Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Truth And Other Lies by Sascha Arango

I had the pleasure of reading this book back in May thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books. They were very clear not to post reviews of any kind until the release date. Now that this book is available for purchase I can finally post my review!

The Truth And Other Lies is Sascha Arango's debut thriller. 

"On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.

For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.

Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half-truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens."

Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss."

While the start was very slow, once I was past the first 25% it actually became very enjoyable. I was eager to read as fast as I could to figure out the twists and mysteries. The characters are very well developed and at a times likable and relatable. The mysteries and plot were sometimes confusing. I know this is a thriller, but I felt left out of huge secrets that only the characters knew and it just threw off my reading and left me annoyed. 

The character's inner thoughts, at times, dragged on and on making for extremely boring reading while not giving any real relevance to the main story and ultimately just distracting me from the plot. 

From the start I wondered what the main character was hiding. I plowed through pages just sure it was something crazy and evil. Then the end comes and I got nothing. It was a mangled, cliffhanger ending.

I give this book 3.5 stars. Not on my list of top thrillers, but not a complete waste of time. I am interested to see if the author writes anymore thrillers. Also, this book was a German to English translation, which sometimes can be a bit of a mess, but this book actually translated great. 

Happy Reading!

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