bare to experience along with Iris. We feel every one of Will’s carefully crafted lies. We don’t know who to trust, who to root for, who is dangerous, and the effect is dizzying. A pulse-pounding good book.

  • Susan Peterson
    Dec 27, 2016

    The first word that popped into my head after reading this book was “Wow”!!! Kimberly Belle weaves a masterful story, full of suspense and heart-pounding moments, but with an emotional, tender touch. Iris Griffith’s husband Will, is killed in a plane crash headed to Seattle; except that Iris thought he was on his way to Orlando. As Iris deals with the death of her beloved husband, she is caught up in a whirlwind of lies and betrayals. Iris no longer knows who to trust or what to believe as her h

    The first word that popped into my head after reading this book was “Wow”!!! Kimberly Belle weaves a masterful story, full of suspense and heart-pounding moments, but with an emotional, tender touch. Iris Griffith’s husband Will, is killed in a plane crash headed to Seattle; except that Iris thought he was on his way to Orlando. As Iris deals with the death of her beloved husband, she is caught up in a whirlwind of lies and betrayals. Iris no longer knows who to trust or what to believe as her husband’s deep secrets and well-hidden past throw her into a tailspin. The Marriage Lie is a mesmerizing story, filled with characters who are multi-layered; loving and dangerous; trustworthy and dishonest; and the reader never knows which is which on this roller coaster of a ride!

  • 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.

  • Laura Rash
    Aug 24, 2016

    Holy crap!!! What a crazy ride this book is! Twists & turns in the plot that don’t end til the very last whopper of a sentence! My mind was completely blown! I believe this is the best book yet by Belle & I loved it!

  • Judy Collins
    Dec 27, 2016

    Talented author, Kimberly S. Belle returns following

    (2015) and

    (2014), with a deliciously domestic psychological suspense thriller,

    “A page-turning” grip-lit. An exploration of the complex lies, betrayal, and dark secrets of a marriage.

    living in Atlanta, GA. Iris and Will Griffith, are approaching their seventh anniversary. They have their dream Victorian ho

    Talented author, Kimberly S. Belle returns following

    (2015) and

    (2014), with a deliciously domestic psychological suspense thriller,

    “A page-turning” grip-lit. An exploration of the complex lies, betrayal, and dark secrets of a marriage.

    living in Atlanta, GA. Iris and Will Griffith, are approaching their seventh anniversary. They have their dream Victorian home on a quiet street in Inman Park with the porch and working on a baby to complete their family.

    for a three- day business trip to Orlando, FL and gives Iris a beautiful anniversary ring, the night before. He is a Sr. Software Engineer with a consulting firm and has a conference to attend.

    at the exclusive K-12 Lake Forrest Academy in a leafy suburb of Atlanta. They are a privileged and elite tribe of troubled kids with wealthy parents of surgeons, news anchors, socialites, and professional athletes.

    comes that Liberty Airlines Flight 23 has crashed, shortly after taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Seattle Washington. All 179 passengers are presumed dead. However, it was not Will’s plane. He was on his way to Orlando. Safe, correct?

    William Matthew Griffith was on that plane. How could this be? This has to be a mix-up. However, as Iris begins investigating, frantic with worry and fear over this unsettling news, she learns there was no conference for Cyber Security for Critical assets: An Intelligence Summit.

    He cannot be dead.

    depression, acceptance. The stages of grief. How could a man headed to Orlando end up on a westward-bound plane? How could he have died? Could the conference have been moved to a different location? Was there another woman? Had he been cheating?

    Iris finds he booked a one-way trip. He booked two tickets in opposite directions. Why? Iris goes from heartbroken to being furious. He lied. How could he do this to her? To them?

    of her twin brother, Dave she begins digging into Will’s past. However, the question is, “does this lie override their seven years of marriage?” Does it erase their love?

    and moved to Atlanta straight out of grad school at the University of Tennessee. His entire life had been on the east coast, not west. His parents were dead, and he had no siblings. He never talked of friends or family. Besides his colleagues and acquaintances his only high school friend residing in Costa Rica.

