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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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By Polly on 12-07-16

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.

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By Miriam Sabir on 12-07-16

A phenomenal read

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

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By Julian E. Boyce on 06-22-17

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.

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By Ann D on 12-01-16

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.

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