Mystery Psychological Suspense

The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain Review

Thriller lovers, listen up because with The Perfect Lie Jo Spain has created irresistible suspense that, with its Then and Now structure and (potentially?) unreliable narrator, sings of such icons as Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. The binge factor is 10/10. This is one read you can safely add to your cart because it’s worth every buck.

The story opens with the picture of marital bliss. A husband and wife in bed. A husband making breakfast. The couple is Joan and Ryan, recently wed and very much in love. However, that picture of bliss is quickly shattered when three cops (including Ryan’s partner, Ben) show up at their apartment to arrest Ryan, and Joan watches her husband leap from their fourth-story balcony to his death.

Ryan’s death leaves Joan shellshocked, as do the revelations that surface about her husband of two years. Accusations of violence and bribes. Could Joan really have been so wrong about the man she loved for two years? 

A few months later, Joan is in court, charged with her husband’s murder.

But Joan knows two things with absolute certainty: her husband was not the man she thought he was, and she will not go to jail for his murder.

The Perfect Lie is an utterly addictive popcorn thriller that will leave readers doubting everyone — and their own conclusions. Maybe you can believe no one, maybe everyone. The puzzle between past and present is a nifty plot device (and one I love because PUZZLES), but so much more than that, it lends leagues of emotional character depth. The internal struggle, the motivations, we get them. Speckled with little revelations that’ll keep you thoroughly engrossed and a big twist of the *mind blow* variety (applause for Jo Spain here), The Perfect Lie’s conclusion is bone-deep satisfying.

A must-read standalone thriller for all suspense lovers.


Book: The Perfect Lie
Published: Quercus
Pages: 386
Publication Date: May 13th 2021
Stars: 4.5/5

Jonathan Ball Publishers kindly sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion, rating, or the content of my review.

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