MY HUSBAND'S LIES
A wedding, a baby, an affair, family scandals – everyone is holding a secret, how much do you really know about your friends?
I think the title and the blurb of My Husband’s Lies gives you different, yet false expectations of what the book is going to be from the outset. The title suggests a more intimate story with a shorter list of characters. The blurb implies that all of the character’s secrets link into the reason one of the wedding guests tries to jump out of a window, whereas this is actually unrelated to most of the storylines. This clash of expectations compared to the actual plot itself doesn’t give you a good impression of the book from the beginning.
My Husband’s Lies is a story of lies, betrayal and secrets on all sides, not just from the husbands and as such it is a bit of a frustrating read – the characters seem quite selfish and vacuous with little redeeming qualities. My main problem with the book was the sheer amount of main characters and their partners and full family tree you were expected to memorise to get through it. This is not helped by the fact that the narrator perspectives change every chapter so you don’t really get a good introduction to each one to make them memorable. With the exception of Penny, who is the most memorable character, they are all written in the same way as well which makes it very hard to keep track of them.
The book is very long and it feels like it drags in a lot of places, I found myself trying to power through it just to get it finished. There is far too many pages vs how much plot is actually developed; a lot of it feels like set up but most of the characters story lines don’t really have a definitive or satisfying ending to justify this. The ending also went straight for the shock factor and was very out of keeping with the rest of the book – it seemed just to be thrown in and left a lot of unanswered questions.
Overall I didn’t really enjoy My Husband’s Lies; it’s overabundance of main characters left it very hard to empathise with any of them and it was far too long for its plot. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.