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Her Husband's Secrets (The Art of Deception)

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The new must-read thriller from the author of Strangers on a Bridge, Louise Mangos
Art college dropout Lucie arrives in a Swiss ski resort looking for work but instead finds Mathieu.

Handsome, charismatic and from a good family, Matt seems like the perfect man. But as Lucie soon discovers, he has a dark side one that will drive their relationship to a dramatic conclusion,
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Lou
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Deception is the second standalone psychological thriller written by award-winning author Louise Mangos and is an original read set in a glacial Suisse beauty spot. Lucie is in prison for murdering her husband, Matt. But although she is thought to have perpetrated the crime Mangos asks her readers to consider whether Lucie did kill him and if so whether it was precipitated by any particular incident or if she acted in self-defence as Matt had been incredibly cruel and abusive to Lucie ...more
Mandy White
The Art of Deception by Louise Mangos is the first book by this author that I have read. It was a good story but at times a bit slow. For the most part I enjoyed it but couldn't really connect with the characters, finding them all a bit annoying.

Lucie finds herself in a women's prison for the murder of her husband Matt. She desperately wants to prove her own nocence and get her son back. Told from the present time with flashbacks to the past we learn about Lucie and Matt, how they met and got
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Also titles Her Husband's Secrets

Suspense novel set in Switzerland (Vaud and Valais)




3.75*

Lucie is in prison and as the book opens it is not evident what her crime has been. She clearly has a son without whom she is whiling away her days.

Go back over the last seven years and the author sets the scene for her imprisonment. As the novel opens, she has decided to quit art school and has set off on her travels through Europe to the Mediterranean but finds herself rather short of money up a mountain
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Janice Lombardo
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sure bestseller!
Lucy falls in love with Matt while on a backpacking trip through Europe. Matt, well, he falls in lust. After many warnings, 19 year old Lucie does not heed any of them until it is too late. Also, it may have been in Lucie's best interest to have pursued Swiss citizenship.

Matt is a lying, deceitful, jerk who becomes abusive. He has no room in his life for a wife and son. Matt's parents are too self-absorbed and only care for "their own". Lucie's parents are not keen on Matt,
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Cheryl M-M
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When someone tells you who they are, believe them the first time. I cant say this loud enough, because an abuser, even a manipulative charming one with lots of experience, will show you what he or she is in some way or other. You just have to take off the pink-tinted glasses long enough to register it.

Following on from that, when all your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances try to warn you or tell you what they know or see, then listen carefully. Dont ignore what you probably already
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Bridget
This latest offering by Louise Mangos was a spellbinding and compulsive read which was just as enjoyable as her début novel - Strangers on a Bridge.

Art college dropout Lucie arrives in a Swiss ski resort looking for work but instead finds love in the form of the handsome and charismatic Mathieu.

Matt seems like perfect husband material especially when Lucie discovers hes from a wealthy family. But Matts dark side soon emerges. Manipulative, controlling and abusive, he is anything but perfect
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Jacqueline  sharp
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I have read by this author, although I have just purchased her debut novel Strangers on the Bridge, after reading this one. This is a stand-alone psychological thriller.

After dropping out of Art college Lucie finds herself in a Swiss ski resort looking for em-loyment, but instead of finding a job she meets the handsome charismatic ski instructor Mathieu Favre or Matt for short and falls in love. But Matt doesnt really do love for him its more like lust.

Despite warnings
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Kath
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucie is in prison, far away from home. Accused of killing husband Matt who she met, in Switzerland, when backpacking through Europe. They have a son, JP, who is being cared for by Matt's parents. It doesn't look good for Lucie as there was an altercation with Matt, spawned from his philandering and abusive ways, and she fled the scene with JP. But she swears her innocence. Told in the present, with flashbacks to the past, when Lucie first met Matt, we see how events conspired and built up to ...more
Maria
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who is Lucie and why is she in prison? Thats the first question that popped in my mind in the beginning of the book; after a little bit you discover that she is in prison convicted for killing her husband; but she doesnt want to talk about it, at all Is she really a killer or theres something more? You can expect a lot more; this for sure!
Lucie will tell her story; since the moment she met Mathieu and fell deeply in love with him till now, living in prison The story from the past will tell you
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Julia
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Art Of Deception by Louise Mangos is a complex contemporary crime drama that consumed me from the start.
The action alternates between present day and seven years earlier. The reader witnesses the build up to present circumstances. Louise Mangos has produced an intricate plotline. The novel deals with truth and lies, reality and twisted events. The reader realizes that the innocent are being set up but we are powerless to intervene. Money, power and influence talk. We long to see the underdog
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Kristen
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc, 2019
In Louise Mangos's The Art of Deception, this spell-binding thriller will leave you at the edge of your seat. Lucie Smithers is a twenty-year-old college dropout in Switzerland and falls in love with a ski instructor named Mathieu Favre. Instantly, she falls in love with him, when everything doesn't appears at it seems. When we first meet Lucie, she's in the only all-woman prison in Switzerland, behind bars for a crime she doesn't commit. While she fights for her freedom and to her with her ...more
Andrea Pole
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Art of Deception by Louise Mangos is a crime thriller with a twist. Lucie is a young woman serving time in a Swiss prison for the murder of her husband. But all is not as it seems, and the destiny of the couple's young son hangs in the balance. Can Lucie prove her innocence before she loses her son forever?