    They had eloped when they married, with only her brother and his partner, James, and her parents, as witnesses. She knew his childhood wasn’t pleasant, but nothing something he talked about.

    she know her husband? Iris is determined to get answers. A pilot error. What if Will is not dead? How could he leave her here all alone unarmed and clueless to fight this battle?

    She and her husband shared a home, a life, and the past. Their relationship had been built on trust and honesty. There had never been any reason for either of them to be jealous or suspicious.

    showing up from Will’s gym? She does not even know this guy. How could she mourn a guy she longer is certain she knows?

    Could her husband be a wanted criminal, a serial killer, or a rapist, or a murderer? Nothing is as is appears. His job, his past, their life. Has it all been a lie? Money missing. Crazy messages. Something is not right. Does she want him to be dead, or face the fact he is not the person she married?

    and she and her brother Dave begin to uncover more about Will’s dark past, leading us to more twists and turns, and the explosive conclusion! (great ending!)

    blackmail, and betrayal. Innocent lives, justice, revenge. A twisty gripping ride and with each turn, you do not know whom to truth. Reliable? The author does an outstanding job of weaving the mystery and suspense with the deep dark secrets for a wild adventurous ride.

    Psychological suspense and family drama with a perfect marriage on the exterior, yet beneath the façade; a marriage with dark secrets and lies with fatal repercussions. A chilling and haunting tale. Also a nice tie in with the student Eva. Those with money and those without–

    for book clubs and group discussions (as always, Belle includes an extensive guide). A thought-provoking question: To what extent does a person’s past influence or define one’s future.? There are many emotional complex decisions and moral dilemmas sprinkled throughout the novel. The what ifs; if faced with similar circumstances?

    As always I enjoy re-visiting with the cool parts of Atlanta which I lived for many years, the Historic neighborhoods, landmarks, restaurants, and the wonderful Beltline. I could imagine myself back there!

    Iris’s twin brother. Kimberly adds just the amount of wit and humor with the psychological suspense and mystery, for a nice balance. I knew the first book I read by Belle, she would be an author to follow. Each book is unique, crossing several genres- love her writing style!

    For fans of domestic suspense:

    Cover love- The paperback is stunning!

    My Top Book List for each year.

    2014

    2015

    2016

  • ♡ 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!

  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    Dec 27, 2016

    Whew, I’m finally home from vacation and can catch up on some reviews! I finished three books while I was gone, but I didn’t bring my laptop with me, and blogging from my phone seemed less than ideal! Let’s start with the first book I finished.

    The Marriage Lie follows Iris and her husband Will. Happily married, Will leaves for Orlando to go on a business trip one morning. The night before was their seventh wedding anniversary, and Will and Iris are just as happy as they were the day they got ma

    Whew, I’m finally home from vacation and can catch up on some reviews! I finished three books while I was gone, but I didn’t bring my laptop with me, and blogging from my phone seemed less than ideal! Let’s start with the first book I finished.

    The Marriage Lie follows Iris and her husband Will. Happily married, Will leaves for Orlando to go on a business trip one morning. The night before was their seventh wedding anniversary, and Will and Iris are just as happy as they were the day they got married. That is, until Iris gets a phone call that Will’s plane crashed and he was killed…only, the plane that crashed was headed to Seattle.

    As Iris tries to wrap her mind around why her husband was on a plane headed for Seattle when he was supposed to be flying to Orlando, she decides to do some digging to figure out what’s going on. From there, she starts to uncover all kinds of lies her husband told her…does she even know him at all? The further she digs, the more she puts herself in harm’s way.

    I loved this book! It was full of twists and turns, and I was as eager as Iris was to figure out exactly what was going on and why Will was lying to her. More and more of the story got revealed, and I was hooked! I loved that I wasn’t sure who could be trusted throughout the entire book. That made everything more suspenseful, and I enjoyed that. I also LOVED the ending! I thought it was perfect! I’m excited to see what everyone else thinks about the book! I’d love to chat about it, so if you’ve read it, feel free to drop me a note!

    Thank you to Netgalley, Kimberly Belle, and Mira for an advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to read it in exchange for an honest review. The Marriage Lie just came out today (December 27th) so be sure to pick it up!

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Dec 16, 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!

