Review: Lies by T.M. Logan
When Joe’s son spots his mother’s car on the way home and they make the decision to follow her, what happens next tears their lives apart. One thing I would say though, is that for me the blurb gives a little too much away. For part of the novel I was beginning to think that Joe might actually be the killer. He could have forgotten what he’d done out of the trauma of the situation. If I’d remembered what the blurb said before I started reading, then I would have lost that dynamic.
Logan has an impressive ability to create believable characters. Lies made a great change from the recent trend of novels with unreliable often substance abusing female narrators. Having a male protagonist felt like a breath of fresh air. The relationship between Joe and his son William was lovely and added a touch of realism to a genre that features characters often lacking in meaningful connections.
Lies was a joy to read. Fast paced, with twists and turns I wouldn’t have expected at the start. The conclusion was very unexpected, but all the clues are laid down in time that you might be able to spot the track the story is heading down (if you’re more perceptive than I am!). I guessed only part of the solution to the ‘what happened to Ben’ mystery and I had the motives completely wrong.
The integration of social media into the story was a great touch, making the world of Lies feel like real life. After all, everyone knows people who’ve been caught out by social media.
For me the only real negative about the story was something relatively small. I’m from relatively close to where the character Ben is from and there were a few geographical details that struck me as a little off and pulled me out of the story slightly. For people not from the area though, those would have been completely unnoticeable. Overall, the settings felt very believable too.
I was really rooting for Joe throughout Lies and I’d really recommend giving it a read to find out whether he manages to clear his name!
Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book.