A Suitable Lie was published by Orenda Books on 15 September 2016 and is available here
Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match… And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything. A brave, deeply moving psychological thriller which marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s top crime writers.
A Suitable Lie should come with a warning. This book will stir up powerful emotions.
The story is straightforward enough, boy meets girl. Andy is a widower, with a young child. He meets Anna and they fall in love. Anna is one complicated lady, with a dark past and an unhealthy temper. We see the results of this developing unhealthy relationship and the terrible consequences for Andy.
This was a tough book for me to read. I had to put it down several times and just pause to reflect. I felt drained emotionally by the drama and very raw. I found it uncomfortable and I wept for Andy. It is an incredibly powerful account of domestic abuse.
The strength of this book is the realism, as the relationship becomes twisted and unhealthy. Andy is a man who is gradually torn apart emotionally and spiritually, by the woman he loves. This impacts his entire life and his self esteem. Andy is a man in need of rescuing. He goes from being part of a close-knit family, to being increasingly isolated and alone. His children witness the sad events in the household. We see how Andy struggles to come to terms with what is happening and to leave his marriage. This is a story of survival, in the toughest conditions. A domestic horror story.
I can sum this book up in three words: realistic, sickening and emotional. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a tough subject tackled with sensitivity and humanity. I don’t think I will ever forget A Suitable Lie.
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