Sunday 2 August 2020

BLOG TOUR: One White Lie - Leah Konen

Imagine you've finally escaped the worst relationship of your life with only a black eye.

Imagine your new next-door neighbours are the friends you so desperately needed.

Imagine they're in trouble. That someone is threatening their livelihoods - and even their lives.

Imagine your ex is coming for you.

If you just needed to tell one small lie to make all these problems disappear, you'd do it . . . wouldn't you?

It's only one small lie, until someone turns up dead . . .

What did I think?

I thought One White Lie was going to be a slow burning psychological thriller at first but when I finished the first quarter of the book I just couldn't put it down.  This superb thriller from Leah Konen is like a river through a canyon, twisting and turning as it takes the reader in completely unexpected directions. 

I was drawn into Lucy's story immediately as she escapes an abusive relationship with a black eye and her dog, Dusty.  Giving the impression that she is off to Seattle, she leaves Brooklyn and heads upstate to Woodstock to start her new life.  Lucy is befriended by her new neighbours, John and Vera, but with vicious rumours circulating about John's fidelity their marriage may not be as happy as it seems.  The couple have a plan to escape it all and Lucy doesn't hesitate to offer her assistance but even the best laid plans often go awry.

As Lucy shares some of the stories of the abuse that was inflicted by her partner Davis, you realise just how cunning (and crazy) some people are.  Davis seems to be the master of mind games as he did little things to pay Lucy back for insignificant insults.  Lucy didn't even realise he was doing it at first as his acts of revenge could be explained as accidents but her black eye is no accident.

John and Vera's relationship was interesting to read; I really couldn't decide whether I believed the rumours or not.  Their plan seemed very drastic and not exactly the actions of an innocent party but they must have been under quite a lot of stress when the community shunned them.  They certainly seemed to look for the answer to their problem at the bottom of several bottles of wine!

I really enjoyed One White Lie, it's gripping, addictive and very twisty.  The plot is perfectly crafted and I didn't work any of it out which meant I was surprised at every twist and turn.  One White Lie is an excellent psychological thriller and one I highly recommend.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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