Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match, and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it—a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.
Narrated by – Steven Cree
Listening time – 12 hrs 29 mins
Release Date – 22nd November 2016
This is another book that had been on my radar for a while. When it was first published I was desperate to read it but time wasn’t on my side so I purchased the audible version and oh boy, what a story it is.
A Suitable Lie is narrated by the very believable Steven Cree, I instantly was in tune with his voice which sometimes I find quite difficult with audio books. I often need a few chapters to get used to the narration but Cree had it perfect from the first word. I didn’t feel like Cree was reading me a story, I felt like he was telling me his story which made this even better in my opinion.
Andy Boyd was a fabulous character, widowed and bringing up his son Pat, I had complete admiration for him. Andy then meets Anna, she’s fun, bubbly and beautiful and a romance begins, she’s even formed a bond with Pat and Andy thinks he’s the luckiest man alive, that is until his wedding night and things take a sinister turn.
Malone has written a very convincing psychological thriller in A Suitable Lie but it’s so much more. It almost starts of as a sort of romance, it lures you in and makes you feel all comfy and happy then BOOM everything changes and my heart was in my mouth quite a few times. I really got so engrossed in the story I could feel my anger building at times and had to stop myself from shouting at the narrator and give myself a slap.
A Suitable Lie has a difficult subject matter and one that isn’t often written about, yes you get domestic violence stories but not in this form and this is one that will stand out and have you listening. Don’t get me wrong, some parts were difficult to listen to but the whole story has been written in such a sympathetic way and was just totally brilliant. I’m just so angry with myself that I haven’t read it sooner.
I think I can safely say that Michael J Malone may now be one of my favourite authors, not just because he is a fellow Scot but because he also knows how to write a blooming good story that had me totally invested and also had my emotions all over the place.