Post Script: Monday’s Lie – Jamie Mason

Your cup will be filled to the brim with tension and menacing atmosphere.

Monday's Lie

Monday’s Lie

Jamie Mason

Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781476774459

 

Description:

From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband wants her dead.

 

Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband wants her gone…for good.

 

Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect the lessons and “spy games” in which she learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins delving into her past to determine the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: the money that her mother left behind. Now, Dee must investigate her suspicions before it’s too late and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in discovering if a “normal life” is really what she wanted at all.

 

With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Alexander McCall Smith, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

 

My View:

What a great read! I recommend pencilling an appointment in your diary (give yourself a few hours, you deserve it) and read this fast paced and addictive thriller – you won’t be disappointed. This has all the elements that I love in a thriller – characters that could become your friends (I especially loved the echo of the mother’s voice, instructing her children, showering them with love, teaching them how to be safe…). The prose is engaging and tense, with a hint of mystery and drama that keeps you turning the pages. There is no gratuitous blood shed or forensic analysis here; this narrative relies on its plot, is well developed characters, its fast pace and sense of misgiving and foreboding to engage the reader- perfect! Read and enjoy.

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8 thoughts on “Post Script: Monday’s Lie – Jamie Mason

  1. Glad you enjoyed it. When I looked into it after you mentioned it to me, I realised I had actually started reading Three Graves Full and abandoned it because it was stuffed to bursting point with unnecessary description and metaphors. From your review it looks like the author has managed to keep this one tighter…

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