“I often wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t seen her car that day. If the light had been green instead of red. If my son had been dozing, or daydreaming, or looking the other way. If I’d been five seconds faster in the stodgy London traffic, or five seconds slower. If, if, if. But I did see her car.”
Above is the opening for the book Lies by T.M. Logan. This was a psychological thriller. I have read another book by Logan “29 Seconds” which I loved. I looked forward to reading Lies and it did not disappoint.
The book opens with Joe driving through London traffic after picking up his four-year-old son, Will, from daycare. Ben spots his mum’s car. Melissa, or Mel for short, disappears into an underground garage at a hotel. Joe and Will follow and go into the hotel, where they witness Mel in a heated discussion with Ben. Ben is the husband of Mel’s best friend, Beth; however, Ben and Joe do not get along as well as Mel and Beth.
Joe waits in the garage for Ben or Mel to come out. Ben comes out first and Joe questions him about his meeting with Mel and the intensity of it. Ben, who is known for his quick temper, gets very angry and shouts at Joe. It evolves into a physical confrontation. Being much larger than Ben, Joe pushes him down very easily. Simultaneously, Will, who is an asthmatic, starts to have a severe attack with no “puffer” in sight. Joe leaves Ben there to rush home and take care of his son, vowing to come back as soon as he can and make sure Ben is all right. When Joe does go back to check on Ben, he is gone.
When Mel arrives home, Joe questions her about her volatile meeting with Ben. She at first denies even having a meeting and then makes up a credible lie about the subject. To make matters more complicated Ben’s wife Beth reports her husband as missing, thereby involving the police.
From that point forward, more and more lies are being told by everyone involved, one after the other. Everyone is lying about something. Joe is subsequently dragged into a murder investigation due to Ben’s missing person status.
Then off we go on a ride with lots of twists and turns. I did guess how this would end very late in the book, but it kept me guessing and sitting on the edge of my seat until the very end. This was a terrific book. I gave it 4* instead of 5* because a couple of times, I felt like I was reading the very same sentence or phrase in two places. Other than that, I recommend to all, especially psychological thriller fans.
About the Author
Tim was born in Berkshire and studied in London and Cardiff before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently writes full-time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.
His debut thriller Lies (2017) sold more than 350,000 copies and was one of Amazon’s biggest selling e-books of 2017. Together with his second standalone thriller, 29 Seconds (2018), his books are now published in a dozen countries around the world including the USA, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania and the Netherlands.