Lucie is English, a young college dropout who decides that she will travel through Europe with the Greek islands as her ultimate destination. During a stint at a Swiss ski resort, Lucie
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Amy
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this story from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was my introduction to Louise Mangos and if I only go by this novel, I don't know that I'll be reading more. The imagery was great and I love things set in countries that are not my own but that's not enough to keep me interested. The story was slow; it only picked up in the last 20% or so. It's touted as a psychological thriller but I think it sits on the fringes of that genre. There was nothing thrilling about
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Gillian Moore
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Deception by Louise Mangos 🖤
Thanks to @Netgalley @louisemangos and @hqstories for my ARC
Publication date 6th June 2019
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No one knows the truth but her..
Ive been looking forward to this book for a long time and I was very lucky to receive an ARC through Netgalley. Well I was not disappointed, in fact I was pleasantly surprised. Its a little different from he authors debut Strangers on bridge but this is by no means a criticism. I loved it. The
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Julie Lacey
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This is a good read but a bit slow at times.
Lucie is in a Swiss prison for the murder of her husband but all is not as it seems.
However, can Lucie prove her innocence before she loses her son forever?
Lucie fell deeply in love with Mathieu, and, although she was warned off by various people, the two marry and have a son. Matt's infidelity and abuse quickly become part of everyday life until seven years later, and Lucie is six months into a sentence for murder. Lucie maintains shes
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Marianne
Interesting characters and setting make this one. The writing allows you to picture things clearly. A Swedish womans prison is pretty fascinating stuff (for me anyway).

This isnt a suspenseful on the edge of your seat story but more a tragic tale. The fact that our main character, Lucie, is only 26 at the end of this saga makes it all the more of a cautionary tale for young naive love in the if it seems to good to be true...

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and HQ Digital for a copy in exchange
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Kathleen Gray
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told in flashbacks, this is the story of how Lucie ended up in a Swiss prison for the murder of her husband Matt. Lucie was young and, frankly, naive when they met but they married and had a son- JP. Over time, Lucie understands that Matt is an abuser (we see it early on but that's the benefit of being a detached observer) but she doesn't get what this really means. Her family is in the UK, his family supports him. And now they've got her son. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. No spoilers as to ...more
Tracy
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another page-turning read from Louise Mangos. I finished this quickly as I soon became immersed in Lucie's story. Mainly set in a women's prison in Switzerland I found the backdrop authentic and unusual - it was refreshing to read a thriller not purely set in a domestic setting. Though primarily a crime/thriller I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of female friendship and bonding, for me that was how Lucie survived her ordeal and learned so much from the women around her.
Great writing
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Tina Wilson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for a copy of The Art of Deception by Louise Mangos.
3* Travelling between current day and years gone past, we follow the story of Lucie as she falls for Matt.
In her mind, Matt is the perfect man, but right from the start the reader sees his dark side. Lucie refuses to acknowledge that all is not what it seems. The saying, love is blind shines bright throughout the story. Present day Lucie is in prison fighting to be released and reunited with her six year
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Bookoholic.me
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Art of Deception" published also as "My Husband's Secrets" is a really good psychological thriller which you definitely want to read.

After leaving Art university Lucie goes to Switzerland. She plans to travel around Europe, but she doesn't have enough money for it, after meeting Matt, she decides to stay a little longer in this beautiful country.

Everyone warns her about Matt, yet she doesn't listen. She even decides to keeps the pregnancy, despite Matt's and his family's objections.

And
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Donna Hines
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Life imitating Art with Lucie an art college dropout seeking love in the name of all things Matt.
Matt seems perfect on location at this gorgeous Swiss ski resort but looks ain't everything.
Matt has a dark side one that threatens to tear away at the very fabric.
Prison is not quite where she expected to be and fighting for her life is surely not the ideal romance.
Thank you to Louise, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
Aimee Lee
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply marvelous.

This story had me gripped from the start. It was easy to follow and simply an interesting story!

My interest never lulled during the novel as it does with so many others. I can't find the words to describe how much I enjoyed this book.

The final plot twist of this book made me physically gasp out loud... And that is exactly what you want from a plot twist.

Excellent.
Christine
Her Husbands Secrets (formerly The Art Of Deception) is an Orange Is The New Black type of story filled with an accidental murder, in-laws from hell, and young love.

A quick and thrilling read set in Switzerland, find my full review on The Uncorked Librarian here: https://theuncorkedlibrarian.com/curr...
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Marianne
Jun 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This one is a sure winner! Very gripping, thought provoking and at times touching. Very well written and interesting character development. Loved it! Thank you publisher and netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.
Kerry Williamson
A work towards Justice

A look at how some relationships can become broken and others can get stronger through neglect and friendship. Not fast paced and I wouldn't class this as your usual psychological thriller but a good read.
Janice Talbert
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great title for this book! Families have secrets and some will go to great lengths to mask theirs. So well written and the story wove together beautifully. Side note, I loved reading about the places which have brought so much warmth and love to my soul.
Cristie Underwood
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent psychological thriller! It moved at a fast pace with twists and turns throughout!
Erinne
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling read which kept me turning the pages, characters you care for and just brilliantly written. Great novel!!
Louise Beech
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is so much more than a psychological thriller. It's a slow-burning, gorgeously-written drama too, one where you end up really invested in the main character, Lucie. If you want more than just thrills and reveals, this one is so for you. Highly recommend.
Jules
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars [review to follow]
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