The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain

EXCERPT: ‘I’m afraid I have bad news.’

The day your life changes can begin in the most ordinary way. I’ve experienced it once before. Just like this, the knock on the door.

I wait for it, my stomach tight, the battle response of a war weary soldier.

Who’s dead?

ABOUT ‘THE PERFECT LIE’: He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

But it was all built on the perfect lie.

MY THOUGHTS: Where do I start? All the time I was reading, frantically flipping pages, I was puzzling: her husband jumped, there were witnesses – Police, no less – so, mystery #1, how could Erin possibly be charged with murdering her husband?

About 75% through, and I had an inkling. Yes, I was right, but did that impact my enjoyment of this intriguing and riveting thriller? Hell, no! That was one wild, mind-bending read.

The story is split over three timelines:
Erin, then (July 2019) – starts with the day of husband Danny’s death and moves forward to merge with
Erin, now (December 2020)- current day dealing with Erin on trial some seventeen months after Danny’s death; and
Harvard (December 2016) with Lauren and Ally.

So mystery #2 is what do Lauren and Ally have to do with Erin? Not telling, but it is important. I did feel that these sections were a little long winded and repetitive in places, hence the ‘only just short of the full five stars’ rating.

If you can imagine a rollercoaster ride through a hall of mirrors, that was my experience reading The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain. I always read this author on a day I have cleared of everything else, because once I start, there’s no separating me from her latest.

I also enjoyed the author’s little humourous asides, they produced quite a few chuckles. Thanks for a brilliant read Jo Spain!


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THE AUTHOR: Jo Spain is the author of the bestselling Inspector Tom Reynolds series and several international No. 1 bestselling standalone novels. Her first book, With Our Blessing, was a finalist in the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller.
Jo, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, writes TV screenplays full-time. Her first crime series was broadcast on RTE in 2018 and she’s currently involved in a number of TV developments including adaptations of her own novels. In 2021, she co-wrote Harry Wild, starring Jane Seymour, with the Emmy award-winning David Logan (airing 2022).
Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four young children. In her spare time (she has four children, there is no spare time really) she likes to read. Her favourite authors include Pierre Lemaitre, Jo Nesbo, Liane Moriarty, Fred Vargas and Jodi Picoult. She also watches TV obsessively.
Jo thinks up her plots on long runs in the woods. Her husband sleeps with one eye open. (I can see why!)

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Quercus Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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5 thoughts on “The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain”

  1. I like a good thriller. Great review.
    I have been lucky with Netgalley lately, I’ve gotten some good books for kindle. I’m a little behind with reviews but once we set up camp again I’ll be able to use my tablet instead of this phone. I hope you’re well & your remodel is going well

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    1. Stage one is being carried out next week while we’re away. The laundry is being moved downstairs. The final measure for the kitchen took place on Thursday and the final production plans will be drawn up next week. Production will be started the following week and installation is 3 – 4 weeks away. The only possible hold up is drawer runners. Their order from last month hasn’t yet arrived, and the next one is due next week, but… I had to wait almost 3 months for my laundry tub, and my dishwasher isn’t available until July 🤷‍♀️ First world problems 😂🤣
      I hope yours is well underway, Tina, and that there won’t be any hold ups. ❤

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  2. This sounds like a good one and of course, I was declined, so will have to see where I can get it. It sounds like things are moving slowly with the kitchen remodel, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait. Funny, you moved your laundry downstairs, I want mine to be moved upstairs. When I build my new house in a couple of years I will have a main floor laundry. Good luck with everything, it is tough getting things right now, which makes it hard. 🏠💖

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    1. My office is currently downstairs in a corner of the rumpus room, Carla. I converted the office upstairs into the library. The laundry room upstairs is a decent size with good light and a lovely big window looking out into the garden. Who needs a laundry with a view?😂🤣❤📚

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