I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lie in Our Marriage by Anna-Lou Weatherley
Also by this author: Black Heart, The Couple on Cedar Close, The Stranger's Wife, The Woman Inside
Series: Detective Dan Riley #6
Also in this series: Black Heart, The Couple on Cedar Close, The Stranger's Wife, The Woman Inside
Published by Bookouture on 18th January 2023
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
On a warm spring evening, guests gather in a perfectly manicured garden to celebrate Maggie and Len’s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Maggie leans against the apple tree in the sprawling grounds of her beautiful home. She watches her fun-loving husband and darling children and her heart swells with pride. As the joyful party atmosphere disappears into the night, close by, the lifeless body of a young woman is pulled from a river.
Slipping upstairs to find the special gift she’s made for her adoring husband, Maggie stumbles across something else hidden amongst the dusty boxes of once-loved toys and family keepsakes…
A silky pink scarf printed with tiny black skeletons that doesn’t belong to her. She holds it up to her face, breaths in the sweet sickly perfume, its scent familiar, and tendrils of fear snake through her body. The scarf is stained with splashes of blood.
But as Maggie hurries to rejoin the party and pour herself a glass of champagne to toast the man she’s enjoyed decades of happy marriage with, she catches a news flash of the local girl’s murder. She stares at the girl with the beautiful face, long ice-blonde hair and, draped loosely around her neck, Maggie recognises it instantly. She’s wearing the scarf.
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley. This is the 6th book in the Detective Dan series. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I LOVE Detective Dan. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the rest of the series though you can read these books as standalones.
This book has a dual POV of both Dan and Maggie. I love seeing multiple POV, I feel it provides a deeper insight into the story. This is definitely the case in this book. Seeing both POV made the story more tense and kept me on the edge of my seat. As always Detective Dan works hard to unravel this case and balance his home life. Dan and his partner Lucy are excellent characters.
Anna-Lou really had me stumped on this one. I thought I had it all figured out but the more I discovered the more I thought I was wrong. This story turns out to be quite heartbreaking in the end. Anna-Lou really got me in the core with this one. This twisty thriller is an excellent addition to the series and I really hope we see more.
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