Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Book Review: 'The Marriage Lie' by Kimberly Belle
Iris Griffith is madly in love with Will, the handsome man she married seven years ago. They live in a beautiful home, are dedicated professionals, and are eager to start a family. Will is a brilliant software engineer and Iris works as a school counselor at a private academy filled with overprivileged kids. When he packs his bags to attend a three-day conference in Orlando, Florida, Iris is sad to see her husband go. She has no idea that, in a few short weeks, she will question whether she ever knew Will at all.
"The Marriage Lie," by Kimberly Belle, has a familiar premise. A trusting wife is shocked to discover that her spouse has deceived her. Iris had never unearthed any solid details about Will's past; she simply accepted the tall tales that he fed her. However, when a terrible tragedy occurs, ignorance is no longer acceptable. Iris and her twin brother, Dave, fly across the country searching for information. What Iris discovers about Will shocks and dismays her. She cannot believe that a psychologist, trained to understand the complexities of the human mind, could have been so blind.
Belle's writing is satisfactory but unspectacular. Much of the time, Iris cries, worries, and is sick to her stomach, fearing that nothing will ever be the same again. She admits, "I'm hanging by a thread here." In addition, Iris is justifiably alarmed when she receives a series of cryptic texts (some of them threatening) from an anonymous source. Although we sympathize with her confusion, anger, and frustration, we want to shake Iris, as well, for having been so obtuse and naïve. At least her misery is eased a bit when she consults a capable and compassionate lawyer named Evan Sheffield. He gives her sound advice, but will she be smart enough to take it? Most readers will want to find out what Will was up to and, to her credit, the author wraps everything up with a satisfying and interesting twist that few will see coming.
Editor's note: This review was written by Eleanor Bukowsky and has been reposted with permission. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.