Tell Me No Lies by Alex Sinclair
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2018 by Bookouture
About the Book:
How well do you really know your husband?
Grace Dalton is trying to put her life back together after her husband John died suddenly in a hit and run. Her perfect world is collapsing around her, the home she hoped to fill with children is huge and empty, and she’s paralysed with grief. But as Grace sorts through her husband’s belongings, she realises the man she loved was lying to her. There’s a mysterious list of names hidden among his things, a secret bank account, and a shocking revelation about his family that he kept from her since the day they met. Who was John Dalton? As Grace tries to identify the names on the list she realises something is wrong. She’s imagining things: seeing John in the faces of strangers and finding things in an entirely different place to where she’d swear she left them. Is Grace losing her grasp on reality, or is someone trying to stop her finding out the truth about her husband?
This novel is touted as: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller! I wish publishers would stop doing this and over-hyping titles, especially those that are not gripping or thrilling. The main character, Grace, was whiny and weak and I hated her. I think her husband stood in front of that pickup, wanting to be run down, so he could get away from her.
This book is VERY repetitive, maddingly so, and took me on a very long and winding road, that seemed would never end and led to nowhere. The idea at the heart of the story is not an original one and since it’s a story that has been told before, the book itself needed to have something extra special in order to make it stand out from the others, and it didn't.
The dialog is stilted and the plot unbelievable. I read this to the end, in spite of almost giving up several times, but found the climax predictable and boring. The premise of the story was good but poorly executed, I have read books that have this story line, but the writing and anticipation factor was much better. The characters were frustrating and hard to empathise with, it felt like a chore to pick it up and read.
Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Alex Sinclair for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.