This review is written with thanks to Harlequin UK and Netgalley for my copy of The Marriage Lie.
Iris Griffith is devastated when she is contacted by an airline whose flight to Seattle has crashed, claiming that her husband, Will, is among the fatalities. But why was Will on the aeroplane that crashed when he was supposed to be travelling to Orlando? As Iris tries to uncover the truth, she finds herself tangled in a web of lies. How well did she really know her husband?
The Marriage Lie takes place in America, and whilst the geographical locations about which Belle writes are not familiar to me, her descriptions are so vivid, particularly her use of figurative language, that I immediately felt able to picture the scenes in the novel and immerse myself in it. The poetic nature of Belle's writing is emphasised by the novel's beginning and ending, which create a cyclical narrative, and this helped me to understand the nature of Iris and Will's relationship and engage with their characters.
As the title suggests, the plot of The Marriage Lie is based around deception. As the plot develops, it is clear that there are several lies to be uncovered, and this caused me to question everything I read. This is heightened by Belle's use of the first person: Iris' grief makes her vulnerable, and in turn, this means she has the potential to be unreliable. My constant questioning as I was reading kept me on my toes, and made me want to discover why Will had been on a different aeroplane, meaning I was hooked to the very end.
There are elements of the plot that seem slightly unrealistic, but despite the need to suspend my belief in places, I found The Marriage Lie to be a very compelling read.
The Marriage Lie is published on 29th December and is available from Amazon.