    Giveaway on my blog until 12/18-

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  • Bea
    Jan 01, 2017

    Oh my, this book. So many twists and turns, so many revelations big and small. While I expected a twist at the end, I did not see the one that we got. It took me completely by surprise. “The Marriage Lie” examines the question of just how well we ever actually know another person. It also brings up questions regarding secrets – what secrets we choose to keep and why, what would happen if we brought those secrets out in the open, is it ever right to keep secrets from someone, how will you react w

    Oh my, this book. So many twists and turns, so many revelations big and small. While I expected a twist at the end, I did not see the one that we got. It took me completely by surprise. “The Marriage Lie” examines the question of just how well we ever actually know another person. It also brings up questions regarding secrets – what secrets we choose to keep and why, what would happen if we brought those secrets out in the open, is it ever right to keep secrets from someone, how will you react when your secrets are revealed? The book also looks at grief, what it is, how we react to it, and how it changes us. For book clubs, there’s a section at the end that provides discussion questions, and there’s a section where Belle talks about her inspiration and her writing process.

    “The Marriage Lie” caught me from the first chapter, I was hooked. I had to keep reading, the story was compelling. It starts with a tender scene between Iris and her husband Will, then he leaves on a trip and Iris’s world is ripped apart. She’s dealing with grief and with the practicalities of a loved one’s death all while trying to unravel why her husband was on the Seattle flight. As she digs, she begins to realize just how much she never knew about her husband and begins to question her culpability in that. Though she’s a psychologist and seems to be a good one, like most of us, she has blind spots. She realizes that she willingly overlooked inconsistencies and questions about Will, swept them aside rather than look closer. As Iris learns more about Will and his actions, she has choices to make, including whether or not to keep certain things secret and if so, from whom. Who will she protect and why?

    My one real gripe has to do with Iris’s family; they seemed too perfect and understanding, or maybe that just says more about my family than the author’s writing. Otherwise this story was practically perfect with compelling writing, a sympathetic heroine, and enough twists and turns to give you whiplash.

  • anionce
    Dec 30, 2016

    >> This is the story of Iris, whose husband Will died on a plane where he wasn’t supposed to be. Right after his death, Iris starts to investigate the lies he told her and the reasons behind his deception. Who was Will exactly? Why did he lie? Could he be hiding something much more?

    One of the aspects I liked the most about the novel was the wonderful relationship that Iris had with her family. My favorite parts were the scenes between Iris and her brother, when

    >> This is the story of Iris, whose husband Will died on a plane where he wasn’t supposed to be. Right after his death, Iris starts to investigate the lies he told her and the reasons behind his deception. Who was Will exactly? Why did he lie? Could he be hiding something much more?

    One of the aspects I liked the most about the novel was the wonderful relationship that Iris had with her family. My favorite parts were the scenes between Iris and her brother, when they travel together and begin to investigate. I loved their interactions because I don’t usually read about that kind of relationships in the novels I choose. I kept thinking that, even though she had lived through hell during those days, she was lucky to have such a great family.

    Another enjoyable theme was Iris’ conflicted feelings. Because Iris loved Will with all her heart, but at the same time she knew he had been lying to her. I thought that was a fascinating issue to explore. Do you stop loving someone just because you find out they haven’t been honest with you? What does it take to make you stop loving them? Would you forgive them knowing they’re dead? It definitely made me think of what would I do if I were in Iris’ situation. Because it’s not that easy to separate the bad stuff from the good, especially in a case like this one.

    After all the clues and thrilling situations, I have to say that the revelation was kind of a disappointment because I was expecting something much different (and bigger). However, the last two pages and the final sentence were so powerful that they surely made up for the rest. The ending won’t leave you indifferent, I can promise you that.

    If you enjoyed Distress Signals, I think you’ll really like this one too. This one I’d say is less tragic but equally thrilling. Kimberly Belle has made sure that I read her next book no matter what.

    The relationships between the characters felt realistic and I enjoyed Iris’ interactions with her family and the friends he made along the way. Will was such a complicated character that it would be too easy to judge him without any further thinking.

    As I said, the revelation, the “why”. Then again, I think I might be the guilty one here, as I’ve had the same issue with most of the books I’ve been reading lately. Maybe I should start my books with more of an open mind.

    A compelling and addictive mystery that explores some great marriage issues.