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A Suitable Lie

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,296 ratings  ·  219 reviews
Some secrets should never be kept…

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match … and she loves his son like he is her own.
When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 1st 2017 by Orenda Books (first published August 5th 2016)
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
It's not often a book takes my breath away but by the end of "A Suitable Lie", I was left totally breathless and gasping for air!
From the very first sentence I was glued to the pages and although very disturbing to read at times, it was compelling, addictive and utterly brilliant. I've only read one or two books before, that focus on domestic abuse where the man is the victim and I thought the author portrayed this story with such delicacy and empathy yet still bringing home the importance of re
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Andy suffered the tragic loss of his wife during the birth of their son. Now he’s tasked with single-handedly raising his son. After four years of devotion and being a good dad, his brother decides it’s time to drag poor Andy to a pub and kick up some dust. He meets a beautiful and mysterious woman named Anna. After a whirlwind romance they quickly fall in love and Andy asks her to marry him. Andy feels like things are really turning around in his life. (For the second time). Unfortunately, his ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
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Date Read: 11/18/16
Pub Date: 01/01/17


Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match, and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all th
Always Pouting
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Andy Boyd is a widower left with a young son before he's even thirty when he meets Anna one night out at the bar. After a whirlwind romance the two get married and it seems like things can't get better. I'm not sure if this will spoil it for anyone, so stop reading if you really don't want to know but I found it really admirable that someone covered the idea of domestic abuse where the husband is the one being abused. I personally have experience with this and I could actually see parallels in t ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Suitable Lie – apt title for a novel that speaks to the horror and realities of domestic abuse, the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we tell other people – in this novel Michael Malone puts the rare twist of fate into his narrative showing it from the opposite angle to that which is much talked about.

There are many books that show the sheer psychological affects of violence against women in domestic situations, but when that is flipped on its head and it is the man who endures, the sad trut
Victor *True Unagi Master*
I finished this three weeks ago and it's still with me.

Let me tell you what reading this did to me. I read a couple of reviews by book bloggers but none stood out like Emma’s from I read her review and knew that I had to get this and read it right away. So I went into this having read the blurb a couple of times and Emma’s review. Maybe I’m denser than I want to admit, but I had no idea what awaited me in these pages.

Well drawn characters and situations that, while I was not in
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Four years after his wife died, leaving him a single parent to their son Pat, Andy is thrilled when he meets Anna – the first woman he’s dated or had feelings for since losing his wife. Anna gets along great with his son, and they marry shortly after meeting. Andy couldn’t be happier.

Things take a turn for the worst on their wedding night and Andy ends up in the hospital. Thinking his injury was an accident, he thinks nothing of it…until he gets home and something similar happens again. It’s not
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she's his perfect match... And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

WOW! What have I just read? I've read som
The Book Review Café
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1-2-3 and breathe ……I really had to get my emotions in check before I wrote this review, this book literally took my breath away. Michael J Malone has done something incredible, never have I felt so emotionally drained after reading a novel. Whilst reading this book I experienced so many emotions, anger, bewilderment and intense dislike to name but a few. A Suitable Lie has to be one of the most unsettling and disturbing stories I have read in a long time. If you are looking for a fast paced rea ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I actually went into this book without reading the description so to be honest I had no idea what was in store for me in A Suitable lie. Having now read it and been totally blown away, I have to say I am so ashamed that I have never read any of this authors books and I will certainly be seeking out his others to read and enjoy also.

Not knowing what to expect when I first met Andy, I was really pleased for him when he met Anna. I liked Andy straight away and thought that him and his son Pat deser
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.5 rounded to 4 for this author’s bravery in tackling domestic abuse that portrays a man as victim rather than perpetrator. The writing was sound, the characters believable, but what really sold me was my own reaction. Initially, when it was revealed that Andy was being abused, and rather horrifically at that, my response was a knee jerk reaction to see him as weak and unreliable. I actually at one point stopped reading and thought, “What the HELL?” I was victim blaming! I couldn’t believe that ...more
Tracy Fenton
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any books by Michael J Malone before despite lots of recommendations in my book club so I decided it was time to pop my Malone cherry! OMG this is a total "knicker gripper sphincter clencher" as we like to say at TBC!. A truly gripping and highly disturbing and uncomfortable book. Without giving away the storyline or spoil the book A Suitable Lie is a very tense and thought provoking psychological thriller which kept me gripped throughout. ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs
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Remember a few months back when I was raving everywhere I possibly could about Behind Closed Doors? I even said it was domestic noir at its finest. I still adore that book, but A Suitable Lie is edging it out of it’s spot now. This book really gets under your skin, it consumes you and I mean that in the best possible way.

I don’t think this is a huge spoiler, but just in case here is your warning. Andy and Anna are in a abusive relationship, b
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Suitable Lie should come with a warning. This book will stir up powerful emotions.

The story is straightforward enough, boy meets girl. Andy is a widower, with a young child. He meets Anna and they fall in love. Anna is one complicated lady, with a dark past and an unhealthy temper. We see the results of this developing unhealthy relationship and the terrible consequences for Andy.

