The Truth and Other Lies

The Truth and Other Lies

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Famous author Henry Hayden is left to deal with the consequences after his wife--the actual writer of his books--meets an untimely death.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2015.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476795553
147679555X
Branch Call Number: FIC ARANGO, SASCHA
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Imogen - Translator

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KANDER12
Jul 12, 2017

This was an ok read, but somewhat frustrating because the characters were never really developed. So much potential.

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MillieBT
Sep 24, 2016

Brilliant!!!!!! Well written...Funny and sad and suspenseful .......Brilliant!!!!!!

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Candaceb108
Sep 21, 2016

Crackerjack read. You won't add to your cultural literacy, or have a deeply moving experience reading it, but you will be riveted, amused, laugh out loud. Great book.

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jerksister1
Sep 01, 2016

Great story. I was not prepared for the turn of events and had to read one page a couple of times to make sure I got it right. Not sure if it was the translation but there were a couple of lines that I thought could be nominated for worst lines in a novel, but not a problem. I was still riveted to the very end.

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cheadlebeagle
Feb 19, 2016

A excellent book in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

I was provided an Advance Reader Copy by Atria Books for an honest review.

Real life is never all truth -- it's usually a mixture of truth, half-truths, and full-out lies. Henry Hayden is a world-renowned crime author, known for his riveting prose and the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat. But what the world doesn't know is that Henry isn't the real author -- his wife, Martha, is the genius behind the best sellers. The book begins as Henry's life begins a mad downward spiral, all of his stability in life crashing around him. Henry weaves lies and truths to keep himself out of danger -- but soon, Henry isn't sure what's real and what's a lie anymore.

A cast of true characters surround Henry as he tries to pick up whatever pieces of his life are left. Henry's apparently got no qualms about doing anything and everything to keep his secret safe. Having an unreliable narrator has never been so captivating, which leaves me wondering -- did Martha write this book, too?

athompson10 Sep 20, 2015

Great book, very dark. Can Henry, a psychopath with many holes in his past and big secrets to conceal, keep up the facade?

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bronteside
Aug 05, 2015

An original.
Shares familiar themes of wealth, infidelity, murder and betrayal but with a unique voice.
Couldn't put it down. In
My top five list this summer.

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Triciaph
Aug 03, 2015

I read this in two days as it has a mesmerizing plot. The main character is dead evil, but we are made somewhat sympathetic by flashbacks to his childhood. The author is very hard on women, portraying them as expendable, gullible and unworthy of any kind of respect. The setting added dimension to the plot and the characterization. A thriller for sure.

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aussie2
Aug 01, 2015

Excellent, excellent book.
It held my interest, couldn't
put it down.
Just the right amount of characters without making it confusing to read. When an author does this you feel closer to the characters.

Great new author.

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