The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Reviewed by Sue, Librarian at Hillsborough Branch
Iris and Will seem to have the perfect marriage. It’s the morning of their seventh anniversary, and Will gives Iris a trinity ring from Cartier which they cannot afford as they discuss wanting to start a family. Will has to catch a flight to Orlando in a few hours to present at a business conference. Later that morning while Iris is at her private school job as a counselor, news breaks out that a plane has crashed en route to Seattle with no passengers surviving. The school holds a counseling session for the students, and during a break Iris finds out on the news that Will is one of the passengers on the flight. Iris doesn’t want to believe the news and wonders why Will would lie about where he was going. With the help of her twin brother and the husband of another passenger killed in the crash, Iris looks for answers and is shocked at the answers she finds.
This book was my September “Suspense with Susie” book discussion group pick. While not everyone agreed with Iris’s actions and felt like she made a good counselor, everyone really liked the book, and it provided us with a lot to discuss. Part of the experience of reading a book is what the reader brings to the book and takes away from the book. This a book that will stay with you and make you think about how well do you know your partner, what would you do if your partner lied to you, how much of your past do you need to reveal to someone, and what is your breaking point.