This was a tough book for me to read. I had to put it down several times and just pause to reflect. I felt drained
Caroline Mitchell
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, thriller
A dark and unnerving psychological thriller that draws you deep into the lives of the characters and refuses to let go. This is a brilliantly written book; I could not put it down.
I knew within minutes of reading this novel that I was in for a treat. I've spent years of my police career dealing with high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and Michael Malone has captured both the physical and emotional torment suffered in this hard-hitting book. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a 'misery' read. This i
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. What. A. Book.

I went through a myriad of emotions whilst reading this and there were times when I had to force myself to carry on – for no other reason than I was being a wimp. I was scared of how much further the violence and abuse would escalate. This book also made me angry. Angry that anyone could treat someone they profess to love in such a vile and evil way, and also, although I feel bad for admitting this, at times I felt anger and frustration at Andy for being determined to keep e
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars
Long and a bit predictable but overall a pretty good read.
Joanne Robertson
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, after being told by so many readers and reviewers that this was their top book of 2016 and that I HAD to read it, I finally gave in. But I was worried that this book and its author now had an awful lot to live up to. So did it? Absolutely 100% yes!!

Domestic violence is always going to be a tricky subject to write about, there is typically going to be half of a partnership that you are going to detest for their abusive nature. So to be able to evoke feelings of sympathy for both parties is a
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so desperate to read this book, I could not even wait for the ARC I was being sent from the lovely Karen Sullivan/ Orenda Publishing! Instead, I immediately purchased the kindle version and began to read the second it arrived! Talk about a great opening! I was instantly hooked and wanted more!

OMFG ~ have you ever read a book that made you question your beliefs? Made you question your understanding of a topic that remains in the shadows? Pulled at your emotions until you felt stripped bare
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read the review in my blog >> A Suitable Lie is about a young widowed man who happens to meet lovely Anna, whom she decides to marry after just a few months. Everything seems perfectly normal, but after the wedding, Anna begins to show signs erratic behaviour, often changing from the perfect wife to a dangerous reckless woman…

While reading A Suitable Lie, I couldn’t stop thinking about how this novel would be an incredibly polemic book in my country. Misogynist violence is one of our biggest
Mark Tilbury
The main character of this book, Andy, goes through a lot throughout the story. Trying to find happiness after losing his wife in childbirth, he thinks he's found it when he meets Anna.

The way the story is written does a great job of making you think one thing and then showing you something else. I felt happy for Andy, and then with no warning, both he and I had the rug pulled out from under our feet, and I was shocked and surprised at the turn of events.

Anna is a fantastic character with a comp
John Travers
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
A good premise and an okay storyline overall but not written well. Maybe a good editor could have forced a few rewrites to cut out the cheesy dialogue plus far too much boring detail about banking. The way in particular that Andy and his brother Jim are given such grating one liners in their conversation made it impossible to empathize with them and the only character that you could feel any liking for was Anna which really given the story should not be the case.

I was surprised that the author
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok. First of all, I started this book at 14:00 and finished at 18:00 - it was one of those books. Now I will be up front and tell you that, this review contains mild spoilers, so if you are unaware of the basic themes of this book, and want to read it and be completely spoiler free, then do not carry on reading this. There. Warned you. I’ve done my bit… Still with me? Then welcome.

Andy Boyd is a single father. Widowed after his wife died in childbirth, he has raised his son Pat alone, prioritisi
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the interest of honesty, I found myself struggling at the start of A Suitable Lie. I have read so many psychological thrillers/ domestic noir in recent months and I wasn’t grabbed immediately with this one. However, once I found my stride I couldn’t put it down.

I was rooting for Andy from the beginning. Such a great character, all you want is for him to have a little happiness in his life after becoming widowed. When he meets Anna, life looks so full of promise for him that it’s hard to see w
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
An unnerving psychological thriller. Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth. Then he meets Anna. But Anna is not all that she seems. Why the hell did you hit her, Andy Boyd. You've lost everything. The police will never believe that Anna had struck first. Highly recommended as a page turner domestic noir. ...more
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feeling like an intrusive fly on the wall I read this book during an uncomfortably compelling 24 hours.

The beginning is full of hope, as a widower with a young son meets a young woman who offers him a rare and unexpected chance of happiness. The middle is riddled with disbelief at just how well marital carnage can go undetected if you can become practised in telling A Suitable Lie . The conclusion is ingeniously twisted drama at its finest.

As this story proves, never assume anything. No one h
Colette Lamberth
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book really got to me and not because it in any way parallels my life, it doesn't. With the setting being Ayr where I was brought up, the character Andy felt so real and like somebody I could easily know. As events unfolded I had a few moments when I was close to tears but it was actually after I had finished reading the book and thought about the complete story that it really affected me. This is a powerful tale of an abusive relationship and the secrets that folk will keep as they try to ...more
Louise Beech
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, I devoured this in about thirty-six hours. Could not stay away from it. Thought about it when I wasn't reading it. A Suitable Lie explores a topic not easily discussed, and not often talked about, but one that really needs such attention - and Michael Malone writes so beautifully and honestly about it. It will linger long in my mind. Cannot recommend enough. ...more
Karima chermiti
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, 2018, dnf
DNF at 45%

The theme of the book was great but I never felt connected to the writing style or the characters. I tried to struggle through and finish it but I couldn’t force myself any more. I’m completely drained of will and motivation to complete this book. Sorry.

Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Harrowing domestic noir. 3.5 stars.

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