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Thriller set on LONG ISLAND

13th May 2021

The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain, thriller set on LONG ISLAND.

Thriller set on LONG ISLAND

I dived into reading this thriller without knowing really what the story was about. It’s actually quite a liberating not reading the blurb of the back cover – have you tried doing that? It leaves you, as the reader, free to enjoy a blank literary canvas over which the author can paint their story.

The opening 2 chapters of this novel end in a ‘catch-your-breath’ kind of way, which is actually really so unusual. (And to be honest, that experience would have been denied me had I indeed read the back cover/blurb!). I therefore won’t go into much detail about the storyline; suffice it say that Erin is a plucky Irish woman who came New York for a publishing job. She meets Danny and they marry and have a pretty nice relationship. She experiences him as a nice, thoughtful guy.

A trauma ensues and Erin has to find her own inner strength to unpick the whole complicated scenario. She enlists the help of a solicitor who has come highly recommended (she rather reminds me of Carrie Preston’s character Elsbeth Tascioni in The Good Wife) and the two together have to trawl back and find the true story and the evidence to underpin their findings.

In Harvard not so long ago Ally has been acting as a proctor to Lauren. Lauren suffers a trauma and Ally cajoles her to tell a confidante. It all goes horribly wrong and Ally is riven with guilt. Of course these two stories dovetail further down the line.

What I like about Jo Spain’s writing is that she pens a credible story with plenty of whip-smart twists and turns. This is no exception and it had me gripped.

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  1. User: Yvonne@FictionBooks

    Posted on: 16/05/2021 at 9:40 am

    Hi Tina,

    I have of course, come across Jo Spain’s name many times during my Blog Hopping, however I have yet to read one of her books for myself, although it sounds as though I really should!

    I must admit to not liking it when a book’s premise acts as a bit too much of ‘spoiler’ and divulges too much of the plot. However I have never thought about trying the exact opposite before and reading a book ‘blind’. Something else I shall be trying, although I’m not sure if I am disciplined enough not to peek! If we are watching a film and hubbie has seen it before, he always ends up by telling me what happens at the end, as I am just to impatient to wait!

    Nice review too! 🙂


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    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 16/05/2021 at 10:30 am

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words. It is fun to do sometimes and honestly with this novel it was SO much better for letting the story unfold. I suppose publishers have to attract readers by telling them a little… Yes, do give Jo Spain’s novels a go, they are good and twisty!!


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