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Friday, February 22, 2019

Lies by T M Logan (*St. Martin's)


by T.M. Logan

ISBN10: 1250182263
ISBN13: 978-1250182265
Hardcover, 432 Pages

My Review:

If you love reading mystery-thrillers, you are going to love "Lies." T.M. Logan has taken an average, every day family, no different than my own, and turned it inside out, and upside down. Driving home one day, playing one of those "keep your child occupied in the car games" we have all played at one time or another his son spots a "Mommy car." To Joe's surprise it is Mommy's car. Joe decides to secretly follow his wife into a hotel parking lot. But when he witnesses her arguing with their friend Ben, he cannot stay in the car. Joe intervenes on his wife's behalf and the argument quickly turns violent. Joe can hardly believe he knocked Ben out. As he is trying to check on Ben, back at the car his son has a severe asthma attack. Joe immediately turns his full attention to his son.

When he goes back to try to make things right with Ben. . .he is gone. Next thing you know Ben is missing, maybe dead, and as far as the police are concerned Joe is the number one suspect.
But that is just the beginning. Then the errie messages start arriving on Joe's phone. Ben's not dead. He's not even really missing. He is trying to ruin Joe's life. (And doing a darned good job.) Their love of social media is being used against Joe and Alice. They were habitual posters. Updating their entire lives online. Now his account has been hacked, posts, and pictures altered to make Joe look mentally unhinged and dangerous. Bless his heart, the ever-trusting, naive, go-with-the-flow Joe is forced to find his voice and stand up in ways he never imagined possible. It's either develop some umpphhh or be convicted of crimes he did not committ.

Logan's short, crisp chapters are quickly paced and nearly every one ends with the reader hanging from a cliff by a daisy. Those cliff-hanger chapter endings did exactly what was intended --kept me up late reading. I didn't want to stop for the night. I desperately wanted to find out who was lying, about what, and why. The characters are well-thought-out and delivered with a master thriller writer's flair. Joe is naive, overly trusting, and starts out spineless. I just wanted to grab him and say "wake up, you cannot go around believing everything these people say." His wife Alice, I didn't trust from jump street. She seemed sneaky and suspicious. . .like if she is talking and words are coming out of her mouth, then she is lying. That kind of person. Ben was creepy, scarrie, and he had an agenda. I could not wait to find out what it was. Logan's characters are so ordinary they could be your next door neighbors. That is what makes this story so chilling. Do you love social media? Do you update your life online? After reading Lies, I will definitely think twice before pressing that "post" button in the future. I bet you will too.

Happy Reading,


*Thank you to St. Martin's Press for a courtesy copy of Lies by T.M. Logan.


LiesWhat if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems? Now you are in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything you treasure.

It’s the evening drive home from work on a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But today, Joe sees his wife meet another man—an encounter that will rip two families apart. Raising the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us?

Joe will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the deception unravels, so does his life. A life played out without any rules. And a cunning opponent who’s always one step ahead.

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