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A Suitable Lie Audiobook

A Suitable Lie

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Publisher's Summary

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, too.

When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything. A brave, deeply moving psychological thriller which marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland's top crime writers.

©2016 Michael J. Malone (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.

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    Julian E. Boyce 22/06/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "A waste of my life."
    What would have made A Suitable Lie better?

    Not to have been written.


    What will your next listen be?

    I am trying Small Face


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Cree’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    It was like Coronation Street on a very bad day, and I have not seen Coronation Street since I was 11, some 61 years ago. It was nothing like the write-up, it was just utter foolishness writ large. I gave up after an hour and a half of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Newcastle, England 01/12/2016
    Ann Newcastle, England 01/12/2016 Member Since 2014

    Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true

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    "A tough, but excellent book!"
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    This is an extremely good fictional story of one mans struggle as a victim of domestic violence. The issues the main protagonist stuggles with are spot on. At times, I found it genuinely heart wrenching to listen to, and I am no softie in the face of graphic descriptions. Despite this, I should say that it was never gratuitous it describing violence. This is my first book by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. The characters here are well drawn and the story (which is rich with characters and context) zipped along, being so well written that there is not a moment of padding. I did accuracy guess who may have 'done it (no revealing of what 'it' is), but I was not at all sure, and I did not see other twists and turns coming. Steven Cree's narration is also excellent. I highly recommend this book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Choo 19/03/2017
    Karen Choo 19/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Not for me"

    The author had drawn such a weak, pathetic and stupid lead character that I wanted to throttle him myself. There are no surprises; everything is telegraphed early on to such a degree I worked out the plot by the first half of the book. Given the serious subject matter, I can't help but feel that a more nuanced writer and one who cares about the finer details of a plot would have done the book more justice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timi 18/07/2017
    Timi 18/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Domestic abuse noir"

    A very realistic, greatly disturbing account of domestic violence that will stay with you for a long time after finishing the novel. I found the reasoning why the abuser should get away with everything and not be reported quite scary. This must be how many of the ill-treated people excuse their partner's actions and the thought of this going on behind closed doors more often than can be imagined is a very frightening aspect of married life.
    It's an incredible book that I can't recommend highly enough!
    Steven Cree is definitely a suitable narrator for this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misspelt 01/07/2017
    Misspelt 01/07/2017
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    "Long and drawn out"

    Wanders a lot, failed to engage with me and therefore I had no concern or interest in what happened to the characters.
    Could have been written a lot tighter, the plot moved on faster and there could have been some twists...... but there weren't. It had promise but failed to deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan R 30/06/2017
    Alan R 30/06/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good"

    First time I have come across this author's work. Astonishingly well-written and (for a native Scot) excellent narration and a plot with more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing.

    Highly recommended.

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    Helen L 28/06/2017
    Helen L 28/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Started off well then floundered with repetition"
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    I thought the underlying main issue of the book was worth exploring but there just wasn't enough of a story there to keep it going and it just spiralled off at the end into something that was really quite weak. I enjoyed the first part of the book but then by the middle found it prone to repetition and side stories that really didn't need to be there. Some of the relationships weren't developed enough. Found the narrator's attempts at pretending to be a wee Scottish boy really irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicky D UK 11/06/2017
    Nicky D UK 11/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved this book from start to finish. Tense, painful, hopeful, sad, funny, brilliantly written and narrated. What more could you want?

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    L. K. Buckland 11/03/2017
    L. K. Buckland 11/03/2017
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    "Gripping"

    A story of the domestic abuse of a man by a woman., an angle I had rarely thought of before. Tells of his utter confusion and humiliation at the hands of his wife.

    A thought provoking story with a twists.

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    Linda 26/02/2017
    Linda 26/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Harrowing but worthwhile"

    A hard read that made me want to fast forward often but well written and o had a lot of empathy for the characters

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  • Polly
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    "Too Painful to Finish"

    I have never had this experience before.

    I read the reviews, and there were a LOT of 5-star comments. But I didn't understand what the book was about.

    I THOUGHT the husband would discover a mystery about his wife. I did not understand that - on his way to learning her secret - he would be physically and mentally abused, repeatedly, in secret and then in front of their small children. I did NOT understand that - to get to the end of this book - I would have to watch this normal man reduce in size and confidence and personality. The humiliation was graphic and terribly disturbing, and it never let up. Even now, as I recall the first 2/3 of the book, my stomach has begun to hurt. I imagine that this is how one would feel if one were forced to watch a terrible person beat a defenseless dog for YEARS!

    I do not know the ending, and I would like to find out if the husband and children escaped with any semblance of a life. But I cannot listen to one more word.

    Ugh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miriam Sabir
    Salt Lake City, UT USA
    07/12/16
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    "A phenomenal read"

    This kept me guessing up til the end! Love the brogue as well and I hope he writes many more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • whitney
    13/07/17
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    "Excellent!"

    Story line is captivating! Narrator is awesome, as ALWAYS! Love to have a follow-up including Shelia and Andy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nina
    Birmingham AL United States
    08/02/17
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    "Story is repetitive and not credible"

    I almost stopped listening several times. The story repeated itself over and over and really did not make realistic sense. The reader was very very good. Clear at all times. Not his fault the story was so badly written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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